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A Guide to 5 Most Famous Museums In Paris

Updated on August 25, 2019
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I am a traveller. Bit by the travel bug. Love to explore the world. Wandering to learn about new cultures.

Paris is a city renowned for museums and cultural contributions to the world. From the priceless artworks of the Louvre to the world-class artefacts of the Musée d’Orsay, the city hosts hundreds of them. Below is a guide to the most famous museums in Paris.

Check them out!

Museums in Paris
Museums in Paris | Source

1. Musée du Louvre

Arguably the most famous of the museums in Paris, the Musée du Louvre also known as Louvre Museum is a breathtaking sight, and for good reason. Since 1989, its iconic pyramid has been
rivalling the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower for photo ops. Originally built in the 12th century for Paris, the Louvre is a fortress situated on the banks of the Seine. By the 14th century, it was transformed into the main residence for the kings of France. The first art exhibitions were displayed in the Louvre in 1793, which was a notable year by some standards, and the admission was free at this time. People can observe student and seasoned artists sketching the masterpieces of the museum even today.

Musee du Louvre
Musee du Louvre | Source

2. Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou is not just a museum, but a multidisciplinary cultural centre. It has regular shows, concerts, holds a major public reading library, a cinema, children’s activities, an extensive permanent collection, and exhibits. Throughout the 1970s, the architecture of the building itself created a huge controversy. This is due to the fact that the outside façade of the building was designed as an “evolving spatial diagram”, which emulates an oil refinery. The permanent collection here is considered one of the largest in all of Europe, containing modern and contemporary art that covers the 20th and 21st centuries. Visit this place on the first Sunday of any month as admissions are free during this time. For a spectacular nighttime view of the City of Lights, head up to the 6th floor after sunset.

Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou | Source

3. Palais de Tokyo

The Palais de Tokyo was opened in 2002 and considers itself an “anti-museum”. It acts as a site for contemporary art creations and exhibitions, despite not having a permanent collection. We highly suggest that you make an evening or night-time visit as these museums remain open until midnight.

Palais de Tokyo
Palais de Tokyo | Source

The art space it has is seen functioning as a network of cavernous spaces where
monumental contemporary installations are seen coming to life. This space is situated in a massive building which was constructed for the Paris Exhibition of 1937. Creative residences are given to young and up-and-coming artists at this museum. One example of this is the Palais de Tokyo which remains at the forefront of contemporary art creation in Paris.

4. Musée d’Orsay

What you see as a museum now, was a former rail station constructed in 1900 for the Paris Universal Exhibition of artistic and architectural beauty. From 1848 to 1914, the Musee d’Orsay is seen housing a collection of art that is especially worth noting for its Impressionist pieces, including works by the famous Van Gogh, Manet, Millet, Renoir, Camille Claudel, Camille Pissarro, Degas, Paul Cézanne, Gustav Klimt, and Edvard Munch. And do you which are the things you’ll find on display here? There is an array of artistic mediums here, such as paintings, sculptures, photos, graphic arts, decorative arts, and architecture. Make sure you visit this museum on the first Sunday of the month if you’re looking to save money. The museum offers free entrance on this day.

Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay | Source

5. Musée de l’Orangerie

Being a veritable treasure trove of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, the Musée de l’Orangerie is the site of the famous Water Lillies (Nymphéas) of Claude Monet. Even to this day, it is organized in the manner which was outlined by the artist himself. Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso and Renoir are among some other painters that were displayed in the permanent collection of the museum. Lying in the heart of the Jardin de Tuileries, this building, unlike some other museums, is unique in its ability to give the visitor space to breath and move while they explore its incredible collection.

Musee de l'Orangerie
Musee de l'Orangerie | Source

Happy strolling the Parisian Museums fellas!

Please share your experience in the comment section.

© 2019 Akshay Kumar

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    • akshayraven profile imageAUTHOR

      Akshay Kumar 

      7 months ago from spain

      Thanks Lorna,

      I am happy that u liked it

    • akshayraven profile imageAUTHOR

      Akshay Kumar 

      7 months ago from spain

      Thanks for your comment Maxwell,

      You are right. Anyone who is planning to explore Paris should surely go visit these museums.

    • akshayraven profile imageAUTHOR

      Akshay Kumar 

      7 months ago from spain

      Thank you for your Liz Westwood,

      Next time go inside these museums. You will definitely love it.

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 months ago from UK

      We enjoyed visiting the Orangerie several years ago. I have seen the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay from the outside, but not yet had time to go inside. Paris is a great place for a city break.

    • mxkamlongera profile image

      Maxwell Kamlongera 

      7 months ago

      Of the 5 museums you've listed unfortunately I've only been to the Louvre but I felt it was definitely something special and if visitors to Paris can afford to they should add it to their itinerary.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      7 months ago

      I love visiting Paris and your article showcases these wonderful museums along with great photos.

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