Museums & Monuments

Art on Water: Fluctuart, First Floating Urban Gallery, Opens in Paris

Opened in July 2019, Fluctuart is the world’s first floating “urban art center”. Docked at the foot of The Pont des Invalides on the left bank of the Seine River, this free gallery […]

Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre Museum, Paris

Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre: Feting the 500th Anniversary of Artist’s Death

2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death in Amboise, France– where the Italian artist and inventor is buried to this day. To commemorate this important date, the Louvre Museum in […]

Centre Pompidou in Paris, France

8 Reasons to Love the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

More than a museum, it’s a cultural touchstone Few places in Paris carry the sort of sentimental weight that the Centre Georges Pompidou does for me. When I was a student, I spent […]

The quirky entrance to the metro at Place Colette, Paris. Patrick Janicek/Creative Commons

The Louvre/Tuileries District in Paris: What to See & Do Around the Museum?

If you only have a few days to explore Paris or it’s your first trip to the capital, you may want to spend a few hours roaming around the Louvre/Tuileries district. Besides harboring […]

Academie de la Grande Chaumière: The Paris Art Studio Favored by Modigliani, Miró and Lempicka

On a quiet side street in Montparnasse that seems worlds apart from the frenetic Boulevards and terraced cafes just feet away, there’s a typically Belle-Epoque building you’d be forgiven for not noticing. But […]

Belleville artists' studios open house days/ Ateliers d'artistes de Belleville Portes Ouvertes

Belleville Artists’ Open Studios: Get a Glimpse of Local Creation

Every year in late spring, over 200 artists working and living in Paris’ northeastern Belleville neighborhood open their studios for a few days to the general public. The Portes Ouvertes (open doors) event takes place […]

Inside the 104 (Cent-Quatre), a Vibrant Contemporary Arts Hub in Paris

A fascinating and important branch in the Parisian culture scene, the 104 (Le Cent Quatre) is a vast communal art center in Paris’ remote 19th arrondissement. This sprawling artistic hub and community center– […]

First time in Paris? These are the best things to see and do during your stay, including a stroll around Montmartre.

First Time in Paris? These Are the 10 Best Things to Do.

At Paris Unlocked, we tend to focus our coverage on lesser-known corners of the French capital, and encourage readers to look well beyond the obvious, tried-and-true or wildly popular sites. But when it’s […]

The immersive Klimt and Viennese artists show at the Atelier des Lumieres in Paris, France

In Review: Atelier des Lumières, The First (All)-Digital Art Museum in Paris

  When I first heard that an all-digital art museum and cultural space called the Atelier des Lumières would be opening its doors in Paris sometime in 2018, I was more than a […]

Edith Piaf was born in Paris; for fans of "la mome", there are several key sites to see in the French capital. Image credit: Piano Piano/Creative Commons 2.0

Seeking Edith Piaf in Paris? Visit These 4 Places

Affectionately dubbed “the little sparrow” and “la môme” (the kid) in France, Edith Piaf is a musical legend who has (rather surprisingly?) resonated with successive generations of listeners. Thanks in part to Olivier Dahan’s […]

Monet's Nympheas series: a tribute to world peace at the Orangerie in Paris. Image credit: Adrian Scottow/Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons license.

Small Museums in Paris: 7 Quiet Gems You Shouldn’t Overlook

  The first time I set foot inside the Louvre Museum, I had already been living in Paris for three or four years. The guests I accompanied were astounded that I’d never bothered […]

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