Louis Vuitton Foundation#22 in Best Things To Do in Paris
Open to the public since October 2014, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is the brainchild of the LVMH group (which owns luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton) and famed American architect Frank Gehry. In addition to the art gallery, Gehry also designed the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, among other renowned museums, university buildings and residences. Fitted with curved panels of glass and smooth concrete, the Foundation's daring and modern design stands out among Paris' abundance of centuries-old buildings. Inside, you'll find collections of modern and contemporary art housed in both permanent and temporary exhibits. The museum's goal is to promote art and culture on the outskirts of Paris, and it succeeds by attracting more than 1 million visitors each year.
Though the museum is a bit off the beaten path in the 16th arrondissement, visitors loved taking in the architectural wonder and its surrounding gardens, as well as the unique exhibits inside. They recommended buying a ticket ahead of time to skip the long lines. One common criticism was that the building was a bit far from the nearest metro station (about a 15-minute walk), so keep that in mind when planning your visit.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation's hours vary throughout the year, so be sure to check the website to confirm the schedule before you visit. General admission costs 16 euros ($18) per person, and visitors can get to the museum via Les Sablons metro stop or take a bus. Visitors who buy their museum tickets ahead of time can also take advantage of a complimentary shuttle that leaves from the Place Charles de Gaulle junction (aka the traffic circle around the Arc de Triomphe) at the corner of Avenue de Friedland.
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#1 Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)
Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.
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