Top 10 museums in Paris

1 - Louvre Museum
Musée du Louvre, 75058
 
The most visited museum in the world needs no introduction! A majestic former palace containing some of the most recognizable art in history; everything from Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman antiquities to late 19th century impressionistic paintings. This is the home of Mona Lisa, Venus of Milo, Winged Victory, the Seated Scribe, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and countless other art treasures. It is impossible not to find something to excite you, even if you are not the art-lover type. Useful tips: Go early in the morning, try to have a pre-booked ticket, be patient with the security check and DO NOT try to see everything. It is not humanly possible! Check your favorites and move accordingly. It is advisable to rest in the middle of your visit and have a snack at one of the eateries of the Carousel or at the balconies, under the glass pyramid!  (Admission: 15 € - valid for a same-day visit to the Louvre, permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and the Musée Eugène-Delacroix.)
 
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2 - Centre Georges Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
 
The iconic building by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano houses the National Museum of Modern Art and exhibits an exquisite collection of modern art with the best of Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Chagall, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Miro, Klee, Rothko, Bacon, Klein and more (although there is no permanent exhibition of artworks; rather a rotation of the museums' holdings). Furthermore, Pompidou constantly organizes some of the most interesting exhibitions in modern and contemporary art. The museum is hugely popular and you should expect long queues and big crowds, especially on Saturdays and holidays. (Admission: 14 € - The ticket is valid on the day indicated for a single admission to all exhibitions, the museum and the View of Paris)
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This former railway station houses the biggest and most important collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world. Chronologically, the museum displays artworks created between 1848 and 1915 connecting, in a sense, the collection of the Louvre Museum with the 20th-century movements displayed at the Pompidou Centre. The who-is-who of late-19th century art is represented here; Courbet, Bonnard, Signac, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Manet as well as important sculptors such as Rodin, Claudel, Daumier and more. (Admission: 12 €)
 
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The Musée d'Orsay as seen from the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor. Wikimedia Commons.

 
4 - Picasso Museum
5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003
 
If you are a Picasso fan, this is the equivalent of heaven! 5,000 works including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and works on paper by the Spanish master under the same roof, organized in an enlightening chronological sequence. Picasso’s own personal collection of works by Matisse, Cézanne, de Chirico, Degas and Rousseau is exhibited on the top floor, giving an insight of the artist’s taste and likes. (Admission: 12.50 €)
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Backside of the Hôtel Salé hosting the Musée Picasso in Paris.  Base Mérimée, French Ministry of Culture.
 


5 - Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson 75116
 
This is the museum housing the city’s modern art collection. Boasting a remarkable collection of modern and contemporary art (from Picasso and Chagall to Zeng Fanzhi and Gerhard Richter), MAM will surely fascinate the 20th-century-art lover. The temporary exhibitions are world-class art events and you shouldn’t miss the one on view during your visit. Admission is free for the permanent collection.
 
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6 - Musée d'Art Medieval (Cluny)
6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005
 
In a city which flourished during the period we now call “The Middle Ages” it is anticipated to find a museum of the richness of Cluny! The impressive ‘hôtel“ (town house) with the Gothic and Renaissance architectural features hosts the most important medieval collection in the city; a treasure of manuscripts, stained glass, sculptures, altarpieces, reliquaries and an astonishing collection of tapestries, most notably the Lady and the Unicorn series made in Flanders in the 1500s. The premises also include the ruins of the Gallo-Roman Baths of the 3rd century. (Admission: 8.50 €)
 
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Grand Palais is an important museum, exhibition centre and historic site. The Galeries Nationales (the site’s exhibition area) host some of the most important art exhibitions you can see in the city. Mexico 1900-1950, Amadeo de Souza, Picasso.Mania, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Velasquez, Felix Vallotton, Augustus-Roman Emperor are only a few of the recent exhibitions but evident to the variety of the Grand Palais exhibition program. Check cityartnow regularly to see what’s on and be sure to include the Grand Palais in your sightseeing list.
 
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Occupying the upper corner (the one closer to Rue de Rivoli) of the Tuilleries Garden, Jeu de Paume is a world-class centre for modern and post-modern photography and other media. Exhibitions of works by Philippe Halsman, Robert Kapa, Oscar Muñoz and Erwin Blumenfeld are among the shows in recent years. Note that at least three exhibitions are on view at any time so check cityartnow regularly for updates. (Admission: 10 €)
 
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Jeu de Paume, Tuileries gardens, Paris. Wikipedia Commons

 
9 - Musée d'Orangerie
Tuileries Gardens, 75001

On the opposite side of Jeu de Paume, the Musée de l'Orangerie is a gallery dedicated to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The main attraction of the museum is the Water Lillies cycle by Monet (exhibited in the famous oval hall). The collection also boasts an outstanding collection of works by Picasso (the famous Large Nude with Drapery), Renoir, Cézanne, Utrillo, Rousseau, Modigliani, Matisse, Derain and Chaïm Soutine. (Admission to the museum is €9 but you can get a combined ticket for Orangerie & Orsay Museum for €16.)
 
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The ultra-modern Frank Gehry-designed museum has just completed its first decade, fast becoming one of the most visited art spaces in Paris. Located in the heart of the Boulogne Forest, FLV holds parts of the firm’s (LVMH/Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and its owner’s (Bernard Alrnaud) art collection with works by Jeff Koons, Jean Michel Basquiat and Gilbert and Johns as well as big-scale installations by artists such as Olafur Elliason, Ellsworth Kelly and, most recently, Daniel Buren. (Admission: 14 €)
 
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