Palais Tokyo Paris

Walking near the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

This elegant area boasts contemporary art, Asian artifacts, and an arty restaurant. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings the outdoor market on avenue du Président Wilson is in full swing.

Begin at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1, 11 avenue du Président Wilson). Don’t miss Dufy’s huge curved mural The Electricity Fairy, a celebration of electric power. Other highlights include Matisse’s joyful The Dance, Robert Delaunay’s The Cardiff Team (spot the Eiffel Tower in the background), and curvy reliefs by Hans Arp.

For even more adventurous art, visit the Palais de Tokyo (2) in the opposite half of the building. Kids enjoy the experimental approach in the temporary exhibits here, often big installations that may involve music or performances. Then look at the robots and other fun items displayed in fridges in the shop. There is a cafeteria in the basement, and the ground-floor restaurant Tokyo Eat is ideal for families. Some of the chairs have even been decorated by artists. Check out the unusual toilets upstairs, too (careful with fingers, as the pivoting doors are heavy).

Across the avenue, a small park surrounds the Palais Galliera (3, entrance 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie), where kids interested in fashion will enjoy the temporary clothing exhibits (closed between shows). Continue up avenue du President Wilson to the Musée Guimet (4, 6 place d’Iena), the national museum of Asian art. The collection is vast, so just focus on kid-friendly highlights : the Cambodian Buddha sculptures and the spectacular Giant’s Way – two demigoddesses holding a five – headed cobra, whose body was originally more than 650 feet long.

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Metro Station : Alma-Marceau (Line 9), Iéna (Line 9)