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The impressive sculptures at the Musee Bourdelle museum in Paris dedicated to Antoine Bourdelle

The Musee Bourdelle is a museum in Paris dedicated to featuring works from the artist and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, which is to be found within the studio and apartment where he worked and lived from 1885 in the Montparnasse area.
When you enter the museum one of the first rooms you would most likely come across is the Great Hall which was added extension in 1961 to commemorate a century after his birth. It was made to hold some monumental plaster works, such as one named the Monument to the General Alvear and another called the Dying Centaur, and there is also a bronze copy of this which can be found on display in the courtyard garden.
Another area you can visit is the front garden with a gallery and terrace and it holds one of Antoine Bourdelle's more signature pieces, called Heracles the Archer.
Further along in the Musee Bourdelle you can find a room which forms part of the house where the sculptor lived from 1885, and even if he did move to a different apartment in 1918 he …

The unique collection of art at the Musee Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris

The Musee Jacquemart-Andre is within a palace mansion which was built during the 19th century on the street Boulevard Haussmann for Edouard Andre, which holds and showcases many pieces of art he and his wife, Nelie Jacquemart, collected through their life.
Edouard Andre was a banker and heir to a protestant banking family fortune, and yet spent his money on collecting works of art. After marrying Nelie Jacquemart who happened to be a French portrait artist, they both collected numerous works, which led to a vast amount of art from all over the world.
The Musee Jacquemart-Andre museum is much smaller than other well known places such as Chateau de Versailles or the Chantilly castle, but on that note it is also more personal. Having been a place to hold parties for the high society of the day, allowing them to admire many of the works which were collected in the mansion.
Once Nelie Jacquemart passed away she left the estate and collections to the Institut de France, so that the house co…

Musee Grevin Waxwork Museum in Paris started over 130 years ago

The Musee Grevin is a waxwork museum which opened in 1882, and it can be an amazing place to visit famous people which are now in their wax form, some dating from many years ago.
At the museum there are various different sections within this museum in Paris, some of which include some of the more renowned wax pieces including that of Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jackson and much more, which are all surrounded by amazing decor around, which in itself is amazing, being put in place well over one hundred years ago.
One section is dedicated to history of France from the middle ages through to the 19th century, which goes through the Renaissance period and the Second empire, which highlights numerous people throughout history, including Joan of Arc and King Louis XIV with his court at Chateau de Versailles.
The museum also offers to highlight numerous celebrities in what could be classed as a "natural habitat". Many of them being seen in their dressing …

The small museum in Paris dedicated to the artist Eugene Delecroix portrays his work and life

The Musee Eugene Delacroix Museum in Paris
The Musee Eugene Delacroix is a museum in Paris which is dedicated to the renowned painter Eugene Delacroix, showcasing his work, ideas and more, which is to be found within the heart of the Saint Germain des Pres area of Paris and within the apartment and studio where he lived and worked.
The history of the Musee Eugene Delacroix in itself is very fascinating, the original studio which the 19th century painter worked in was used only after the man became seriously ill and found the trek from his home to where he was working at the time too far to contend with. He found a place on Rue de Furstenberg which he found both calming and bright, and where he stayed for the rest of his life.
However, when he did die in August 1863, as he had no direct heir, his wish in his will was that his works were to be sold at the Hotel Drouot auction house in Paris along with most of his furniture. In fact there are many museums which hold his paintings such as…

The most famous avenue in the world, the Champs Elysees in Paris

The Champs Elysees has a full name of the Avenue des Champs Elysees, which the name translates to Elysian Fields in French, that is meant to be a place of the blessed and a resting place of Gods in Greek mythology.
The Champs Elysees is perhaps one of the most famous avenues within the world and in France is called La plus belle avenue du monde, which translated means the most beautiful avenue in the world and with its magnificence it's no wonder, but this famous tree lined avenue actually didn't begin out in this manner.
In fact, the name stems from the very fact that this whole area was originally fields and market gardens with farmers selling their goods to the local Paris markets.
It was Marie de Medici, who was the wife of King Henry IV, that wanted to clear a number of these fields and extend the garden of the Palais des Tuileries at the former Palais du Louvre, which is now the Louvre Museum, by creating an avenue, and it was before long full of trees that were planted …

Cite des Sciences science museum in Paris and the Geode cinema are the largest in Europe

The Cite des Sciences is an all round popular museum, being the largest science museum in all of Europe and the fifth most visited museum in Paris, joining other popular museums such as The Louvre, it makes it an amazing museum to visit which is suitable for all ages and types of interests.
There are some permanent exhibitions at the museum which allow you to be interactive with the museum such as within the Techno Gallery, where you can play the latest games, test prototypes, discover robots and much more.
Another exciting area is the Images exhibition, where you can include yourself within a TV advert, manipulate pictures and more. Other exhibitions include the light exhibition, outer space, satellite, along with enabling you to be able to discover optical illusions, test new sound devices and much more to stay entertained.
Yet even young children are also catered for with a designated area just for them with interactive displays and organised activities available daily, yet teenage…