6 Must-See Paris Museums & How to Visit
Paris' cultural crown jewel
In addition to masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, Nike of Samothrace, and Venus de Milo, the museum’s collection comprises hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and jewels.
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Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay)
Masterworks in a former train station
As notable for its 19th-century architecture as its collection of impressionist masterpieces, the riverside Musée d’Orsay has real personality. Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas, Manet, and Monet are all well-represented in its collection.
Pompidou Center (Centre Pompidou)
A futuristic culture hub
Immediately striking for its unconventional looks, the Centre Pompidou was designed by star architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and houses the National Museum of Modern Art (Musée National d’Art Moderne) as well as other cultural bodies.
How to Visit: Prebook priority-access tickets to enter the museum without delay, or go on a private guided tour to learn about its modern-art highlights. And don’t miss the views overlooking Paris from the center’s top level.
Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso)
Highlighting the Spanish artist's creative process
Following a lengthy renovation that doubled its size, the Musée Picasso reopened in 2014 and has since become an unmissable highlight in artsy Marais. Fans of the visionary cubist artist can discover the 5,000-plus works displayed here.
Musée de l’Orangerie
Water Lilies and more
Located within the Tuileries Gardens (and just a quick stroll from the Louvre), the Musée de l’Orangerie is one of Paris’ most charming cultural institutions. Its outsize reputation rests on its collection of eight enormous water lily paintings from Monet, which are displayed in two light-drenched, oval rooms.
Quai Branly Museum (Musée du Quai Branly)
Indigenous art beyond western civilizations
Home to an enormous collection of artworks from Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, the Musée du Quai Branly is one of the City of Light’s most distinctive museums (Its striking building, designed by Jean Nouvel, also helps set it apart).
How to visit: Explore the collections independently with a Paris museum pass; glimpse the museum during a Seine river cruise; or head to its rooftop Les Ombres Restaurant for up-close Eiffel Tower views.
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