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Paris Museum & Gallery Guide Part 1

If your idea of a cultural trip to Paris amounts to popping into the Louvre to get an eyeful of that bird with the wonky smile and then making a sharp exit, this guide may not be for you. We’ve picked our faves from Paris’ vast selection of museums and galleries.

La Cinematheque francaise, 51, rue de Bercy, 75012, Paris

Housed in a Frank Gehry designed building since 2005 (and worth visiting in its own right), the Cinematheque holds one of the largest archives of films, movie documents and film-related objects in the world, holding daily screenings and acclaimed exhibitions. Recent themes include Jacques Tati and the recently passed Dennis Hopper.

Exploradome, 18 avenue Henri Barbusse, Place du Marche, 94400

Opened in 1998, the Exploradome houses a breathtaking permanent exhibition of interactive objects designed and produced by San Francisco’s groundbreaking Exploratorium. A cavalcade of puzzling optical illusions and turbulent motion machines are more than enough to keep any youngster or the young at heart occupied. Open daily.

Musée national de la Légion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie

For a more sedate but no less fascinating afternoon, try this museum saluting France’s past. Opened in 1925, it displays a history of France's honours, medals, decorations, and knightly orders from Louis XI to the present, including Napoleonic souvenirs and more than 300 portraits. A special section is dedicated to foreign orders. Its library and archives contain more than 3,000 works.

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