Musée de l’Homme
17 pl. du Trocadéro, 16th arrond.
Our Rating Neighborhood Champs-Élysées, Trocadéro & Western Paris (8th, 16th & 17th Arrondissements) Hours Wed-Mon 10am-6pm Transportation Métro: Trocadéro Phone 01-44-05-72-72 Prices Admission 10€ adults, 7€ students and children 13-25, free for children 12 and under Web site Musée de l’Homme
The primitive art housed in this museum once inspired Picasso. Today, it is 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 from the French Enlightenment and a gallery of 19th-c. busts designed to illustrate the diversity of human beings). The building itself is a showpiece. Set in the Passy wing of the Palais de Chaillot—built for the 1937 World’s 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 and the Café de l’Homme, a chic brasserie with a terrace offering undisrupted tower vistas (www.cafedelhomme.com).
Map17 pl. du Trocadéro, 16th arrond. Paris
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