History and world cultures

Artists’ houses, history museums, collections of non-Western art … in Parisian museums

History museums

Musée de l’Homme, Galerie de l'Homme, vitrine le corps humain entre nature et culture, Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris © Jean-Christophe Domenech - MNHN

Paris offers you an incredible journey throughtime at its many history museums! Step through the doors of the Musée d'Archéologie national, the Musée de Cluny, the Musée Carnavalet (currently undergoing renovation work) and the Archaeological Crypt on the square in front of Notre Dame Cathedral to learn more about Prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages in France, as well as the origins of the French capital. the Musée de l’Homme focuses on the evolution of man and societies.

Lontemporary history enthusiasts can immerse themselves in numerous documents at the Mémorial du général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris – Musée Jean-Moulin, the Mémorial de la Shoah de Paris and the Mémorial de Drancy in order to find out more about the Second World War, the French Resistance, and the history of the Jews in France during the Holocaust.

The Musée de la Légion d’honneur et des ordres de la Chevalerie with its fine collection of medals and decorations, the Centre historique des Archives Nationales with its important documents about the history of France, and the Musée de l’Armée  with its military collections reveal treasures of French heritage. The Musée national de l’Histoire de l’immigration, for its part, retraces the history of immigration in France, from the 19th century to the present day. Finally, the Musée national de la Marine (closed till end of 2021) perched on Chaillot hill, devotes its museum spaces to the maritime history of France.

World art and culture

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris © OTCP - Nicolas Borel

If you would like to discover art and civilizations from around the world then look no further, you’ll find them all here in Paris!
Many of the capital's museums highlight world cultures.

The museuls Guimet, Cernuschi and Ennery unveil the richness of their collections of Asian art to the public. The Institut du Monde arabe presents the cultural diversity of the Arab countries while the Musée Dapper emphasizes the cultures of Africa and its diasporas. The Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme reveals the heritage and traditions of the Jewish communities. Finally, the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac which has just celebrated its 10 years of existence, invites visitors to discover the art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

A change of scene guaranteed!

In the footsteps of great men

Maison de Victor Hugo

Kept in their original state or converted into museums, the houses of artists reveal the intimacy of writers and poets to the visitor. Paris and its surroundings account for several former residences of great figures of French literature - Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Claude Monet, Auguste Comte, Elsa Triolet et Aragon, Stéphane Mallarmé – as well as former residences of important figures in the world of French science and politics - Pasteur or Clemenceau.

See also…

Music lovers can enjoy strolling around the Musée de la musique,  at the new Philharmonie de Paris, and learn lots of fascinating information about Western music from the 16th century. And for movie fans, the landmark Cinémathèque française reveals the many aspects of cinema.

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......

Cité de la musique Adhérent

Museum
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

A venue truly devoted to music, Cité de la Musique, situated in the south of the Parc de la Villette near the Conservatoire de......

Crypte archéologique de l'Ile de la Cité Adhérent

Museum
7 Parvis de Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II, Paris, 75004

Beneath the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral square is the most important archaeological crypt in Europe, offering a unique look at......

Institut du Monde Arabe Adhérent

Museum
1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris, 75005

In February 2012, the Institut du Monde Arabe unveiled its new museum after three years of work. In a building situated on the......

Maison de Balzac Adhérent

Museum
47 rue Raynouard, Paris, 75016

In the heart of the old Passy village, the Maison de Balzac is the last famous Parisian novelist’s house to exist today. It was......

Maison de Victor Hugo Adhérent

Museum
6 place des Vosges, Paris, 75004

Victor Hugo lived on the second floor of the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée from 1832 to 1848. He wrote some of his major works there:......

Mémorial de la Shoah, Drancy Adhérent

Museum
110-112 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Drancy, 93700

Complémentaire du Mémorial de la Shoah de Paris, le Mémorial de la Shoah de Drancy est un lieu de médiation entre le site de......

Musée Dapper Adhérent

Museum
35 bis rue Paul Valéry, Paris, 75116

To promote the arts and cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, and their diasporas, is the mission of the Musée Dapper. Since it......

Albert Kahn, musée et jardins départementaux

Museum
10-14 rue du Port, Boulogne-Billancourt, 92100

Banker, humanist, patron, Albert Kahn (1860-1940) dreamed of dialogue between people and harmony between civilizations. His dream......

Cinémathèque française

Museum
51 rue de Bercy, Paris, 75012

Enjoy the fabulous and exciting history of this rare and unique collection, entirely devoted to cinema. This wonderful venue......

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......

Maison Auguste Comte

Museum
10 rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris, 75006

The philosopher's last home as it was at the time of his death in 1857. Auguste Comte, promoter of 'positive philosophy' and......

Maison Triolet - Aragon

Museum
Moulin de Villeneuve, Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, 78730

C’est au cœur d’un parc de six hectares que reposent Elsa Triolet et Aragon. Aragon a légué sa maison à la France avec la volonté......

Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris

Museum
17 rue Geoffroy l'Asnier, Paris, 75004

The Mémorial opened its doors 60 years after the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, on the site of the Mémorial to the......

Musée Clemenceau

Museum
8 rue Benjamin Franklin, Paris, 75116

The three-room apartment where Georges Clemenceau lived for 35 years until his death on 24 November 1929. A museum in 1931, it......

Musée d’Ennery

Museum
59 avenue Foch, Paris, 75116

Remarkable collection of 7,000 objects from the Far East bequeathed to the State in 1894 by Clémence d'Ennery, wife of the......

Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme

Museum
Hôtel de Saint-Aignan - 71 rue du Temple, Paris, 75003

Located in the historical Marais district, in one of the most beautiful mansions in Paris, the Musée d’art et d’histoire du......

Musée de Cluny - Le monde médiéval

Museum
6 place Paul Painlevé, Paris, 75005

The visit begins on the Boulevard Saint-Michel, where even before entering the museum, you can admire the vestiges of Gallo-Roman......

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 départemental Stéphane Mallarmé

Museum
4 promenade Stéphane Mallarmé, Vulaines-sur-Seine, 77870

A place of memories, the Musée Départemental Stéphane Mallarmé is located in the old holiday house of the poet, located opposite......

Musée Pasteur

Museum
25 rue du Docteur Roux, Paris, 75015

Created in 1936, this museum established in the famous "Institut Pasteur" keeps the memory of the work and life of Louis Pasteur.......