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16th district of Paris: top 5 museums to visit with your family!

by | Feb 2, 2022 | News

Do you know what's on every first Sunday of the month in Paris? A little hint for the road, it's about museums! So, did you guess? We hope so! It's about the free museums in the city of Paris. Yes, when it is free, we are always happy. So, today Kidlee has prepared a top 5 of free museums to visit for family outings in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

The counterfeit museum

Address : 16 rue de la Faisanderie - 75116 Paris

For the little anecdote, this museum is installed in a sumptuous mansion rue de la Faisanderie Paris 16. By pure coincidence, this building is a copy of a XVIIth century mansion that was located in the Marais. While on the other hand, the term "pheasantry", means in slang a group of crooks or a scam. So, isn't this the last straw for a museum of forgery?

Unusual, educational, playful, disturbing, astonishing, there is no shortage of adjectives to describe what your family visit to this museum will be like! 

Between the 16th arrondissement and Tokyo: the Palais de Tokyo

Address : 13 avenue du Président Wilson - 75116 Paris

The first reason to visit the Palais de Tokyo is its location. It is located just a step away from the Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower. You need other reasons? Moreover, Little Goguette has prepared 11 for you, here are some of them

1. Discover modern art by practicing during the Tok-Tok workshops of the "Little Palais": all year long, the Palais organizes super creative workshops and storytelling sessions for 5-10 year olds.

2. Have fun between generations during the family workshop that takes place every Sunday at 4pm.

3. Have fun skateboarding on the parvis, one of the best spots in Paris.

4. Have a snack facing the Seine, and lounge in the armchairs of the Tokyo Eat restaurant.

5. Browse in the bookstore which is full of books on contemporary art.

6. Vibrate to the performances organized one Monday per month in "the Pavilion" by the international artists in residence.

The house of Balzac

Address : 47 rue Raynouard - 75016 Paris

In life, there are two kinds of people: those who read his works for pleasure and those who read him just because they had an essay to write. Still, both types of people want their children to read Balzac. So, we have good news for you! The Maison de Balzac is the only one of the novelist's Parisian homes that remains today. The museum displays, among other things, personal memorabilia of the writer and his family, as well as numerous first editions, manuscripts and illustrations. Paintings, engravings and documents relating to his family and contemporaries are also on display. The museum organizes exhibitions and events on themes related to the writer, including creative workshops on certain works. These are open to children from the age of 7.

Access to the permanent collections is free, every day.

The Marmottan Monet Museum

Address : 2 Rue Louis Boilly - 75016 Paris

If you are told "impressionist", what would you answer? Monet, Claude Monet, indeed! In fact, it is in this museum that you can admire the work that gave its name to Impressionism, the emblematic Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet. So, if you want a first introduction to art for your children, you can't ask for anything better! The visit will allow the youngest to discover in a very accessible way the Impressionist movement and the greatest Impressionist painters.

One of the most family-friendly museums in the 16th arrondissement of Paris: the Guimet Museum

Address : 6 Pl. d'Iéna - 75116 Paris

Here is a museum that has the same age as the Eiffel Tower, 132 years old! Also, it has a very complete collection of Asian art, known to be one of the most important in the world. At the entrance, two beautiful booklets-games for 8 - 12 years are proposed. They allow families to transform their visit to the museum into a time of searching for clues and playing games. These booklets can also be downloaded from the museum website. In addition, one of the major assets of this museum is the fact that it offers activities for families. 

  • Wednesdays for children 5 to 7 years old, parents are welcome to attend as long as space is available.
  • Birthday party at the museum : from 7 years old, children can celebrate their birthday at the museum, with 2 hours of activities.
  • Parent-child workshop: on some Saturdays, these thematic workshops are designed for families, combining yoga and art, storytelling and Asian dance.