Museums in Paris

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Museums

One of the biggest attractions of Paris is its large selection of museums. Whether you prefer the ancient classics, Renaissance or modern art, Paris has a museum to cater to your tastes.

The Louvre
The Orsay Museum
La Villette: Cité des Sciences
The Georges Pompidou Centre
Picasso Museum
Rodin Museum
Museum of Mankind
Museum of Cinematography
Marine Museum
Military Museum
The Maillol Museum

The Louvre
This former palace to the kings of France was established as a museum over 200 years ago, thus making it one of the world's oldest museums. With 7 departments dedicated to art and artifacts from ancient civilizations to the Baroque epic, the Louvre is also one of the largest museums in the world. It would take days to see it all.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. except Tuesdays and holidays.
The Orsay Museum
This former railroad station is a recently new addition to the list of Parisian museums. It was not converted into a museum until 1986. It is now home to the largest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world.

Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm Thursdays from 10am to 9.45pm Sundays from 9am to 6pm
La Villette: Cité des Sciences
This immense science and technology museum occupies the largest of the old Villette slaughterouses. It stimulates the visitors interest in technology by allowing them to interact with the many displays in the main building. It offers a planetarium, greenhouses, a conference center and an IMAX cinema.

Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays
The Georges Pompidou Centre
The Pompidou Centre is the museum of modern art. It was constructed in the 70s with a revolutionary design that show off the mechanisms of support that are usually hidden from the public view.

It hosts several galleries and that change frequently, so it's worth it to come back again and again. One of the best views of Paris can be experienced at "George", the chic restaurant on the top floor of the centre. Be sure to make reservations.

Open daily from 10 am to 11 pm except Tuesdays
Picasso Museum
The Hôtel Salé is one of the most prestigious buildings in the Marais housing an incredible collection of Picasso's works.
The museum presents the multiple facets of the artist, his influence on the 20th century, his close relationships with the numerous creative artists of his time and his links to the theater, the ballet, music, literature, cinema and photography.

Hôtel Salé
5, rue de Thorigny
75003 PARIS
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Tuesdays
Rodin Museum
The Government acquired the Hôtel Biron in 1905 and Rodin rented the ground floor from 1908 onwards. From that moment, the sculptor, backed by his closest friends, was determined to turn the Hôtel Biron into a museum devoted to his works. It houses marble, bronze, plaster, wax and terracotta sculptures, ceramics, paintings, drawings, and works by other artists (Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh) from his personal collection.

77 rue de Varenne
75007 Paris
Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Mondays

Other museums around Paris

Museum of Mankind
Museum of Cinematography
Marine Museum
Palais de Chaillot
17 place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except Tuesdays
Military Museum
129 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Maillol Museum
61 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
Open Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.