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Top 10 Museums in Paris - Le Louvre

Top 10 Best Museums in Paris


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Paris boasts over 130 museums, from the most iconic to the more obscure. Everyone has heard of the Louvre, but is it really the museum for you? Definitely not if you are a fan of modern art, Asian art, natural sciences, or other unusual subjects! Here’s a list of 10 museums in Paris that should not be missed, according to your preferences and interests. Enjoy! Parisianist

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The Louvre is a global reference for art, and due to its size and collection, it has become the largest and most visited museum in the world. Its collection spans from the Antiquity to 1848 (save for a few exceptions), and is comprised of masterpieces known worldwide like the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and the Victory of Samothrace.

How to make the best of it: Follow the advice on our article on the Louvre or follow our tour of the Louvre's highlights in one hour. For a visit of the Louvre off the beaten path curiosities, click here.

Practical information:

  • 14 Quai François Mitterand, Porte des Lions (less crowded entrance), 1st arrondissement
  • Open every day from 9 AM to 6 PM except Tuesday (closed) and late closure on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:45 PM
  • Price: 12 euros


The Louvre has a few canvases by Impressionist painters, as does the Petit Palais and the Musée Marmottant Monet, but it is the Musée d’Orsay that holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world including the masterpieces of all the great masters of this artistic movement.

How to make the best of it: Get there a half hour before opening time, or at the end of a Thursday for its night hours.

Practical information:

  • 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 7th arrondissement
  • Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 AM to 6 PM. Closed Mondays. Night hours until 9:45 PM on Thursdays.
  • Price: 9 euros


There are many places that exhibit Asian art items in Paris, including the Musée Cernuschi Museum of the Asian Arts of Paris, but the Musée Guimet takes the cake for the most beautiful Asian art museum in Paris. From Japan to Afghanistan, the Khmer civilization, Thailand, and China, the Guimet Museum is a wonder both for its collection and its architecture: the library will make a lasting impression!

How to make the best of it: Come during the week, around lunchtime. There will be slightly fewer people.

Practical information:

  • 6 Place d’Iéna, 16th arrondissement
  • Open between 10AM and 6 PM every day except Tuesday (closed)
  • Price: 7.50 euros

Modern Art

There are numerous places in Paris where you can see works of modern art (Palais de Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art in Paris), but to see the capital’s largest collection of modern art, check out the Centre Georges Pompidou. Only the architecture of the place is in the image of the out-of-the-box creativity of the exhibited artists. (?) From Picasso to the works of contemporary artists, the Centre Georges Pompidou is the place to go for fans of modern art.

How to make the best of it: Come during the week, around lunchtime or in the evening to avoid the crowd.

Practical information:

  • Place Georges Pompidou, 4th arrondissement
  • Open between 11 AM and 10 PM every day except Tuesday (closed)
  • Price: 13 euros


The Musée des Arts et Metiers (Museum of Arts & Crafts) is a fascinating museum for two reasons. First of all, the permanent collection is composed of machines, objects, and inventions, which, for some, revolutionized humanity. From cars and planes to computers and the telephone, everything is there. Further, the museum is situated in an old abbey, a surprising place for exhibiting the advancements of science.

How to make the best of it: Come during the week, during lunchtime to avoid the crowd. Explanations and demonstrations of Foucault’s Pendulum at noon and 7 PM every day.

Practical information:

  • 60 Rue Réaumur, 3rd arrondissement
  • Open from 10 AM to 6 PM every day except Monday (closed) and late night openings on Thursdays until 9:30 PM
  • Price: 6.50 euros

Primitive Art

Although there is a small section dedicated to Primitive Art in the Musée du Louvre, there is no better place than the Musée du Quai Branly to admire this art. The ancient, fragile objects, coming generally from tropical countries, are displayed in a modern building, lit by a very welcoming filtered light. A visit to the Musée du Quai Branly is thus highly recommended, and once night falls, the illuminated garden becomes a place of dreams.

How to make the best of it: It is preferable to come during the week, if possible, during lunchtime or, Thursdays and Fridays, a bit later in the day.

Practical information:

  • 37 Quai Branly, 7th arrondissement
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, open from 11 AM to 7 PM. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, open from 11 AM to 9 PM. Closed on Mondays
  • Price: 8.50 euros


France, and Europe in general, were in part formed by a succession of armed conflicts, from cavaliers in armor of the Middle Ages to the recent world wars. The Army Museum, situated in the magnificent Hôtel des Invalides, is a place that cannot be missed if you want to know everything about the 2 World Wars, Napoleon’s Grand Army, or conflicts of the Middle Ages. You’ll also find there the Musée des Plans Reliefs (the Museum of Military Models), the Charles de Gaulle Monument, and the incredible tomb of Napoleon I.

How to make the best of it: The Army Museum is vast. Give yourself at least 4 hours to see everything, otherwise choose specific areas of interest.

Practical information:

  • 129 Rue de Grenelle, 7th arrondissement
  • From Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed Mondays.
  • Price: 9.50 euros

Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is made up of multiple buildings surrounding the Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Gardens). The Great Gallery of Evolution houses in a gorgeous structure numerous taxidermy animals, some of which date back to the 18th century. The Gallery of Paleontology displays skeletons of modern and prehistoric animals. The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes, created in 1793, is the second oldest zoo in world. There is also a gallery of minerals and the Grandes Serres (Great Greenhouses).

How to make the best of it: The Great Gallery of Evolution, the Gallery of Paleontology, and the Ménagerie are perfect for kids. To avoid field trips, make a visit during lunchtime.

Practical information:

  • 39 Rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 5th arrondissement
  • Open every day from 10 AM to 6 PM except Tuesdays (closed)
  • Price: 7 euros for the Great Gallery, 7 euros for the Gallery of Paleontology, 11 euros for the Ménagerie, and 6 euros for the Grandes Serres


For kids and their parents, there is no better place than the Cité of Science and Industry. This interactive museum introduces you to all the sciences in a fun and entertaining way: Some of the themes the City of Science and Industry deals with are mathematics, life sciences, optics, or astronomy. It is also possible to visit a submarine and attend a movie screening in the IMAX Theater, La Géode.

How to make the best of it: The ticket is valid all day. Come in the morning, step out for lunch, and come back in the afternoon to continue your visit.

Practical information:

  • 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 19th arrondissement
  • Open every day from 10 AM to 6 PM except Mondays (closed)
  • Price: 15 euros


There are many bizarre museums in Paris: a sewage museum, a chocolate museum, a museum of eroticism, etc… If we were to choose one unique and peculiar museum to visit, for the beauty of the place and the presentation of the objects, it would be the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Hunting and Nature Museum). The name may leave you a bit skeptical, but this museum is simply fascinating. You have to see it to believe it!

How to make the best of it: Visit preferably during the week

Practical information:

  • 62 Rue des Archives, 3rd arrondissement
  • Open every day from 11 AM to 6 PM except Mondays (closed). Night hours on Wednesdays until 9:30 PM
  • Price: 8 Euros

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