Museums of Paris
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5 museums of Paris you should visit. We know that Paris has the best museums, impressionist collections, sculptures and paintings in the world. If you have to choose five museums, would you like to visit these ones?

Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre Museum in Paris

1 - Louvre Museum 

The Musée du Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world. It's the first museum of Paris to visit, and the top tourist attraction in Paris. Where is located the Louvre in Paris? The Louvre is situated on the right bank of the Seine river, besides 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.

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:

  • 2017: The Year of France-Colombia 
    Two Baroque Art Masterpieces from Bogotá at the Louvre, until January 15, 2018
  • François I and Dutch Art: Louvre Museum until January 15, 2018
  • Drawing in the Open Air 
    Variations in Drawing from Nature in the First Half of the 19th Century: Louvre Museum until january 29, 2018
  • Power Plays: Museum du Louvre until July 2, 2018
Hotels near the Louvre
  • Hotel du Louvre, Hyatt Hotel
  • Hotel d'Aubusson
  • Best Western Premier Louvre Saint-Honore

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

2 - Musée 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.

Events in the Musée d'Orsay:

  • Degas, Danse, Dessin. A Tribute to Degas with Paul Valéry: November 28 to February 25, 2018
  • Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States: April 10 to July 15, 2018
  • In colour: polychrome sculpture in France 1850-1910: Musée d'Orsay June 11 to September 23, 2018

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

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

3 - Musée Rodin 

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. 

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

4 - Musée de l'Orangerie 

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 Musée de l'Orangerie:

  • Dada Africa, Non-Western Sources and Influences: at the Musee until February 19, 2018
  • The Water Lilies. The American Abstract Art and the last Monet from April 13 to August 20, 2018

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

5 - Musée du Quai Branly 
     Jacques Chirac

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.

The Chupicuaro

Events at the Musée du Quai Branly:

  • In their native forests, until 21 January 2018
  • Rivet’s Generation, from November 14 to January 28, 2018
  • Before the Incas, from November 14 to April 1, 2018
  • Paintings from afar, from January 30 to October 28, 2018
  • Ghosts and Hells – the underworld in Asian art, from April 10 to July 15, 2018
  • The little explorer’s box of delights, from May 22 to October 7, 2018

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

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Be careful some museums of Paris are closed on Tuesdays.

Get your tickets online, 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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