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Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration - Palais de la Porte Dorée

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Palais de la Porte Dorée Aquarium Tropical
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Time Out says

Set in the stunning, colonial-themed Palais de la Porte Dorée (built in 1931 for the World Colonial Fair), the permanent collections here trace over 200 years of immigration history. There are thought-provoking images (film and photography), everyday objects (suitcases, accordions, sewing machines and so on) and artworks that symbolise the struggles immigrants had to face when integrating into French society.

Don't miss the permanent exhibition area, Repères (bearings), that looks at why many immigrants chose France, the problems they faced upon arrival, and the way sport, work, language, religion and culture can ease integration. One of the most moving areas is the Galerie des Dons - a collection of personal memorabilia donated by individuals whose families came from foreign countries.


293 avenue Daumesnil
€3-€5; €2-€3.50 reductions; free under-26s. Aquarium €4.50-€5.70; €3-€4.20 reductions. PMP
Opening hours:
10am-5.30pm Tue-Fri; 10am-7pm Sat, Sun
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