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Pavillon-Arsenal, Paris

Paris, Guided Tour #00 - Introduction by Pavillon-Arsenal

Created in 1988 the Pavillon de l’Arsenal is the centre for information, documentation and exhibition for urban planning and architecture of Paris. It is a unique place, where information concerning urban development and architectural realisations in Paris is available to everyone.

The main activities of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal are to exhibit Parisian architecture and urban-planning; to give visitors the most accurate documentation possible; to publish reference books on topics affecting the day-to-day life of Parisians and to provide a forum for the individuals and authorities involved in shaping the city.

The Pavillon de l’Arsenal aims to allow a large public to understand the evolution of Paris and its projects. In order to preserve the balance of the Parisian cityscape, today’s planners must use an urbanism centred on proximity issues involving dialogue and concerted actions.

The main hall of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal presents three types of exhibition.
On the ground floor, the permanent exhibition « Paris a guided Tour; the city, past and present » explains on 800 sqm the architecture of the city and shows how Paris was built over the centuries as well as its actual and future projects on various scales, from the Parisian metropolis, through the city, the neighbourhood, to the street.

The 1st floor welcomes on 600 sqm three main temporary exhibitions a year, centred on a particular theme. The thematic approach is diverse: the architecture of the concrete, housing in Paris, the Paris of Haussmann, the Paris of private homes, or more recently the 454 projects for Paris 2012. Since it’s opening the Pavillon de l’Arsenal has presented more than forty exhibitions to the public.

Topical galleries, exhibitions dedicated to French and international architecture are organised on the two galleries situated on the second floor.

In addition to this, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal proposes to the public a documentation centre, a photographic library, a bookshop-boutique, a newspaper bar and a video library.


Pavillon de l'Arsenal also has Dailymotion page with more then 30 short movies on the development and architecture of Paris


From the plaster model of Paris built on a 1/2000 scale in the 1990s to the digital model enabling visitors to truly discover the area.

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