Art Museums in Paris: The Ten Best

Paris has been always seen ahead in the race of art of volatile fashion. Though, cities like New York and Berlin are giving tough competition in the dominating art industry, Paris has effortlessly managed to make its place. Further, it is a place where new talent finds a spot to make a stand. Nowadays, the finest art museums of Paris are striving to keep alive the artistic legacy and offer maximum exposure to talented contemporary creators. Paris houses a selection of richest and significant collection from all over the world. Open accessibility, outstanding collection of historic values are  some other reasons behind the growing popularity of Paris museums.

 

The Louvre

The Louvre ranks the position of the most important museum of Paris. It is the largest museum of the world and owns diverse collection of paintings, decorative items and sculptures of pre-20th century. The museum proudly exhibits great and some of the most admired artworks like The Venus de Milo and Monalisa. It wouldn’t be wrong to say, that the whole museum has turned in to a testament of rich history covering such long period of time till present. Along with the historic safari, you can take a stroll at the magnificent adjacent Tuileries gardens of the museum.

The Louvre

 

National Museum of Modern Art (the Centre Pompidou)

Modern art lovers can visit the National Museum of Modern Art to sooth their eyes and learn more about the new form of art. The museum became a center of attraction for new artists’ right after its inauguration in 1977.  Located at Centre Georges Pompidou, this museum owns the most esteemed artwork collections of 20th-century.

NMMA exhibits about 50,000 pieces of exquisite artwork such as sculpture, architecture, paintings and other media. The collection adds fresh artworks every year to its collection, so as to display new acquisitions. If you desire to have a closer look of Pop Art, Cubism and Surrealism, this museum should be right on the top of your list; as you get two floors to stroll covering major artwork of 20th-century movements.

National Museum of Modern Art (the Centre Pompidou)

 

Musée d’Orsay

This museum houses some of the most significant collections, presenting works from post-impressionist and impressionist,  Musée d’Orsay’s light, Degas’ ethereal dancers, Monet’s water lilies and much more. All the three floors of the museum are stuffed with art pieces. The only way to witness the classic splendor is to cross the bridge, which starts from Louvre and ends in the Musée d’Orsay. Along with all these, you’ll also get the opportunity to come across the major works of Delacroix, Manet, Van Gogh and many other popular artists.

Musée d’Orsay

 

Petit Palais

Located near the Champs-Elysées, Petit Palais houses more than 1300 art works of early 20th century. The collection features the creation of Monet, Courbet, Cezanne, and Delacroix. Best of all, you can visit the permanent collection for free; however, the temporary collections are only opened to display for children under 13.

Petit Palais

 

Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

This museum displays the contemporary style of art, which is open for visitors from all over the world. Basically, it is a modern art museum that was established in 1961. It is housed in the Palais de Tokyo and offerd its first exhibition in 1937 Universal Exposition. The museum owns above 8,000 works covering all major art creations of 20th and 21st century. You would be glad to know that this grand museum hosts series of exciting temporary exhibits. Its current exhibitions also included pictures and art works of Elaine Sturtevant (American artist) and photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Along with this, the outer terrace of the palace offers a splendid view of the love-famed Eiffel Tower.

Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

 

Cluny Museum – National Medieval Museum

Step in the medieval period with Cluny Museum and explore the beauty of  art and ethics of the “Moyen Age.” The museum is housed in the grand Hotel de Cluny, which was an abbey in 15th century. The Abbey turned museum is built on the Gallo-Roman thermal baths, which was constructed in the mid of first and third centuries. Some of the parts of the Abbey are still open for the visitors. Some of the major attractions of the museum are the 15th century “crowned jewel” and art work of “The Lady and the Unicorn.” The art work resembling the lady and the unicorn is using enigmatic allegorical symbolism and opulent colors. You can also take a tour of the medicinal gardens on the ground floor of the museum and spend some time in regal ambience.

Cluny Museum – National Medieval Museum

 

Rodin Museum

If you wish to explore one of the Paris finest museums; then get ready to explore the beauty of Rodin Museum. The museum presents the artworks of Auguste Rodin- a French Sculptor. “Rodin”- His one of the most treasured and admired works is the major center of attraction for the people worldwide. Along with presenting his iconic work (the thinker) and works from his brilliant students, like Camille Claudel, the museum has a wide and beautiful sculpture garden. A place where a true artist can explore yet another word for magnificence.

Rodin Museum

 

Musée Carnavalet – Museum of Paris History

People, who are looking for an opportunity to experience and understand the Paris, should definitely visit the Carnavalet Museum. This is one of the most visited places, which is known to open pages relating the complex history of Paris. The museum is housed within two Renaissance-era mansions, the Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau and the de Carnavalet hotels. The 100 rooms of the Carnavalet Museum hold traces of history from all over the Paris. Not only you can visit the museum for free but also be a part of museum hosted temporary exhibits that highlight different aspects and period of beautiful Parisian heritage.

Musée Carnavalet – Museum of Paris History

 

Musée du Luxembourg

This museum was opened in 1750, which makes it one of the oldest museums in Europe. It stands  on the regal land of beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. Along with being one of the oldest, it is also the first to put state-run paintings collection for display.  The museum is also known for hosting a number of temporary exhibits every year, which are very popular among the local visitors. Recently, the exhibits have also included artworks by Vlaminck, Modigliani and many other artists.

Musée du Luxembourg

 

Musee Jacquemart-André

Last, but yet another gem in the grand collection of museums of Paris. The museum is housed in a private mansion of 19th century, hosting the masterpieces of 18th century. The Jacquemart-Andre museum exhibits the works of French painters such as Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Jean Marc Nattier, Jacques-Louis David and many more. It was founded by Edouard André, who himself was a known art collector.

Musee Jacquemart-André


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