The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in 2014 and is a museum on the outskirts of Paris.
Although it bears the name of Louis Vuitton, it does not display many Louis Vuitton products, but rather a variety of artworks.
In addition, the special exhibitions that are held for a limited time are very well received and of high quality.
Another attraction of Fondation Louis Vuitton is that you can purchase limited edition original goods.
Don’t forget to purchase the popular tote bags as well as many other miscellaneous goods.
This product is also very popular as a souvenir.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Address：8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France
Business hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 or 11:00 ~20:00 or 21:00 (Friday only)
Nearest station： Les Sablons Line1
|–26, students and french teachers||€10|
|–18 years old, tour guides, artists and job seekers||€5|
Family rate : Your ticket allows access for 2 adults and up to 4 children under the age of 18.
Disabled persons : 1 accompanist allowed, you provide justification at the entrance.
Fees are subject to change depending on the contents of the exhibition.
Features of Fondation Louis Vuitton
In 2014, the Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, in the Forest of Boulogne, in a magnificent ship-like building designed by Frank Gehry.
Fondation Louis Vuitton is a symbol of Paris in the 21st century, and it also serves as a building for art and culture.
Frank Gehry commented on the design of this building as follows.
To reflect our constantly changing world, we wanted to create a building that would evolve according to the time and the light in order to give the impression of something ephemeral and continually changing.
How to get Fondation Louis Vuitton by Metro Line 1
The most common way to get to Fondation Louis Vuitton is by metro or private bus.
Personally, I think it is better to use the metro to visit.
To get to the Fondation Louis Vuitton from the center of Paris by Metro Line 1, get off at Les Sablons.
Once on the ground, walk down Rue Charles de Gaulle towards the Arc de Triomphe and turn right at the first corner.
This is the store with the red eaves in the photo.
This road will become Rue Sablon, so just follow this road and you will arrive at Fondation Louis Vuitton.
A short walk down Sablon Street and you will soon find the sign to Fondation Louis Vuitton.
You are going through a residential area lined with luxury apartments.
As you enter the Garden of Acclimatation, the PETIT TRAIN is running.
It’s for children, but you can’t help but want to ride it.
On your right, you will see the entrance to the Acclimatation Garden.
This is not the place to do it, so make no mistake.
Once you pass the Acclimatation Garden, you are almost there.
During normal hours, people will be on their way to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, so you can’t go wrong.
After walking for a while, little by little, you will start to see buildings.
From here, walk a little further and you will see the entire magnificent building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton on your right.
You will see the letters of the Fondation Louis Vuitton entrance.
It arrived safely.
It takes about 15 minutes to get there from Les Sablons station.
It didn’t feel that far to walk.
As long as it’s not raining, it’s not a problem at all.
Another way to get to the Fondation Louis Vuitton from within Paris is to take the museum’s private shuttle, FONDATION’S SHUTTLES.
This is an eco-friendly minibus, so it may not be possible to sit and travel at certain times of the day.
Only available to Fondation Louis Vuitton users.
Operating hours: Every 15 to 20 minutes during Fondation Louis Vuitton business hours.
(Operates on Fondation Louis Vuitton business days)
Fee: 2 Euros (prior reservation is required)
Place of departure：Paris-8E-Arrondissement, 44 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
Time required: 15 minutes
How to book tickets
Reservations for FONDATION’S SHUTTLES must be made online in advance.
First, go to the following site.
This is the reservation page for all tickets.
Click on the BOOK of FONDATION’S SHUTTLES at the top of this page.
When you get to the shuttle reservation screen again, click BOOK.
After selecting the day of the week on the next screen, click on the time, select the number of people, and click on Confirm.
When you make a reservation, the time is displayed, but this does not mean that you are specifying the time you want to board the bus.
You may think you are booking for the 10:00 bus, but actually you are not.
This time is the opening time of the museum on the day you choose.
The buses run at regular intervals, so please head to the bus stop according to your own schedule.
If you have not yet purchased a ticket for the museum, you may want to do so at the same time, as this screen will appear when you click on Confirm.
If you click on “Order” in the upper right corner, you will be prompted to enter your email address for confirmation.
Then, prepare your credit card and follow the instructions to complete your reservation.
How to purchase tickets
There are two ways to purchase tickets for Fondation Louis Vuitton.
- Purchase in advance via the Internet
- Purchase on the day at the site
If you know what you plan to do during your stay, it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance via the Internet.
I bought a ticket on the day of my visit, as I had no plans at all for my stay.
Depending on the content of the exhibition, the schedule, and the time of day, you may have to wait in line for about an hour.
If you make a reservation in advance, you will be able to enter the museum without waiting.
How to book tickets online
The reservation screen may be slightly different depending on the time of year you visit, but the basic reservation process is the same.
Click “Buy a ticket”.
Next, you will be prompted to select the day and time.
The intervals are displayed every 30 minutes.
Finally, click SET.
Click on the appropriate number of people, and the total amount will be displayed in the upper right corner.
If you have children with you, you can get a discount by purchasing the Family rate.
Finally, click GO TO PAYMENT.
You will be prompted to enter your credit card information. Fill in the necessary information and click VALIDATE AND PAY to complete the process.
Here’s what the actual ticket looks like.
If you have made a reservation on a computer, you can print it out and bring it with you, or if you are using a smartphone, you will get a ticket like the one in the image, which you can show at the entrance.
This time we had a reservation for 1:00 p.m., but even though we arrived after 12:30 p.m., they let us in right away.
It’s much easier to make a reservation online, as you don’t have to wait in line.
Let’s have a quick look at the inside of Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Here is a picture taken from the exit.
In the back is the ticket office for the day.
There is a line at the back of the building.
The entrance is at the back of the building.
They line up along the building.
The queue is a little confusing, so be careful.
If you line up in the wrong place, you will have to line up again, so be careful.
- Left row: day ticket
- Middle row: 30-minute tickets
- The row on the right: 00-minute tickets
It’s a little confusing, but “every 30 minutes” refers to appointments made at 10:30, 11:30, or any other time that has a half hour in it.
Similarly, every hour at 00:00 will be for those who booked at exactly the right time, such as 10:00 or 11:00.
After passing this point, there is a security check inside the tent, and after passing that, you can finally enter the museum.
Near the entrance of the museum.
The photo was taken from the second floor.
The counter is an information desk, so if you would like to borrow an audio guide, etc., please do so at this counter.
This photo shows the scene as soon as you enter.
The reception counter is on the right, and the restaurant is in the back.
The walls are decorated with Louis Vuitton trunks.
As soon as you enter the museum, there is a gift store.
Books and other materials related to the exhibited works are available for purchase.
This tote bag is an absolute must buy at the gift store.
This is a limited edition tote bag that can only be purchased here.
If you are not a Louis Vuitton fan, this is a must-have product.
As of 2019, it comes in two colors.
I was lucky enough to have both colors in stock that day, but they are often sold out.
If you see one when you visit, don’t hesitate to buy it.
There are also many other limited edition items such as pouches, umbrellas, iPhone covers, etc., so be sure to purchase the items you are interested in.
Note that you have to pay an entrance fee to enter the museum in order to purchase these items, so don’t forget to buy them.
Inside the museum, you go up in order from the basement to the top.
You can see everything from the exhibitions of the season to the permanent collection, so I recommend that you follow the route.
After looking around, you can go to the roof level.
You can see the park and the city from here.
Be sure to visit the rooftop so you can see the Paris cityscape from various angles.
Fondation Louis Vuitton has been well-received since its opening, but to be honest, I wasn’t sure whether to go or not.
Even if I don’t go to any of the latest museums, there are plenty of museums in Paris.
The location is also a bit far from the center of the city.
However, when I actually visited, it was wonderful, betraying my expectations in a good way.
The exterior and interior of the building, as well as the works on display, were wonderful.
In addition, it’s nice to be able to buy original Louis Vuitton museum goods.
The works on display vary from time to time, with different themes, so I will definitely visit again next time.
Due to time constraints, I am not able to eat at the restaurant, but if you have time, you may want to enjoy lunch at Le Frank.
You can enjoy delicious food prepared by starred chefs at reasonable prices.
Thank you again for reading to the end of this article.