The most visited capital in the world, Paris is home to many historical monuments, as well as a beautiful myriad of museums. Visiting Paris also means rediscovering these high places representing the epicenter of French cultural life. Lose yourself in the alleys of the Louvre – admiring its prolific collections – vibrate to the rhythm of the exhibitions at the Branly Museum, marvel at the audacity of the masterpieces exhibited at the Center Georges Pompidou…
The Louvre museum
Most visited museum in the world - in particular thanks to its famous Mona Lisa – the Louvre is full of masterpieces from all countries. Among them, the Victory of Samothrace "Or the" Venus of Milo ". The galleries offer extraordinary collections of european paintings from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century: Vermeer, whose delicate "Lacemaker" can be admired, Rembrandt and his "Bathsheba", without forgetting his "Emmaus Pilgrims". Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the Louvre Pyramid was inaugurated in 1989 by President François Mitterrand is the last major achievement.
Louvre Museum, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. 01 40 20 50 50
The Orsay museum
Inaugurated during theWorld Exhibition de 1900, Orsay station played the role of head of the southwest line of France from 1900 to 1939. Since then, its buildings have been completely rehabilitated to house the Musée d'Orsay, theone of the most beautiful museums dedicated to the impressionists from the capital.
Orsay Museum, 1 Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris. 01 40 49 48 14
The Centre Pompidou
The Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture, also called Beaubourg was inaugurated in 1977. From the outside, it looks like an imposing block of metal and glass (160 meters long by 60 meters wide and 42 meters high!) not really graceful… For the record, hundreds of architects from all over the world worked on it before Piano and Rogers, Italian and English architects, won the project. Nowadays, Beaubourg is one of the most frequented places in Paris, especially by students for its library. Bringing together more than 56 works, its National Museum of Modern Art proudly competes with all the world's top cultural venues.
Fans of contemporary art will be delighted!
Beaubourg, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris. 01 44 78 12 33
The Palace of Tokyo
Built in 1937 forWorld Exhibition, this palace houses in its eastern wing the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. With over 8000 works, this museum addresses all the main trends of theXNUMXth century art. The western wing, for its part, hosts the "Contemporary creation site", a place dedicated to all modern creative forms : painting, sculpture, design, fashion, video, cinema, literature and dance.
Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du President Wilson, 75116 Paris. 01 81 97 35 88
The Quai Branly Museum
A few meters from the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars, the quai Branly museum – Jacques Chirac is certainly one of the unmissable places of culture in Paris. Also called Museum of Arts and Civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, the museum brings together the old collections ofethnology du Museum of human and those of national museum of arts of africa and oceania . Inaugurated in 2006, it is distinguished by its pretty green wall designed by the botanist Patrick White as well as the magnificent 2-hectare garden that surrounds it… With a performance hall, a reading room, a cinema, two restaurants and a bookstore, we owe this architectural ensemble to thearchitect Jean Nouvel.
Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris. 01 56 61 70 00
The Louis Vuitton Foundation
La Louis Vuitton Foundation opened its doors in 2014 with the aim of promoting artistic creation and making it accessible to all. This project was built for lovers of French art, culture and heritage. As explained Bernard Arnault, it is “a new space which opens up dialogue with a wide audience and offers artists and intellectuals a platform for debate and reflection”. You will find there major modern art exhibitions. The Foundation's collection is organized around four directions: Contemplative, Popist, Expressionist, Music/Sound.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris. 01 40 69 96 00
The most romantic and confidential…
The Rodin Museum
Not far from the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, the Rodin Museum nestles in the Hôtel Biron, a splendid XNUMXth century private mansion. You can admire the masterpieces of the world famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. We fell in love with the atmosphere that reigns in its typically Parisian galleries and salons and for the sumptuous gardens of the private mansion are also worth the detour!
Rodin Museum, 79 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris. 01 44 18 61 10
The Picasso Museum
Nestled in a superb mansion in the district of Marais, Picasso Museum is dedicated to the work of the great Spanish painter. With a permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and very rich archives, this is one of the collections of works by Pablo Picasso the most important. As you can imagine, it attracts many art aficionados as well as of course all the great fans of the Spanish painter.
Picasso Museum, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris. 01 85 56 00 36
The Museum of Romantic Life
In the heart of 9e district, the Museum of Romantic Life bears its name very well. After visiting the small museum, the garden and the greenhouse are a real cocoon of greenery who welcomes us for a light lunch or a gourmet tea time.
Museum of Romantic Life, Hotel Scheffer-Renan, 16 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris.
The City of Architecture and Heritage
Nestled in the Palais de Chaillot, on the forecourt of the Trocadéro, the City of Architecture and Heritage presents itself as the largest living space ( 22 m000!) and world resources addressing topics related toarchitecture and l'Urban planning. It houses both a museum but also a library, an auditorium, a specialized bookshop and a restaurant. You can discover the most beautiful buildings et medieval buildings to the present day, a collection that brings together life-size models and reproductions and even a museum of architecture in 3D ! A place where it is really good to stroll, even with children…
City of Architecture and Heritage, 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris. 01 58 51 52 00
The Carnavalet Museum
Located in the Marais district, the Carnavalet Museum or Paris History Museum is one of the few city renaissance hotels. He tells the capital of his origins to the present day, through the arts but also furniture and everyday life...
Carnavalet Museum, 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris. 01 44 59 58 58
The Museum of Man
Located in the XNUMXth arrondissement of Paris, Le Museum of human is a museum ofanthropology, created in 1937 by Paul Rivet as part of the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques of Modern Life, which took place the same year. At the time, the Musée de l'Homme wanted to fight against racism, like its creator.
Musée de l'Homme 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris.
The Grand Gallery of Evolution
Emblematic place of the National Museum of Natural History, the Grand Gallery of Evolution is a spectacular nave 30 meters high which houses more than 7 animal specimens. Life-size, they are kept in a gigantic 000th century room lit by the huge glass roof.
The Great Gallery of Evolution, 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris.
The Army Museum of Paris
The Army Museum in Paris is one of the most famous museums in France. Tourists come from all over the world to discover collections combining history and military art. Located at Invalides, you can find amazing collections of weapons and uniforms retracing the many French military conflicts, and especially the Napoleon's tomb.
Army museum; Hotel des Invalides, 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris.
Located in a former orangery, within the Tuileries garden, Orangerie Museum is a museum housing impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Presented in a large space bathed in natural light, the immense “Water Lilies” of Claude Monet are the highlight of the visit but they are not the only reason to visit this beautiful gallery. the museum also presents works by his acolytes Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir and Rousseau.
Orangerie Museum in the Tuileries Garden, 75001 Paris.