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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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5 Options for a Paris Bus Tour

Whether it is your first time in Paris or you are returning to the city, a Paris bus tour is really a must do! A bus tour is one of the best things you can do during your first few days in Paris as it helps you orient yourself and gives a great overview of the city. You can discover many of Paris’ main places and get an idea of what or where you want to explore more. There are two main types of bus tours to consider: classic bus tour or private bus tour.

Classic Paris Bus Tour

A classic bus tour involves being with a group of individuals. This type of bus tour comes in many forms. There is the double-decker hop on, hop off bus tour where you can choose to get off the bus and explore certain areas or attractions of Paris that interest you. When you’re done, just hop back on at any of the indicated locations to continue the tour.

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You have the option of choosing a tour, which only runs one loop, or you can choose a tour where there are multiple loops run by the buses and you can change loops at will to see a larger and different areas of Paris. If you are looking for a quick overview of Paris at a lower cost, we recommend the one loop bus tour. If instead you want to be able to explore more and see more of Paris, it is definitely worth looking into a tour with multiple loops. If you are looking for a quicker version (around 2 hours), you can also consider a Paris bus tour that doesn’t stop and you ride the whole circuit.

It is also very important to consider the differences between companies who provide the hop on, hop off bus tours. There is a significant difference in quality of the buses. For example, whether the bus has the ability to provide rain protection through the form of an expandable roof to cover the top deck. There are also noticeable differences in the quality of the audio guide provided. (You have headphones, which you plug in and listen to the pre-recorded guide.) At ParisByM we have pre-selected the companies with the highest quality so that you can have the best experience on your Paris bus tour.

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Classic Paris Bus Tour – Specialty Focus

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There are also Paris bus tours which are classic in a sense that you are with a group of other individuals, but have a special focus or offer. One such example is a tour where they provide either lunch or dinner and you enjoy the views of Paris from the comfort of the bus seats (not hop on, hop off). An elegant lunch or dinner is provided as you watch the bustling Parisian streets.

You could also choose to have a history-focused Paris bus tour. This tour is a lot of fun and you can learn more about the history of Paris with a personal guide. This bus also is very tech savvy and can project historical images and short movies to provide visual aids.

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Private Paris Bus Tour

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While a private bus tour is more expensive, this is a great option for large families or groups traveling together. The biggest advantage to this option is that you can design your bus tour such as length and route for all the places you want to see. With complete control over your itinerary, you can maximize your time in Paris by choosing what is most important for you to see. ParisByM will work with you to design the best itinerary for your group. For half a day you should expect to budget approximately 600 euros for up to seven people.

If you want to reduce the price you can decide to join a group of people going in a minibus, however you will have less flexibility with this option.

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Another Option to Consider

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Perhaps you want to have a tour of the city, but being with a group of other people is not what you’re looking for. Consider hiring a private driver in a traditional French car. This can be a quieter and perhaps, if you’re traveling as a couple, a more romantic way to view the city.

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