15 Best Museums in Paris: 2020 (With Entry Fee & Timings)
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Centre Pompidou, Musee Picasso Paris,Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie, Palais de Tokyo, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Musee Rodin, Musee du quai Branly, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Musee de cluny, Museum Of modern Art and many more.

Paris, the capital of France which is also known as “the City of Light” (la Ville Lumière) is not only famous for its fashion, gastronomy and culture but also for the aesthetic Paris Museums. Paris is a historical and cultural centre where many museums are born to silently narrate the story of art to the globetrotters.

The city hosts hundreds of museums, from the priceless artworks of the Musée d’Orsay to the world-class artefacts of the Louvre. Every year millions of travellers visit these museums and admire the mesmerising arts like the painting of Mona-Lisa in The Louvre to the Lady and the unicorn in Musee de Cluny.

Are you planning a visit to this beautiful city with your loved ones to witness some mesmerising piece of art? Here are a bunch of must-see famous museums in Paris. Everywhere you turn you will feel there is another exhibition or collection you could treat your eyes with.

Here is the list of best museums in Paris:

01

Musee du Louvre

Musee du Louvre
Musee du Louvre is one of the world's largest and most visited art museums in Paris. This historic monument is a central landmark of the Paris city which is a masterpiece itself.

It is housed in the Louvre Palace which was originally built as the Louvre castle. Here you can see the famous painting of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

Location:-
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
0-17 Euro

Timings:-
Saturday-Monday and on Thursday 9am–6pm, Wednesday and Friday 9am–9:45pm, closed on Tuesday.
02

Musee Picasso Paris

Musee Picasso Paris
This art gallery is located in the Hotel Sale in rue de Thorigny, in the Persian Marais region of Paris. This Hotel was selected to be the Musée Picasso after some contentious civic and national debate. Musee Picasso is dedicated to the arts of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

The museum is furnished with more than 5,000 works of art (drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, engravings and notebooks) and tens of thousands of archived masterpieces from Picasso’s personal repository, including his photographic archive, personal papers, correspondence and manuscripts.

Location:-
5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
0-14 Euro

Timings:-
10.30 a.m-6 p.m Tuesday-Friday, 9.30 a.m-6 p.m Saturday and Sunday, closed on Monday
03

Musee de l’Orangerie

Musee de l’Orangerie
The Musée de l'Orangerie housed a magnificent building constructed in 1853. It is an art gallery which accommodates many astonishing works of art from the 1930s to the 1950s. You can find this museum in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

The museum is most famous among the Paris museums as the permanent home of eight large Water Lilies. Every year this famous museum in Paris successfully attracts thousands of art lovers from all over the world.

Location:-
  Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
6-9 Euro

Timings:-
  Everyday 9 a.m-6 p.m except Tuesday
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Grand Palais

Grand Palais
There is definitely a solid reason Chanel holds its runway shows in the heart of this stately Beaux Arts museum exhibition area, which is all done up in glass, stone, and steel. It is an emblem of French grandeur and architectural excellence.

Originally it was built as an exhibition hall for the World’s Fair of 1900 but today the Grand Palais hosts legendary fashion shows, theatrical performances, sporting events, food and literary festivals and temporary artistic exhibitions. With its glass dome visible from far across the river, the Grand Palais museum is arguably one of the most iconic Paris museums. 

Location:-
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
10-14 Euro

Timings:-
Wednesday 10 a.m-10 p.m, Thursday-Monday 10 a.m-8 p.m
05

Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay
This famous museum in Paris is situated on the Left Bank of the Seine. In 1986 the old Belle Époque Orsay railway station was converted into the Musée D’Orsay to house one of the world’s largest collections of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art.

Aside from works by Monet, Renoir, van Gogh and Toulouse you can see an alluring collection of decorative arts from the Art Nouveau era and a wide range of sculpture of 19th-century.

Location:- 
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
14 Euro

Timings:-
 closed on Monday, Thursday 9.30 a.m-9.45 p.m, other days of the week 9.30 a.m-6 p.m
06

Musee Du Quai Branly

Musee Du Quai Branly
This museum was opened in 2006 by Jean Nouvel and is the newbie among the major Paris museums. It serves as both a museum and as a centre for research. This museum is featuring the indigenous art and culture of non European countries.

It has rooms specifically dedicated to showcase the art from Asia, America and Africa. This building is wrapped with trees and the mesmerising lush green look of this museum fascinates the visitors without fail.

Location:-
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France

Entry fee:-
12 Euro

Timings:-
Thursday 10.30 a.m-10 p.m, Friday-Tuesday 10.30 a.m-7 p.m, closed on Monday
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Musee des Arts Decoratifs

Musee des Arts Decoratifs
The west wing of the Louvre is known as Musee des Arts Decoratifs though is not a part of the Louvre. This grand museum is the home to one of the world’s largest collections of decorative arts and design along with fashion.

The stunning vaulted central atrium makes it stand out and draws the attention. The foot traffic here is little less as compared to the other famous museums in Paris but it always remains favorite. From extravagant carpets to delicate crystals and French furniture there is almost too much to admire.

Location:-
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
Free

Timings:-
  Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m- 6 p.m, Thursday 11 a.m-9 p.m, Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1 each year
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Musee de Cluny

Musee de Cluny
This building itself is a rare extant epitome of the civic architecture of medieval Paris. It was formerly the town house of the abbots of Cluny. The museum displays around 23,000 artefacts dating from the Gallo-Roman period up until the 16th century.

The six tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn (La Dame à la licorne) is one of the principal holdings of this museum. Apart from that, musee de cluny has a vast collection of objects and art from the Middle Age which is why it is one of the most visited museums in Paris.

Location:-
28 Rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
0-9 Euro

Timings:-
  Wednesday-Monday 9.15 a.m-5.45 p.m, closed on Tuesday
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Musee Rodin

Musee Rodin
French sculptor Auguste Rodin lived in the Hôtel Biron in the last stage of his life. In this period, the gardens of this place inspired some of his work. The building was opened as a museum to the public in 1919.

The high ceilings of the intimate rooms helps  visitors to see Rodin's sculptures and drawings up close, while the large gardens showcase Rodin’s most famous bronze sculptures, like "The Gates of Hell" and "The Thinker."

Location:- 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France

Entry Fee:- 9-12 Euro

Timings:- Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m-6 :30 p.m, closed on Monday
10

Petit Palais

Petit Palais
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The architectural gem Petit Palais is located near the Grand Palais museum . The building is still uniquely magnificent and worth visiting. It was designed by Charles Girault for the World’s Fair of 1900 in Paris and the building became a museum in 1902.

Paying tribute to the arts and the city of Paris is the purpose behind its architectural grandeur. It’s one of the most admired and a must-visit cultural destination for all the travellers to Paris.

Location:-
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
Free

Timings:-
  Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m-6 p.m, closed on Monday
11

Palais De Tokyo

Palais De Tokyo
This is one of the popular contemporary Paris museums. The terrace of this museum is noted for its excellent view of the Eiffel tower. Palais de Tokyo has rotating art exhibitions throughout the year along with art workshops for children and teenagers.

This museum is housed inside the former building of the international Exhibition of arts and technology of 1937. Palais de Tokyo is named for the street previously known as Avenue Tokyo, now known as Avenue de New-York. This building has two galleries, one with a collection of twentieth-century art and another one is dedicated to contemporary art.

Location:-
13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
9-12 Euro

Timings:-
 Wednesday-Monday 12p.m-12a.m, closed on Tuesday
12

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton
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Fondation Louis Vuitton is sponsored by the Louis Vuitton group and its subsidiaries. This building reflects the artistic heritage of Paris. The museum was inaugurated in 2014 to open an exciting new cultural chapter.

The collection of this museum is a combination of work by Louis Vuitton and Bernard Arnault. Travellers can find many amazing works by some great artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George and Jeff Koons. 

Location:-
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
5-16 Euro

Timings:-
12-7 p.m Monday- Thursday(except Tuesday), 11 a.m-9 p.m on Friday, 11 a.m-8 p.m on Saturday and Sunday
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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou
This is designed by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini. The extraordinary architecture of Centre Pompidou makes it a famous museum in Paris. This building is the prototype of a new generation of museums and cultural centres.

It's internationally recognised for its 20th and 21st century art collection. In addition to that, every year internationally renowned exhibitions are organised here. From the top floor of Centre Pompidou visitors can also enjoy the breathtaking view of Paris.

Location:-
Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
14 Euro

Timings:-
11 a.m- 10 p.m Everyday except Tuesday and 1st of May
14

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art
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This museum is located in the eastern wing of the Palais de Tokyo. This building was constructed for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937 but was inaugurated in 1961. This museum displays modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries, including monumental murals by Raoul Dufy and Henri Matisse.

This museum is furnished with some splendid works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Emile Othon Friesz, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Rouault and Raoul Dufy.

Location:-
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France

Entry fee:-
Free 

Timings:-
  Thursday 10 a.m-10 p.m, Friday-Wednesday  10 a.m-6 p.m, closed on Monday
15

Fondation Cartier

Fondation Cartier was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in 1994. It is an ultra-modern museum and cultural center for contemporary art.  The gardens here called Theatrum Botanicum are treated as an art installation of their own.

Before the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton; this place was the top destination for contemporary art in Paris. A true contemporary art lover will never leave Paris without stopping here. 

Location:-
261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris, France

Entry Fee:-
7-11 Euro, Free for children under the age of 13.

Timings:-
Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m-8 p.m, Tuesday 11 a.m-10 p.m, closed on Monday
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