Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Another Frank Gehry’s masterpiece 


8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 – Metro Les Sablons - Fondation Louis Vuitton's website


Opened last year, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is the newest Paris museum dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art and music. It also serves as a cultural center with a 1,000 seat auditorium.

Starchitect Frank Gehry formed the structure to look like an avalanche of billowing sails.

Even if you’re not a fan of modern art, it’s worth a visit to see the building that houses it.

Join a free tour (available at the information desk – at least they were at the inception) to explore its complex construction and also catch some jaw-dropping views of the Jardin d’Acclimatation.

Yes, it’s in the Bois de Boulogne, but avoid their shuttles which lure you in (only 1€) for a direct ride from the Arc de Triomphe, but they’re too small and few to handle the crowds of visitors. My first-hand experience was very bad: the shuttle was late and I nearly missed the entrance (I booked my tickets online – which I advise you to do to avoid long lines at the entrance – but they are timed tickets). Instead, take the metro. The museum is just next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, at the entrance of the Bois de Boulogne, not far from the subway station.

Take note! The museum offers no cheap-eat options, only a tiny, posh restaurant named Frank that requires reservations.

Still have money to spend? The shop sells art books and, of course, various Louis Vuitton souvenirs.

Go there to see the iconic (and – as with all Gehry buildings – controversial) structure.

But for art exhibitions and programming, I prefer the Fondation Cartier or the Palais de Tokyo (see our tips).


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