Paris Museum Opens Doors To Nudists

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Do you ever walk around an art gallery and think, "this would be so much better if I was nude?"

If the answer's yes, then the Palais de Tokyo in Paris has got you covered – or uncovered.

This stylish contemporary art gallery allowed guests to strip off for a clothing-free event recently. Guests checked their clothing into the cloakroom, before wandering the halls of the Palais to admire the sculptures and paintings.

To avoid any surprise encounters, the visit took place before the official opening of the museum. Clothed staff were on hand to offer insight into the artwork.

The event marked the first time a Paris museum has welcomed nudists and follows last summer's successful establishment of a nude zone in the city's Bois de Vincennes park. 

Nude guests told local newspaper Le Parisien that they enjoyed the experience. "The atmosphere was very nice," said one, adding that there was initially some embarrassment, but that being nude allows you to experience the artwork differently.

There are an estimated 2.6 million naturists in France and Paris has an active Nudists Association. Parisian naturists can bathe in their birthday suits in the Roger Le Gall swimming pool and enjoy nude exercise classes and bowling games. Because being nude allows you to experience bowling differently, we assume.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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