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If you ask the average Joe or Jane the name of a “museum city”, he/she would probably say: “Paris”.
Maybe Paris is not the city with most museums in the world; yet, it is probably that with the most famous ones. From the Louvre (still the world’s most popular museum, with over 9 million visitors a year) to the Centre Pompidou, from the Musée d’Orsay to the Palace of Versailles, the French capital can proudly claim to have more world-renowned cultural institutions than any other city on Earth, with the possible exception of New York.
Museums opened, or substantially renovated, in recent times include the Vuitton Foundation, the Pathé Foundation, and the Picasso Museum. Almost all major cultural attractions in Paris are situated within the Boulevard Periphérique ring road which defines the city’s administrative limit, notable exceptions are the Palace of Versailles and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye which are located in Paris’ metropolitan area but not in its urban area.
Yet, Paris doesn’t have a “museum district”, large and small museums are located throughout the city, therefore it is highly recommended to buy a travel pass, such as the Paris Visite, which at a very reasonable price allows the traveler to use the public transport network without limits.

Cover image: the “Renaissance” facade of the Louvre Museum; photo Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.


museums in Paris

Centre Pompidou Paris

Centre Pompidou Paris

Paris - Place Georges Pompidou
closed on: Tuesdays, and May 1
Along with being a museum of modern and contemporary art in Paris' Marais district, the Centre Pompidou by Piano & Rogers was the first modern cultural hub, as we call it today
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris

Paris - Place du Trocadéro, 1
closed on: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris is the world's largest museum exclusively dedicated to architecture and building design
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris

Paris - Avenue Corentin-Cariou, 30
closed on: Mondays
The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry), in the Parc de la Villette, Paris, is the largest science museum in Europe
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain – Paris

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain – Paris

Paris - Boulevard Raspail, 261
closed on: Mondays, December 25 and January 1
The Fondation Cartier is an art center in Paris, designed by Jean Nouvel, focused on the promotion of the most diverse forms of contemporary art and culture
Fondation Dubuffet

Fondation Dubuffet

Paris - Rue de Sévres, 137
closed on: Saturday and Sunday
The Fondation Dubuffet in Paris is a small yet very interesting cultural centre and exhibition space focused on the French artist Jean Dubuffet
Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé | Paris

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé | Paris

Paris - 73, avenue des Gobelins
closed on: Sunday and Monday
The Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation in Paris is a cultural center and museum devoted to cinema; the foundation's iconic building was designed by Renzo Piano
Fondation Louis Vuitton – Paris

Fondation Louis Vuitton – Paris

Paris - 8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi - Bois de Boulogne
closed on: Tuesdays, and January 1, May 1, May 8 and December 25
The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris is a private modern and contemporary art center and museum, whose iconic building was designed by architect Frank Gehry
Lafayette Anticipations, Paris

Lafayette Anticipations, Paris

Paris - 9, rue du Plâtre
closed on: Tuesdays
Lafayette Anticipations is a multidisciplinary center for the arts in Paris, housed in a historical building renovated after a design by OMA / Rem Koolhaas
MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Paris - Rue de Fourcy, 5/7
closed on: Mondays and Tuesdays
The Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, also known as MEP, is the city's leading center exclusively focused on photography
Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Paris - rue de Lille, 62
closed on: Mondays, May 1 and December 25
The Musée d’Orsay is an art museum in Paris, housed in a former rail station, well-known for its collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painting
Musée de L’Air et de l’Espace

Musée de L’Air et de l’Espace

Le Bourget - Aéroport de Paris - Le Bourget
closed on: Monday
The Musée de l'air et de L'espace (Air and Space museum) in Paris is a very interesting museum dedicated to the history of flights and the conquer of Space
Musée de l’Orangerie

Musée de l’Orangerie

Paris - Jardin des Tuileries
closed on: Tuesdays, May 1, July 14, and December 25
The Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris is a museum renowned for its impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings, including a large Water Lilies cycle by Monet
Musée de la Musique

Musée de la Musique

Paris - avenue Jean Jaurès, 221
closed on: Monday
The Musée de la Musique (Museum of Music) in Paris is a museum, part of the Cité de la Musique, housing a notable collection of musical instruments.
Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris

Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris

Paris - rue Réaumur, 60
closed on: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris is a museum of science and technology, one of the oldest in the world; housed in a former medieval monastery
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Musée du Louvre, Paris

Paris - Musée du Louvre
closed on: Tuesdays, May 1, August 15, and December 25
Founded in 1793, the Musée du Louvre in Paris is the world' most visited museum and one of the largest ones, with a collection of over 400,000 works of art
Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris

Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris

Paris - quai Branly, 37
closed on: Mondays, May 1, and December 25
The Musée du Quai Branly is a museum in Paris, designed by Jean Nouvel, presenting the culture of civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas
Musée Picasso Paris – Paris

Musée Picasso Paris – Paris

Paris - 5 rue de Thorigny
closed on: Mondays
The Musée Picasso Paris is one of the most important museums in the world dedicated to Pablo Picasso, with over 5,000 artworks by the Spanish artist
National Museum of Natural History – Jardin des Plantes, Paris

National Museum of Natural History – Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Paris - rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 36
closed on: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, and December 25 (gardens open every day)
The Jardin des Plantes in Paris is the most popular site of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, the largest museum of natural history in Franceorld
Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Versailles - Place d'Armes
closed on: the palace is closed on Mondays, the gardens are open daily
The Palace of Versailles near Paris is a monumental architectural complex, mostly built in the 17th century, and the second most visited museum in France
Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo

Paris - Avenue du Président Wilson, 13
closed on: Tuesday
The Palais de Tokyo in Paris, located between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elisées, is a contemporary art gathering, experimenting and promoting center
Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode

Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode

Paris - avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 10
closed on: Monday
The Palais Galliera is the most important fashion museum in Paris, la capitale de la mode. The museum is housed in the neoclassical palace built in the late 19th century for the Duchess of Galliera.
Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris

Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris

Paris - boulevard Morland, 21
closed on: Mondays, and January 1
The Pavillon de L'Arsenal in Paris is a museum, a cultural center and a temporary exhibition space dedicated to Paris' architecture and urban design

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