For classical music programs, attend a concert at Cité de la Musique (which also has a museum). For other performances of all kinds, check out Salle Pleyel.
Opéra Garnier: Home to some of the world's finest ballet and opera productions, the Garnier is a Paris classic. Even if you don't attend a show, do take a tour of the historic main theater and museum. The Paris Opera and Ballet, though, splits its time and its productions between the Garnier and the impressive, modern Opéra Bastille. If you happen to find yourself near the latter, I highly recommend strolling down to the Viaduc des Arts, home to some of the city's most elevated and accomplished artisans like Tzuri Gueta, whose pieces I collect. Make your way back toward the Bastille via the Promenade Plantée, above the workshops.
If you're a fan of the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia, don't miss the Musée de l'Orangerie. The collection of art dealer Paul Guillaume forms its core; Guillaume was closely associated with Dr. Barnes. Eight of Monet's monumental Water Lilies can also be found here. Palais Galliera: This elegant temple to haute couture was recently renovated and is the only permanent fashion museum in France (there are others, but they typically close for a few weeks between exhibitions). Fashionistas flock here on pilgrimage, with good reason. My favorite recent addition to the art scene is the Atelier des Lumières. A cavernous warehouse has been transformed into a magical digital art space where you'll completely lose yourself in the immersive experience.
A winter trip to Paris allows you to enjoy a more indulgent and swankier visit while also avoiding the crowds!
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