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Musée national de l'histoire de l'Immigration - Palais de la Porte Dorée

Inside a striking Art Déco edifice, the National Museum of Immigration History houses a unique multicultural centre where learning goes hand in hand with sharing.

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Description

Covid-19 information : a health pass or a test taken within the last 48 hours is required at the entrance.

Adjacent to the Bois de Vincennes, the Palais de la Porte Dorée is eye-catching. Indeed, the massive building with its clean, geometric lines in an Art Deco style is a classified historical monument. Constructed in 1931 for the Paris Colonial Exhibition, the space was originally dedicated to the arts of Africa and Oceania; today it is entirely devoted to the cultures and history of immigration in France.

A Collective History

Inside the impressive structure, an informative presentation combines history and art. Covering 200 years of collective memory, the chronological summary follows the main staircase. Upstairs, the permanent collection and the temporary shows present a profusion of pieces touching on themes including identity and multiculturalism. The donation gallery is designed as an intimate presentation of immigrants’ personal objects and singular stories.

The Journey Doesn’t Stop There

The visit also continues outdoors. A monumental, intricate bas-relief by Alfred Janniot lauding colonialism’s treasures covers the main façade of the building. At your feet lies a garden designed by the artist-botanist Liliana Motta and featuring 130 different plant species from around the world.

On the same site, take the time to marvel at the fish, sharks, piranhas and crocodiles housed in the historic Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée. Fun for all the family. A few steps away, the statue of Athena by Léon Drivier and the striking fountain by Louis Madeline impose their architectural splendour over the historic Édouard-Renard square.

And from June 1st, the ephemeral terrace Poisson Lune welcomes you from Tuesday to Sunday during the day or in the evening. With your family, your partner or your friends, come and relax in the heart of summer.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to visit the museum is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

293 avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris 12ème

Metro : Porte Dorée (Line 8) Tram : Line T3 Bus : 46

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 5.30 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. On satursay and sunday from 10am to 7pm.
Last access to the areas 1 hour before closing time.
The Palais de la Porte Dorée is closed to the public every Monday as well as on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. The Abdelmalek Sayad multimedia library is currently closed.

Prices

  • Full price: 8 € (Combined ticket (Museum and Aquarium): full price €12 / reduced price €9) Reduced price: 5 €.

    Free for all on the first Sunday of each month.

Facility

  • Auditorium
  • Media library

Services

  • Shop

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Guided tour languages

  • English
  • French
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
  • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Parking
  • adapted access control to the car park
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • revolving entrance door
  • automatic entrance door
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • performance room with a reserved space
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
  • elevator
Parking
  • visual intercom
  • adapted access control to the car park
Accueil
  • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
  • guided tours with an amplifying device
  • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
Équipements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Ascenseur
  • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
  • elevator with identifiable call buttons
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • baby carrier loan
  • pushchair loan
Sanitaires
  • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
  • changing table
Visite
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)