If you’re traveling with cranky teenagers who’ve had enough of La Vieille France, or if you’re also sick of endless rendezvous with history, this is the place to come for a blast of contemporary madness. This vast art space not only offers a rotating bundle of expositions, events, and other happenings, but it’s also one of the only museums in Paris that stays open until midnight. While some might quibble over whether or not the works on display are really art, there’s no denying that this place is a lot more fun than its stodgy neighbor across the terrace. There’s no permanent collection, just continuous temporary exhibits, installations, and events, which include live performances and film screenings. The center is now one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe. In warm weather, you can eat on the splendid terrace or repair to its arty-cool restaurant, Tokyo Eat.
- Margie Rynn