"Greetings from Paris" - 300 years of tourism in the French Capital

Exhibition at the Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris until March 31, 2016

Paris, one of the World’s top tourist destination, embraced modern tourism as early as the 19th Century.
Thanks to its excellent transport networks, its impressive architectural heritage and the International reputation of French culture, the city quickly became one of the first touristic capitals. After World War II, Paris successfully adapted to the changes in tourism which has grown into a major economic sector.
The city of revolutions and barricades has turned into the city of hedonism and entertainment, attracting foreigners and provincials alike. The name of Paris conjures powerful, and at times contradictory, images: culture and consumerism, avant-garde and classic culture, bohemian spirit and luxury.

“Greetings from Paris”, the exhibition retraces this evolution and shows the impact of tourism on the city itself throughout the years.
Close to 300 works documents from various collections such as Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, Bibliothèque Forney, Musée Carnavalet and the Roger-Viollet collections are displayed in a scenography combining reproductions, café decors and videos.

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  • Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris 22 rue Malher Paris 4e

    Tuesdays to Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm
    Late opening on Thursdays to 9 pm

    Exhibition conceived by the Comité d'Histoire de la Ville de Paris
  • Curator : Slvain Pattieu, Associate Professor, University Paris 8 Vincennes St-Denis
  • Image : Tourists admiring the Eiffel Tower while eating an ice-cream. Paris, 1964.
    © Roger-Viollet