Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris – What To Know Before You Go

Last Updated on 17/02/2024 by secretmoona

We have discovered the most outstanding museum in Paris, which is none other than the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Paris is widely known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and iconic landmarks. Among all the attractions in the city, the Fondation Louis Vuitton stands out as a contemporary art symbol and avant-garde architecture. Located in the lush Bois de Boulogne, this cultural institution is a must-visit for art enthusiasts and architecture aficionados alike.

Entrance to the Louis Vuitton Foundation

Louis Vuitton Foundation: An Architectural Marvel

The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a museum in Paris that was privately commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and is funded through private means. The famous Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry designed the museum, which opened to the public in 2014 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Gehry is renowned for his iconic designs, such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Dancing House in Prague, and the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.

View of the Louis Vuitton Foundation

The Fondation Louis Vuitton building is a masterpiece that seamlessly integrates art and architecture. Its design is inspired by a boat with sail-like panels supported by wooden beams and iron, creating a sense of motion that has been captured in time. The interpretation of the building’s shape is subjective, but what matters most is taking a stroll outside the museum and admiring its intricate structure from various angles.

Visitors approach the Fondation and are greeted with a stunning interplay of light and transparency. The glass facade allows natural light to flood the interior, creating a dynamic atmosphere that changes with the time of day and weather. Gehry’s concept was to create a space that interacts with its surroundings, resulting in a structure that feels organic and almost alive.

Basquiat × Warhol. Painting Four hands

When you step foot inside the Fondation Louis Vuitton, you will be transported to a world where the boundaries between art and architecture disappear. The spacious galleries provide an ideal setting for various exhibitions that rotate throughout the year. The Foundation hosts two major special exhibitions annually, featuring a curated selection of works that challenge traditional artistic boundaries, including contemporary paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations.

In the previous year, the Louis Vuitton Foundation presented the Basquiat x Warhol, Four Hands exhibition, showcasing the productive friendship between the two artists. More than 300 works and documents were displayed, including 80 paintings created through collaboration by the two artists. Individual works by Basquiat and Warhol were also presented, as well as works by contemporary artists that provide a different perspective on the two men and their work.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation’s Exhibitions

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a museum that offers a diverse range of exhibitions suitable for a wide audience. Whether you are interested in modernist paintings or immersive digital installations, there is something to captivate your senses. Each exhibit is amazing and definitely worth a visit for any modern and contemporary art fanatics. The Louis Vuitton Foundation is remarkable for its amazing design and the unique and stunning setting in which art is presented.

Staircase cascade of the Louis Vuitton Foundation

When you visit, start in the basement, where you will find three galleries and access to the outside. Here, an alignment of large yellow posts and mirrors runs alongside a body of water fed by a large waterfall. From here, you can clearly see the curves of the building’s architecture. 

Inside the Horizon at the Louis Vuitton Foundation

You will encounter a variety of people at the Fondation, from serious art lovers to fashionable Parisians from the surrounding neighbourhood, as well as international visitors. The building itself is an attraction worth exploring. Although everything is clearly marked, it is nice to follow the exhibition as you please without a set destination in mind. The building is beautiful inside and out, especially the rooftop, where you can enjoy a nice view of Paris, the Bois de Boulogne, and the park.

Stunning Views

After exploring the concert halls on the ground floor and the permanent exhibitions on the upper floors, I recommend heading up to the rooftop terraces. The views of the Parisian skyline and Jardin d’Acclimatation are breathtaking, making it a favourite spot for visitors. From the terrace, you can enjoy the view of the adjacent Jardin d’Acclimatation, as well as the Eiffel Tower and the La Défense district. To make the most of this experience, visiting on a sunny day is best.

La Défense District framed with the Louis Vuitton Foundation

Le Frank Restaurant

I highly recommend visiting Le Frank, a fine-dining restaurant on the museum’s ground floor. You can take a break there and indulge in a delicious meal or enjoy a hot cup of coffee while admiring the beautiful surroundings. Though the prices may seem a bit high, their Mediterranean-influenced cuisine is truly outstanding, and the restaurant’s decor perfectly complements the museum’s aesthetics. The restaurant is adorned with stunning, luminous fish, adding to its overall charm.

Detail of the LVF structure with floating fish

How long does it take to visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation?

To fully enjoy and explore the Fondation Louis Vuitton, allowing at least 2 to 3 hours is recommended. The Louis Vuitton Foundation has 11 galleries spread across four levels, a library, an auditorium and four large terraces, offering plenty of things to do and see. You can even spend a half-day there, especially exploring the surrounding Bois de Boulogne. 

Bois de Boulogne, Paris

As the second-largest park in Paris, the Bois de Boulogne has many attractions to offer, such as two lakes, eight ponds, the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil, the Château de Bagatelle along with its magnificent gardens, and a pleasant children’s amusement park in the Jardin d’Acclimatation. During warmer days, the Bois de Boulogne is filled with activities such as cycling, jogging, boating, picnicking, playing tennis, riding horses, and dining.

Where is the Louis Vuitton Foundation?

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne, in the 16th arrondissement, adjacent to the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Its unique shape resembles a sailboat with sails that appear to be swollen by the wind. The architect responsible for the design is a Canadian who has created a twisted, innovative, and light-filled building. The building uses glass in an entirely new way, and its signature architecture is unlike anything seen before.

Address: 8 Avenue du Mahatma-Gandhi 75116

How to go to Foundation Louis Vuitton?

Opening Hours:

The Louis Vuitton Foundation is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm, but the opening hours may vary depending on the exhibitions. Please note that the museum is closed on December 25th and January 1st. 

Entrance fee:

The entrance fee is €16 for adults, €10 for students and under 26s, and €5 for under 18s. The fee includes access to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, and a shuttle service is available from Place Charles de Gaulle to the Fondation every 15 minutes for €1. 

Book an entry ticket here. It’s recommended to purchase an entry ticket online and consider skip-the-line options to avoid waiting in queues.

By metro:

To get to the museum by metro, take line 1, get off at Les Sablons station, and then take the Fondation Louis Vuitton exit. The foundation is about 10/15 minutes walk.

You can also get off at Charles de Gaulle Etoile station (lines 1, 2 & 6) and make use of the shuttle service. It departs from 44 Avenue de Friedland, accessible from the metro station exit 2. The return shuttle ticket costs €2. Please note that you must have a reserved ticket at the museum to be able to use the shuttle. 

By bus:

You may also take bus line 73, which also stops at Les Sablons bus stop, or bus 244, which stops at the Louis Vuitton bus stop on weekends and public holidays. During the week, bus 244 stops at the Jardin d’Acclimatation stop, which is a 10-minute walk from the Foundation. 

By car:

Travelling by car in Paris is not really recommended but if you come to the museum by car, there is a drop-off area and 5 parking spaces for disabled people available in front of the Foundation. Otherwise, you may park in the neighbouring streets or in Neuilly (Boulevard Maillot, for example). Be warned that you will spend lots of time trying to find a spot. 

Street sign to Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

A visit to the Louis Vuitton Foundation is an extraordinary experience that goes beyond the usual art museum visit. From the moment you see Gehry’s architectural masterpiece to exploring the thought-provoking exhibitions inside, the Fondation offers a sensory journey that will leave a lasting impression.

Whether you are an experienced art enthusiast or a casual admirer, make sure to include some time in your Parisian itinerary for this cultural gem. The Fondation Louis Vuitton invites you to immerse yourself in the intersection of art and architecture. Here, creativity knows no bounds, and inspiration awaits you at every turn.

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8 thoughts on “Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris – What To Know Before You Go

  1. I learned about a new museum today, thanks to your post. Glad to hear 2-3 hours is enough time. That was about the same amount of time I spent at the Getty Museum out here in Los Angeles, CA. Adding this museum to my list.

  2. I was literally only talking about this place with a friend a few days ago, as they visited Paris last week and went here. Looks beautiful. Definitely one for the list next time I’m in Paris.

  3. I’ve been to Paris so many times, but I’ve never visited the Louis Vuitton Foundation. I will be sure to add it to my list of things to do when I next head to Paris!

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