As you've probably noticed, we've skipped recommending Paris' main museums (barring the Centre Pompidou) for smaller ones that promote local, up-and-coming artists instead. It's not that we don't think the Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay aren't worth visiting; we just think it's important to also highlight the art galleries that look to the country's future instead of its past.
One such gallery is 59 Rivoli, where you can visit 30 artists in their studios. Listen to the artists explain their pieces, ask questions, watch them work - it's an experience that brings the relationship between artist and viewer to a higher level. 59 Rivoli has six floors plus a gallery that has a new exposition every two weeks. The cherry on top is free concerts on weekends that start at 6pm!
The story behind 59 Rivoli is an interesting one - it was once a squat that was started by artists looking for a place to work, live and exhibit. It has since been legalized but nobody lives here anymore - it's just a place to work.
Meeting point: By the main entrance. To get there, take the Metro to Châtelet on the M1, M4, M7, M11, and M14 Lines.
Leaders, 59 Rivoli is open every day from 1pm to 8pm. It is closed on Mondays.