12 Paris museums that you should have in your sightseeing list

1 - Louvre Museum
 
Musée du Louvre, 75058 
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 breathtaking funerary sculpture for the Tomb of Philippe Pot (ground floor, room 10).
 
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2 - Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
 
11 avenue du Président Wilson 75116
In our 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 exhibition are world-class art events and you shouldn’t miss the one on view during your visit.
 
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3 - Musée d'Art Medieval (Cluny)
 
6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005
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. Leaving the museum, don't forget to explore Boulevard Saint Germain, Boulevard Saint-Michel and the surrounding area. When weather permitts, you can rest your feet at the Gardens of Luxembourg (a few blocks south of the Cluny Museum, following Boulevard Saint-Michel).
 
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4 - Musée Carnavalet
 
16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003
Altough 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 exhibit.
 
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5 - Espace Dali
 
11 Rue Poulbot, Montmartre
This permanent exhibition space, dedicated to the work of the eccentric surrealist, is located in a beautiful part of Montmartre, overlooking the centre of Paris, very close to the Place du Tertre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica. The museum is famous for the collection of sculptures made after Dali's most well-known paintings. You can combine this visit with the nearby Montmartre Museum (rue Cortot, 12-14) and try to recreate the early-1900s Montmartre of Modigliani, Utrillo & Toulouse-Lautrec in your mind!
 
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6 - Grand Palais
 
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008
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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7 - Musée d'Orsay
 
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007
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.
 
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8 - Musée Rodin
 
79 Rue de Varenne, 75007
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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9 - Centre Georges Pompidou
 
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 
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 long queues and big crowds, especially on Saturdays and holidays. Book ahead!
 
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10 - Musée d'Orangerie
Tuileries Gardens, 75001
On the opposite side of the important Jeu de Paume exhibitions space, 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.
 
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11 - Jeu de Paume
 
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008
Occupying the upper corner (the one closer 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 checkcityartnow regularly for updates.
 
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12 - Petit Palais
 
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Petit Palais is the home of the Paris Fine Arts Museum and displays artifacts from the Ancient Times to Present. 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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