The Assemblee Nationale is one of those historical places which have managed to stay important over the years. The Palais Bourbon, where the Assemblee Nationale meets, was constructed in 1728 for Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, daughter of Louis XIV. Since then it has served an important function is Paris, and continues to do so. If you are interested in French history you cannot miss this place. During the revolution this was where the Council of the 500 used to meet. While it happens to be a secure and active government building, the good thing is that it is still possible to get a tour of the Assemblee Nationale. You can book a tour on the official Assemblee Nationale website. It is also open for public visitation Monday to Saturday, though only during periods of adjournment. Also remember that you cannot just stroll inside in a T-shirt, you need proper attire to be allowed in. We would recommend getting the guided tour which happens every Saturday. Do note that you need to reach 15 minutes before the tour starts for security reasons, otherwise your spot may be given to someone else. The tour is interesting because it tells you about the history inside an active building, and it is a very different feeling to hear the history of a building that is still ‘alive’ in function, instead of being a museum.