Maison Européene de la Photographie, 4th Arr.
Tel: 33 1 44 78 75 00
Metro: Saint Paul or Pont Marie
Concierge.com's insider take:
Paris was one of the pioneering cities in the birth of photography: It was recognized as an art form here long before anywhere else. This handsome 17th-century stone mansion in the Marais holds a collection of 15,000 photographs, prints, and films by artists from the 1950s to the present day (Robert Frank, Depardon, Salgado, and Cartier Bresson among them). Temporary shows are often based on the permanent collection or contemporary photographers. There might be a retrospective of VU magazine between 1928 and 1940, or works from the interwar period by Hungarian photographer André Kertész. There is also an extensive library, individual video viewing stations, and a film series.
Open Wednesdays through Sundays 11 am to 8 pm.