Of course a visit to Paris is simply incomplete unless you’ve embarked on a journey to the Louvre and pushed your way through the crowds to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa; but what about the many other magnificent museums in Paris that attract visitors from around the world?
1. Musee d’Orsay
Decked with a collection of Renoir, Van Gogh and various pieces from a number of 19th-century artists, the d’Orsay offers an attractive collection of pre- and post-impressionist era works.
2. Musee de l’Orangerie
Featuring works by Picasso, Soutine and Monet, this must visit Paris museum can be found tucked away near Jardin des Tuileries.
3. National Museum of Modern Art (MNAM)
With more than 50,000 works from popular 20th-century artists including Warhol, Pollock and Picasso, MNAM features a regularly refreshed main collection of art as well as various temporary exhibits that are sure to please.
4. Musee Rodin
French artist Auguste Rodin donated his entire collection with only one requirement: that all of the art be maintained in his showroom at the Hotel Biron in Paris. Today, the artist’s previous workshop and showroom is called Musee Rodin and features breathtaking exhibits throughout.
5. The Centre Pompidou
A well-known sight in Paris, the Centre Pompidou features an award-winning architectural design concept known as the ‘inside-out’ boilerhouse developed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Here, museum visitors enjoy the largest collection of modern art in all of Europe.
6. Petit Palais
Featuring works from the antiquity to the early 20th century, the Petit Palais is a free museum that includes more than 1,300 works from artists such as Monet, Courbet and Cezanne as well as many other artists from eras past.
7. Cluny Museum
Housed in the Hotel de Cluny, the Cluny Museum is known also as the National Medieval Museum and features art from the Moyen Age. The entire museum is dedicated to exploration of the medieval period.
8. Museum of Paris History
Situated between the walls of two Renaissance-ear mansions, the Musee Carnavalet or Museum of Paris History features collections that guide visitors through the historic rise of Paris. Various temporary exhibits which highlight individual eras or elements of Parisian heritage can also be viewed at this magnificent museum.