The Hôtel de la Marine in Paris, the sublime monument on Place de la Concorde

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Published by Manon de Sortiraparis, My de Sortiraparis, Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on April 11th, 2024 at 07:20 p.m.
Do you know the Hôtel de la Marine? Let's discover this restored treasure of Parisian heritage, enthroned on the Place de la Concorde!

The Place de la Concorde is slowly regaining its former splendor. It has to be said that, with the various renovation projects on the surrounding buildings, this beautiful panorama was for a long time marred by scaffolding. Now it's a thing of the past! Now it's time to discover theHôtel de la Marine, next door to theHôtel de Crillon.

After the departure of the Naval Staff in 2015 from this monumental site, renovation work began in 2017. The aim? To open theHôtel de la Marine to the general public. The courtyard of honor and its galleries are now freely accessible, becoming a highlight of your Parisian strolls, while paying tour routes allow you to immerse yourself in the History of this monument and the city.

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As soon as you enter, let yourself be seduced by the new glass roof designed by architects Hugh Dutton & Associés. Three different tours take you on a voyage of discovery through this Parisian heritage. A short tour takes you through the 19th-century ceremonial rooms and the loggia.

A historical tour takes you back to the heart of the 18th century through the intendant's apartments. An immersive experience is also provided in Madame Thierry de Ville d'Avray's apartments.

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The third tour takes in the former Garde-Meuble tapestry gallery and the Naval Maritime Operations Center room, home to the Al Thani Collection. As the exhibitions unfold, you'll discover some 6,000 works from Antiquity to the present day in this private collection.

Throughout your visit, whatever route you choose, you'll be accompanied by the Confident, an innovative connected headset offering a unique immersive experience. These headphones offer a binaural sound experience and interact with the mediation of the rooms. The sound triggers automatically depending on where you are, giving you the impression of being back in the life of the Court of the Age of Enlightenment, with melodies, discussions, characters and the sounds of life.

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Culinary heritage also takes center stage, with three gourmet venues on the menu to delight your taste buds. The first is the Mimosa restaurant, whose menu was designed by Jean-François Piège; the second, the great Café Lapérouse, on the ground floor. Café Lapérouse on the first floor, and Musiam by Ducasse Culture on the second floor.

This phenomenal restoration project has undoubtedly restored the hotel to its former glory, uncovering numerous traces of decoration dating back to theAncien Régime.

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The craftsmen were keen to apply period methods to highlight these treasures. These include wainscoting in the gilded cabinet, old Rococo and Neoclassical decorations with well-preserved woodwork, overdoors and fireplaces. Faux marble on baseboards, paintings on shutters and trellis and rose motifs can also be seen here and there.

The Hôtel de la Marine also boasts a wealth of period furniture. Visit Mobilier national, the Louvre, Arts et Métiers, the Musée des Arts décoratifs, the Château de Versailles and the Manufacture de Sèvres have all deposited 250 pieces of original furniture, objects and fabrics to furnish the rooms of the building.

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So, would you like to discover this magnificent place?

Practical info :

Opening hours :
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Nocturne on Fridays until 9:30 p.m.

Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25

Admission:
17€ Intendants' apartments and Salons & loggia
13€ Al Thani Collection and Salons & loggia
23€ Combined ticket purchased online

Free admission for under-18s, European Union citizens aged 18-25, disabled persons, jobseekers, holders of the Education pass, and on the first Sunday of each month from November to March.

Access:
By metro:
Station Concorde: lines 1, 8 and 12
Station Madeleine: line 14

By bus:
Lines 42, 45, 52, 72, 73, 84, N11 and N24

By bike:
Vélib' Cambon-Rivoli/Madeleine station

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Practical information

Location

2 Place de la Concorde
75008 Paris 8

Accessibility info

Access
M° Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12)

Official website
www.hotel-de-la-marine.paris

More information
Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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