Paris is one of the most exciting and invigorating cities to visit in the world. There’s never a dull moment and each area is steeped in culture and history. When visiting Paris, there’s lots to see and do, including some of the best museums.
Whether you like art, history, or just want to learn all about the country you’re visiting, Paris has it all. Take a look at the top museums to visit while you’re there.
Undoubtedly, at the top of the list is The Louvre. The architecture of the building alone is worth seeing but it has some of the best pieces of art in the world, including the ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Venus de Milo’ by Leonardo Da Vinci. It’s housed within the former royal palace and holds over 380,000 pieces of art.
While you’re there, you’ll also be able to take a sneak peek at some of the remaining crown jewels of France, hosted in a gilded room that was designed by Louis XIV. It’s worth taking a private guided tour with Babylon tours to get all the information about the museum.
The Musee d’Orsay is set up within a former railway station and although the museum has been upgraded, the old surroundings are still evident as you walk around. If you’re a fan of Impressionist art, this is the place to be.
However, you can also view post-impressionist art pieces from the likes of Van Gogh and Gaughin.
One of France’s most famous sculptors, Auguste Rodin, has his work displayed in this museum. This is one of the most extensive collections in the country and unlike other museums, you can enjoy viewing the work in the museum’s private gardens, as well as indoors.
You can also view the work of Camille Claudel, Rodin’s lover. Some people believe that Claudel was even more talented than Rodin himself.
Musee Marmotton Monet
Similarly to Musee d’Orsay, this museum is an impressionist’s dream. Getting to the museum can be a bit of a hike from most central places but it’s certainly worth the visit.
The museum is set in a private mansion and is home to Claude Monet’s largest collection. You can see the ‘Impression Sunrise’ which is known to be the piece that gave the Impressionist Painters their name.
Musee du Quai Branly
Known as Jacques Chirac’s legacy, this collection is full of indigenous art pieces from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania. If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower, you won’t be far away from this magnificent collection.
With more than 450,000 pieces to choose from, the exhibits on show can switch between themes, so each time you visit will be an entirely different experience.
Choosing the Best Museums in Paris
It’s difficult to choose the best museums in Paris because there are so many worth your time. Ask friends and family who have visited the city before for recommendations before you travel. Take a look at some more destinations with fantastic museums.
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