National Museum for the History of Immigration

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  • History

The Palais de la Porte Dorée, listed as a historic monument, was built for the 1931 International Colonial Exhibition.

Since 2007, this symbol of Art Deco has housed the French museum devoted to the history of immigration. This museum presents the history of France from a new perspective by showing the role that immigrants played in the country's economic development, social change and cultural life.

The Museum's permanent collections are closed for renovation and are scheduled to reopen in spring 2022. These works are intended to completely overhaul the museography, improve the visitor's route and the air renewal conditions. The new tour will be structured around ten key dates from 1789 onwards, ending with contemporary issues. This new scenography is based on the prefiguration report of the scientific committee chaired by the historian Patrick Boucheron. In the meantime, the Museum's temporary exhibitions allow visitors to discover other facets of our common history or to explore in greater depth the themes of the permanent exhibition.

A free audio guide allows you to visit the permanent exhibition "Repères" on your own. It takes you on a tour that links immigrants personal accounts, extracts from reports, ancient and contemporary works of art, etc.

Offerings and services:

  • Lecture tours (upon prior reservation)

  • Areas for rent

  • Auditorium

  • Multi-media library

  • Bookshop– gift shop

Events and activities

At the museum:

  • Workshops and activities for youngsters

  • Self-guided tour for youngsters with games booklet (available at the reception desk free of charge)

  • Self-guided tours for groups on literacy courses and learning French as a foreign language (available at the reception desk free of charge)

  • Meetings and conferences

  • Performing arts and films

Opening and closing times

Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 5.30 pm.

Closed on Monday.

Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

On satursay and sunday from 10am to 7pm.

Last access to the areas 1 hour before closing time.

The Palais de la Porte Dorée is closed to the public every Monday as well as on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

The Abdelmalek Sayad multimedia library is currently closed.


Full price: 10 € (Combined ticket (Museum and Aquarium): full price €14/ reduced price €11)
Reduced price: 7 €.

Admission to the Museum and Aquarium is free for under-26s and for everyone on the first Sunday of every month.
Online booking strongly recommended.

Payment methods accepted

  • Cash
  • Bank/credit card
  • Online payment
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Contactless payment


Types of customers

  • Children
  • Children from 3 to 5 years
  • Children from 6 to 12 years
  • Cycle 1: nursery school
  • Cycle 2: elementary School
  • Cycle 3: college (6th)
  • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
  • Cycle 4: middle School
  • Groups
  • High school
  • Higher Education
  • Holiday Camps Home
  • Home school groups
  • Special rate for disabled people
  • Special rate for jobseekers
  • Students

Additional information

  • Café du Palais de la Porte Dorée :
  • - from 11am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • - from 11am to 6.30pm on Saturday and Sunday
  • "Poisson Lune - The Palais' ephemeral terrace open from Tuesday to Sunday to enjoy summer in Paris.
  • Provisional opening hours "
  • From 1st to 9/06
  • - Weekdays: 4pm-9pm
  • - Weekend: 12pm-9pm
  • From 9 to 30/06
  • - Weekdays: 4pm-11pm
  • - Weekend: 12pm-11pm
  • From 1/07
  • - Week : 16h-00h
  • - We : 12h-00
  • Translated with (free version)


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours on request
  • Guided individual tours on request
  • Unguided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Average length of visit

  • 90 minutes (groups)

Services and facilities


  • Auditorium


  • Shop


Spoken languages

  • French

Visit languages

  • English
  • French

Additional information

Lecturers offer tours of the Aquarium, the Museum or the Palace of 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
Guided tours must be booked at least 4 weeks before the date of the visit.

Self-guided group visits:
Self-guided tour: full price €120 / reduced price €80
Guided tour: full price €250 / reduced price €100 or €180 (* Specific price of €100 for school groups, groups in the social field or accessibility groups)


  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Even flooring with no obstacles
  • Minimum aisle width of 90 cm
  • Lift (80 x 130 cm) and door >= 77 cm
  • Reception desk between 70-80 cm high
  • Height under table >= 70 cm width >= 77 cm
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building totally accessible
  • Magnetic loop available at the reception
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities


Metro : Porte Dorée (Line 8)
Tram : Line T3
Bus : 46

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