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.
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.
Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF)
Comprised of several sites, the National Library of France (BNF), so named since 1994, is the national library of the French Republic, the heir of royal collections made since the late Middle Ages. It is the largest library in France and one of the largest in the world. Its activities are spread over seven sites, the main one being the library of François-Mitterrand site or Tolbiac. The historic site, dating from the seventeenth century, is in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.
Chocolate has a history stretching back 4,000 years to the Olmecs, and in Choco-Story - the Gourmet Chocolate Museum - you can trace this history in a 750 square meter space on three levels, containing over 1,000 original objects. Gain historical perspective, learn different methods of making chocolate and try different varieties of the mouth-watering delight for yourself!