Designed by stellar architect Frank Gehry of Guggenheim Bilbao fame and opened in 2014, the beautiful, almost transparent Louis Vuitton Foundation is located amid the lush greenery of Paris’s Bois de Boulogne in the 16th district of Paris. Looking like a glittery mini Sydney Opera House, it was the brainchild of billionaire chairman and CEO of the LVMH group, Bernard Arnault. Sitting over a sunken lake, it is growing in reputation as a one-stop arts center with 11 gleaming white galleries. There are oft-changing displays of artwork from LVMH’s hitherto unseen private holdings and exhibitions also bring together big names in international modern art; recent shows have included work by Alberto Giacometti, Edvard Munch and Francis Bacon.
A program of orchestral and solo concerts takes place in the Auditorium throughout the year, art-themed workshops are held at the weekends for families and there’s an amusement park right behind the museum. Other amenities at the Foundation include a stylish souvenir store stuffed with coffee-table books on art and architecture as well as a Restaurant Frank (which stays open late on Friday and Saturday) run by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Louis Nomicos, with gourmet food served up under a ceiling adorned with Frank Gehry’s floating goldfish.
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Bois de Boulogne, Paris. Open Wed–Mon 12pm–7pm. Admission adult €14; younger than 26 €10; younger than 18 €5; family ticket €32. Metro Line 1 to Les Sablons and 10-minute walk. The Foundation shuttle (€1) leaves from Place Charles de Gaulle every 15 minutes during opening hours.