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Top Museums in Paris

Capital of the Arts and one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Paris is a city with over 150 museums. Here is a list of the top museums in the French capital:

Top three museums in Paris

  • Museo del Louvre The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. The Louvre features paintings that have had a deep impact on the history of art and therefore is a definite must-see.
  • Museo de Orsay Housed in an old railway station and specialised in the nineteenth century, the Orsay Museum covers the artistic period between the Louvre collection and the Centre Pompidou collection.
  • Centro Pompidou Also known as Beaubourg or the Pompidou Centre in English, this museum houses one of the best modern and contemporary art collections in the world.

Most popular museums and galleries

  • Museo du Quai Branly The Musée du quai Branly features a collection of over 300,000 works of art from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. It’s an extremely surprising and refreshing museum.
  • Museo Rodin Opened in 1917 by the sculptor Auguste Rodin, the museum includes a lot of his work in the Hotel Biron, a small rococo palace and its gardens.
  • Museo Guimet Known as the National Museum of Asian Art, the Musée Guimet has an excellent collection of art from different oriental cultures and civilisations.
  • Museo Cluny
    Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen Âge
    The National Museum of Middle Ages in Paris features one of the largest Medieval art collection and craftwork.
  • Museo Nissim de Camondo Discover the city’s past through the history of the Camondo family. The museum is housed in one of the most luxurious twentieth century private mansions in Paris.

Other museums in Paris

  • Museo del Ejército This French Army Museum covers the country’s military history from the antiquity until World War II.
  • Museo de Arte Moderno de París Paris’ Museum of Modern Art features different artistic trends from the twentieth century, including cubism, fauvism and other works of art by the School of Paris.
  • Museo de la Orangerie Situated in a magnificent building from 1853, this art gallery houses an excellent collection of impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet.
  • Petit Palais The Petit Palais is a splendid building built in Paris in 1900 that houses an art collection from Antiquity until 1920. It is also worthwhile visiting its garden and courtyard. 
  • Museo Picasso This art gallery, located in the Hotel Salé, includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and personal objects belonging to the Spanish artist, Picasso. 
  • Museo Grévin Grévin is the wax museum in Paris, where visitors can discover the most important celebrities in French history made entirely out of wax.
  • Museo del Alcantarillado de París
    Musée des égouts de Paris (Paris Sewers Museum)
    Inside the city’s sewers, the Paris Sewers Museum explains the evolution of the Sewerage system in the city.
  • Museo Carnavalet Opened in 1880, the Carnavalet Museum features all types of art work, and through these it narrates the history of Paris from its foundation to the present day.
  • Museo Cognacq-Jay

    The Cognacq-Jay Museum is a historic house-museum opened in 1929 that features a small but varied art collection from the eighteenth century.

  • Museo de Artes Decorativas

    The Decorative Art Museum in Paris has over 150,000 items, featuring decorative elements from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Museums not worth visiting

Although some might disagree, we believe that the following museums are not worth visiting taking into account their price, location and quality of their exhibitions.

  • Espacio Dalí Located in the heart of Montmartre, the Espace Dalí has a permanent collection dedicated to the artist Salvador Dalí.
  • Museo Marmottan Monet The Marmottan Monet Museum has one of the largest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art collections in the world, and a vast number of Monet’s artwork.
  • Museo del Cine The Museum of Cinema in Paris features the history, collection, conservation, restauration and exhibition of a large part of the cinemathographic heritage worldwide.