From 29 August to 30 September 2018, while the Fondation installs the next exhibition the galleries are closed. At this time, you can visit the building, discover the "Architectural journey" permanent exhibition, enjoy the micro-tours, family activities, and the panoramic views from the terraces at a special rate of €9 for general admission, €4 for reduced admission and €20 for families.
Bathed in natural daylight from a skylight, the exhibition begins in the Studio, which displays an original scale model around which visitors can walk before discovering two widescreen videos shot using drones.
This combination creates a unique visual experience, offering a vision of the building’s striking beauty, as well as its technological complexity. The landings overlooking the “canyon” present key elements essential to understanding the building: construction, materials, design, context in Paris.
The landings can be accessed via the sole staircase where the steel structural walls have been left exposed, evoking the hull of a ship. Visitors also discover the initial sketches for the project, expressing the creative inspiration of the architect, who was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1989.
Prepared in collaboration with Frank Gehry’s teams in Los Angeles, this permanent exhibition proposes an open itinerary for visitors. Like the building itself, which offers multiple possible itineraries, visitors are invited on an architectural journey that describes and explains the process that culminated in a building which is already recognized as a major new monument for Paris.