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Museums in Paris

Just when I think I have visited most of the museums in Paris I am interested in, I discover another.

Paris has 204 museums on practically anything you could possibly imagine; hunting and nature, counterfeiting, eroticism, the list is endless and if you can think of it, chances are, Paris has a museum based on it.

Below are some of the museums I find interesting, unusual or quirky. Each one, contains practical information, including opening hours, pricing, addresses, websites and a brief overview.

 

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  • Musée Rodin
    Musée Rodin
    The newly renovated mansion and former home of the artist, has an equally rich and inspiring history as Monsieur Auguste Rodin himself and then there are the gardens.
  • Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
    Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
    This wonderfully, quirky, informative, interactive museum, doesn't take itself too seriously. Exploring the history of hunting.
  • Musée de la Vie Romantique
    Musée de la Vie Romantique
    Tucked away behind an unassuming green gate, you will discover this enchanting hôtel particulier. An absolute delight.
  • Musée d’Orsay
    Musée d’Orsay
    The former railway station, sitting on the left bank of the Seine, has the largest collection of impressionist and post impressionist art in the world.
  • Musée Cognacq-Jay
    Musée Cognacq-Jay
    This stunning home of Samaritaine Department store founder, Ernest Cognacq-Jay and his wife Marie-Louise Jay, includes Fragonard, Rembrandt, Cézanne ...
  • Musée Carnavalet
    Musée Carnavalet
    Located in the heart of the Marais, this museum is dedicated to the history of Paris. Boasting 600,000 pieces, ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries.
  • Musée Bourdelle
    Musée Bourdelle
    Former home and studio of the artist; Antoine Bourdelle, who was famous for his monumental public statues and friezes, is an exceptional free museum.
  • Palais de Tokyo
    Palais de Tokyo
    Contemporary and cutting edge exhibitions of modern art, a very chic restaurant, late night openings until 12am and a great view of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Musée Zadkine
    Musée Zadkine
    The small sun drenched former home of Ossip Zadkine allow light to bounce off African influenced work, giving the museum a quiet sense of calm and elegance.
  • Musée Jacquemart-André
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    I love poking around former residences of the bourgeois and Musée Jacquemart-Andre is one of the finest you will see in Paris.
  • Muséum national d’histoire naturelle
    Muséum national d’histoire naturelle
    This museum would have to be the most spectacular and stylishly arranged natural history museum in the world. Be dazzled in awe ....
  • Maison La Roche – Foundation Le Corbusier
    Maison La Roche – Foundation Le Corbusier
    At the end of a leafy private lane is an iconic tribute to the architect of modern architecture.
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton
    Fondation Louis Vuitton
    Nothing short of spectacular, offering panoramic views and modern art, this new museum is sure to become another Paris icon.
  • Petit Palais
    Petit Palais
    Not as small as its name suggests. Sumptuous ceiling murals, magnificent mosaics, spectacular staircases and of course art.
  • Maison de Victor Hugo
    Maison de Victor Hugo
    Nestled in a corner of Place des Vosges is former home of famous author and poet Victor Hugo.
  • Musée des Arts Forains
    Musée des Arts Forains
    Transport yourself back in time. Ride spectacular antique carousels, play ancient fair-ground games and admire colourful memorabilia.

As a general rule of thumb most museums are closed on Mondays, except the Louvre, which is closed on Tuesdays.  Most open around 10am and close around 6pm.  Quite a few are free and some on the first Sunday of each month.  Some stay open late,  once a week.  Some, like the Musée de l’Erotisme, (the museum of eroticism) for example, stays open until 2am every night!  Most have cafés, restaurants or both and most have free cloak rooms and audio guides.

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