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Paris museums. The top twelve.

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Orsay Museum in Paris

Paris museums alone justify the trip to the City of Lights. The Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidou are world famous art museums. Each of the top twelve Paris museums are worth the trip to the city. Sightseeing in Paris.

Best Museums in Paris: Louvre Museum
The Louvre
Best Museums in Paris: Orsay Museum
Musee d'Orsay
Best Museums in Paris: Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou
Best Museums in Paris: Picasso Museum
Picasso Museum
Best Museums in Paris: Marmottan Museum
Marmottan
Best Museums in Paris: Paris Modern Art Museum
Art moderne
Best Museums in Paris: Natural History Museum
Museum Paris
Best Museums in Paris: Grevin Museum
Grevin Museum
Best Museums in Paris: Paris Science Museum
Cite des Sciences
Best Museums in Paris: Rodin Museum
Musee Rodin
Best Museums in Paris: Paris Air and Space Museum
Air and space
Best Museums in Paris: Carnavalet Museum
Carnavalet

Louvre, the top Paris museum

One of the world's top art museum and certainly the largest, the Louvre is also the most visited with over 9 million visitors every year. Housed in the former Palace of the French Kings, a beautiful monument by itself, the Louvre displays the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, attracting crowds of visitors. It has many other first class european paintings from Italy, France, Flanders, Netherlands and England. It also displays superb collections of ancient Arabic, Egyptian, Greek and Roman art. Each department of Le Louvre is a museum by itself and would justify a visit of half a day.

The Louvre

Mona Lisa in Louvre Museum
Mona Lisa in Louvre Museum

Orsay museum and impressionism

Housed in the spectacular 1900 Orsay train station on the Seine river banks, Orsay is the 19th century art museum of Paris. Orsay Museum is a must. Its impressionist painting collections are worth the trip. Monet, Van Gogh, Manet, Renoir, Gauguin and Sysley are specially well represented. Orsay, Marmottan Museum and Giverny Gardens together turn Paris into the impressionnism capital of the world.

Musee d'Orsay

Orsay Museum, the impressionist museum
Orsay Museum, the impressionist museum

Centre Pompidou and modern art

Lesser known than the outstanding Louvre Museum and Orsay Museum, Le Centre Pompidou is well worth your time as one of the best 20th century art museum in the world: central location, a daring monument, modern art collections, Paris views and a lively district. Centre Pompidou, among many masterpieces, has exceptional collection of paintings by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou

Picasso Paris museum

Pablo Picasso, the most famous painter of the 20th century, spent most of his life in Paris and in the French Riviera. The Picasso Museum displays 253 paintings, paid to the state by his heirs as death duties. Opened in 1985, the museum is housed in a beautiful 17th century mansion of the fashionable Le Marais district. Picasso museum found its place as one of the top four art museums in the city.

Picasso Museum Paris

Picasso Museum, Paris
Picasso Museum, Paris

Marmottan museum

Located in a fancy neighbourhood near Bois de Boulogne and far smaller in size then Le Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, this intimate manshion is nevertheless one of the top museums in the city for its impressive collection of 65 Claude Monet's paintings, including Nympheas and Impression soleil levant. This 1872 painting gave its name to the impressionist movement of the late 19th century.

Marmottan Museum Paris

Paris Impressionist Museum: Marmottan Museum
Paris Impressionist Museum: Marmottan

Musee d'Art Moderne

Located on the Seine river banks near the Eiffel Tower, housed in an art deco building, Musee d'Art Moderne is as rich as Centre Pompidou and far less crowded. The museum is famous for its paintings by Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Kees Van Dongen. A gigantic painting by Raoul Dufy narrates the history of electricity with bright colors.

Musee d'Art Moderne

First class Paris museums

The city organizes great art exhibitions and has many other first class museums deserving your visit:
Montmartre Museum: a museum dedicated to the rich history of Montmartre. Lovely house in a quiet garden
Quai Branly: this museum designed by Jean Nouvel is devoted to primitive arts from all over the world.
Cite de la Musique: fantastic museum exhibiting music instruments that you can hear
Musee Guimet: first class Asian art museum with an emphasis on Khmer art
Musee Arts et Metiers: historic planes, cars and machines
Arts Decoratifs: worth the trip by itself, dedicated to furniture, fashion and objects
Musee de la Marine: closed for renovation until 2021

Montmartre Museum
Montmartre Museum in Montmartre

Best Museums in France

Paris has some of the best museums in the world. Other french cities have world class museums of art:

Louvre Lens: an extension of the Louvre Museum in Lens, a city on the way from Northern Europe to the City of Lights
Chagall Museum Nice: biblical paintings. The most beautiful Chagall museum in the world
Matisse Museum Nice: a museum fully dedicated to Henri Matisse who lived in Nice
Picasso Museum Antibes: another museum fully dedicated to Pablo Picasso who worked there
Leger Museum: a hidden treasure devoted to an impressive and little known 20th century artist

Picasso Museum in Antibes
Picasso Museum in Antibes

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