Quality Hotel Abaca Messidor - Paris 15
330 rue de Vaugirard
Phone: (33) 1 48280374
Fax: (33) 1 48287517
330 rue de Vaugirard , Paris, FR, 75015
- Phone: (33) 1 48280374
- Fax: (33) 1 48287517
Arts & Museums
The Institut Pasteur buildings houses the museum dedicated to this famous chemist (1822-1895), who invented the vaccine against rabies. The visit starts with the great apartments (about ten rooms) where he lived until his death. The tour continues to an impressive room where some 1000 scientific instruments are exhibited evoking his great research work. The tour concludes with the Byzantine style funerary chapel, Louis Pasteur's resting place, which invites visitors to meditate. As a last tribute to the man and his work, there are mosaics illustrating some of his discoveries.
From the beginning of the postal services to the present day, the Musée de la Poste retraces the history of mail through a series of anecdotes, as well as works of art. Visitors can enjoy the evolution of communication methods right from foot messengers, to the current day email, through the various displays at the museum. Le Musée de la Poste also focuses on fine arts, writing, history and society. Don't miss the collections of first maps of roads, and the large collection of postal stamps and mail art. Call for additional information.
These two museums present the Resistance movement and France's Liberation through the eyes of two exceptional men who came from opposite ends of the political spectrum: Maréchal Leclerc de Hautecloque (1902-1947) and Jean Moulin (1899-1943). Marshal Leclerc commanded the Division Française (the first Allied unit to enter Paris)and communist Jean Moulin was executed for being a member of the Resistance. Both museums remember the war through extensive photographic, documentary and film.
Opened in 1949, Musée Bourdelle was originally Antoine Bourdelle's workshop. He accomplished most of his work on display here over the course of 40 years. Extensions were built in 1961, but it is specifically the 1992 extension, made by Christian de Portzamparc, which enabled the exhibition of all of Bourdelle's works. Over 500 creations — bronzes, plasters, marbles and paintings — are displayed in the museum's rooms and garden. Temporary exhibitions, organized several times a year, enable visitors to discover other artists such as Luciano Fabro, Claude Rutault and Didier Vermeiren. In addition to guided tours, there is a workshop for children where they can create their own sculptures. If you make an appointment, you can have access to the documentation room.
Formerly located in the 3rd arrondissement, Studio 55 has recently settled in the 15th near the Bourdelle museum. Studio 55 is a contemporary urban art gallery specialized in street art, where famous and not so famous artists, all coming from city culture, exhibit their art. This place does not use the concept of gallery anymore, but has become a showroom showing, every first Wednesday of the month, at noon – when the Parisian sirens blow – the last creations and shortly delivered pieces of art.
It was Bresson's wish to start his own foundation. Today, the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson is home to the artworks and archives of this great photographer. The foundation organizes three exhibitions per year, to showcase the talents of photographers, painters and sculptors. It also allows access to the precious archives for research purposes. If you are looking for quality art, this is where you should be.
At the Musée du Montparnasse, conscious intention creates the museum as a space of exchange and enrichment, hosting concerts, educational activities, talks, and other events along with art exhibits. Photography exhibitions are often featured and the Espace Krajcberg hosts a permanent collection of Brazilian artist's work.
21 Maine Avenue is a mythical place in the artistic history of Montparnasse district. The most famous artists like Modigliani, Picasso, and Matisse have come here. It was almost closed in 1995, but became the property of the city of Paris and was then dedicated to cultural schemes. Immanence, which opened in 2000, is an exhibition place for young contemporary creations and works as a springboard for young artists.
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.
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.
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.
If you love old plans and archives, then this is the place for you! Started by Louis XVI, the collection of models and maps shown in this museum covers several centuries. The oldest model, representing the town of Perpignan, dates back to 1866. Note how towns and fortified areas have changed over the years. For reasons of National Security, this museum was not open to the public before the 1950s. It is also worth visiting the Musée de lArmée and the Musée de l'Ordre et de la Libération in Invalides.