Paris Art Guide - Museums, galleries and places you can find art

Remember that time when, returning home from a trip, you discover places that would interest you but you -somehow- found yourself passing them by on your way to other locations. Paris is a city that this can happen very easily. The city has dozens of important museums, commercial galleries and architectural marvels that you simply can’t see in one (or two or ten, if you ask me) visits. We tried to fit the places we think that you should consider paying a visit to, in one handy map which we hope you’ll find useful. Enjoy!
 
 
MUSEUMS OF THE RIVE DROITE (RIGHT BANK)
 
LOUVRE MUSEUM, Musée du Louvre, 75001 map
 
The most visited museum of the world needs no introduction. Everything from antiquities to impressionist paintings in a former Royal palace right in the heart of the city! This is the home of Mona Lisa, Venus of Milo, Winged Victory, the Seated Scribe, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and countless other art treasures. Editor's favorite: The haunting funerary sculpture for the Tomb of Philippe Pot (ground floor, room 10).
 
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The Louvre Museum - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

POMPIDOU CENTRE, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 map
 
The impressive building by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano houses the National Museum of Modern Art and exhibits exquisite speciments of modern art (although there is no permanent exhibition of artworks; rather a rotation of the museums' collection) as well as some of the biggest exhibitions in modern and contemporary art. The museum is hugely popular and the visitor should expect queues and crowds, especially on Saturdays and holidays. Book ahead!
 
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The Pompidou Centre - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

 
CONCIERGERIE, 2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001, Île de la Cité map
 
This is a former prison, former Royal Palace while parts of the site date from the Merovingian era (10th c.). This is not a museum with the collection-of-artwork senses but it hosts several temporary exhibitions from time to time. The last one dedicated to Louis the Saint was spectacular. Check cityartnow regularly and if there's an exhibition on view while you visit Paris, try not to miss it. Visiting an exhibition in the medieval setting of the Conciergerie is a uinque experience!
 
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The Conciergerie - 4th Arrondissement - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

PICASSO MUSEUM, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003, Marais map
 
The recently re-innovated museum is a gem of a building in the heart of Marais district and a heaven-on-earth for the Picasso-lovers. 6000 works by the Spanish Master are exhibited in the museum as well as Picasso's own collection of works by Matisse, Cézanne, Seurat, De Chirico, Degas and artworks of African art.

 
CARNAVALET MUSEUM, 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 map
 
Although many perceive Carnavalet as a decorative arts Museum, this is, in fact, the premier historic museum of the city! Expanding in two Renaissance mansions, in the Marais district, the museum documents Parisian history from ancient times to modern. The scale model of Île de la Cité is very informative and very popular (plus, I personaly love models so I keep coming back for it!)

MAISON VICTOR HUGO, 6 Place de Vosges, 75004 map
 
This is a beautiful apartment-turned-museum in the historic Place des Vosges, in the Marais district. Victor Hugo lived in this house from 1832 to 1848. The setting gives a comprehensive snapshot of the early 19th century and many temporary exhibitions worth keeping an eye for, are organised in the premises.

 
The Maison Européenne de la Photographie (also known as MEP) is the must-go-to place for contemporary photographic art. The exhibitions' program is organised in cycles therefore there are always several photographic exhibitions on view for you to choose.

MUSEE DE LA POUPEE, 28 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 map
 
This is a privately-run museum dedicated to the art of doll making. It is quite fascinating for doll lovers, especially to those who love the vintage or period pieces. Temporary thematic exhibitions are often organised.

 
JEU DE PAUME, 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 map
 
Occupying the upper corner (close to Rue de Rivoli) of the Tuilleries Garden. Jeu de Paume is an important centre for contemporary photography and other media. At least three exhibitions are on view at any time so check cityartnow regularly for updates.

 
ORANGERIE MUSEUM, Tuileries Gardens, 75001 map
 
On the opposite side of Jeu de Paume, the Musée de l'Orangerie is a gallery dedicated to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The main attraction of the museum is the Water Lillies cycle by Monet (in the famous oval hall). The collection also boasts of several Matisse, Modigliani, Renoir, Utrillo and Sisley masterpieces.

PETIT PALAIS MUSEUM, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 map
 
Petit Palais is the home of the Paris Fine Arts Museum and displays artifacts from the Ancient Times to the Present ones. The visitor can admire paintings by Poussin, Jordaens, Fragonard, Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Pissaro, Cézanne and Delacroix, sculptures by Carpeax and Rodin, tapestries, porcelain and French furniture from royal residences.
 
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The Petit Palais - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

GRAND PALAIS MUSEUM, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 map
 
Opposite Petit Palais, the Grand Palais is an important museum, exhibition centre and historic site. The Galeries Nationales (the site’s exhibition area) host some of the most important art exhibitions you can see in the city. Check cityartnow regularly for updates and be sure to include the Grand Palais in your sightseeing list.
 
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The Grand Palais - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

JACQUEMART-ANDRE MUSEUM, 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 map
 
The private home of art collectors Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart is open as a museum with significant artworks by Bellini, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Gainsboro, Botticelli, Mantegna, Donatello, Hals, Tiepolo and many more masters. The interior of the building itself is magnificent, especially the Tapestry Room. The museum also presents various interesting temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

PALAIS GALLIERA, 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016 map
This is the Fashion Museum of the City of Paris. Claiming the place of the city as the eternal and undisputed fashion capital of the world, the museum’s collections include costumes from the 18th, 19th and 20th century as well as sketches and fashion photography. The temporary exhibitions organised are always major art/fashion events!
 
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Palais Galliera © 2016 Expedia, Inc

 
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART OF THE CITY OF PARIS, 11 avenue du Président Wilson 75116 map
 
In my opinion, besides the three unthinkable-not-to-visit museums of the city (The Louvre, Orsay Museum and Pompidou Centre) this is the first destination you should check on your visit-list. Boasting a vast collection of modern and contemporary art (from Picasso and Chagall to Zeng Fanzhi and Gerhard Richter), MAM will surely fascinate the 20th century art lover. The temporary exhibitions are world-class art events and you shouldn’t miss the ones on view during your visit.

GUIMET MUSEUM, 6, Place d’Iéna, 75116 map
 
Guimet Museum is also known as MNAAG, meaning National Museum of Asian Art. Hosting one of the largest collections of Asian art outside Asia, it displays impressive artefacts from India, China, Cambodia and Afghanistan.

PALAIS DE TOKYO, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 map
 
Sharing the same building with MAM, this is also an exhibition space for modern and contemporary art. There is no permanent collection on view but several temporary events are organised throughout the year; at least 4-5 exhibitions run simultaneously so you can be sure there is something to attend at any time.
 
 
MUSEUMS OF THE RIVE GAUCHE (LEFT BANK)
ORSAY MUSEUM, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 map
 
This former railway station houses the biggest and most important collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, in the world.  Chronologically, the museum displays artworks created between 1848 to 1915 thus connecting, in a sense, the classically-built collection of the Louvre Museum with the 20th-century movements displayed at the Pompidou Centre. Most of the artworks are world-famous and the artists represented include Courbet, Bonnard, Signac, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Manet as well as many sculptures by Rodin, Claudel, Daumier and more.

QUAI BRANLY MUSEUM, 37 Quai Branly, 75007 map
 
The newest big museum of the city (opened in 2006) focuses on art and culture of Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Hosted in a Jean Nouvel-designed building, the museum soon became one of the most popular in the city and regularly organises various, very interesting exhibitions.

RODIN MUSEUM, 79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 map
 
Curiously enough, the world-known sculptures of Rodin like The Kiss or The Thinker, are not the only reasons to visit this museum. The building itself and the beautiful gardens that surrounds it are among the most popular places for Paris visitors and residents alike. Along with Rodin’s work, sculptures by Camille Claudel are also part of the collection as well as paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir. The exhibition’s program, which usually revolves around Rodin, is often surprisingly fresh: the Rodin/Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition in 2014 was a treat for the art lovers and a commercial triumph!
 
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LUXEMBOURG MUSEUM, 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 map
 
The Luxembourg Museum, a part of the Luxembourg Palace, is a temporary exhibition space, perfectly situated in the Palace Gardens. The exhibitions hosted here are always very interesting; most recently the Tudors proved very popular.
 
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The gardens of Luxembourg Palace - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc

 
CLUNY NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEDIEVAL ART, 6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005 map
 
The Cluny Museum, hosts the most important medieval collection in the city and it is housed in an impressive building with Gothic and Renaissance architectural features. Besides the collection (don’t miss the astonishing tapestries) the ruins of the Gallo-Roman Baths are also a part of the building. An exhibition about the Merovingians will open on October 19.

EUGENE DELACROIX MUSEUM, 6 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006 map
 
A museum dedicated to Delacroix's memorabillia and works. Very interesting for the painter's fans.
 
 
GALLERIES OF THE RIVE DROITE (RIGHT BANK)
 
 
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, 4 Rue de Ponthieu, 75008 map
LELONG GALLERY, 13 Rue de Téhéran, 75008 map
DANIEL TEMPLON GALLERY, 30 Rue Beaubourg, 75003 map
SUZANNE TARASIEVE GALLERY, Passage de l'Atlas, 5 Villa Marcel Lods, 75019 map
CHANTAL CROUSEL GALLERY, 10 Rue Charlot, 75003 map
ONEIRO GALLERY, 9 Rue du Perche, 75003 map
MAX HETZLER GALLERY, 57 Rue du Temple, 75004 map
THADDAEUS ROPAC, 7 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 map
PERROTIN GALLERY, 76 Rue de Turenne, 75003 map
POLKA GALLERY, 12 Rue Saint-Gilles, 75003 map
MODUS GALLERY, 23 Place des Vosges, 75003 map
ARIEL SIBONY GALLERY, 24 Place des Vosges map
MICKAEL MARCIANO GALLERY, 21 Place des Vosges, 75003 map
NIKKI DIANA MARQUARDT GALLERY, 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 map
 
 
GALLERIES OF THE RIVE GAUCHE (LEFT BANK)
 
 
AGNES MONPLAISIR GALLERY, 8 Bis Rue Jacques Callot, 75006 map

 
TEMPLES & CHURCHES
 
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Notre-Dame - 4th Arrondissement - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc
 
NOTRE DAME, Île de la Cité map
SAINT  CHAPELLE, Île de la Cité map
SAINT GERMAIN DES PRES, 6th arrondissement map
SAINT-SULPICE, 2 Rue Palatine, 75006 map
SAINT-GERVAIS, 13 Rue des Barres, 75004 map
SAINT-GERMAIN-L’AUXERROIS, 2 Place du Louvre, 75001 map
SAINT EUSTACHE, 2 Impasse Saint-Eustache, 75001 Paris map
LA MADELEINE, Place de la Madeleine map
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST
 
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The gardens of Luxembourg Palace © 2016 Expedia, Inc
 
ARC DE TRIOMPHE, Place Etoile map
PALAIS CHAILLOT map
EIFFEL TOWER, Champ de Mars map
HOTEL DES INVALIDES map
LUXEMBOURG PALACE map
PANTHEON map
OPERA GARNIER map
 
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Invalides - Tourism Media © 2016 Expedia, Inc
 
MUSEUMS LOCATED IN AREAS NOT APPEARING IN THE MAP
 
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VERSAILLES PALACE, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles map
FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON, 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 map
CARTIER FOUNDATION, 261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 map
ART LUDIQUE, 34 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 map
ESPACE DALI, 11 Rue Poulbot, Montmartre map
MONTMARTRE MUSEUM, 12-14 Rue Cortot, Montmartre map
MARMOTTAN-MONET MUSEUM, 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 map
 
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