Though museums usually aren’t a hidden spot, known only to residents in Paris, as there is hundreds of museums, it seems worth accentuating this one. Besides Jeu de Paumme, Maison Européene de la Photographie is the most important exclusively photo museum where exhibitions change approximately every 2 months. Located over 3 floors there are 3-5 separate exhibitions, mostly contemporary artists. Rarely too crowded it is intimate enough and not too vast.
You can also join the group visit organised by the MEP or participate at the lectures given in the auditorium. The MEP has a library dedicated to photography and it’s unique in the quantity of works about the topic.
Furthermore there are 5 video terminals where you can check one of 700 films, photographs, interviews or portraits of the artists. The works in the MEP are often very high quality art, if sometimes not, they will surely be intriguing, poignant and won’t let you walk untouched.
MEP is an extraordinary place which would be a pity to miss while in Paris, for student’s it is even more approachable, equalling the entrance fee with one coffee.
Situated in a 18th century “hôtel particulier”, the way to the museum via Rue Saint Paul makes it all a very pleasant experience .
Tip: Wednesday after 17:00 entrance is free.