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 is also one of the only museums in Paris that stays open until midnight. While some might quibble about whether or not the works on display are really art, there’s no denying that this place is a lot of fun. You’ll find a completely different crowd here, one that is generally young and intense. There’s no permanent collection, just continuous temporary exhibits, installations, and events, which include live performances and film screenings. The center, whose mission includes nurturing, promoting, and providing studio space for emerging artists, is one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe. Check the website for what’s on during your visit. In warm weather, you can eat on the splendid terrace of its chic, neo-Art-Deco brasserie, Monsieur Bleu, which has Eiffel Tower views, or sip cocktails in its restaurant/bar Les Grands Verres, which stays open ‘til 2am.
Palais de Tokyo
13 av. du Président-Wilson, 16th arrond.
Our Rating Neighborhood Champs-Élysées, Trocadéro & Western Paris (8th, 16th & 17th Arrondissements) Hours Wed–Mon noon–midnight Transportation Métro: Iéna Phone 01-81-97-35-88 Prices Admission 12€ adults, 9€ ages 18–25, free for children 17 and under Web site Palais de Tokyo