The Musée de la Musique is in its own city – the Cité de la Musique! The Cité hosts concerts, and within it there are permanent and temporary exhibits and exhibitions, all with a musical theme. The temporary exhibitions cover interesting takes on music in our lives, from Swing to music in film and much more. The permanent collection takes the visitor through the history of music from the seventh century through today, with a focus on Europe, but including instruments and musical styles worldwide.
There are special audio guides and workshops for children, and lectures from visiting historians and musicians. Some events feature instruments from the museum's collection; several days a week, musicians come and play in the museum itself, and are available for questions.
The Musée de la musique is at 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, near the périphérique ring road in the 19th arrondissement; take the M5 to Porte de Pantin.
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