There are nearly more than 130 museums in Paris that you can visit. Paris museums are very popular around the world and they are filled with incredible masterpieces. So as a result of being variety of museums in Paris, the city has the great opportunity to experience all kinds of works of art and learn lots of stuff about science, culture, art and history with its diversity of museums.
Paris museums offer their visitors from all around the world the chance to see most popular sculptures, paintings, science, photography or to learn about other subjects. Whether you are travelling with kids or friends or alone there are lots of options suitable for everyone’s interests.
Here we collect 10 most visited and popular museums in Paris that you must see and couldn’t miss. It is up tou you to choose which one suits your interests and plans.
1. The Louvre Museum
Amongst the museums in Paris and also in the world The Louvre Museum is the biggest and most visited one with its diverse range of collections. The Louvre was a royal palace once but now it is the most famous Paris museum where visitors can find and see lots of artworks and masterpieces from different time periods and civilizations in it. The most famous masterpiece displayed in this Paris museum is the outstanding Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
People and tourists around the world come to the Louvre to see artworksthat is presented in this museum. There is so much to see in the Louvre Museum, so you must plan your visit very carefully if you do not want to miss anything. It would probably take a day or at least half of a day to completely see all the artworks in this Paris museum.
2. Orsay Museum
The building of the Orsay Museum was formerly a railway station. It was originally constructed for the train line between Paris and Orléans and built between 1898 and 1900. The architecture of the building is really fascinating and impressive, it is really worth to see this great architecture of the building itself, you won’t regret that. You also won’t regret to see the inside of the building it houses the world’s largest collection of impressionist art and French art with its beautiful interior decorations. This Paris museum is absolutely a must see detination.
Visitors can find in this museum the most famous impressionist works of art from famous painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Caillebotte, Pissarro, Sisley, Seurat, Cézanne, Degas and Renoir. Orsay Museum also has a great viewing point. So besides enjoying the wide range of artworks you can also have the chance to enjoy the great views of Paris in this museum.
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3. Centre Pompidou
Pompidou is one of the most visited museums in Paris and it is also the largest modern art museum in Europe. It is a complex building which is situated at the heart of Paris, in theBeaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris and designed in the style of high tech architecture. The Pompidou Centre houses variety of modern art masterpieces of artists such as Andy Warhol, Picasso, Kandinsky, Dali, Duchamp, Jeff Koons and more.
In the Pompidou Centre, you can find the national museum of modern art, the public information library, the Institute for Acoustic and Musical Research, a bookshop, a design shop, Mezzanine café and the Georges restaurant which is located on level 6 as the panoramic terrace that you can enjoy a dinner with a great view of Paris.
4. Musée de l’Orangerie
The Musée de l’Orangerie was built in 1852 and it is located in the Tuileries Gardens. The Musée de l’Orangerie contains impressionist and post-impressionist paintings and the museum is especially known for being the home of eight big wall paintings of Water Lilies by Monet. Besides Monet’s Water Lilies or Nymphéas, Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery that also includes great masterpieces of 20th century art by Alfred Sisley, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Maurice Utrillo, Chaim Soutine, Henri Rousseau and more in its basement.
5. Grand Palais
The Grand Palais is a huge exhibition hall and a museum complex in which you can enjoy art and it is located in the Champs-Élysées. This museum also has one of the most remarkable buildings amongst the museums in Paris and the purpose of this beauty was to reflect the glory of French art. The Grand Palais is mostly famous for its spectacular glass roof and also being the largest ironwork and glass structure in the world. It is home to a large variety of cultural events and exhibitions.
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6. The Petit Palais
When it is compared to the other Paris museums, the Petit Palais is smaller than the other museums in Paris. It is located in the Champs-Elysées just across the Grand Palais and they are very similar but the Grand Palais is obviously bigger than the Petit Palais. It was built in 1900 at the time of the Universal Exhibition. Today the building is used as a museum of fine arts. Here in this museum you can find wide range of fine art objects, sculptures and paintings from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Besides these art collections you can also enjoy the peaceful garden outside of the building in which you can take a walk after exploring the artworks in the museum.
7. Quai Branly Museum
Quai Branly Museum has a wide collection of non-European pieces of art from America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Near East. The museum was opened in 2006 and it was built by Jean Nouvel. The museum has three different sections with temporary and permanent collections which are musical instruments collection, textile collections, historical collections. You can also find in the museum a multimedia library, Jacques Kerchache reading room, classrooms, conference rooms. Besides of these Quai Branly Museum has a big garden museum in which the visitors can see various exhibitions.
8. City of Science and Industry
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie or City of Science and Industry in English is especially known for its giant ball structure and being the biggest science museum in Europe. City of Science and Industry Museum is located in the Parc de la Villette which is one of the biggest parks in Paris. It is also one of the most popular museums in Paris with its almost 5 million visitors every year. Inside the museum visitors can find exhibitions, a submarine, an IMAX theatre, a playground for kids aged 2-12 in which they can enjoy games and experiment, a library and shops.
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9. Picasso National Museum
Musée National Picasso or Picasso National Museum in Paris houses the variety of paintings and artworks of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. When this museum first opened in 1985 it had 149 sculptures, 228 paintings, and approximately 3100 drawings. Located in theMarais district of Paris, France in the Hôtel Salé Picasso National Museum now includes 5000 works and tens of thousands of archived pieces in its collections. Most of the items in this museum were donated by the family of Picasso according to his wishes after his death. Adding this museum to your travel list could be a great idea if you are a fan of this great artist Pablo Picasso.
10. Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Musée des Arts Décoratifs is one of the greatest museums in Paris. This museum focuses on the decorative arts, furniture and design in France and it also has one of the world’s largest collections of decorative arts. Located in the Louvre’s western wing, the museum hosts interior design, furniture, religious paintings, carpets, tapestries, wallpaper, altarpieces, ceramics and other old furnitures. You can also find toys from the Middle Ages to the present day. If you are fond of decorative arts and design you must absolutely add this museum to your travel list.
If you are planning to travel to Paris and see all these museums in Paris. You might have to spend at least a week and with its wide range of museums in Paris. It is really important to stay in a comfortable hotel to rest and get rid of the tiredness after a long day of exploring the city. There are more than 2000 hotels in Paris and because of the fact that Paris is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. It is really important to decide which one to stay. So, you might want to try finding the best online hotel booking offer and look for the online booking hotel comparisons before your vacation to decide carefully.