Cité de la Musique – Paris City of Music:
The Cité de la Musique in Paris is a venue where music lovers can totally immerse themselves in the music world. More than just a venue for music performances, the Cité de la Musique contains the Musée de la Musique. This museum has an important collection of rare musical instruments such as a Stradivarius violin and the Pleyel and Érard pianos belonging to Chopin and Franz Liszt respectively.
This music venue is located in the Parc de la Villette. This popular Paris park is in the 19th arrondissement, just inside the Boulevard Périphérique or Paris ring road. Christian de Portzamparc was the architect who designed it. It comprises concert halls, exhibition halls and space for workshops and conferences.
Concerts at the Cité de la Musique
There are two concert halls at the Cité de la Musique and between them they host some 250 concerts every year. Its unique proposition is that it offers an eclectic range of western and eastern music spanning from the Middle Ages to today. In addition to world-renowned artists and ensembles from France and abroad, the Cité de la Musique also hosts rare ensembles and unique creations from all over the world. See what’s on here at the Cité de la Musique.
Since 2006, the Cité de la Musique has charge over the management and organization of the programming for the Salle Pleyel, another prestigious Paris concert hall.
Huge Collection of Instruments
A collection of over 6,000 instruments is housed in the Musée de la Musique. Many of these were inherited from the Conservatoire National de Musique which has existed since 1795. Visitors to the museum will be able to see rare and exquisite instruments like Flemish and French harpsichords, pianos belonging to Chopin and Liszt, Baroque guitars, etc. The Musée de la Musique also exhibits concert hall models, audiovisual documents and all other facets of the music world. With its free audio-guides you can stroll through the museum on your own or join one of their guided tours.
A Music Media Library
The Cité de la Musique also serves as an international reference centre devoted to music. Its Media Library offers numerous digitalized documentary resources on western and non-western music. It also partners with prestigious European concert halls to encourage the creation of music and promote young European talents.
The Cité de la Musique is situated in the popular Parc de la Villette which is also home to the Cite des Sciences. There is good public transportation to Parc Villette.
- Underground: Line 5, direction Bobigny-Picasso, exit at Porte de Pantin
- Bus: Lines 75, 151, PC2 and PC3 – Noctilien N13 – N41
- Bike: The Velib docking stations (bicycle stations) are located opposite the Café de la Musique, at the Conservatory and Porte de Pantin – www.velib.paris.fr.
Cité de la Musique
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
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