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Jeu de Paume Museum

Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume
The building of the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume was built to be a place dedicated to sport. In 1861, Napoleon III authorizes its construction in the Tuileries Garden and imposes its architecture to be similar to the Orangerie. The room of the jeu de paume was inaugurated in 1862.


The jeu de paume is the ancestor of tennis. People in Europe were already playing it in the 14th century. Instead of using a racket, people used their palm to throw the ball. Points were counted exactly as tennis nowadays: 15, 30, and 40 points.

The jeu de paume being slowly replaced by tennis, some people think to make this room a place for exhibitions like for the Orangerie. The first exhibitions started in 1909. Many projects were given up due to WWI. During that period, the Jeu de Paume is used as a service for distribution of food rationing tickets. Some sporadic exhibitions are still held.

In 1922, the Jeu de Paume becomes an annexe of the Musée du Luxembourg destined to the section of the Contemporary Foreign Schools. In fact, until 1929, depending of the Foreign Office, the museum is obliged to welcome exhibitions that have no link with contemporary art. In 1929 was taken the decision to undertake works in order to make the building a real museum

The Museum of the Contemporary Foreign Schools was inaugurated on December 23, 1932. The collections that were kept inside during 10 years were exhibited: masterpieces of Modigliani, Van Dongen, Picasso, Gris, Chagall, Zadkine… The reputation of the museum becomes more and more international.

During WWII, a lot of works were stolen by the nazis. After liberation, a commission for recovery uses the room of the Jeu de Paume in 1946.

In 1947, the collections of the Museum of the Contemporary Foreign Schools are put together with the ones of the Musée du Luxembourg to constitute the Musée National d’Art Moderne (National Museum for Modern Art). Then the Jeu de Paume becomes the Musée des Impressionnistes (Museum of Impressionists). The collection of the Jeu de Paume gets larger with new donations.

In 1986, the impressionist works are transfered to the Musée d’Orsay. The Jeu de Paume is closed but in 1987, under the impulse of the Government, it was decided to dedicate that museum to contemporary art.

The Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume was inaugurated on June 17, 1991 by the French president, François Mitterrand.

Without permanent collection, all the exhibitions are exclusively temporary and deal with the art of the second half of the 20th century.

In 2004, under governmental decision, the Jeu de Paume becomes a museum dedicated to photography and picture.


Metro Concorde (lines 1, 8, 12)
Bus : 24, 42, 72, 73, 84, 94

Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde
75008 Paris

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Opening hours & Fares

Opening hours
Tuesday (nocturnal) : 12 am to 9 pm
Wednesday to Friday : 12 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday : 10 am to 7 pm
Closed on Monday

You can buy your ticket until 30 minutes before closing
Exhibitions rooms are closed 5 minutes before the building gets closed

Closed on December 25, January 1st and May 1st
The museum closes at 6 pm on December 24 and 31

Full : 6 €
Reduced : 4 €
The “mardis jeunes” (young Tuesdays): free entrance for students and people of less than 26 years old on the last Tuesday of each month, from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Other fares :
— Cinema : 3 €
— Conferences : 4 €, students 2 €, need reservation


Telephone: 01 47 03 12 50
Website of the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume