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10 Best Museums You’ll Want to Visit Paris

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Sunset, Paris

Sunset, Paris

Paris is the city of art and culture, so it's no wonder that there are so many interesting museums here. No matter if art, history, photography, or science: in Paris, every museum fan is well served.

I have to admit that I don't know exactly how many museums there are in Paris. In addition to the big names such as the Louvre and Orsay, there are countless other museums from all possible thematic areas.

It would probably take about a year to visit every single museum in Paris, and nothing else should be done on the side.

Art lovers have an incredible choice in Paris. You can spend weeks or months looking at a different art museum every day.

In addition to the municipal art museums, many small museums have either emerged from private collections or are completely dedicated to a single artist.

There are also numerous museums here that deal with photography, film, history, culture, science, natural history, digital art, or urban art.

Musée du Louvre ~ Paris, France

Musée du Louvre ~ Paris, France

1: Musee du Louvre

The undisputed number one of the Paris museums is the Louvre. In the former royal palace, you will find a wide-ranging exhibition with paintings, sculptures, and much more.

Since the Louvre is on the program of almost every visitor who comes to Paris, you should plan your visit.

Orsay Museum, Paris

Orsay Museum, Paris

2: Orsay Museum

Another important museum in Paris is the Musee d'Orsay. The building itself is pretty impressive. Originally it was a train station, but it quickly became too small for the Parisian traffic.

Paintings, sculptures, handicrafts, and photographs from the period 1848 to 1914 have been exhibited here since 1986. The collection is really impressive; you can easily count on about 3 hours for your visit.

Sculpture Rodin Museum, Paris

Sculpture Rodin Museum, Paris

3: Rodin Museum

The Musee Rodin is about the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In a city palace from the 18th century, in which Rodin also lived for a short time, you can find his most famous pieces, such as "The Kiss", "The Thinker" or "The Hand of God". There are also some works by van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir to be seen.
I think the Musee Rodin is great because the building alone is impressive. In addition, there is usually much less going on here, so that you can explore the museum in a relaxed manner.

Orangerie Museum, Paris

Orangerie Museum, Paris

4: Orangerie Museum

The Orangerie Museum is a little more special. It's all about Impressionism, Late Impressionism, and the Paris School. Here you will find Monet's famous water lilies.

The orangery is at the end of the Tuileries Gardens, right on the Place de la Concorde. The Louvre and Orsay museums are only a few meters away, so you can combine your visit to the orangery with one of the two.

Petit Palais - Fine Arts Museum

Petit Palais - Fine Arts Museum

5: Petit Palais - Fine Arts Museum

The small palace, which was opened for the World Exhibition in 1900, is a gem that is unfortunately often overlooked. Here you will not only find the free Museum of Fine Arts, but also a hidden cafe in an idyllic courtyard of the palace. Get a coffee and a piece of cake here, this is the ideal place for a break.

Around 1400 pieces in the form of paintings, sculptures, and tapestries from the Renaissance are on display.

Musée Jacquemart André 2007

Musée Jacquemart André 2007

6: Jacquemart-Andre Museum

The Musee Jacquemart-Andre is one of the museums that emerged from a private collection. Nelie Jacquemart and Edouard Andre travelled through Europe and the Orient in the 19th century, collecting art treasures and furniture for their city palace in Paris.

The museum is still housed in this city palace today. Since a lot has been left the way the two art collectors arranged it, you don't feel like you're in a museum. You will feel more like staying with some pretty wealthy friends in the 19th century.

Musée Delacroix, Paris 29 May 2017

Musée Delacroix, Paris 29 May 2017

7: Musee National Eugene Delacroix

This museum is about the works of the painter Eugene Delacroix, who is considered to be the pioneer of impressionism. In his former home in the Rue Furstenberg, you will discover a lot of colourful and groundbreaking paintings.

Musée Guimet, Paris 3 December 2016

Musée Guimet, Paris 3 December 2016

8: Guimet Museum

The Guimet Museum is the state museum of Asian art. You will find everything from the Ming vase to Cambodian Khmer statues to Buddhist sculptures.

Bring around two hours of your time. In addition to the approximately 26,000 exhibits on an area of 5,000 square meters, there is also a small Japanese garden.

Picasso Museum, Paris

Picasso Museum, Paris

9: Picasso Museum

Around 250 works by the famous Pablo Picasso await you in an elegant city palace from the 17th century.

His works of art are arranged chronologically so that you can easily follow the development of his work over the years, even without a great deal of background knowledge.

In addition, various documents, letters, photos, and drafts are exhibited so that you get a comprehensive impression of Picasso.

Center Georges Pompidou, Paris

Center Georges Pompidou, Paris

10: Center Georges Pompidou

Just as there were arguments about the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre pyramid, there were also numerous discussions about the Center Pompidou.

The building, the interior of which was turned outward, naturally stands out very much from the cityscape. Ultimately, it's just a matter of taste. I'm a big fan of the style break, and that's probably why I like the funky Center Pompidou.

Inside you will find the state museum of modern art, in which the works of Picasso, Warhol, and Matisse are exhibited.

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