The institution


Equipped with several auditoriums, a museum, a media library and numerous learning spaces, the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris is a groundbreaking project.



The Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris encompasses a new building designed by Jean Nouvel (called Philharmonie) and the current Cité de la musique, created by Christian de Portzamparc. With its numerous spaces, resident ensembles and innovative artistic mission, it is a cultural centre that is truly unique in the world, bringing music awareness and learning to a diverse public.

The Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris provides a state-of-the-art facility to national and international symphonic orchestras, who have not been able to find in Paris an equivalent to the large, modern concert halls of other international capitals. In addition to a classical music repertoire, the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris programme embraces contemporary and world music, as well as dance.

The Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris is also heir to twenty years of experience in music education. Since its inauguration in 1995, the Cité de la musique has organised activities for all ages and interests, maintaining a diversity of perspectives that incorporates extra-European cultures and popular forms of music. The Cité de la musique - Philharmonie will continue to pursue and develop this policy of education and cultural democratisation.

Building on these strengths, the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris has given itself the task of rethinking the concert experience, placing it at the core of a welcoming facility that fosters all forms of music appreciation through education and recreation. Located in an up-and-coming eastern Parisian neighbourhood, it is a bridge between the capital and its surroundings, and aims to be a gathering place for all.

Vignette infographie générale

How many concert halls and rehearsal spaces? Instruments and artworks in the Musée de la musique? Ressources available at the media librabry?

The Architecture


Vues extérieures Philharmonie

With the Philharmonie, Jean Nouvel offers innovative architecture which blends into the Parc de la Villette, on the edge of Paris and in the heart of a speedily evolving metropolis.

Cité de la musique

Cité de la musique vue du toit de la Philharmonie

Inaugurated in 1995, the Cité de la musique building was conceived by the architect Christian de Portzamparc. He wanted it in the form of a “dreamlike town”, a space inviting movement, open to Greater Paris, a meeting place.


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2017-2018 Season

The 2017/2018 Season at the Philharmonie de Paris will bring together great orchestras and international soloists, projects which will shed new light on music, and there will be jazz music, pop music and world music as well as three temporary exhibitions. Catch up with highlights here.

The rooftop viewpoint at the Philharmonie

Open to the public Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm, the rooftop viewpoint at the Philharmonie offers an extraordinary panorama of northeast Greater Paris.

How to come?

Prepare your visit to the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris by following our access recommendations.

Xavier Veilhan Venice Biennale

13 MAY TO 26 NOVEMBER 2017

The Museum of Music has extended its competence and its collection of facsimiles to contemporary artist Xavier Veilhan, whose musical pavilion ‘Studio Venezia’ is representing France at the 57th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale.

Press kit (PDF)

Studio Venezia Website