The City of Architecture Museum shows the French architectural heritage. It is located in the Palais de Chaillot, entrance on the Trocadero square, in the 16th district of Paris. From this esplanade, the view is also extraordinary on the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars.

  • 1 Place Du Trocadéro Et Du 11 Novembre 1918, 75016 Paris, France

Open hours

Opening hours and closing periods:
Closing : Tuesday
Opening hours: Wednesday-Monday, 11am-7pm.
Nocturne : Thursday, until 9pm.

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • May 8th
  • Pentecost
  • Pentecost Monday
  • July 14th
  • August 15th
  • November 1st
  • November 11th
  • Métro - Lines 6 end 9 - Station : Trocadéro
  • RER - Line C - Station Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel
  • Bus - Lines 22, 30, 32, 63, 82,  OpenTour
  • Handicap : Offer adapted to people with disabilities

Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre
75116 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 51′ 47″ N 2° 17′ 22″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.86291 2.28834

Restaurant "Girafe" : with a view on the Eiffel Tower - Tel : +33 (0) 1 40 61 70 61 - contact@girafeparis.com


Rates and conditions

Free visit
Museum ticket (permanent collections) : 9€ (6€ for reduced rate)
Exhibition rates: depending on the exhibition.
Museum ticket + 1 exhibition: 12€ (9€ or 6€ reduced rate).
Museum ticket + 2 exhibitions: 15€ (12€ for reduced rate).

Guided tour: 5€ in addition to the entrance ticket

Free admission
Free admission on the 1st Sunday of the month in the permanent collections.
Free admission for under-26s from the European Union, teachers of 1st and 2nd grade (except for temporary exhibitions).
Free admission for disabled visitors and their companions, job seekers and those receiving minimum social benefits.
Current events galleries: free admission for all.
Free admission for children and young people: -18 years (permanent collections) and -12 years (temporary exhibitions).

Rates - Museum ticket

Full price : 9€ (€)
Reduced rate (18-25 years old outside the EU) : 6€.

Free admission : every 1st Sunday of the month (others : see special conditions - PDF / 630,58 KO)

Museum + Exhibitions ticket
Full price : 12€ (€)
Reduced rate (18-25 years old): 9€.
City Pass

The City without moderation!

Solo: 30 € (for one person)
Duo (invite the person of your choice): 50 €.
Pro & Jeune (-26 years old, architects, ENSA and art school teachers) : 15

Learn more about the benefits of Pass Cité.

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The City of architecture Museum shows the French architectural heritage. It is located in the Palais de Chaillot, entrance on the Trocadero square, in the 16th district of Paris. From this esplanade, the view is also extraordinary on the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars.

A global approach to architecture through the City of architecture Museum

The City of architecture Museum houses a museum, a library, an auditorium, a school for architects, a specialized bookshop, and a restaurant. 22,000m², entirely dedicated to architecture and urban planning to discover, look at, learn, understand and stroll around.

Disseminating knowledge of architectural heritage

The City of architecture Museum is today an essential player in the dissemination of architectural culture, whether it is a matter of transmitting knowledge, supporting architectural quality, contributing to the protection of remarkable elements of our built heritage, or helping creativity and innovation. This polyhedral place wants to give thought and to awaken the critical spirit, in order to make citizens actors of the architectural and urban fact for the future.

The visitor will find a global apprehension of architecture, on the scale of the city and the development of territories and a differentiated approach, by deepening certain masterpieces or by transversal accounts on housing, public buildings, techniques, actors of architecture, or urbanism.

The most beautiful buildings from the Middle Ages to today

The City of architecture Museum offers a unique experience: a tour of France's most beautiful buildings and constructions from the Middle Ages to the present day in 1.5 hours. A collection that brings together models and life-size reproductions; a museum of architecture in 3 dimensions!

3 galleries to understand architecture

The Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine has three galleries where the permanent collections are presented:

  • the gallery of life-size casts;
  • the gallery of paintings and stained glass
  • and the gallery of models of modern and contemporary architecture.

The City of architecture Museum through time

By its collections and the chronological scope of its journey, the Musée des Monuments Français is one of the main and oldest museums dedicated to architecture and monumental heritage. It was born the Museum of Comparative Sculpture in 1882, transformed into the Museum of French Monuments in 1937, and then became part of a new cultural establishment created in 2004, the City of architecture Museum (Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine.)

The collections of the City of architecture Museum

The museum's collections offer an approach to architecture and monumental art from a wide variety of perspectives. The architectural collections focus on the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and include drawings, models, photographs, and prototypes. In addition, there is an important collection of models dealing with medieval and modern heritage. The monumental art collections include casts of sculptures and details of ornamentation from the 11th to the 19th century, as well as reproductions of wall paintings (from the 11th to the 16th century) and stained glass.

Periods of the City of architecture Museum collections

Middle Ages (5th - 15th)
Romanesque (10th - 12th)
Gothic (12th - 15th)
Renaissance (15th - 16th)
Neoclassicism (18th - 19th)
Movement (XXth)
Contemporary (20th - 21st)

Library of contemporary architecture

In addition to the museum and the school of architecture, the building includes the Archive Center of 20th-century architecture. The City of architecture Museum has a library of 45,000 books, 300 magazines, documentary films, and electronic documents, with 100 places on 1,300 m2, and offers an online documentary portal. The vaulted ceiling of the library reproduces the Romanesque frescoes of the nave of the abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe.


Static Code
Open hours today: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Monday

    11:00 am - 7:00 pm

  • Tuesday


  • Wednesday

    11:00 am - 7:00 pm

  • Thursday

    11:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • Friday

    11:00 am - 7:00 pm

  • Saturday

    11:00 am - 7:00 pm

  • Sunday

    11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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