Are you a big fan of art? If you are and you’re coming to Paris you must check out our list of Museums You’ve Never of – Art Edition.
1. Le Petit Palais
Le Petit Palais is located near the Champs Elysees. It was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, like the Grand Palais in front of it. (Grand Palais holds only temporary exhibitions and special events). It houses the Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris. The 1,300 works in the museum (sculptures, paintings, tapestries, art objects, icons) offer a wide artistic panorama. After you’ve checked out masterpieces by the likes of Monet, Courbet, and Cézanne, be sure to check out the interior garden where you can go for a nice stroll.
Official Website: Le Petit Palais
Price: The permanent collection is free, while the temporary exhibits require an admission fee.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. Late night opening Friday until 9pm for temporary exhibitions.
2. Musée de la Vie Romantique
This Museum of the Romantic Life is located in the house of the painter Ary Scheffer. This museum recreates a historical setting evoking the romantic period. The ground floor is devoted to George Sand: portraits, furniture, and jewelry from the 18th and 19th centuries. On the first floor, Ary Scheffer‘s paintings are surrounded by contemporary works. Two annual temporary exhibitions are organized, as well as concerts, readings and activities for children. In the museum’s garden you’ll find the seasonal tearoom, a real haven of peace open from March to October, which is a great place for a tasty snack.
Official Website: Musée de la Vie Romantique
Price: Permanent collections are free for all. Temporary exhibitions cost €5 to €12.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
3. Musée Cognacq-Jay
This museum houses the collection of 18th century art which was collected between 1900 and 1927 by Ernest Cognacq, founder of La Samaritaine department stores, and his wife Marie-Louise Jaÿ. Cognacq left these artworks to the City of Paris after his death. This collection offers a unique perspective on the Age of Enlightenment. Located in the Marais district, this museum is great to see and then grab a bit of lunch or dinner in this fun neighborhood!
Official Website: Musée Cognacq-Jay
Price: Free for permanent collections
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am-6pm
4. Musée Nissim de Camondo
Moïse de Camondo, a reputed Parisian banker during the Belle Epoque, was a passionate collector of French furniture and art objects from the eighteenth century. This museum, named after his sons, houses his collection. In 1911, architect René Sergent was hired to build a private mansion next to Parc Monceau. The home, which is in original condition, offers an opportunity to discover the taste of a great collector and to get a glimpse of an aristocratic home.
Official Website: Musée Nissim de Camondo
Price: €9 (reductions or joint ticket available too)
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 5:30pm.
5. Espace Dalí
Dedicated to the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, you can see some of his most famous works at this museum located in the heart of the Montmartre neighborhood. There are both permanent and temporary exhibitions which feature Dalí’s paintings and sculptures. You mustn’t miss the famous melting clocks!
Official Website: Espace Dalí
Price: €11.50 (reduced ticket price if qualify)
Hours: Open everyday from 10am to 6pm
6. Musée de l’Orangerie
Even though you might known the name we thought we’d include this museum just in case, since it is so wonderful. This museum holds some incredible impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. It is rather a small museum with the main focus on two oval rooms dedicated to showing off Claude Monet’s beautiful 8 compositions of water lilies (Les Nymphéas). The two oval rooms represent the symbol of infinity. This is a smaller museum that also has some specific special exhibitions. It can be found in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens.
Official Website: l’Orangerie
Prices: €9 (reduced ticket price if qualify)
Hours: Open from 9am to 6pm, except Tuesdays.
7. Musée Marmottan Monet
This impressionist museum houses one of Paris’ largest impressionist collections. Claude Monet is just one of the famous artists you can see. His celebrated work Impression, Sunrise is viewable there. You can also find works by Renoir, Degas, and Gauguin. Definitely a must see!
Official Website: Marmottan Monet
Price: €11 (reduced ticket price if qualify)
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm. Open late Thursday to 9pm.
8. Palais de Tokyo
Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, this museum is located close to the Trocadéro, where many tourists take pictures of the Eiffel Tower from. This museum hosts only temporary exhibitions.
Official Website: Palais de Tokyo
Hours: Open everyday, except Tuesdays from 12pm to 8pm.
9. Musée Guimet
This museum was established in 1889 and continues to add to its fantastic collection of Asian art. The artworks go back up to 5,000 years. Here you will find Indian textiles, samurai swords, buddahs, and more. This is the largest European museum dedicated to Asian art. Don’t miss the Pantheon Bouddique where you’ll find a Japanese garden just a few meters away on Avenue d’Iena.
Official Website: Guimet
Price: €7.50 (reduced admission/joint tickets available)
Hours: Open everyday, except Tuesday 10am to 6pm
10. Musée Cernuschi
An Asian art museum which has many fantastic works from China, Korea, and Japan. Henri Cernushi, a French banker, left his private collection to the City of Paris. We recommend you check out the Chinese artifacts from the Neolithic Period to the Sui Dynasty. This museum is located very close to the Parc Monceau, a beautiful romantic park.
Official Website: Musée Cernuschi
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm
11. Palais Galliera
The Museum of Fashion of the city of Paris. The collections showcase the changing fashion of Paris since the 18th century. They only have special exhibitions 2 to 3 times a year and the museum remains closed in between exhibitions.
Official Website: Palais Galliera
Price: €9 (reduced ticket price if qualify)
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm. Open late Thursday until 9pm
12. Musée Zadkine
This is the house where Russian artist Ossip Zadkine worked and created his sculptures. This museum is close to the Luxembourg Gardens and actually has its own garden you can visit.
Official Website: Musée Zadkine
Price: The permanent collections are free except during temporary exhibition periods.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm
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