The most visited museums

The top 20 most visited museums in Paris

Musée de l'Orangerie - Salle des Nymphéas, Paris © Sophie Boegly

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, offers you a quick overview of the 20 most visited museums in the French capital.

A treasure chest of discoveries

Exposition Rodin - Grand Palais

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

Monumenta au Grand Palais - Huang Yong Ping © Yann Caradec

The Grand Palais (closed until 2024, the public is invited to the Grand Palais Ephémère) 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 and the 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

Musée d'Orsay - Salle Van Gogh - Autoportrait

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. 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

Pyramide du Louvre, Paris, 75001

Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre embraces eight centuries of French history. Intended as a universal museum since its creation......

Musée d'Orsay

Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Paris, 75007

Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic......

Centre Pompidou

Place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004

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

30 avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris, 75019

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

Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

37 quai Jacques Chirac, Paris, 75007

Located on the banks of the Seine, near the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac exhibits 3,500 works of art......

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Bois de Boulogne - 8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, 75116

The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a stone's throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, opened its doors......

Musée de l'Orangerie

Jardin des Tuileries, côté Seine, Paris, 75001

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

Grévin Paris

10 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75009

Meet over 200 celebrities in a breathtaking setting! Ever wanted to come face to face with Louis XIV of France, Mozart or Jean......

Grand Palais

3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris, 75008

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

Grand Palais Éphémère

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
Place Joffre, Paris, 75007

Pendant la fermeture du Grand Palais, le public est invité à découvrir une partie de la programmation culturelle et sportive......

Musée de l'Armée - Invalides

129 rue de Grenelle, Paris, 75007

At the heart of Paris, discover one of the greatest achievements of Louis XIV’s reign: the Hôtel national des Invalides.......

Musée national Picasso-Paris

5 rue de Thorigny, Paris, 75003

The collection of the Musée Picasso-Paris accounts for more than 5,000 works and 200,000 archival items. By its quality, its size......

Musée d'Art moderne de Paris

11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, 75116

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

Palais de la découverte

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

19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75006

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

Musée Jacquemart-André

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......

Palais de Tokyo

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 Rodin Paris

77 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007

Situated in the heart of Paris, the Musée Rodin benefits from an exceptional location a few steps from the Eiffel Tower and the......