Cité de la musique

Photo : Cité de la musique © Pierre-Emmanuel RastoinThe last of François Mitterrand's projects, the "Cité de la musique" was inaugurated in 1995. It is an invitation to discover music and its multiple aspects. It is a place where anyone can listen to and practise music, gain music information and discover music heritage. The Cité de la musique has something for everyone - music lovers, young people, performers, amateur beginners or music professionals. The architect Christian de Portzamparc designed this ensemble as a small town where each element of the programme lent itself to a specific shape. All these separate volumes are linked together by a network of transparent and fluid spaces, where people and circulate freely and mingle. From the Place de la Fontaine aux Lions, visitors enter the Cité via a gallery, the rue musicale.

January 2015:  Cité de la Musique becomes Philharmonie 2 / Philharmonie de Paris

Music Museum

The music museum, opened since January 18th 1997,occupies 2,500m² on 5 levels. Visitors will discover 900 instruments dating from the beginning of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century on a journey through the history of music. It ends with an overview of the main musical traditions devoted to world music. The music museum is above all a museum dedicated to the musical life which situates each instrument in its original context : a unique tour allowing you at the same time to see the instruments, listen to their distinctive sound and visit the halls where they were played and understand their social function. Everyday, as part of the permanent exhibition, musicians play and talk about their instruments and the music they interpret, (harpsichord, violin, bass viol, lute, saz, setar or even the wheel fiddle and crystal Baschet…)

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm

Information cité de la Musique - Philharmonie 2 de Paris
Tél. : + 33 (0)1 44 84 44 84

How to get there : cité de la Musique - Paris la Villette

Métro (ligne/line 5) station: Porte de Pantin
Bus : 75, 151:  Porte de Pantin
Tramway : T3b - Porte de Pantin
Road : ring road exit Porte de Pantin

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