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
From the vast Musée du Louvre and its some 38,000 works of Western art and ancient civilizations to the greatest Impressionist masterpieces – Water 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
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
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.