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10 Great Paris Museums

Posted November 11, 2008 by

There are so many fantastic museums to see in Paris, that it's hard to limit the list to just ten. However, here at Aeon Tours we've done our best to do just that. Feel free to recommend any other museums that you think are "must-sees".

1) Musée d'Orsay
Phone: 01 40 49 48 14
Highlights: Presents Impressionist works in all forms, starting in 1848 through WWI
Hours of Operation: Tue-Sun 9:30am-6pm; Thu 10am-9:45pm
Admission: €7.50, €6.50 students, under 18 free
Address: 1, rue de Bellechasse, Paris, France 75007
Closest Metro Station: Solférino

2) Musée du Louvre
Phone: 01 40 20 50 50
Highlights: Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace
Hours of Operation: Mon, Thurs & Sat, 9am-6pm; Wed & Fri, 9am-10pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Admission: €8.50; €6 after 6 pm on Wed & Fri
Address: 34-36, quai du Louvre, Palais du Louvre, Paris, France 75001
Closets Metro Station: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

3) Musée de Cluny
Phone: 01 53 73 78 00
Highlights: the Jardim Medieval, the Gold Rose, La Dame a la Licorne, Musee du Moyen Age
Admission: €6.50; ages 18-25, €4.50
Hours of Operation: Mon, Wed-Sat, 9:15am-5:45pm (Closed Tuesdays and Sundays)
Address: 6, pl. Paul-Painleve
Closest Metro Station: Cluny-La Sorbonne

4) Centre Georges Pompidou
Phone: 01 44 78 12 33
Highlights: the Fauvist, Cubist and modern art at the Musée National d’Art Moderne
Admission: €10; under 26, €8; under 18 is free
Hours of Operation: Wed-Mon, 11am-10pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Address: pl Georges Pompidou, Paris, France 75191
Closest Metro Station: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, or Chà¢telet

5) Musée Picasso
Phone: 01 42 71 25 21
Highlights: Home to some of the most prestigious of Picasso’s works, including Autoportrait, Le Violon et la Musique, Deux Femmes Courant Sur la Plage, La Femme Qui Lit and paintings from his personal colletion by the likes of Matisse, Corot, and Renoir
Admission: €6.50; 18-25 years – €4.50, under 18 free
Hours of Operation: (Apr-Sep) Mon, Wed-Sun, 9:30am-6pm; (Oct-Mar) Mon, Wed-Sun, 9:30am-5:30pm
Address: 5, rue de Thorigny, Paris, France 75003
Closest Metro Station: Saint-Paul, Chemin-Vert, Filles du Calvaire

6) Musée Rodin
Phone: 01 44 18 61 10
Highlights: See some of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, including The Thinker, Le Baiser, and L’Age Mur
Admission: €6; ages 18-25 and seniors, €4
Hours of Operation: (Apr-Sep) Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:45pm; (Oct-Mar) Tue-Sun 9:30am-4:45pm
Address: 79, rue de Varenne, Paris, France 75007
Closest Metro Station: Varenne, Invalides or Saint-Franà§ois-Xavier

7) Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
Phone: 01 40 05 79 99
Highlights: Explora Science Museum (perfect for kids)
Admission: Tickets range from €3-€9
Hours of Operation: Tue-Sun, 10:30am-9:30pm; (Open odd hours on Mondays – call ahead)
Address: Parc de la Villette, 30, avenue Corentin Cariou - A.P. 75930 Paris cedex 19 , 75019 Paris
Closest Metro Station: Porte de la Villette

8) Maison Europeenne de la Photographie
Phone: 01 44 78 75 00
Highlights: Houses a video library with over 600 films by esteemed photographers
Admission: €6; under age 26 and seniors, €3
Hours of Operation: Wed-Sun, 11am-8pm, free on Wed from 5pm-8pm
Address: 5-7, rue de Fourcy, Paris, France 75000
Closest Metro Station: St-Paul

9) Musée de l'Histoire de France
Phone: 01 40 27 60 96
Highlights: Richard the Lionheart’s Edict, Louis XVI’s Diary, a letter from Napoleon to his love, Josephine
Admission: €3; ages 18-25, €2.30
Hours of Operation: Mon, Wed-Fri, from 10am-12:30pm and 2pm-5:30pm; Sat-Sun, from 2pm-5:30pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Address: 87, r. Vieille du Temple
Closest Metro Station: Filles du Calvaire

10) Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Phone: 01 53 67 40 80
Highlights: one of the world’s grandest collections of modern art housed in the Palais de Tokyo; also see Matisse’s La Danse Inachevee
Admission: Free admission to permanent exhibits; special exhibits range from €4.50-€9
Hours of Operation: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm; Wed night until 10pm
Address: 11, av du Président Wilson, Paris, France 75016
Closest Metro Station: Léna or Alma-Marceau

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