After a 6-year refurbishment, the museum whose primitive art once inspired Picasso, re-opened its doors in 2015 as a state-of-the-art anthropology museum showcasing the richness of human culture and the evolution of Mankind. In true existential Sartre fashion, this is where you come to reflect on the hard questions: What does it mean to be human? Where do we come from? And where are we headed - especially in the light of climatic change? The answer is there’s no one answer, but it’s great thinking about it as you work your way around the exhibits – everything from a Cro-Magnon skull to André Pierre Pinson’s anatomical waxworks (fabulous, intricate examples of anatomy during the French Enlightenment) and a gallery of 19th-century busts designed to illustrate the diversity of human beings. The building itself is a showpiece too: set in the Passy Wing of the Palais de Chaillot – built for the 1937 World Fair on the site of the former 1878 Trocadéro Palace – it is an art deco treasure filled with natural light, thanks to rows of floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the most famous icon of all, the Eiffel Tower. For the best views, head to Café Lucy, an ultra-modern cafeteria on the 2nd floor.
- Anna Brooke