Paris Museums

Ten of the best Paris museums

Paris is home to countless fantastic museums. It is thought that one could spend an entire year simply walking the Louvre and not see all the exhibits they have. To get you started, we've listed just a few of what we consider our "must-see" musuems. If you are planning to visit more than one museum, it's best to purchase a Paris Museum Pass ahead of time.

Musée du Louvre

Website: www.louvre.fr
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

Musée d'Orsay

Website: www.musee-orsay.fr
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

Musée de Cluny

Website: www.musee-moyenage.fr
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

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

Website: www.cite-sciences.fr
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

Centre Georges Pompidou

Website: www.centrepompidou.fr
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 Châtelet

Maison Europeenne de la Photographie

Website: www.mep-fr.org
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

Musée Picasso

Website: www.musee-picasso.fr
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

Musée Rodin

Website: www.musee-rodin.fr
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-François-Xavier

Musée de l'Histoire de France

Website: archivesnationales. culture.gouv.fr
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

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Website: www.mam.paris.fr
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