Are you visiting the capital on a business trip? If you have booked a short-term rental in Paris or an aparthotel in Paris, you should be ideally located in the city. Take the opportunity to visit the capital and above all, its incredible museums. Here is our selection of the best museums to visit in Paris.
The must-see museums of Paris
Although the City of Light has more than 200 museums, some of them are a must-see. Whether your work trip is short or for a long mission, find the time to visit the best museums in Paris, you won’t regret it!
Staying nearby the Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world and it is the best museum to visit in Paris! A total of 35,000 works on display, including Egyptian, Greek and Oriental antiquities, objects from Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848, and a department devoted to the arts of Islam. We go there, of course, to admire the famous Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo or La Victoirede Samothrace: to visit at least once in his life!
Louvre Museum – Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
The Musée d’Orsay is one of the best museum to visit in Paris.
Located in an old railway station built at the beginning of the20th century, the Musée d’Orsay is dedicated to French and European art from 1848 to 1914, between painting, sculptures, photographs, decorative and graphic arts, architecture, etc. The whole world comes here, especially to admire the greatest masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists such as L’Olympia and Le Déjeuner sur la herbe de Manet or the famous sculpture of Degas’ La Petite Danseuse de quatorze.
Musée d’Orsay – 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
The National Museum of Modern Art
Located in the Georges Pompidou Centre, the National Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to modern and contemporary art from the20th and 21st centuries.ème It brings together 120,000 objects, the largest collection in Europe, including paintings by Kandinsky, Frida Kahlo, Matisse or Mondrian, as well as art objects and installations by Marcel Duchamp and Louise Bourgeois. Moreover, the museum itself is a true work of art. Its surprising architecture designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers is well worth a visit!
MNAM – Centre Pompidou – Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
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The Quai Branly Museum – Jacques-Chirac
The Quai Branly Museum is dedicated to African, Ocean, Asian and American art from antiquity to modern times. Between its incredible architecture designed by Jean Nouvel, its 800m2 green wall designed by landscape designer Patrick Blanc and its garden of more than 17,000m2 – designed by landscape designer Gilles Clément – which immerses visitors in a wild jungle of trees and ferns, not to mention its idyllic location on the banks of the Seine and just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower , the Quai Branly Museum is an obligatory passage during a stay in Paris.
Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques-Chirac – 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
The National Galleries of the Grand Palais
The Grand Palais and its monumental glass roof were built for the 1900 World’s Fair. Since their creation in 1964, temporary exhibitions of international renown have taken place in the national galleries in the north wing. From the premiere in 1966 dedicated to Picasso, they saw the works of the greatest artists of the world: Monet, Gauguin, Warhol Hopper, Braque, Niki de Saint Phalle or even Jean-Paul Gaultier.
Grand Palais – 3 Avenue of General Eisenhower, 75008 Paris
The Little Palace
Built in front of the Grand Palais, also for the 1900 exhibition, the Petit Palais houses the Museum of Fine Arts of the city of Paris. It exhibits art objects, sculptures and paintings ranging from antiquityème to the end of the 19th century. In this superb Art Nouveau building that combines classical and modern elements, we discover masterpieces by Cézanne, Rembrandt or Courbet. Not to mention the interior garden with its exotic flora, its bodies of water and its ancient columns: a real change of scenery just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées…
Petit Palais – Winston Churchill Avenue, 75008 Paris
The Palais de Tokyo and the MAM
This large museum is divided into two parts: in the East Wing, there is the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, in the West Wing, the Palais de Tokyo, a centre for contemporary art. On the one hand, it is with the tawny painters, Cubists and surrealist artists such as Picasso, Vlaminck, Delaunay, Giacometti or Man Ray that we have an appointment, on the other, we leave room for new realism, narrative figuration, kinetic art and other currents born from the second half of the 20thcentury, with artists like Klein, Carlos Cruz-Diez or Christo. Just a few metres from the Trocadero Square, you can admire the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower.
Palais de Tokyo – 13 Avenue of President Wilson, 75116 Paris
The most charming Parisian museums
Alongside these major parisian cultural centres where thousands of visitors flock throughout the year, smaller, slightly less frequented museums located in magical places in the capital are just as well worth a visit. If you are lucky enough to stay in Paris for several nights or for a long mission,do not stay cloistered in your furnished apartment,your studio or your apartment-hotel and go to discover these sumptuous places.
The Orangery Museum
Located in the sublime Jardin des Tuileries, on the side of the Place de la Concorde, the Musée de l’Orangerie can be visited after a walk in this mythical garden in Paris. We come here to admire Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including Monet’s Nympheas. These 8 monumental paintings cover the walls of the two oval rooms for a distance of 100 meters long! Alongside them are 146 works by famous artists such as Gauguin, Modigliani, Renoir, Le Douanier, Sisley and Laurencin and Matisse.
Musée de l’Orangerie – Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris
The Rodin Museum : one of the best museum in Paris.
Located in the upscale district of the7th arrondissement of Paris, the Biron Hotel houses the museum dedicated to Auguste Rodin. This beautiful building from theème early 18th century includes not only works by the French artist but also those that Rodin collected. In total, nearly 33,000 works, including sculptures, drawings, photographs, paintings, engravings, objects and antiques, make up this vast collection. Outside, strolling through the garden of the mansion, one is lucky enough to be able to admire emblematic works of the artist such as Le Penseur, Les Bourgeois de Calais or La Porte de l’Enfer.
Rodin Museum – 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
The Picasso Museum
Visit the Hotel Salé, a superb mansion located in the heart of the Marais. On the programme of this visit, more than 5000 works, among paintings, sculptures, engravings and drawings of the artist. A rich and unique collection allowing to have an overview of the entire career of Pablo Picasso. Throughout his life, the artist has collected works and art objects, acquired or received as payment or offered by his contemporaries. The Picasso Museum also includes drawings by Chirico or Degas, paintings by Corot, Renoir, Braque and Miro and many others.
Picasso-Paris National Museum – 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
The Museum of Romantic Life
Located in the Scheffer-Renan Hotel, in reference to the painter Ary Scheffer who resided in this building during the first half of the19th century, the Museum of Romantic Life offers to discover the work of this illustrious owner of the place as well as his contemporaries. On the ground floor, art objects, furniture, drawings, paintings, jewelry, etc. belonging to George Sand are exhibited in the various salons. If you’re passing through lunch or snack time, head to the small hidden garden to eat a slice of pie in the tea room under the canopy.
Museum of Romantic Life – 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
Parisian museums to discover with family
Have you decided to extend your stay in Paris and welcome your family to your apartment-hotel or furnished apartment in Paris? On the occasion of this weekend, don’t miss out on planning visits to these museums and centres dedicated to science, fun and pedagogical, which will please children as well as parents!
The National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the Great Gallery of Evolution
Fans, young and old, of natural sciences will be served at the MNHN. The main site, located in the Garden of Plants, includes several gardens: botanical, zoological (menagerie of the Garden of Plants) and various galleries and greenhouses through which we discover species from all over the world and from centuries past. Special mention to the Great Gallery of Evolution which presents under its central nave an incredible staging of endangered and extinct species naturalized: truer than life!
National Museum of Natural History – 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
The City of Science and Industry
Located in the heart of the Parc de la Villette, which is none other than the largest park in Paris, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie invites visitors of all ages on a journey to the heart of science and technological innovations. These include human genetics, ocean floor, space, the brain and robots. An enriching visit for adults and children alike!
City of Science and Industry – 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris
The Palace of Discovery
Located in the west wing of the Grand Palais, this museum and exhibition and experimental centre is dedicated to physics, astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, mathematics, geosciences, life sciences, computer science and digital technology. A vast program where budding or experienced scientists meet to live a unique experience(
Palace of Discovery – Franklin Delano Roosevelt Avenue, 75008 Paris
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