Museums of Paris

What are the 5 best museums of Paris to visit? Paris best impressionist  collection, best paintings and best sculptures. Museums exhibitions in Paris in 2017.

European Museum Night - Free entrance to Museums in Paris 
on May 20th 2017

Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre Museum in Paris

Louvre Museum 

Le Musée du Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world, first museum of Paris to visit, top tourist attraction in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. Where is located the Louvre in Paris? The Louvre is situated on the right bank of the Seine river, beside the Tuileries garden, the place du Carroussel square and the street rue de Rivoli.

The Louvre Palace displays one of the largest selection of art, paintings, antiquities, sculptures, drawing from very famous artists.

Hotels near the Louvre
  • Hotel du Louvre, Hyatt Hotel
  • Hotel d'Aubusson
  • Best Western Premier Louvre Saint-Honore

How to visit the Louvre Museum? It's huge! First take the museum map at the entrance. Choose to see the most important works of the Louvre Museum. There are 3 sections in the Louvre, the Richelieu, the Denon and the Sully wings. The Richelieu wing is about French, German and Dutch paintings. The Denon wing is dedicated to the Italian Renaissance. But where to find La Joconde the Mona Lisa in the Louvre?

The Mona Lisa is in the Denon wing, on the first floor (room called salle de la Joconde), salle 6.

The Sully wing is for classical antiquity, Greek statues, Venus de Milo, Roman mosaics and Egyptian Mummies.

Exhibitions at the Louvre Museum:

  • Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting at the Museum du Louvre until May 22nd 2017
  • Valentin de Boulogne, Beyond Caravaggio at the Louvre until May 22nd 2017
  • Masterpieces of the Leiden Collection, The Age of Rembrandt in Musée du Louvre until May 22nd 2017
  • Drawing the Everyday, Holland in the Golden Age at the Musée du Louvre until June 12th 2017
  • The Body in Movement, Dance and the Museum until July 3rd 2017
  • Mirrors exhibition at the Louvre until September 18 2017

The Louvre Museum is open every day except Tuesday is closed

  • 9 am to 6 pm

The Museum still open at night Wednesdays and Fridays

  • Until 9:45 pm

Holidays at the Louvre

  • The Louvre is opened on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday  from 9 am to 5:30 pm 
  • The Museum is closed on May 1st, November 1st, December 25th

The Museum D'Orsay 

Le Musée d'Orsay is near the Louvre Museum. The building was originally a train station in Paris. Don't miss the big clock outside. The Museum d'Orsay is one of the best museums of Paris to visit.

The museum has three floors. It contains the  largest collection of impressionism paintings. Locate the principal pieces inside the museum. The rooms on the side of the Seine River display most beautiful landscape paintings from Corot, Daubigny and Millet.

Paul Gauguin painting at Museum d'Orsay in Paris

The impressionist landscape paintings are upstairs. Where you find Les Baigneuses from Renoir,  La Chambre from Van Gogh, Degas favorite little girls' painting Petite Danseuse de 14 ans,  Dejeuner sur l'herbe from Manet...

Most famous Monet paintings, Rouen Cathedral and Les Coquelicots Poppy fields. Gauguin and his tahitian paintings. Beautiful country landscapes from Cezanne. Toulouse-Lautrec.

The sculpture hall is downstairs. See mostly French sculptures between 1840 to 1875.

Hotels near Museum d'Orsay
  • Hotel d'Orsay
  • Le Meurice
  • Regina

Events in the Musée d'Orsay:

  • Beyond Stars. The Mytical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky exhibition until June 25th 2017
  • Portraits by Cézanne at the Musée d'Orsay in June 13 to September 24 2017

Concerts in the Musée d'Orsay:

  • Concerts Les Lunchtime at the Musée d'Orsay Tuesdays at 12:30pm until June 13 2017
  • Jean-François Heisser, piano Quatuor Cambini-Paris Concert on June 13th 2017, 12:30pm

The Musee d'Orsay is opened every day except Mondays

  • 9:30 to 6 pm
  • 9;30 to 9:45 pm on Thursdays

The Musee d'Orsay is closed on May 1st and December 25th

The Rodin Museum

Did you know that the famous sculptor Rodin has been rejected three times to the Ecole des Beaux Arts?. To earn his life he made decorative stonework.

Rodin Statues are famous around the world.  Visit the Rodin museum. The Hotel Biron is a building from the 18th century. Where Rodin has lived 10 years before his death. The formal garden displays a large collection of bronzes, fountains and a little cafe.  

The Kiss by Rodin

Find the real sculpture The Thinker, Le Penseur, here. Other important statues in the garden include the Gates of Hell and Burghers of Calais, Balzac. Several pieces are made with the model and mistress Camille Claudel.

Indoor a huge variety of marbles. Most well known pieces are the Walking Man, the CathedralThe Kiss. He was inspired by the tragic story of Paolo and Francesca. A young woman who felt in love with his husband's brother.

Want to know more about the sculptor Rodin? Visit the Villa des Brillants at Meudon where Rodin has worked from 1895. Meudon is a small city, 9.1 km  center of Paris. 

Exhibition Kiefer Rodin at the Musee Rodin until October 22nd 2017

The Musee Rodin is opened every day except Monday

  • 10 am to 5:45 pm
  • 10 am to 8:45 pm on Wednesday

The Musee Rodin is closed on May 1st and December 25th

The Orangerie Museum

Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris

Le Musée de l'Orangerie is near the Louvre Museum. Find here the Monet's Water Lilies paintings. The gallery contains 8 big murals of the Water Lilies on the walls. And many other paintings of Monet. Also works from Renoir, Rousseau, Picasso, Matisse... One of the best museums for Impressionism lovers.

Claude Monet lived in Giverny (80 km from Paris) where he did his famous paintings of Water Lilies. You can visit his house and the amazing garden.

Exhibitions at the Musee de l'Orangerie:

  • Tokyo-Paris Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art, Collection Ishibashi Foundation until August 21st 2017

Concerts at the Museum Orangerie:

  • Cycle de concerts, piano concerts take place in the room of the Nympheas on September 29, November 24 2017 at 7pm

The Musee de l'Orangerie is opened every day except Tuesdays

  • 9 am to 6 pm

The museum is closed on May 1st, the morning of July 14th, December 25th

The Quai Branly Museum

The Chupicuaro

Le Musée du Quai Branly is near the Eiffel Tower. The biggest museum for African art. The permanent collection shows objects, paintings, sculptures from Asia, Oceania, Africa and Americas. The emblem of the museum is a ceramic statue The Chupicuaro. Don't look for it here, it's inside the Louvre.

The building is exceptional with the green wall and inside garden. The restaurant Les Ombres offers views over the Eiffel Tower.

Events at the Musée du Quai Branly:

  • 10th Anniversary of the Museum: The Best-Of on June 25, 26th 2017. Performance, series of activities, concert...

Shows in the Museum:

  • Cross-Border Blues May 18, 20, 21st 2017

The Musee du Quai Branly is opened every day except on Mondays

  • 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday
  • 11 am to 9 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The museum is closed on May 1st, December 25th

Tips to visit the museums of Paris 

FREE entry to 60+ Paris attractions plus

Some museums of Paris are closed on Tuesdays in Paris.

Get your tickets online to avoid long lines, buy tickets in advance at Fnac, Virgin Megastores, buy a pass to museums of Paris .

Passport combine a visit to the both museums of Paris Rodin and Musee d' Orsay in one day.

Pick up maps at the entrance and ask for guided tours in museums of Paris.

Others museums of Paris

The Picasso Museum was closed for few years. It's opened now.

Nuit des Musées in Paris: the entrance to Paris museums is free, one day in May at night.

Free entry to the Louvre Museum on the first Sunday of each month from October to March.


Musee du Louvre address: 34 quai du Louvre, 1st. Metro: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre.

Musee d'Orsay: 1, rue de la Legion d'honneur, 7th. Metro: Solferino.

Musee Rodin: 79, rue de Varennes Paris 7th. Metro: Varenne.

Musee de l'Orangerie: Jardin Tuileries Paris 1st. Metro: Musee d'Orsay.

Musee Quai Branly: 37, Quai Branly Paris 7

Musee Picasso: 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris

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