1 – Musée du Quai Branly
My favorite, even though it doesn’t present anything about Paris!
Conceived by the architect Jean Nouvel, this new museum was unveiled by President Jacques Chirac in 2006. It’s a place where the archaic mix whith the modernity in harmony.
2 – Musée de l’Orangerie
A small, beautiful museum, dedicated to a masterpiece from Monet, “Les Nympheas”, and to some others from the “Impressionnistes” group. Masters like Picasso, Renoir, and Modigliani are also represented, from the 1870th to the 1930th. The place was an orangerie first, which explains the beautiful glass roof.
3 – Musée d’Orsay
An old beautiful train station transformed into a museum mainly dedicated to the Impressionism, opened in 1986. Also a very nice restaurant and a Café. Opening times: 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (9.45 p.m. on thursday). Closed on monday (and 1st of january, 1st of may, 25th of december).
4 – Musée Rodin
Even if you don’t want or don’t have time to go in the museum, it’s worth bying a 1 euro ticket, only for the garden. It’s a really nice park, with some of the main works of Auguste Rodin, such as Le Penseur, Les Bourgeois de Calais, and La Porte …
5 – Musée Picasso
When Pablo Picasso died in 1973, thousands of paintings were given to the French State to pay for the inheritance taxes. All the works were placed in the Hôtel Salé (built in 1656-1659), restaured for the occasion in 1986.
6 – Musée du Louvre
One whole day won’t be enough to visit all the treasures presented in this former French kings palace. If your entire stay in Paris is not dedicated to the museum, you’ll have to make a choice between the Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848 (paintings, sculptures, artistic objects …
7 – Musée du Petit Palais
This museum has been entirely renewed, and the wonderful collection is set off very nicely. A very pleasant café-restaurant is waiting for you as well!
8 – Musée Marmottan-Monet
Paul Marmottan was a specialist of Art History, who gave his house to the State, in the 30’s. Now, it’s the biggest collection of works from Claude Monet, thanks to various donations over 50 years, including some from his own son, Michel. Paintings full of water and flowers, inspired from …
9 – Musée Carnavalet
This vast museum shows the History of Paris, through rooms decorated in different epochs styles, and objects which belonged to Voltaire or Rousseau, french philosophers of the XVIIIth century. The scenes take place in two houses touching each other: the Hôtel Carnavalet (built in the XVIth century), where lived Madame …
10 – Musée Jacquemart-André
In this fastuous house built in 1875 for the couple Nélie Jacquemart (painter) and her huband Edouard André (banker), you’ll admire their collection of Duch paintings, English masters and Italian Renaissance painters. There are also some beautiful temporary exhibitions. You can have a refreshment and something to eat at the …