Top Museums in Paris

As capital of arts and one of the main tourist destinations in the world, Paris houses over 150 museums. These are some of the most important: 

The Three Most-Visited Museums

Louvre Museum

Opened at the end of the eighteenth century, the Louvre is the country’s most renowned museum and one of the most visited in the world.

Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay houses a stunning art collection from between 1848 and 1914. The museum is housed in a former railway station.

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Georges Pompidou also known as Beaubourg, features some of the best contemporary and modern art collections in the world.

Top Museums and Art Galleries

Musée du quai Branly

The Musée du quai Branly houses a collection with over 300,000 objects of indigenous art of Africa, Asia, America and Oceania.

Musée Rodin

Created in 1916 by Auguste Rodin, the Musée Rodin features the majority of the artist’s sculptures and work in the Hotel Biron. Discover the museum.

Musée Guimet

The Musée Guimet, also known as the Musée national des arts asiatiques features an excellent collection of different Asian cultures and civilizations.

Musée Cluny

The Musée National du Moyen Age of Paris (Musée de Cluny) houses one of best medieval art and craftwork collections in the world. Discover it.

Musée Nissim de Camondo

The Musée Nissim de Camondo (Nissan Camondo Museum) is a stately house museum from the twentieth century. Discover the mansion and its museum.

Other Museums in Paris

Musée de l’Armée

The Musée de l'Armée (Military Museum in English) houses an impressive collection of military items. It is situated in the seventh arroindissement of Paris.

Musée d’Art Moderne

The Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris features art work from the twentieth century, including fauvism, cubism and works by artists of the School of Paris.

Musée de l’Orangerie

Situated in a striking building from 1853, the Musée de l’Orangerie houses an excellent collection of Impressionism works. A must are Monet’s paintings.

Petit Palais

The Petit Palais is a magnificent building from 1900 that features artistic collections from the Antiquity to the 1920s. Discover it.

Musée Picasso

The Musée Picasso in Paris houses the Spanish painter’s works of art from various periods and a large collection of sculptures. Read more about it.

Musée Grevin

The Musée Grévin is a wax museum in Paris where visitors can see famous French and international celebrities made out of wax. Find useful information about it.

Musée des égouts de Paris

The Musée des Egouts de Paris is located in the Parisian sewer system. Discover this bizarre museum and how the city's sewers work and their history.

Musée Carnavalet

Opened in 1880, the Musée Carnavalet features different types of works of art that narrate the history of Paris from its foundation to the present day.

Musée Cognacq-Jay

The Musée Cognacq-Jay was opened in 1929 and features a small but varied collection of eighteenth century French art work. Discover it.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris features decorative arts and designs from the Middle Ages to the present day. Discover its collection.

Less Worthwhile Museums

These are the less worth-while museums to visit, either because they are too expensive, far away or less interesting than the rest.

Espace Dalí

Situated in the heart of Montmartre, the Espace Dalí houses a permanent collection of some of the artist’s work. Find out more.

Musée Marmottan Monet

The Musée Marmottan Monet features one of the most complete collections of Impressionist art in the world, and in particular paintings. by Monet.

Musée du Cinéma

The Cinémathèque Française Film Center in Paris is dedicated to the collection, conservation, restoration and the exhibition of worldwide film documents.