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Top Museums in Paris That Showcase France’s Love for Art and Culture


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Paris has always known to be the heart of art and culture in the world and rightly so, as the city has numerous venues that showcase different styles and forms of art from all over the world. The museums here have displays that cover a long period of time in history and also modern artists. Here is a list of the best museums in Paris that you should not miss on your next trip.

The Louvre Museum

The museum was established in 1793 in Paris and is currently the world’s largest museum. This is also the second most visited museum in the world with over 10 million visitors every year. The Louvre Palace where the museum resides was built in the late 12th century. The museum houses the original Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, along with more than 350,000 paintings and artworks including Egyptian, Near Eastern, Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities. The grand French architecture on the exterior is unparalleled beauty in itself. Guided tours of the museum are also available and the use of cameras and video recorders is permitted inside the museum.

Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday : 09:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, Friday : 09:00 – 21:45
Tuesdays : Closed.

Musée d’Orsay

Gare d’Orsay, a former railway station in Paris built in 1900 now houses the Musée d’Orsay museum. The museum saves French artworks including paintings, photographs and sculptures from 1848 to 1914. The museum is best known for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist artworks including paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and much more. The impressionist movement changed the way a lot of artists in Europe portray line, movement, and color in their works. The museum is one of the largest in Europe and welcomes over 3 million visitors annually.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday : 09:30 – 18:00
Thursday : 09:30 – 21:45
Mondays : Closed.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Known as the most avant-garde building in the world, the Centre Pompidou building is a stunning structure with quintessential architecture. Also known as Beaubourg, it houses Musée National d’Art Moderne – the largest collection of modern art in Europe, IRCAM – an institute dedicated to research and science of music, and the Public Information Library. The architecture of the building truly sets it apart with the colored pipes, lifts, escalators and air ducts outside which also left a large space inside. The museum has over 50,000 artworks by more than 5,000 artists and hosts approximately 4 million visitors annually.

Wednesday to Monday : 11:00 – 21:00
Tuesdays : Closed.

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

The museum is dedicated to architecture and monumental sculptures, and the building is grand in scale and size. The permanent exhibitions in the museum include portals of French significant French cathedrals from the 12th to the 18th centuries, replicas of murals of churches with Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and copies of famous French and international architecture from 1850-present time. The pinnacle example of modern architecture is displayed in the life-size mock-up of an apartment from Le Corbusier’s design of Cité Radieuse in Marseille.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday : 11:00 – 19:00
Thursday : 11:00 – 21:00
Tuesdays : Closed.

Musée du Quai Branly

This unique museum housed among trees on the banks of the river Seine features artworks that depict the culture of Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas. The museum has a collection of thousands of objects in their permanent exhibits, thematic exhibits and temporary exhibits that change every six months. The museum has four main buildings – the main building with all the galleries, the Branly building with all the offices, the Auvent building with the lecture hall and the workspaces, and the library.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday : 11:00 – 19:00
Thursday, Friday, Saturday : 11:00 – 21:00
Mondays : Closed.

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