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.
Cité de la Musique - Musée de la Musique
Paris' Cité de la Musique is not only a venue for concerts, but also a museum which has had some of the city's most interesting exhibitions in recent years (including exhibitions on Miles Davis, Serge Gainsbourg, John Lennon, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix). You can learn about more than four centuries of western music here, and there is also an overview of the main musical cultures from different parts of the world. Extensive archives and workshops are also available.
La Gaîté lyrique
Built on the site of the former Théâtre de la Gaîté, La Gaîté Lyrique is a space dedicated to digital arts and contemporary music. It "explores all forms of digital culture: film-making, animation film-making, theatre, dance, circus, music, visual arts, design, graphic design, motion design, musical film, architecture, computer programming, software art, web, games, fashion, etc. As well as all those which we haven't named yet…" (source: gaite-lyrique.net)
la Vie Romantique, Musée de
The Musée de la Vie Romantique once held salons graced by the presence of 18th century intellectuals including George Sand, Frédéric Chopin, Eugène Delacroix, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingrès, Alphonse de Lamartine, Pauline Viardot and some decades later Charles Dickens, Ivan Turgueniev and Charles Gounod. Today it is dedicated to George Sand, and displays memorabilia related to her, drawings by Delecroix and Ingrès, and even a mold of the hand of Chopin.
The Musée du Louvre is perhaps the most famous museum in the world. In fact, many visit Paris just to see it and the Eiffel Tower, the two not-to-be missed sites on every tourists' radar. This reputation is not without merit; the Musée du Louvre is so huge that it can take you several days to see all the displays. The most popular attraction is of course Mona Lisa, but there’s plenty more you could see such as the Egyptian antiquities; near eastern antiquities; displays from the Etruscan, Greek and Roman periods; decorative arts; and paintings among others.