I've been to Paris many times and even lived there for a summer before I started business school. On this most recent trip, I wanted to go to places and see things that were new. Rather than the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Rodin Museum, I wanted to check out places that were lesser known.
Enter Fondation Louis Vuitton.
This museum was commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the Chairman of LVMH and was designed by Frank Gehry. It was open to the public in October 2014 and it was magnificent! I highly recommend it as a destination for those who have been to Paris and want to see something different and new.
1. It's not crowded.
I hate fighting crowds and I hate crowded museums. I think the busyness and crowds really ruin the museum experience so one of the things I loved about FLV is that it was near empty. It made the experience so much more peaceful, enjoyable, and calm. I had time to soak in the experience, the art, the design and just walk around without worrying about people bumping into me.
2. The design.
Between the Frank Gehry designed building, the Daniel Buren colored glass exhibit, the Olafur Eliasson designed grotto, the entire experience was A++++. If you like modern art and experiential art, this place is definitely for you.
3. It's new.
If you want to check out the latest and greatest, definitely go to FLV. It took a long time for this museum to be built from concept to opening and the fact that it's still so relatively new makes it a gem to be discovered. Not that many people know about it so it's not super touristy. Why not be on the trendsetter and be one of the first to check it out?
It's a bit far from the subway stop (maybe a 15 minute walk from Les Sablons stop) but totally worth it to check out some amazing art in the design world.