The most visited museums

The top 20 most visited museums in Paris

Paris is one of the cities with the greatest diversity of museums in the world! One hundred or so Parisian museums showcase paintings, sculpture, photography, contemporary art, science and collections on a whole range of subjects. There is so much to see! To help you choose and not miss out on some of the best, Parisinfo.com offers you a quick overview of the 20 most visited museums in the French capital.

A treasure chest of discoveries

Musée d'Orsay - Allée centrale | 630x405 | © Fotolia

From the vast Musée du Louvre and its some 38,000 works of Western art and ancient civilizations to the greatest Impressionist masterpiecesWater Lilies by Claude Monet, Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet, Portrait of the Artist by Vincent Van Gogh … – on show at the Orangerie and ’Orsay museums… The exceptional galleries of French Italian and Flemish paintings at the Musée Jacquemart-André, the rich collection of military history at the Musée de l’Armée, the 5 millenia of Asian art at the Musée Guimet and the fine arts exhibited at the Petit Palais … An incredibly vast array of collections that is sure to impress all art enthusiasts!

As for the unusual Musée Grévin, this waxworks museum features the greatest French and international stars. The Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie and the Palais de la Découverte take visitors into the realm of science. And finally, the Picasso and Rodin museums highlight the lives of the works of major artists Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin.

An invaluable cultural and architectural heritage

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The Grand Palais and its iconic glass roof, the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle and its great Galerie de l'Evolution, and the Musée du Luxembourg (the first French museum to open to the public in 1750),... attest to the historical past of the capital. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Palais de Tokyo situated on Chaillot hill show modern art. A precursor of modern art the Centre Pompidou, the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac – which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary – and the recently opened Fondation Louis Vuitton are veritable flagship vessels of contemporary architecture. Priceless cultural heritage to discover on a guided tour!

Collections from all over the world

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The collections in Parisian museums come from all over the world and span every historical era. However, the large number of people visiting Parisian museums also owes its popularity to the quality of the exhibitions staged throughout the year; events that are synonymous with certain venues and which sometimes give them a whole new look, like the Monumenta exhibition held every 2 years at the Grand Palais. Whether they be national, municipal or private, Parisian museums are more popular than ever and this is reflected in their growing notoriety worldwide.

Musée du Louvre Adhérent

Museum
Musée du Louvre, Paris, 75001
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Every trip to the capital deserves a visit to the Louvre to discover the wealth of treasures it contains. The museum houses......

Musée d'Orsay Adhérent

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1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, 75007
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Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic......

Le Centre Pompidou Adhérent

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Place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004
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The Centre Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is a 20th-century architectural marvel, immediately recognizable......

Cité des sciences et de l'industrie Adhérent

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30 avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris, 75019
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At the heart of the largest landscaped park in Paris, there is an original and spectacular place. You just have to step foot......

Grand Palais Adhérent

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Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris, 75008

The Grand Palais is one of the most iconic Parisian monuments. Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by......

Musée de l'Armée - Invalides

Museum
129 rue de Grenelle, Paris, 75007

The Musée de l'Armée, created in 1905, is located in the prestigious setting of the Hôtel National des Invalides. It was created......

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Adhérent

Museum
37 quai Branly, Paris, 75007
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Opened in June 2006, the Musée d'Arts et de Civilisations brings together the collections of the Musée National des Arts......

Fondation Louis Vuitton Adhérent

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8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, 75016
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The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a stone's throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, opened its doors......

Palais de Tokyo

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13 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, 75116

The Palais de Tokyo occupies a monumental building which was built in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition dedicated to......

Musée de l'Orangerie

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Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 75001
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In impressively-sized rooms, the Musée de la l'Orangerie houses a series of large Water Lilies paintings which are masterpieces......

Musée national Picasso-Paris Adhérent

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Hôtel Salé - 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris, 75003

The collection in the Musée Picasso-Paris includes more than 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archive pieces. By its quality......

Grévin Paris Adhérent

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10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75009
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A marble staircase leads you to the Hall of Mirrors, a recreation of the one at the 1900 World Fair in Paris. Further on, more......

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris Adhérent

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11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, 75116

Opened in 1961, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (or MaM) is situated in the east wing of the Palais de Tokyo, a......

Musée Rodin Paris

Museum
79 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007

Hidden behind the understated facade lies this jewel of a private mansion, dating from the 18th century, and housing the......

Palais de la découverte Adhérent

Museum
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris, 75008

The Palais de la découverte, part of Universcience, presents fundamental and contemporary science in a dynamic way in the form of......

Musée du Luxembourg Adhérent

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19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75006

The Luxembourg Museum was the first French museum opened to the public, in 1750. It now hosts two exhibitions a year. These are......

Musée Jacquemart-André Adhérent

Museum
158 boulevard Haussmann, Paris, 75008

The Musée Jacquemart-André, owned by the Institut de France, presents collections of art that are worthy of great museums in a......

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