Museums & Monuments

The quirky entrance to the metro at Place Colette, Paris. Patrick Janicek/Creative Commons

The Louvre/Tuileries District in Paris: What to See & Do Around the Museum?

If you only have a few days to explore Paris or it’s your first trip to the capital, you may want to spend a few hours roaming around the Louvre/Tuileries district. Besides harboring […]

After the Fire: A Short History of Notre-Dame Cathedral’s Disasters & Rebirths

Like most people, I felt a lump rising in my throat when I saw images of Notre-Dame Cathedral lapped with flames and choked by smoke on April 15th. The fire, ostensibly an accidental […]

Academie de la Grande Chaumière: The Paris Art Studio Favored by Modigliani, Miró and Lempicka

On a quiet side street in Montparnasse that seems worlds apart from the frenetic Boulevards and terraced cafes just feet away, there’s a typically Belle-Epoque building you’d be forgiven for not noticing. But […]

Belleville artists' studios open house days/ Ateliers d'artistes de Belleville Portes Ouvertes

Belleville Artists’ Open Studios: Get a Glimpse of Local Creation

Every year in late spring, over 200 artists working and living in Paris’ northeastern Belleville neighborhood open their studios for a few days to the general public. The Portes Ouvertes (open doors) event takes place […]

Inside the 104 (Cent-Quatre), a Vibrant Contemporary Arts Hub in Paris

A fascinating and important branch in the Parisian culture scene, the 104 (Le Cent Quatre) is a vast communal art center in Paris’ remote 19th arrondissement. This sprawling artistic hub and community center– […]

It would take centuries to complete the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The 10 Best Things to Do in Paris on Your First Visit

At Paris Unlocked, we tend to focus coverage on lesser-known corners of the French capital, and encourage readers to look well beyond the obvious and the wildly popular. But when you’re visiting Paris […]

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night exhibit at the Atelier des Lumières digital art museum in Paris

In Review: Atelier des Lumières, The First (All)-Digital Art Museum in Paris

  When I first heard that an all-digital art museum and cultural space called the Atelier des Lumières would be opening its doors in Paris sometime in 2018, I was more than a […]

Edith Piaf was born in Paris; for fans of "la mome", there are several key sites to see in the French capital. Image credit: Piano Piano/Creative Commons 2.0

Seeking Edith Piaf in Paris? Visit These 4 Places

Affectionately dubbed “the little sparrow” and “la môme” (the kid) in France, Edith Piaf is a musical legend who has (rather surprisingly?) resonated with successive generations of listeners. Thanks in part to Olivier Dahan’s […]

Monet's Nympheas series: a tribute to world peace at the Orangerie in Paris. Image credit: Adrian Scottow/Some rights reserved under the Creative Commons license.

Small Museums in Paris: 7 Quiet Gems You Shouldn’t Overlook

The first time I set foot inside the Louvre Museum, I had already been living in Paris for three or four years. The guests I accompanied were astounded that I’d never bothered to […]

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