Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique

On the edge of the Parc de La Villette, the spectacular architectural structures designed by Jean Nouvel and Christian Porzamparc form an ensemble dedicated to music unlike any other in the world.
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Description

Paris’s new concert hall, which opened in 2015 in the Parc de La Villette, was designed by the acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel. The striking, out-of-this-world creation seems almost to spin, as if carried by the metallic birds covering the façade of the building.

But this silver cathedral is above all a temple to music, designed in collaboration with two world-renowned acousticians. A concert in the large Pierre Boulez concert hall, which manages to feel intimate despite its impressive size, is an experience not to be missed. Enveloped by the music as if in a cocoon, you will understand the true meaning of “pure sound”.

Where music comes to life

The programme is focused on classical music but it also opens up to jazz, world music and pop, with a price range that makes the experience accessible to everyone. Beyond this musical magic, the Philharmonie was conceived as a place for exchange. Artists mingle with their audiences in the vast space on the ground floor where two exhibitions are held each year, one focusing on classical music and the other on something more pop, but always with a playful and modern approach. On the 6th floor, the Balcon bistro and its terrace offer breathtaking views. Climb to the 9th floor and walk on the Belvédère. At 37 meters high, it offers a panoramic view of the city and its outskirts.

To deepen your knowledge of world music, head to the complex’s second building: the Cité de la Musique. Designed by Christian de Portzamparc, a few meters from the Philharmonie, this fluid assemblage of geometric forms has housed the exceptional Musée de la Musique since 1995.

A space to play

Embark on an exciting journey through four centuries of world music. You will be able to admire a unique collection of over 7,000 musical instruments: lutes, viols, Stradivarius violins, electric guitars… A melodic journey, since mini-concerts are held in the exhibition spaces and free audio guides are provided in several languages for both adults and children, allowing visitors to discover and hear the instruments. Children are particularly well catered for with a whole range of workshops (play the luthier, be a conductor…) to be reserved in advance. The Cité de la Musique is completed by a music library holding a unique collection of documents, and a large concert hall where artists from all genres perform throughout the year.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the permanent collections of the music museum is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

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221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès
221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès
75019 PARIS 19

Metro : Porte de Pantin (Line 5) Tramway : Porte de Pantin (T3b) RER : Pantin (Line E) Bus : 75, 151, N13, N41, N45, N140 2 car parks with direct access from the ring road and avenue Jean-Jaurès, with nearly 1000 spaces for cars and two-wheelers Taxi 2 stations boulevard Sérurier, Porte de Pantin - avenue Jean-Jaurès, Café des concerts

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year between 12 pm and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Concerts and performances are programmed on weeknights, with matinée and evening shows on weekends. Find the full programme and rates on the website: philharmoniedeparis.fr/en/tourism-professionnals Musée de la musique From Tuesday to Friday: 12p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Temporary exhibitions From Tuesday to Thrusday: 12p.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. During school holidays, the exhibition opens in the morning at 10a.m.

Prices

  • 9 €
  • Reduced price: 6 to 8 € (Self-guided visit) Adult: 9 to 11 € (Self-guided visit Permanent Collection Temporary exhibition). Free entry for children < 6 years, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 10 people.

Facility

  • Restaurant

Tour

Spoken languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

Guided tour languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

Documentation languages (home)

  • English
  • French
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Extérieur
  • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
  • floor-level pathways
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
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (if possible 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
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • 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
  • audioguide with description elements
  • audioguide with guidance elements
  • 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/family applications for the tour
  • audioguides with a children's circuit
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
  • visioguides with a children's circuit
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 (if possible 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
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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