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17062017-P6170216-1Palais Galliera, a fashion museumCarte Paris repérage

The Galliera palace is also known as the City of Paris fashion museum (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris). It is a museum dedicated to fashion and its history

Please take a short visit around Galliera before entering the building !

A 36 secondes VIDEO

It is located on the right bank of the river Seine,  in the 16th arrondissement of Paris just across the street from the Palais de Tokyo and not faraway from the Eiffel Tower

The Duchess de Galliera

Some History : The Palais galliera was built in the 19th century.

In 1876, the Duchesse de Galliera inherited her late husband’s fortune, including a large parcel of land in the 16th arrondissement one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Paris. She gave the land to the city of Paris in 1879 and built a museum at her expense to hold her  works of arts. It was then used by the city of Paris for temporary exhibitions. 17062017-P6170248-2

 

17062017-P6170247-2Since 1977, the museum has been devoted to fashion It is often referred to,  as the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris (City of Paris fashion Museum)

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The Palais Galliera  now houses the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. The collections are among the richest in the world and reflect the fashion trends and habits of France from the 18th century to the present day (100 000 pieces of clothing and accessories). It only presents temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions are generally held 2-3 times a year and last 4-6 months on average. There is no permanent exhibition as many of the items are fragile and cannot be exposed to light for long periods of time. Between every exhibition, the museum is closed to the public.

By 2019, opening of  “The Gabrielle Chanel rooms”

Chanel in 1936 by cecil Beaton in the Ritz

Chanel in 1936 by cecil Beaton in the Ritz

In 2019, with the support of Chanel, Palais Galliera will open a permanent gallery making it France’s first permanent fashion museum. Chanel will finance the construction of the new space, which will be called “The Gabrielle Chanel rooms” (Salles Gabrielle Chanel).  Il will be located in the basement floor of the Palais Galliera and will be open all year round. The Gabrielle Chanel rooms will also have a bookshop. The ground floor will continue to display temporary exhibitions.

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The design was inspired by a palace that the Duchess Galliera owned in Genoa. The façade is made of Cut stones in the Italian Renaissance style.

The Eiffel Tower seen from Galliera

The Eiffel Tower seen from Galliera

The Garden :

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The square Galliera

The Square Galliera is located behind the Museum. It was created in the 19th century. The entrance is on Avenue Président Wilson opposite the Palais de Tokyo. The fountain in front of the museum dates from 1916

The Current exhibition (from April 27th to August 13th 2017) :  “Dalida, une garde-robe de la ville à la scène”

Although you might not know her,  Dalida was a huge star in France in the 70s and 80s A singer who passed into legend. The exhibition takes a look at her wardrobe, and costumes that she wore during her career. This is the subject of a large donation to the Palais Galliera by her brother.

(An article about “Dalida, une garde-robe de la ville à la scène” will be soon published. Work in Progress)

Practical informations :

  • Palais Galliera website :  www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr/en
  • Address : 10 rue Pierre 1er de Serbie Paris 16 – Metro : Iena or Alma Marceau (line 9) or Boissière (line 6)
  • Opening times : Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm  –   (closed on Monday and Public holidays)
  • Late openings on Thursdays and Fridays until 9 pm

My suggestions

  • Choose to visit preferably a morning
  • Book your ticket on line before your visit
  • If coming on a Wednesday or a Saturday morning, combine your visit with the President Wilson open market and  the Esplanade du Trocadéro (Eiffel Tower) and a drink at a nice cafe (lots of nice cafes in the area). Here is how you could organise your morning :
    1. Place du Trocadéro : enjoy a look at the Eiffel Tower and get the opportunity to take a few pictures on an early morning. – Metro Trocadero (line 6)
    2.  Galliera Museum around 10.30 am
    3. Take a cafe at the “Le Grand Corona” 3 place de l’Alma – Paris 16 (or at another cafe among all the nice cafes in the neighborhood.
    4. President Wilson open market (after your visit to Galliera Palace) and with a short visit at the Esplanade du Trocadero to have a look at the Eiffel Tower and maybe to take some nice pictures on an early morning.   before your visit, have a look and take some photos of the Eiffel Tower from the Esplanade du Trocadero (Metro Trocadero)

Other informations : 

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  • President Wilson market :
  • An open market with high quality products in a wonderful setting
  • Opening days and time : Wednesday 7am-14pm and Saturday 7am to 15pm
  • Address : Avenue du Président Wilson – Paris 16 – between Debrousse street and Iena square – Metro Stop : Iena (line 9)

Experience Paris,with Ann Jeanne in Paris, native Parisian :
“Ann Jeanne in Paris” tours is very different from  traditional guided tours. My walking tours are private walking tours with you only,or you and the person you choose.  No lectures : it’s an encounter, a meeting, a cross-cultural experience. The tours are friendly, welcoming and we walk at your pace. I give you all my attention, I accompany you, I discuss with you and share my Paris with you.

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Bienvenue à Paris – Welcome to Paris !

Some more photos :

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The Eiffel Tower seen from Galliera

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Le Louvre : a wonderful building, once a fortress, then a royal residence and now a museum, with an impressive art collection 

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Mona-Lisa-Leonardo-da-Vinci-Louvre-Paris-1Coming to Paris without visiting Le Louvre ?

Before designing  « A soft discovering of Le Louvre” tour,  I’ve been trying to think of how I would feel as a visitor to Paris spending a short time in Paris…

I would love to see this great Museum but I would choose maybe to leave Paris without visiting Le Louvre…

  • So many places to see and to visit and  only a few days in Paris… and Le Louvre is such a huge building, often crowded, with miles and miles of Galleries and numerous rooms and artworks
  • How would I manage to spend a few hours only in Le louvre and  see these famous masterpieces without walking miles and miles , without getting lost  and without feeling totally exhausted and frustrated at the end of visit,
  • Thus, I would probably go instead to Orsay Museum and  postpone the visit of Le Louvre until my next visit to Paris… And I would probably feel frustrated when leaving Paris…

This is why I designed this tour for you : 

a “Soft discovering of Le Louvre” 

Video : Here are the highlights along the tour :

 no stress, no waiting line, without getting lost and including the greatest masterpieces

I accompany you (only you) , give you all my attention and walk at your pace
Hope it will answer your wishes

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Le Louvre in a few key figures

  • The museum most visited in the all world : 15 000 visitors per day, 50 visitors per minute (!) and 20 000 visitors watch the Joconda per day 
  • More than 9 miles of corridors
  • More than 2000 officers operating in Le Louvre
  • An area of more that 49 acres and an area of more than 750 000 square feet opened to the public
  • Winged Victory of Samothrace 190 BC

    Art works from 6th c BC to 19th c

  • 403 rooms
  • More than 8 million visitors
  • More than 10 000 steps
  • 410 windows
  • 3000 locks
  • 48 firefighters
  • More than 37 000 pieces of art on permanent exhibit and more than 460 000 pieces in total.
  • If you’d watch every artwork displayed during 10 seconds each, you’d have to spend 3 days and 2 nights to see them all
  • 3 entrances to the 3 parts of Le Louvre (Richelieu, Sully and Denon) under the Pyramide
  • Open everyday (except on Tuesdays), open till 9:45 pm Wed & Fridays, all other days 9-6 pm; admission 15€
  • Eight departments: Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints and Drawings.

In this article, you’ll see that Le Louvre is not only a Museum but it’s also a wonderful building with a complex and rich History. So many reason which makes it worth a visit ! Before being a Museum, the building was first a fortress then it was rebuilt several times to become a Royal Palace.

Some History

One color for each historic step

Plan Louvre au fur et à mesure de l'Histoire

First, a Fortress : The building was first erected as a fortress in 1192 by King Philippe Auguste to protect the city from Barbarian attacks. It was a thick cylindrical dungeon surrounded by towered walls. During the “Soft discovering of Le Louvre”, we’ll see the remains of this fortress

Then a Royal Palace : In the 14th century, the fortress ceased to be used for defensive purposes. It was enlarged and embellished by Charles V (king of France 1364-1380) and became a royal palaceLouvre-Charles-V

Then a Renaissance Palace : At the beginning of the 16th century, the palace enlarged by Charles V was razed and François 1st King of France (1494-1547)) ordered the construction of a new Renaissance structure of the same size. louvre-francois1er

Construction of a little Castle (= The Tuileries) nearby Le Louvre : In  1547, Catherine de Medicis (wife of Henri IV, Kiing of France) ordered the construction of a little castle nearby the west of Le Louvre, called the Tuileries.  Then Henri IV, decided to create a grandiose royal residence by joining the Louvre and the Palais des Tuileries by a series of buildings. Among these buildings : the Grande Galerie built along the Seine.The Tuileries Palace connected by the Grande Galerie to the Renaissance Louvre on Merian's 1615 map of Paris

Construction of the “Pavillon de l’Horloge” (“clock Pavillon”) : In the 17th century, in 1624, Louis XIII and his minister Richelieu added the Pavillon de l’Horloge

Le Louvre at the 19th century with the Tuileries Palace in the foreground

Under Louis XIV and his minister Colbert : The Cour Carrée, a great sure court was constructed and the Royal apartments were sumptuously decorated (= the Apollon Gallery ). After Colbert’s death, the court moved to Versailles and the French Kings lost interest in Le Louvre

After the revolution of 1789 : Napoleon I started the construction of a wing along the rue de Rivoli. Napoleon I, later kings and Napoleon III lived in the Tuileries and the Louvre was used for offices and as a museum.

In 1793, Le Louvre became a museum. It was the first state museum. It opened to the public with an
exhibit of more than 500 painting and decorative arts. Many of this art works had been confiscated from the royal family and French nobility.

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From the mid-19th century onward : i Napoleon III finished the construction of the Aile Richelieu along the rue de  Rivoli.

A new perspective : Arc du Carrouse l-Tuileries gardens, Place de la Concorde-  Champs Elysées – Arc de Thriomphe. During the uprising of the Paris Commune in 1871, the Palais des Tuileries was burned. This opened the perspective we enjoy now.

In the late 80s  : a glass pyramid in the central courtyard is built (Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei) which serves as the museum’s main entrance.

In 1993, the Richelieu wing (=the building along the rue de Rivoli) which formerly housed the Ministry of Finance opened to the public

Soft discovering of Le Louvre” : Along our way 

and of course, we’ll see the Gioconda and the Winged Victory too  !

The Venus de Milo – 100 BC

The Great Sphynx of Tanis 2600 BC

 

The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Joséphine

Liberty leading the People ( by Eugène Delacroix – 1830

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The seated scribe 2600 – 2350 BC

Some tips : 

  • When you visit Paris, Le Louvre is a must-see, but most of the time there is a lot of people. Choose rather to go in the morning or at a night opening time (Wednesdays or Fridays)
  • Purchase your tickets in advance. It will save time. But you’ll still have to wait sometime because of the security check.
  • Pickpockets : I‘ve never had this bad experience at Le Louvre, but it may be a place where it’s more likely to happen can happen, whether inside the Louvre or outside in the courtyard. Keep you bag closed, and ignore people asking you for a donation or a signature for a petition.

 

Practical details : 

  • Website : www.louvre.fr
  • Opening time : Le Louvre is open everyday (except Tuesdays) from 9am to 6 pm. Night opening until 9.45pm on Wednesdays and Fr
    idays)
  • Getting to Le Louvre :
    • Metro stop : Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
    • Batobus 

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with Ann Jeanne in Paris

If you’re coming to Paris for a few days stay , don’t miss Le Louvre. Experience a L1008109-1“Soft discovering of Le Louvre” with a Parisian,  Ann Jeanne  of “Ann Jeanne in Paris” :  

 no stress, no waiting line, without getting lost ,  I accompany you (only you) , give you all my attention and walk at your pace

  • Spend a few hours in Le Louvre and enjoy the highlights of this huge and great museum with Ann Jeanne in Paris

You will see :

the Venus de Milo,

Mona Lisa (la Gioconda), the Winged Victory,

The Coronation of Napoleon,  The Wedding Feast at Cana, The Great Sphinx of Tanis, 

The Scribe, the Marly horses, the Apollon Gallery, the Medieval Louvre, the Odalisque, Liberty leading the People

The raft of the Medusa, the Caryatides room, the Oath of the Horatii, Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière, 

Experience Paris,with Ann Jeanne in Paris, native Parisian :
“Ann Jeanne in Paris” is very different from a tour operator. My private walking tours have nothing to see with a traditional guided tour. Only you, or you and the person with you.

It’s much more a meeting, a cross cultural experience. Because I was born raised and have been studying and then working in Paris, because it’s my hometown, I’d be delighted to show you my Paris, and make you experience Paris through my eyes.

I’ll welcome you, I’ll give you all my attention, will give you tips to make the most of your stay in Paris. I’ll walk at you pace and can personalize the tour according to your wishes and preferences.

Some more photos

Because Le Louvre is not only a museum but a wonderful building :

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Apollon Gallery

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When you visit the Louvre, you can see the remains of the Medieval Louvre : 

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More Art Works : 

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…and the Mona Lisa, with so many people around… And it can be even more people than on the photo. During my “soft discovering of Le Louvre tour”. I take you there at the best time and take the best way to get to the Mona Lisa when there is only a very few people !!

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