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Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – Art Edition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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
Price: €12
Hours: Open everyday, except Tuesdays from 12pm to 8pm.

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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

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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
Price: €4
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm

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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

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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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Museums You've Never Heard Of

Museums You’ve Never Heard Of

Paris has a plethora of museums. In fact, Paris has museums for everything. You name it, and voila, there it is. Ranging from centuries old famous paintings, sculptures to coins, to homes of famous people. Everyone visits the Louvre and Orsay, but have you ever thought of doing something different? Why not visit some Museums You’ve Never Heard Of. Here is a comprehensive list to make your life a little easier.

Or check out our other editions of Museums You’ve Never Heard Of:

Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – Art Edition

Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – History Edition 

1. Musée Grévin

One of the oldest wax museums in Europe. “Meet” iconic figures from history. From Louis XIV, Mozart, Albert Einstein, Mahatama Gandhi to Barack Obama and Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, you can see them all at Grévin and take selfies with these famous people.

Learn more here

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2. Musée des Arts et Métiers

Among its industrial design collection is an original version of the Foucault pendulum and the original model of the Statue of Liberty by Auguste Bartholdi. You can also find some of the first planes and Blaise Pascal’s Pascaline (the first mechanical calculator). The museum presents seven different collections: Scientific Instruments, Materials, Energy, Mechanics, Construction, Communication, Transportation.

Official Website: Musée des Arts et Métiers
Price: Varies. View prices here.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. Late night Thursday until 9:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.

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3. Musée du Chocolat

This museum tells the story of the origin and the evolution of chocolate by means of a unique collection of a thousand objects. You will discover historical information as well as practical knowledge to help you learn to make your own chocolate. Check out the details of the workshop on chocolates which we tested, here.

Official Website: Musée du Chocolat
Price: €11 (reduced price tickets available)
Hours: Open every day from 10am to 6pm. Last entrances at 5pm.

4. Musée de la Contrefaçon

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Known as museum of counterfeiting. Over 300 hundred counterfeit objects in 6 rooms.  It brings together varied collected works spanning from the luxury brands to the everyday products.

Official Website Of Musée de la Contrefaçon
Price: €6 (or €5 if qualify for reduced ticket price). See more here
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 17:30 (12:00pm-5:30pm). In the morning by appointment. Check website if going in August.

5.Musée du Parfum Fragonard

France has been a world center of the perfume industry since the 17th century, when Louis XV’s court at Versailles was known as la cour parfumée. This museum features the history of perfume manufacturing and packaging from ancient times and how natural ingredients are mixed with essential oil and varied fragrances to create modern perfumes. Here you can discover the art of perfume making.

Official Website: Musée du Parfum Fragonard
Price: Free guided tour!
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sundays and holidays 9am to 5pm.

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6. Cinémathèque française

This is for the movies lovers out there. This museum presents the unique opportunity to discover a heritage of movies and theaters in the world covering film prehistory to the present. Legendary costumes, cameras and projectors, and manuscripts among other things form an amazing landscape for cinema lovers to explore and discover an exceptional ensemble in the cinema world. We recommend you pay a visit to this one of the museums you’ve never heard of. 

Official Website Of Cinémathèque française
Price: €5 (reduced price available if qualify)
Hours: Monday through Sunday 12pm to 7pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

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7. Musée de l’Erotisme

Located in Pigalle neighborhood, which is inundated with sex shops. The Museum of Eroticism of Paris is an unusual and singular place dedicated to erotic art in all its forms. With seven floors, you can find popular art from all time periods and from different countries. The art forms exhibit heavy inclination towards sexuality and fertility.

Official Website: Musée de l’Erotisme
Price: €10
Hours: Everyday from 10am to 2am.

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8. Musée de la Musique

The Museum of Music showcases about 8,350 items including musical instruments and pieces of art which retrace the history of music from the 17th century to today. Of the museums you’ve never heard of, this one is great to go to with your kids and family. You should known that live performances are put on everyday in the museum.

Official Website: Museum of Music Paris
Price: €7
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to 6pm. Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed Mondays.

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9. Musée du Vin

A wine museum! Very close to the Eiffel Tower, right in the heart of Paris, this museum has a collection of wine-related objects spanning different centuries. Today there are over 2,200 items on display. Set in some crude limestone quarries that were mined between the 13th and the 18th centuries to supply the stones used to build Paris. Highly recommended.

Official Website: Musée du Vin
Price:€10 (You can also pay more for a wine tasting)
Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.

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10. Musée Baccarat

Baccarat is a world famous brand for crystals. This Museum is simply known as Crystal Museum. Each timeless masterpiece signifies and underscores the subtle art of crystal making. Each decanter, every glass, every chandelier embodies the ultimate journey which the crystal art form has taken to evolve to its splendor today.

Official Website: Musée Baccarat
Prices: €5 (reduced price tickets available)
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 12pm and from 2pm-6pm.

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11. Musée de la Préfecture de Police

This museum of crime is prominent in showcasing the evolution of the various police forms throughout French history. It tells a story of an institution pivoted upon crime and punishment and how it has adapted to changes in society and the urban space. A gallery illustrates criminal activities and punishments that followed and it chronicles some stories of the past four centuries of bloody and grotesque crimes, terrorist attacks, and political killings and assassinations.

Official Website: Musée de la Préfecture de Police
Price: Free!
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm. And the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

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12. Musée des Monuments Français

This museum contains architectural models of historical buildings, replicas, and stained glass from French churches and châteaux. Also known as  the museum of plaster casts of French monuments. This museum is located within the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.

Official Website: Musée des Monuments Français
Price: € 8 (reduced price tickets available if qualify). Additional costs to see expositions.
Hours: Open Wednesday and Friday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Open Tuesday from 11am to 9pm.

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13. Musée de la Poupée

It is a private doll museum located in the 3rd arrondissement. Established in 1994, it contains an assemblage of more than 500 French dolls. Arranged chronologically, the dolls range from the 18th century to the present. Exhibits are arranged in an array with scale-model furniture, accessories, and toys from a number of periods in the history. Also, there is a feature on doll-making and the materials used in dolls.

Offical Website: Musée de la Poupée
Price: €8 (reduced price tickets available)
Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday 1pm to 6pm.

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14. Musée de la Magie

This magic museum highlights items relating to magic shows including optical illusions, secret boxes, wind-up toys, magic mirrors, see-through glasses, posters, etc. It also provides magic shows for you and your kids. The museum is adjoined with the Musée des Automates, which also contains more than 100 historical and contemporary automative devices.

Official Website: Musée de la Magie
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Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – Art Edition

Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – History Edition

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Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – History Edition

Does the history of France and its colonial past intrigue you? Visit these amazing Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – History Edition!

1. Crypte archéologique du parvis de Notre Dame

This crypt exhibits archaeological remains discovered during excavations from 1965 to 1972. It provides an overview of the architectural and urban advancements and developments of the Île de la Cité, the historical heart of Paris. You can even walk through ancient ruins on which medieval and classical remains were build upon. The museum helps you to look at how this city has evolved in past years and has ever since been in an continuous state of reconstruction by unveiling layers of archaeological splendors.

Official Website Of Crypte archéologique du parvis de Notre Dame
Price: €8 (reduced tickets available if qualify)
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm

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2. Musée de l’Armée (Hôtel des Invalides)

You surely have heard about the Invalides already…. But you surely don’t know a lot about the Army museum, which is in fact one of the museums hosted on the site! Located in the mansion that was built to house a hospital for the veterans of King Louis XIV’s wars (Hôtel National des Invalides), the Invalides now houses one of the largest museums of the military. Exhibits are presented chronologically in ‘historical’ collections ranging from Antiquity to the end of the WWII. Memorabilia includes emblems, paintings, and military decorations. With admission to this museum you can also go see the tomb of Napoleon I, which lies under the golden dome of the  Invalides.

Official Website: Musée de l’Armée
Prices: from €12 (reduced price tickets available if qualify)
Hours: Open every day, but hours change based on season. View hours here

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You’re ticket to this museum will ALSO get you into the following:

  • Tomb of Napoleon I
  • Charles de Gaulle Memorial- An interactive multimedia space that pays homage to this famous French general and founder of the fifth French republic.
  • Musée des Plans-Reliefs- This museum holds raised relief maps (3D models) which were used as military planning tools by the heads of state centuries ago. Various military models are present and  visitors can have an aerial view of cities, their buildings and ramparts, as well as the landscapes near by. Not to be missed, especially as it’s a tiny museum which can take only 15 minutes if you are short of time!
  • Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération – This museum documents the history of the French forces, De Gaulle’s manuscripts, various resistance movements, and the concentration camps of WWII. Over 4,000 objects are displayed including uniforms, weapons, transmitters, and flags.
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3. Musée de Montmartre

Displays the history of the neighborhood of Montmartre – how it used to be a hub for famous artists, numerous musicians and poets. This museum also features many paintings, posters and drawings signed by Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Kupka, Steinlen, Valadon, and Utrillo. One of the most charming museums in Paris, the Museum of Montmartre was built in the 17th century and is the oldest building in Montmartre district.

You can also visit the Renoir Gardens, which are dedicated to the famous impressionist painter who lived on site for several years.

Official Website: Musée de Montmartre
Price: €9.50 for adults (reduced price tickets available if qualify)
Hours: Open every day from 10am to 6pm

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4. Musée de la Légion d’Honneur

Did you know this building was taken as a model for the construction of the White House in Washington? It proudly displays French Legion of Honor awards and there is a special section devoted to foreign orders. Many objects related to Napoleon are displayed.

Throughout the course of history, these visuals and objects epitomize the values carried which were intrinsic in this French order, and is representative of typical decorations during that time. Definitely worth going and only steps away from the Orsay Museum.

Official Website: Musée de la Légion d’Honneur
Price: Free!
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 1pm to 6 pm (last admission at 5:30)

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5. Musée de Cluny

This museum has many artifacts from the Middle Ages. The visit begins on the Boulevard Saint-Michel. Go back in time to the 14th century and find yourself in the amazing courtyard of the Hôtel de Cluny, built at the end of the 15th century. The collections have art from antiquity to Renaissance times and feature some noteworthy masterpieces, including the Pilier des Nautes from the 1st century and the six tapestries that make up La Dame à la Licorne series, dating from the 15th century.

Official Website: Musée de Cluny
Price:  €8
Hours: Open every day except Tuesday from 9:15am to 15:45pm

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6. Musée Carnavalet

This museum is about the history of the city of Paris. It has preserved the remnants of France’s past. Some things to look at here: Lutetia’s (former name of Paris) long narrow canoes made from a single tree trunk, a beautiful 4th century bottle used for perfume, the model of the Île de la Cité  from the 16th century, a well-preserved 14th-century sculpture of the head of the Virgin Mary, and so much more.

Official Website Of Musée Carnavalet
Price: € 6

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Hope you enjoyed this version of Museums You’ve Never Heard Of. Check out our other editions here:

Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – Art Edition

Museums You’ve Never Heard Of – Original Edition

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