Paris offers an uncountable number of museums and monuments to visit. As there are so many museums (over 100) it is impossible to see everything in only one visit. Pick a few that you find the most interesting according to your likes and take your time to appreciate them. If you try to see many things you’ll feel you are running a marathon instead of enjoying the city.
This is a list of 5 best museums in Paris that you shouldn’t miss:
One of the most known icons of Paris. Louvre is the most famous and one of the biggest museums in the world. It is the most visited museum in the world prepare for the line.. Nevertheless the crowds shouldn’t stop you from visiting Louvre. Its art collection is stunning and the place is huge. Not even a week will be enough to appreciate it all.
- Musée d’ Orsay
The most beautiful museum in Paris. This museum showcases an outstanding collection of impressionists: Monet,Manet, Degas and Van Gogh to mention some. But what makes Orsay distinguish among the other museums is its building, a grand old train station. It also shows a collection of architecture and design.
- Centre Pompidou
Georges Pompidou is the ideal museum for those who prefer modern and contemporary art. It also offers live shows and photography exhibitions. The futurist building was designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano and it is unique because its innovation.
- Musée de l’Orangerie
Any Monet lovers out there? This museum is composed of two oval shaped rooms housing 8 huge water-lily murals by Monet. This is the best place to appreciate his work. In the inferior floor of the museum you will find other impressionist paintings.
- Musée Rodin
This museum contains the largest collection of Rodin’s work ( including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell) . It has two sites: at the Hôtel Biron where Rodin used to reside, and just outside Paris at Rodin’s old home. With nearly three hectares, the beautiful garden adds charm to the place.
- Buy your ticket in advance to avoid the queue at Louvre Museum. Click here to skip the line.
- Each museum is free one day of the month. Check the sites when you know when you’ll be in Paris
- Museums are free for 18-25 year olds who own a european passport.
- If you plan on visiting many museums and monuments consider the Paris City Pass.
- Wondering where to stay in Paris? Learn about the best hotel locations in Paris
- Read more tips and tricks on traveling Paris
- Got a few extra days in Paris? Check out: day trips from Paris
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