Exploring Best Art Museums in Paris

Paris, also known as the city of love, romance, exotic wines and trendiest fashion! The city of art, the city of relics, the city of churches, bridges, sculptures, memories and a lot more! A trip to Paris means recapturing the moments lived and breathed by millions of legendary lovers and warriors,  by kings and artisans… by people unforgettable and people who need not be thought of to keep them alive!

The number of musuems in Paris is accountable for the rich history it boasts of. Amongst these, prominent are its art museums! If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you mustn’t miss the big deals!

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Considered to be one of the most important museums in Paris, situated on the banks of river Seine, palace Louvre is the site of the most diverse collections of the pre 20th century sculptures, paintings, etc. The fortress palace is known to be dwelled in by the royal family before the completion of the palace of Versailles. In 1692, it was opened for the public to admire the great art collection. The collection kept on growing, expanding all over the beautiful composite structure. Today, it is known to house one of the best collections including the famous Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Victory of Samothrace. One can spot Islamic calligraphy and sculptures apart from symbolic paintings. The Tulleries garden bordering the explicit place is worth one’s time!

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This extraordinary treasure of Paris is situated near Champs Elysees, the esteemed boulevard of Paris, focuses on the collections of the 18th century. Adorning a 19th century mansion, this compilation is a work of collection and procurement by Eduard Andre and the renowned painter Nélie Jacquemart. After the death of Eduard, Nelie decorated and handed the mansion over to be converted into a museum. The museum is adorned with alluring artoworks of French, Dutch and Italian origin.

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One of the oldest museums of Paris, opened for public in 1750, this museum is a state run collection of paintings. Situated on the imperial Luxembourg soil, this museum hosts a number of transitory presentations anticipated and admired by the localites. Exhibits in the latest years have included works by Modigliani and Vlaminck.

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Along with the Centre Gorges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art was inaugurated in the year 1977. Right from Cubism to Surrealism, Pop Art this museum boasts of a collection of one of the most esteemed objects of the 20th century and includes items corresponding the 20th century movements. The permanent collections here are freshly gone through every year to show case new acquirements. Housing over 50,000 prestigious permanent objects, the temporary exhibits are also awaited by the public.

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This modern collection of art is just the break you need from the classical overload other museums provide. Impressionist and post impressionist paintings adorning spacious, illuminated rooms not only rejuvenate your mind but your interest in Parisian Art. Right from Dega’s dancers to Monet’s water lilies and Gaugin’s thriving jungles, these otherworldly exhibits are sure to engross you completely. Works by Van Gogh, Delacroix, Manet and many other prestigious artisans are present to rob you of your boredom!

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This free entry museum contained within Hotel de Carnavalet and Hotel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau, Renaissance era mansions, describes the history of Paris over 100 rooms. If you are curious about the multi faceted history of this city of wonders, it may do good to visit this museum filled with the Resurgence period items. The museum also hosts exhibition once in a while which presents various items reflecting the Parisian heritage in a successful manner.

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A completely new phase of the Petit Palais contains around 1300 works from 20th century. They include masterpieces by Courbet, Cezanne, Monet, and Delacroix and many more! It is one of the free entry museums near the prestigious street of Champs Elysees. The temporary exhibitions charge a fee for visitors over 13 years of age. A beautiful and popular museum as it is, it is considerably new keeping in mind the recent renovations.

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The Rodin museum named after Auguste Rodin keeping in view the number of works by him and his student present in the museum is one of the premium art museums of Paris. Apart from extraordinarily excellent works like “The Thinker”, the museum has a sculpture garden that provides for an excellent venue to saunter in. A must visit for everyone!

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This fascinating and remarkable museum offers for a change of mood. Situated near the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, this museum was created by the Union des Fabricants in 1951. The original idea was to make the people aware of the real items and their copies. This museum keeps on changing its items. Sometimes mobile phones and Levis jeans are an item of display and sometimes these change to Bic razor and Barbie dolls. Right from pens to sport shoes to Swiss army knives and cigarette lighters, you’ll find various items on display.

These were some of the best museums in Paris but the list doesn’t end here, or rather it begins here! POUPEE, Musee de la, POSTE, PUBLICITE, they are just a few but you would find hundreds and hundreds of them there! So have a good time exploring the heritage of the city of art!

 

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18 thoughts on “Exploring Best Art Museums in Paris

  1. I remember going to the Louvre, through the Parisian underground and eating Middle Eastern food at the Food Court there.( Spoken like a true commercial traveler here , I know).
    About the Louvre, I remember the crowd near Mona Lisa and wondering how so small a picture can generate so much of thrill and fascination.
    It just goes to show beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
    Susie

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