Quality Hotel Acanthe - Boulogne Billancourt
9, rond-point Rhin and Danube
Phone: (33) 1 46991040
Fax: (33) 1 46990005
Arts & Museums
This hidden gem just west of the Bois de Boulogne possesses one of the richest archives of early true-color photographs in the world. The former estate and collection of 20th Century banker and world traveler Albert Kahn became a museum in1986, undergoing major renovations in 1990 and 2006. Rotating exhibitions of the color photographs Kahn had commissioned for his Archive of the Planet from 1909 to 1931 provide exciting glimpses into early 20th century life in many parts of the world. His love of travel and other cultures is also manifest in the themed gardens, where one can stroll through a forest of the Vosges, a Japanese village, a prairie, or an English garden, to name a few corners.
Created in 1939, this museum's mission was to gather collections concerning cultural and industrial patrimony of the city of Boulogne-Billancourt. In 1983, it turned its focus to the 1930s; indeed, many artists, architects and movie directors settled in this city, since the price of workshops were still affordable. Big names contribute to the reputation of the 1930s in Boulogne, in both industrial and cultural domains. The 1930s museum settled on the premises of the Espace Landowski in 1988. Nowadays, the 3000 square meters (over 32,000 square feet) of museum exhibits 800 paintings, 1500 sculptures and 20,000 drawings, as well as pieces of furniture and archived documents focusing on Orientalism. An outdoor visit provides the discovery of architectural creations.
Espace Landowski, beside the town hall of Boulogne-Billancourt, is the cultural center of the Parisian suburb. It holds concerts, multimedia art exhibits, and the Musée des Années 30 (Museum of the 1930s), which focuses on honoring a time when this town was a haven for substantial innovations in art and architecture. It boasts a permanent collection including 800 paintings, 50 pieces of furniture, and 1500 sculptures which truly suggest the environment of the art world specific to the 1930s; the museum also hosts exhibits and conferences. See website for details.
Sèvres National Ceramics Museum features different types of ceramic and porcelain from all over the world, particularly traditional fine European and Asian ceramics. The museum was established by Alexandre Brongniar, houses more than 50,000 objects and is a must-visit for fans of pottery and earthenware.
The Tenniseum, also called Musée de la Fédération Française de Tennis, is a museum devoted entirely to the history of the game, specifically the French Open held at Roland Garros. There are mountains of archival footage of old matches, as well as other multimedia exhibits dating back to 1897. Additionally, the museum has a library full of tennis-related history, statistics, and interviews. Check the website for current temporary displays.
Foundation Le Corbusier is a large museum dedicated to famous French architect Le Corbusier, occupying a large modern house in the 16th District. The museum features thousands of pieces of the architects work, ranging from drawings to studies of buildings to paintings, enamels and other assorted items collected over the course of several years. Located in a building designed by the architect himself, there are few better places to see such a comprehensive look at an artist's legacy.
Musée Marmottan Monet stocks some of the world's most famous artists from various periods. Visitors can find art from the Early Renaissance period, the First French Empire, the world's largest Monet collection as well as over 300 paintings from the Impressionist and post-Impressionist periods. The museum was converted from a hunting lodge to a museum when it was bought by the Marmottan family who put their own personal collection on display. Don't forget about the gift shop for some great souvenirs!
The Maison Armande Béjart is the oldest house in Meudon which has not fallen into ruins, and was purchased in 1676 by Béjart, who was an actress in the theater and Molière's widow. Today, however, it holds the Musée d'art et d'histoire (Art & History Museum) and its permanent collection with a dual focus: art from the 20th Century and the history specific to Meudon and its inhabitants. It also hosts temporary exhibits, shows (including works by Molière), and conferences, often in the lovely courtyard and garden.
Love playing cards? Well, here's a chance to know more about the cards you love so much! Visit the wonderful Musée Français de la Carte à Jouer, a museum dedicated to playing cards. Take a look at the wonderful collection of over 9000 objects that includes playing cards, drawings, paintings and about 1000 objects that are card game related. The museum has been awarded the best museum award of Europe in 1999.
Maison de Balzac is the one-time residence of lauded French reconstruction-era author Honoré de Balzac. Idyllic green surroundings frame a charming little house in which Balzac worked on his literary legacy. Over four hundred pieces of history from letters to rough drafts to paintings and gifts are available for visitors to peruse, allowing travelers to spend as much time as they like delving through the life of this iconic author.
Located in the vaulted cellars of the Abbaye de Passy, the Wine Museum relates the broad outline of the history of wine through France and its famous well-known wine-producing areas such as Burgundy and Gironde. In this very abbey, in the heart of Paris, monks produced their own wine in the 14th Century by cultivating a vineyard on the Chaillot Hill. Today, these cellars exhibit old bottles, wax models, vats and other tools used for wine making. At the end of the visit, enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by some foie gras, or if you're not yet 18, be happy with a glass of grape juice.
Learn more about the art of French winemaking at the Musée du Vin. With over 2000 artifacts, the oldest being over 2000 years old, you could spend an entire morning here. The entire collection is housed in a wine cellar from the 15th Century, so you will be truly immersed in the experience. There's a restaurant onsite serving French cuisine and, of course, a selection of wine.