Art Deco is a movement in European architecture and decorative arts that started during the 1920’s; it burst onto the scene during the 1925 World Fair held in Paris city. The Art Deco style has sparked creativity in several fields, including the designing of jewelry. Still, its main forte is decorative arts and architecture. If you are a fan of high-end architecture, make sure to visit the below-compiled tourist attractions when in Paris.
Musée des Arts Decoratifs
If you are on a private Louvre Museum tour, make it a point to visit the Musée des Arts Decoratifs situated in the western wing of the royal palace too. It houses an extensive collection of decorative arts, which range from the medieval to the modern periods. They include ceramics, jewelry, glass pieces, and toys. The museum is divided into ten galleries, which exhibits period pieces from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and other periods.
Palais de Chaillot
This palatial building, which was constructed as part of the 1937 international exposition, comprises two wings separated by neo-classical style pavilions. Overlooking the garden Jardins du Trocadéro, the pavilions also offer scenic views of the Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower. The building’s gorgeous interior decoration, designed by several sculptors and painters, serves as a throwback to Art Deco. It is home to three museums devoted to architecture and monumental statue, navy and maritime, and ethnology and anthropology. Besides, the building occupies an eponymous theater, which hosts dance performances and plays.
Palais de Tokyo
Palais de Tokyo, which was constructed in 1937 as part of that year’s World Fair, houses two museums in its east and west wings. While one of the museums in this building is devoted to 20th Century art and works of art with distinct styles, the other one is home to contemporary artworks. You can see a plethora of architecture in the palatial building’s west wing, which comprises one apiece peristyle, terrace, staircase, and bas-relief.
Palais de la Porte Dorée
The Art Deco building, constructed as part of the 1931 Colonial Exposition, is a historic monument located on the outer edge of the park named Bois de Vincennes. It houses a tropical aquarium, and a museum devoted to the history of immigration. The aquarium is a biodiversity full of thousands of animals of different species, fishes, sharks, and crocodiles. The façade of the building is replete with bas-reliefs, which looks stunning even more when the entrance area is light up.
This museum with Beaux-Arts architecture houses several paintings, sculptures, photographs, and Art Deco style objects. Its extensive collection of artworks and decorative arts are worth exploring when on Paris private tours. Besides, the beauty of the museum launched as part of the 1900 Exposition Universelle is sure to dazzle lovers of architecture. Before that, it used to be the Beaux-Arts railway station named Gare d’Orsay. To experience its architecture in all its glory, get to the 5th floor of the building to the Café des Hauteur set up behind a giant clockwork.
Musée des Années
This museum located in the Parisian suburb Boulogne-Billancourt houses an array of artworks and other things devoted to the Art Deco era. Its collection includes sculptures, paintings, decorative objects, ceramics, and furniture of that style. One of its highlights is models of 1930 buildings and townhouses. All these are sure to excite the visitors who have an affinity for top-notch architecture and fine arts.
Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace du Bourget
This museum of air and space tracing back to the early 1900’s has a collection of planes, most of which are suspended both inside and outside the building. The museum also has space objects, which include models of rockets, and a planetarium where visitors can learn about the solar system and planets. There is not much distance from the Bourget Airport to the museum, so do visit it if you all are into aerospace too.
Musée du Louvre
When it comes to tourist attractions in Paris, a private Louvre Museum tour will be the first on the wishlist of many. It is one of the world’s most visited museums housing a treasure trove of artworks, including artifacts, sculptures, objects, and paintings. The collections of the museum displayed in separate exhibit floors are divided into different historic timelines or cultures such as ancient Greek, Egyptian, and so forth.
Although Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa are two of the most frequently photographed works by the visitors, the former royal palace also has several other architectural masterstrokes. They include the Grand Staircase, I. M. Pei’s glass pyramids, and the courtyard Visconti covered with a glass canopy. All these make a private Louvre Museum tour equally special at nighttime as it is in the daytime.