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External view of the modern building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation

© Gehry Partners, LLP and Frank O. Gehry. Photo Iwan Baan 2014

Last updated: 20 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

The Fondation Louis Vuitton’s building is an attraction in itself – a wacky, silver structure in the middle of Bois de Boulogne (built by Frank Gehry), with futuristic-looking glass sails, clever lighting and whimsical, sunken water features.

Inside, you’ll find a cutting-edge exhibition space that promotes both contemporary and historical art via ever-changing shows and music concerts. What you see will depend on when you go, but more recent exhibitions have included Monet and Basquiat.

Feasting your eyes is hungry work, so there’s a chic restaurant too, serving contemporary French cuisine! And even an excellent bookshop about art and architecture.

While you're there

The museum’s restaurant, Le Frank, is run by acclaimed chef, Jean-Louis Nomicos and serves modern French cuisine in a quirky space with hanging fish lamps – worth booking in for lunch.

Your ticket gives you free entry to the Jardin d’Acclimatation next door – a family theme park in the Bois de Boulogne, with fairground rides, rollercoasters and a petting zoo.

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Price from: £16
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Take metro line 1 to Les Sablons station, or there’s a shuttle service direct to the museum from 44 Avenue de Friedland.

As with all of Paris’ big attractions, you should pre-book your tickets via the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s website.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Wednesday to Monday. Closed Tuesday.

It will be busy all day, but Mondays, Wednesdays and lunchtimes are quietest.

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