Paris - Ile De France

Philharmonie de Paris - Music centre - Parc de la Villette

This page was updated on: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at: 3:37 pm

Philharmonie de Paris, the Parisian Mecca of Music

The Philharmonie de Paris is located on Place de la Fontaine aux Lions de Nubie, at the south entrance of the Parc de la Villette.

It is dedicated to all styles of music and is placed under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.

It consists of two sections.

The Philharmonie 1 includes the Grande Salle, an auditorium with a capacity of 2400 seats.

The architect Jean Nouvel designed the building that was inaugurated on January 14, 2015.

The Philharmonie 2 replaces the Cité de la Musique, the original building designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in 1995.

What's inside?

This section includes two concert halls with a capacity of 900 and 250 seats, the Music Museum and the  media-library or Médiathèque.

The Philharmonie de Paris covers a total area of 19 800 m² that includes 1,100 m² of exhibition space, 1750 m² dedicated to teaching, rehearsing rooms, studios and even a restaurant.

It also accommodates five orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, L'Ensemble Intercontemporain, L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Les Arts Florissants and Orchestre National  de l'Île-de-France.

The Philharmonie de Paris is catering to everyone, both to novices and savvy music lovers, and offers also free daily concerts.

A series of thematic concerts introduce a vast array of musical repertoires ranging from classical to baroque, contemporary, jazz, pop music, as well as musics from around the world.

The last acquisition of the Philharmonie de Paris is the great symphonic organ which was inaugurated on February 6, 2016.

This exceptional instrument weighs 25 tons and has 6055 pipes (91 stops of 61 pipes) and 4 keyboards.

The Music Museum is in itself a true cultural magnet, as the permanent exhibitions propose over a thousand musical instruments from around the world, some that belonged to the great musicians.

For example, you'll discover Chopin's piano as well as a guitar owned by the French singer Georges Brassens.

Temporary innovative exhibitions, that mix music with fine arts and history, contribute to turn the Philharmonie de Paris into a major cultural and musical crossroads.

Directions: 19th district - 221 Avenue Jean-Jaurès
Metro: Porte de Pantin on Line 5
Coordinates: Lat 48.891916 - Long 2.393972

Richelieu mausoleum in front of high altar in Sorbonne Chapel

June 5 2020

Sorbonne Chapel and Cardinal de Richelieu tomb

Sorbonne chapel, the college’s private chapel, is a masterpiece of French classical architecture that houses Cardinal Richelieu’s mausoleum
Villa Seurat - Maison Quillet at No.8 by Lurçat

May 14 2020

Villa Seurat, a showcase of Modernist architecture

Villa Seurat, a showcase of the Roaring Twenties’ Modernist architecture and a Cité d’Artistes where Arthur Miller wrote Tropic of Cancer
Theatre de La Comedie Italienne in Rue de la Gaite

April 29 2020

Rue de la Gaite in Montparnasse

Rue de la Gaite in Montparnasse district, a street nicknamed Theater St. as it’s been essentially lined with entertainment halls since the 1780s
Pont de la Concorde seen from Rive Gauche

April 14 2020

Pont de la Concorde in Paris

The Pont de la Concorde links Place de la Concorde to the National Assembly and was built at the French Revolution with stones from the Bastille Fortress

Sign up to our newsletter

Travel France Online will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates via our newsletter. By selecting the boxes on the form you confirm your acceptance to receive our newsletter.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by Contacting Us

We will treat your information with respect. For more information please visit our privacy policy page