The 104 (Centquatre) is a public cultural cooperative in Paris, open since 2008 on the site of a former municipal funeral parlor. The entirely renovated complex is one of Europe's largest artists' residencies: dancers, writers, painters, sculptors, designers and just about anybody with creative proclivities and something to contribute can exhibit in the large 29,000 square meter space.
Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée
A great place for kids and adults, the Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée exhibits tank after tank of vibrantly-colored tropical and marine fish, from mandarins and sea anemones to clown fish. Often exhibitions are held here where fish from the Amazon such as the piranha and even crocodiles have been displayed.
Located just outside the Cite de Sciences, the Argonaut is a former hunter-killer submarine and flagship of a French squadron, now open to the public. In its heyday it traveled 10 times around the world, spent 2,000 days at sea and over 32,000 hours underwater before it was decommissioned in 1982. Visitors can examine the instruments and quarters of this 400-ton beast.
Arts décoratifs, Musée des
No one can fault the French for failing to appreciate the finer things in life, and you can gain insight into their lifestyle at the Musée des Arts décoratifs. The collection consists of French furniture, objets d'arts, ceramics, glassware, wallpaper, tapestries, carpets and more. It also stocks glass pieces from Émile Gallé, René Lalique and others. You will also find more than 30,000 costumes from the 18th century to the present day here.
Arts et Métiers, Musée des
The Musée des Arts et Métiers is dedicated to the history of machinery and tools. The brainchild of Father Grégoire, this museum today displays in excess of 3,000 inventions from different times. These inventions are been displayed in 7 categories, the most famous exhibit being the original version of the Foucault pendulum.