Fine art museums in Paris

Paintings, sculptures, photos … culture galore in art collections in Paris

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The fine arts occupy a prominent place in Parisian museums. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, decorative art objects ... from all periods and genres feature in the collections and exhibitions at cultural venues in Paris.

Some not-to-be-missed masterpieces: The Louvre’s trio of treasures (The Mona Lisa, The Venus de Milo and The Winged Victory of Samothrace), Impressionist paintings at the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée de l'Orangerie and the Musée Marmottan Monet, the collection of artworks at the Musée Jacquemart-André, exceptional art objects at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and the rooms and textile creations at the Palais Galliera...  Art lovers are in for a treat!

Several of the capital’s museums devote their exhibition spaces to the work of a single artist. A wonderful opportunity to plunge into the artistic world of great masters like Auguste Rodin, Antoine Bourdelle, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Moreau, Alberto Giacometti or Pablo Picasso.

Photography too is widely shown! Photographic works are exhibited in several museums in the capital such as the Musée d’Orsay or the Jeu de Paume, and it is showcased at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the fondation Henri Cartier Bresson, the Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau and the Musée Français de la Photographie, all of which are entirely devoted to this discipline.

Grand Palais

Museum
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 du Louvre

Museum
Pyramide 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

Museum
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......

Musée de l'Orangerie

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Jardin des Tuileries, côté Seine, 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 Maillol

Museum
61 rue de Grenelle, Paris, 75007

The Musée Maillol presents the most important collection of works by Aristide Maillol, an artist who reinvented modern sculpture......

Musée national Picasso-Paris

Museum
5 rue de Thorigny, Paris, 75003
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The collection of the Musée Picasso-Paris accounts for more than 5,000 works and 200,000 archival items. By its quality, its size......

Institut Giacometti

Museum
5 rue Victor Schoelcher, Paris, 75014

The Giacometti Institute is the place of reference in Paris dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti. Situated in the 14th......

Musée Bourdelle

Museum
18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris, 75015

Discover more than five hundred statues of plaster, marble and bronze in the gardens and the workshops where Antoine Bourdelle......

Musée Cognacq-Jay - Le goût du XVIIIe

Museum
8 rue Elzévir, Paris, 75003

The Musée Cognacq-Jay in the heart of the Marais district recreates the atmosphere of an Enlightenment-era Paris residence.......

Musée de la Vie romantique

Museum
Hôtel Scheffer-Renan - 16 rue Chaptal, Paris, 75009

The Musée de la Vie Romantique is located in the house of the painter Ary Scheffer, built in 1830. Situated in Pigalle, in the......

Musée du Luxembourg

Museum
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 national Eugène Delacroix

Museum
6 rue de Furstenberg, Paris, 75006

The museum occupies part of the apartment on Place Fürstenberg, where the painter died, and his workshop which opens onto a......

Musée Zadkine

Museum
100 bis rue d'Assas, Paris, 75006

Close to the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Musée Zadkine, tucked away in the greenery of a sculpture-filled garden, is the home and......

Musée Rodin Paris

Museum
77 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007
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Situated in the heart of Paris, the Musée Rodin benefits from an exceptional location a few steps from the Eiffel Tower and the......

Fondation Claude Monet - Giverny

Museum
84 rue Claude Monet, Giverny, 27620
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Claude Monet's property at Giverny became the Claude Monet Foundation in 1980. House with its pink crushed brick façade where the......

Musée Maxim's

Museum
3 rue Royale, Paris, 75008

Created out of dressmaker Pierre Cardin's passions for the Belle Époque and Art Nouveau, this museum is located above the Maxim's......

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Museum
79 rue des Archives, Paris, 75003

The foundation is housed in an elegant artist’s studio in Montparnasse. It contains the collections of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a......

MAD - Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Museum
107 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001

Situated in a wing of the Louvre, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs provides visitors with an insight into the decorative arts from......

MAD - Musée Nissim de Camondo

Museum
63 rue de Monceau, Paris, 75008

Passionate about the 18th century, the Count de Camondo had a private mansion built in the style of the Petit Trianon at......

Maison européenne de la photographie - MEP

Museum
5-7 rue de Fourcy, Paris, 75004

The magnificent "Hénault de Cantobre" private mansion (18th century) regularly presents exhibitions about the themes, movements,......

Mobilier national / Les Gobelins

Museum
42 avenue des Gobelins, Paris, 75013

The Mobilier National, a former furniture storage unit for the monarchy created in 1663 by Louis XIV and Colbert, is in charge of......

Musée départemental Maurice Denis

Museum
2 bis rue Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 78100

Maurice Denis (1870-1943) is the theorist of the Nabis group, who were artists that were considered precursors of modern art in......

Musée Hébert

Museum
Hôtel de Montmorency-Bours - 85 rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris, 75006

Created in 1978 thanks to the generosity of Mr Patris d'Uckermann, the Hébert museum located in the private mansion of......

Musée Marmottan Monet

Museum
2 rue Louis Boilly, Paris, 75016

The Musée Marmottan Monet, located in the 16th arrondissement, houses one of the city's largest Impressionism collections: 100 of......

Musée national Gustave Moreau

Museum
14 rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris, 75009

This house/artist’s studio in the 9th arrondissement houses the collections of painter Gustave Moreau and respects the original......

Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner

Museum
43 avenue de Villiers, Paris, 75017

Winner of the prestigious Grand Prix de Rome art scholarship in 1858, Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905) began painting in his......

Musée Rodin Meudon

Museum
19 avenue Auguste Rodin, Meudon, 92190

The Brillants villa, in the heights of Meudon, is a neo-Louis XIII style house that was bought in an auction by Auguste Rodin in......

Sèvres - Manufacture et musées nationaux

Museum
2 place de la Manufacture, Sèvres, 92310

Created at the beginning of the 19th century by Alexandre Brogniart, the museum presents ceramics of all types from all countries......