Paris's First Floating Art Museum Just Opened — and It’s Completely Free

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The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay may be just over a mile away, but this new Parisian art center is already causing a stir in the art community.

For starters, it floats.

Fluctuart, an urban art center that opened in July, is located in a three-story, 11,000-square-foot building that’s moored on the iconic Seine river. Located between the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, the floating space couldn’t have a better location to show off its collection of street and graffiti art from artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey.

In addition to showcasing work by street art pioneers and world-famous masters, the free, year-round museum includes emerging artists in their permanent and temporary exhibits.

Fluctuart’s alternative style is only enhanced by the museum’s low-key atmosphere. Seating, a pop-up cocktail bar, and of course, street art on the banks of the Seine draw people in, while expanding the museum’s space. For on-water views, visitors can head to the boat’s rooftop bar and restaurant for a snack — with repurposed spray paint cans and skateboard decks serving as menus.

The small, but efficient museum also includes a bookstore and a space for cultural events and workshops.

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