By Laura Itzkowitz
October 22, 2014

Following on the heels of the re-opening of the Peninsula Paris, which recently debuted in a grandly restored 19th century manse, the Musée Picasso Paris is (finally!) set to reopen in the 17th-century Hôtel Salé. With all the delays and debate surrounding the 43 million-euro renovation, we’re thrilled to get a first look at the sleek new space that marries the building’s historic character with a clean, streamlined interior.

The redesign has added 13 new galleries, expanding the museum’s footprint to 3,700 meters square—a fitting size for a museum with such a fantastic collection of the master’s works. While the exterior retains the Hôtel Salé’s stone façade and slate roof, the interior has been modernized, with clean lines, white walls, and a curving staircase. Improved circulation ensures a better experience for museumgoers, who can now enjoy sandwiches and snacks with a bird’s eye view of the magnificent building at Le Café sur le Toit on the second-floor terrace.

The museum will reopen on October 25, Picasso’s birthday. From November through June 2015, monthly programs will highlight themes in Picasso’s work, starting with the body and eroticism.

Laura Itzkowitz is a researcher at Travel + Leisure