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11, pl. des États-Unis (16th Arr.)
(33) 01-40-22-11-00 | www.baccarat.fr
ATTRACTIONDecorative Arts Museum
HOURS/TIMESMon., Wed.-Sat.: 10:00am-6:30pm; Sun., Tue., and holidays: Closed
PRICE (ADMISSION)Adult: EUR 5; Student (under 25): EUR 3.50; Child (under 18) and disabled visitors: Free
POPULAR TIMESSummer; weekends
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSPieces commissioned by royalty; displays for the 19th century expositions
Since 1764, the House of Baccarat has been supplying the world’s elite (think everyone from the Prince of Wales to Indian maharajas to Josephine Baker) with incredibly ornate, crystal-studded luxury items. Their current premises were designed by avant-garde poster boy Philippe Starck, but it’s their classic metal work and crystals that really steal the show. Highlights include a selection of made-to-order pieces designed for royalty in the “Folie des Grandeurs” room and the massive display pieces created for the 19th century expositions in the “Au déla de la transparence” room.
GO HERE WITH
Design or history buffs; friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
A joy of a bite-sized museum. The collections are incredible (we particularly dig the show-offy pieces commissioned for the expositions) and the displays are extremely well curated. (Plus, we love finishing off with a visit to their onsite boutique to snag an exquisite Baccarat souvenir or two.)
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
The stunning (and très stylish) onsite restaurant, the Cristal Room (open for lunch and dinner), mixes classic Baccarat sensibilities with Starck-designed impertinence, while its menu has a complementary “modern twist on classics” vibe. Reserve well in advance, as it can be tough to get in. Group visits for the museum are by reservation only.
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