5 Must See Museums in Paris

The City of Light has much to offer. Not only is Paris known for romance and fashion, but the city also has many historical and cultural experiences to share with visitors. The museums being one such experience. If you only have a limited amount of time, make sure you visit at least one from our list of favorites.

The Louvre

This is the oldest and world’s biggest museum. It’s home to some of the world’s most famous masterpieces including the Mona Lisa. It’s estimated that it would take at least nine months to view every single piece of art in the museum. But, if you don’t have nine months, don’t worry. There are many self-guided tours available. Tours that cover the more notable art pieces are available, as well as a tour built around the Da Vinci Code. Be sure to enjoy the museum itself for its many wonders.

Musée d’Orsay

The very beautiful and famous Orsay museum is a former railway station and home to Western Art collections between 1848 and 1914. This museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Artistic media such as decorative arts, paintings, sculptures, and photography can all be seen here. This museum is a must-see destination for fans of Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.

Musée de l’Orangerie

What was originally a shelter for oranges in the garden of the Tuileries, is now home to works by Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, and Soutine. If you love impressionism, this is your second stop after the Musée d’Orsay. Be sure to see Monet’s series “les Nymphéas” displayed in two, large overall rooms built to the artists’ specifications in 1927.

Musée Rodin

This museum houses the work of French artist Auguste Rodin. He donated his entire collection to the state (sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings) on condition that his work would remain and be displayed in his former workshop and showroom. The Hôtel Biron, a grand mansion is now home to such famous work as “The Thinker,” “The Gates of Hell” and “The Kiss.”

Centre Georges Pompidou

The architecture, the sweeping panoramic view of the city are good enough reasons to visit this historic icon. Add the 65,000-plus pieces of modern art, and you’ll get one of Paris’ best cultural offerings. The museum with its Lego-like walls has wowed visitors since opening in 1977.