Palais de Tokyo


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Palais de Tokyo

Contemporary and cutting edge exhibitions of modern art.

A chilled out, très chic restaurant.

Late night openings until 12am.

And a night time visit ensures a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower.

It may depend on the current exhibition that is on offer to gauge an overall experience at Palais Tokyo but cutting edge, pushing the boundaries of modern art is generally what to expect.

Technically, Palais de Tokyo is not a museum but a gallery and does not own a permanent collection of art.  Instead the gallery offers a rolling agenda of temporary exhibitions and installations, each one created especially for the large rustic spaces.

Originally built in 1937 for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life).  The eastern wing is home to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the free Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris and the western wing; Palais de Tokyo.

Located across the road from the river Seine, this road, once named Avenue de Tokio but now Avenue de New York,  is from where the ‘Palace’ took it’s name.

The high ceilings and expansive space of 22,000 square metres has been stripped back to bare basics of iron and concrete and without the traditional ‘journey’ or path that most museums adopt, allows for guests to roam around freely to experience the eclectic installations.

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In 2014 for the first time in the gallery’s history, the entire space of Palais de Tokyo was handed over to one Parisian born artist, Philippe Parreno.

He was given carte blanche to do whatever he wanted with the enormous space, including changing the front desk, for a genuinely unique experience.

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I had never experienced anything quite like it.  Mesmerising and captivating with a surprise at every corner and yet I completely trusted the exhibition, not to be afraid but to be taken on the journey through darkened rooms, flashes of light, shadows, silhouettes and booming noises.

Multimedia, sound, light, large open spaces and participation is what made up this extraordinary exhibition, with the viewer having a presence and adding to the exhibition, our silhouettes enhancing the visual effects.

The stairwells boomed with sound and light and even the illuminated explanation cards flickered on and off.

The self serve vestiaire or cloak room is made up of clear perspex lockers, where a returnable €1.00 euro coin enables you to safely lock up and be free of carrying around personal items.

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tokyo eat restaurant palais de tokyo

Having a meal at the gallery’s restaurant; Tokyo Eat before or after a stroll around this wonderful and innovative gallery can have you sitting amongst an arty bunch of Parisians, in an atmosphere that is warm and inviting, funky, yet relaxed and the food superb!


And an evening visit to Palais Tokyo allows for a sparkling surprise to top off the night!

Located only 1 km from the Eiffel Tower, next door to the free Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris and over the road from Palais Galliera, the museum of fashion, there is plenty to keep you busy in the 16th arrondissement!


Please see links below for special deals that Palais Tokyo offers in conjunction with boat trips, free drinks and participating museums on their official website

Paris Adèle’s Information Nécessaire:


Palais de Tokyo –  Official Website in English
13 avenue du President Wilson
75116 Paris
Nearest Metro: Iena or Alma-Marceau
Walking MAP from Palais de Tokyo to Eiffel Tower
Opening Hours:
12 noon to 12 midnight
Closed Tuesdays and public holidays
Full Price; €10.00
Concessions: €8.00
official website special deals in English (discount boat rides and entrance fees)
Practical information – Official link in English showing bus, velib, boat access
Tokyo Eat – Official restaurant website
Wheelchairs available at reception
Palais Galliera – Official website in English

Read about how I spent my time at Palais Tokyo, Palais Galliera and Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris – 

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