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Our Favorite Paris Museums

Having trouble navigating the massive number of Paris museums? Here are some of our favorites to get you started.


Paris Museums – Our favorites:

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou opened in 1977 and houses the biggest modern and contemporary art collection in Europe. Its exhibitions have an international outlook and you can also enjoy shows and concerts at the Centre. Practical information about your visit can be found here.

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The Louvre Museum was created in 1793 during the French Revolution. While you may know it as the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, it houses so much more (Don’t forget to grab a map of the 5 levels and 3 interconnected wings!). If you are looking to spend only a few hours in the Louvre, I recommend visiting the Denon Wing for a mixture of sculptures, antiquities, and paintings (including the Mona Lisa)!

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Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is my personal favorite museum in Paris…Don’t miss it! It used to be a railroad station and houses a famous clock facing the seine (Some say it’s the best photo spot in Pairs, so don’t forget to snap a photo). You can find an amazing collection of impressionist art and sculptures in this museum, including the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Degas.

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Grand Palais

Starting at the end of 2020, the Grand Palais will begin a 3 year renovation, so be sure to see it soon! It features a large glass dome and large-scale exhibitions on artists that have marked the history of art, like Picasso, Hopper, Renoir.

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Petit Palais

In the Petit Palais, just across from the Grand Palais, there is a museum of fine arts. Entrance to the permanent collection is free and there is a beautiful garden where you can sit and relax. The museum features European art from antiquity to the 20th century.

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent

The well-curated Musée Yves Saint Laurent is a must see if you are a fashion lover. You can see pieces from YSL’s collections, visit his studio, and watch a documentary film. You can even look at the cute little dish he used for his dog near his desk!

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Paris Catacombs

If you want to venture twenty metres underground, take a trip to the Paris Catacombs! There are six million remains from the end of the 18th century to the mid 19th century (when the Parisian cemeteries were closed for health reasons). The catacombs are a great change of pace and a beautiful ode to Parisian history. Be sure to bring a sweater, it can get chilly down there!

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Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimonie

The Museum of French Monuments, which was integrated with the larger Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimonie in 2004, encourages the spread of architectural culture. It seeks to help the members of the general public (that’s you!) become active participants in architecture and urban development. Here, you can explore the history of architecture from the Midlde Ages to the present day. We definitely recommend this museum if you geek out about architecture or urban planning!

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Musée National de Clouny

The Musée National de Clouny / Musée du Moyen Age is located in the 5e arrondissement. You can view tapestries, architecture, ceiling vaults, sculptures, and stained glass from the Middle Ages and sit in the lovely Middle-Aged style garden.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

The Musée des Arts et Métiers was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions. If you are interested in engineering or technical developments, you might find this museum interesting! It showcases mechanics, materials, construction methodologies, and means of communication and transport.

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Atelier des Lumières

Currently, at the Atelier des Lumières, you can partake in an immersive experience of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. His work is projected in motion and in massive form throughout a disability-friendly loft. We highly recommend the Atelier and look forward to its future, magical exhibits!

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We hope this list of Paris museums helps you plan your stay! Looking for more advice for your trip to Paris? Feel free to email us here at ParisByM or to explore our predesigned deals online. Bon voyage!


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Unusual Paris Museums to Visit on a School Trip

If you’re looking for museums in Paris that are a little off the beaten path – you’ve come to the right place.  ParisByM has created this list of Paris museums for you that you may not have considered visiting before with your student group.

When visiting Paris with a school trip, you’ll obviously want to see the famous museums like the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay, but don’t be fooled into thinking these are the only ones worth a visit.  There are countless other Paris museums, so here’s just a few of the lesser known ones that we think are definitely worth a visit.

Cluny Museums

The Cluny Middles Ages Museum, Paris museums

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You may or may not have heard of the Cluny Hotel and Museum – famous for its medieval architecture – but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to visit on your trip to Paris. It is known for its real roman bath ruins as well as its display medieval artifacts.  The museum is located in the 5th Arrondissement, so it’s very central and easy to get to with your student group!

Open Wednesday – Monday 9:15AM-5:45PM, Closed Tuesday

Chocolate Museum – Choco-Story

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve read the words “chocolate museum” and need no more convincing! Just in case though, the chocolate museum is a great place to visit on a Paris school trip because not only do you get to eat chocolate (yum!), but you can also discover the history of the delicious food, see how it’s made, and even make your own!

Open every day 10AM – 6PM (Last admission 5PM) (Closed January 1st, December 25th)


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You may be wondering why these underground passages have made it onto our Paris museums list? It’s because you can have a spooky day in the hidden channels full of millions of human remains under the city while also learning about the history of France – definitely a must see if you’re looking for something a little unique.

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10AM-8:30PM (Closing of the crates at 7:30PM), Closed Monday’s

Ateliers des Lumières

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The Ateliers des Lumières, located in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement is somewhere that would likely go amiss if you hadn’t heard about it before arrival.  Here you can enter a large warehouse looking space to see a light show of famous artists work.  Often the shows last around 30 minutes, so tickets are purchased for 30-minute intervals – you should definitely buy these tickets ahead of time as it can get fill up fast.

Open Sunday – Thursday 10AM – 6PM, Friday and Saturday 10AM – 10PM

L’Orangerie Museum

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This Orangerie converted to a museum is located right next to Place de la Concorde, and at the end of the Tuileries Gardens so is a great central spot to see during your visit.  Here you can see Monet’s waterlily paintings displayed in two large circular rooms – trust us, this effect is something you certainly won’t want to miss!  You can also explore the downstairs of the museum for a look at impressionist and post impressionist art work.

Open Wednesday – Monday 9AM – 6PM (Last admission 5:15PM), Closed Tuesdays

Musée Rodin

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Famous sculptor Auguste Rodin has a museum dedicated entirely to his works that is certainly worthwhile visiting.  Our recommendation is that you not only appreciate the interior and his famous pieces, but also take time to view the exterior and the green space surrounding the beautiful building.

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10AM – 5:45PM, Closed Monday


Hopefully you’ll have time to see all the spots on this Paris Museums list but just in case, we recommend that you take a look at what each museum has to offer, and what exhibits they have on during your time in Paris so you can decide where to go!

If you’d like some help in planning your group trip, just click here and ParisByM would be more than happy to help you every step of the way.

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We all know the classics of the Paris Museums : the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée du Quai Branly. The three general museums for those who are in a hurry and want to do a quick and unavoidable visit of Paris. And what if you want to be more specific? Here are some suggestions to discover unusual Paris Museums.


For literature lovers

House of Victor Hugo, Paris Museums

We obviously recommend the House of Victor Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), which the famous writer occupied at the Hôtel de Rohan-Guémenée, Place des Vosges, from 1832 to 1848. A place of life and a place of writing (« Les Misérables » was written here) which evokes his early youth, and offers a collection of objects redrawing his life, from the exile to the « after exile », exposing his drawings, family objects too, and manuscripts. Relive the life of the author of « The Huntchback of Notre Dame » by exploring his apartment from the antechamber to the Chinese salon at 6 place des Vosges 75004 Paris.


House of Balzac, Paris Museums

The House of Balzac (Maison de Balzac) is also a must-see for anyone in love with French writers. You can find the author’s famous “Cabinet de Travail” (Study), his personal effects and the table where he wrote many works such as “Une ténébreuse affaire”. A library is set up and is open to all, including original editions and bindings of the romantic era. Discover Balzac at 47 rue Raynouard 75016 Paris.





For scientific people…

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris Museums

Among the Paris museums, you can find everything. As proof, scientists will find fulfillment in the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, located in the Parc de la Villette. You will be able to discover mathematical challenges, discover the mysteries of sound, light and brain, take a break in the space dedicated to the aquarium, and for astronomy lovers, you can visit the “Objectifs Terre” section dedicated to the revolution of satellites. Interesting temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year. You can find it at 30 avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 Paris.


The Curie Museum, Paris Museums

The Curie Museum (Musée Curie) offers to discover the life of the physicist and chemist Marie Curie and her family who hold five Nobel Prizes. First woman to have received one, she discovered with her husband two new elements: polonium and radium. This museum houses her laboratory which has been preserved without any change, the garden she has herself arranged in the Radium Institute, and even her office. All the secrets of this famous scientific family can be found at 1 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris.


If you are a fan of history…

The Museum of Natural History of Paris, Paris Museums

Come and discover the first steps of the humanity at the Museum of Natural History of Paris (Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle), in particular at the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, in the rooms devoted to the evolution of life, mankind or even animal species, whether you are interested in the marine environment, the terrestrial environment, or both. A permanent exhibition describes how mankind has changed its environment, from Homo-Sapiens to nowadays, evoking the transformation of landscapes and pollution. Location : 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris.


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The Holocaust Museum

We would also recommend the Holocaust Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), which relates the history of the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War. More than 5,000 square meters of exhibitions of pictures, original documents, and activities are available to permit the visitors to pay tribute to the memory of the deportees, but also of the « Justes », French people who helped to avoid several other deaths by hiding Jews in their houses. You can also find here a bookshop to increase your knowledge about this period, which offers more than 10,000 documents tackling the history of the Shoah. The museum is located at 17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004 Paris.

You may be interested in the Invalides, which hosts the museum of War, of World Wars, the memorial Charles de Gaulles, and the tomb of Napoleon : check information here.


Modern/contemporary art lovers…

Picasso Museum, Paris Museums

The Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) is for you. It contains a large collection of paintings and sculptures of the artist, representing the movement of cubism of the XXth century. The museum has various pictures and archives of the same century, by Picasso himself and artists of the time like Brassaï or Man Ray. 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris.


Museum of Modern Art, Paris Museums

You will especially appreciate the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, which counts nearly 9,000 works belonging to different movements of the XXth century and especially the second half, where you will discover chronogically and thematically movements such as New Realism or Conceptual Art. So, artists, find yourself there : 11 avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris.


And for the gourmands…

Museum of Chocolate, Paris Museums

There is the Museum of Chocolate (Musée du Chocolat), where you can learn about the history of chocolate, meet chocolate makers, taste chocolates, or create your own! We are not telling you more. Go to 28 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris.

We hope you will enjoy the Paris museums as much as we do!

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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:

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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

Museums You've Never Heard Of

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.

Museums You've Never Heard Of

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.

Museums You've Never Heard Of

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.

Museums You've Never Heard Of

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
View prices here
Check hours here

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

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Institut du monde Arabe Paris

The Institut du monde Arabe in Paris

Institut du monde Arabe Paris

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The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is an organization founded by France and 18 Arab countries to make the Arab world known by presenting its culture and values. Furthermore, France and Arabic countries have been working together, specifically in the fields of science and technology, in order to develop an exchange of knowledge between Europe and Arabic world.

Institut du monde Arabe Paris

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Institut du Monde Arabe Paris

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The museum birth

The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is also became a museum on on 2012 and it is located on the banks of Seine at 1 rue des Fossès, Saint-Bernard in the 5th district. It is a five minute walk from the Jussieu and Cardinal Lemoine metro stations. The architect Jean Nouvel created the building with the “brise soleil system” in mind. The building automatically opens, closes and regulates the amount of light and heat coming into the building. This climate-oriented strategy creates different light spaces, an effect often used in Islamic building projects.

Why should you visit the museum of Institut du monde Arabe?

Institut du monde Arabe Paris

The museum allows you to discover the Arab-Islamic world through hundreds of years of civilizations with different customs and practices. The museum spans four floors, starting from the top to the bottom, chronologically following historical periods. The museum sets out several objects as bronzes, ceramics, woodwork, textiles, scientific objects, illuminations, which will give you the chance to know areas rarely knew as ancient and medieval archeology, arts and crafts, ethnographic and contemporary art. During the course, thanks to an installation of sounds and images you will be brought to the heart of Arabic environment in a unique almost real experience.  Every year additional exhibitions are organized displaying pieces, often unpublished, from Riyadh National Museum (Saudi Arabia), the National Museum of Bahrain, and the museums of Damascus, Aleppo, Latakia and Palmyra. Hurry there! The museum will be presenting an exhibition called “Osiris: Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries” until March 6th!

How to plan your visit?

The museum is opened from Tuesday to Sunday:

Institu du monde Arabe Paris

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Tuesday : 10h00-18h00
Wednesday: 10h00-18h00
Thursday : 10h00-18h00
Friday : 10h00-21h30
Saturday : 10h00-19h00
Sunday: 10h00-19h00

The Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris costs 8€ for standard entry, 6€ for job-seekers and groups larger than six people, and 4€ for people under 26 years old and non-European Union residents.

For more information and tickets link to the Institut du monde Arabe website. 

Who should visit Institut du monde Arabe?

The visit is suggested mostly to couples, honeymooners even families considering the presence of recreational spaces as restaurant and café.  If you are interested in Arabic culture and Islamic world, then the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is the place to visit to learn more about the culture and practices of these population that lately have unfortunately suffered a depp social crisis.


Institut du monde Arabe in Paris


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