Atelier des Lumières
38 rue St Maur, 11th arrond.
Our Rating Neighborhood République, Bastille & Eastern Paris (11th & 12th Arrondissements) Hours Sun–Thurs 10am–6pm; Fri–Sat 10am–10pm Phone 01-80-98-46-00 Prices 14.50€ adults, 11.50€ students 12–25, 9.50€ ages 5–25 Web site Atelier des Lumières
If you’ve ever watched a light show projected onto the facade of a building, you’ll know just how impressive they can be. But few shows can top this brand new museum’s offerings: Set in a converted foundry, the entire indoor space—floors, walls, and ceilings—is one monumental, moving canvas. Around 140 projectors and a high-tech sound system transport you smack-dab into famous paintings, as if you’ve shrunk and become part of the work. The first space covers the history of art (the opening show was dedicated to Gustav Klimt), the second, smaller in size but no less impressive, is for today’s emerging digital artists. Because of flashing lights and the overwhelming nature of the exhibits, people with epilepsy and kids age 2 and under should not visit.