Paris is the city of dreams, light and love. It needs no further introduction. It is the mecca for historians, art enthusiasts and the romantics.
It is no secret that Paris offers countless world-class museums and art galleries. Out of an extensive list of museums in Paris, here’s a list of some of the most attractive ones; all of which deserve a spot on your bucket list.
The Louvre is the world’s largest and most visited museum. The Louvre is known for its artistic glories. It is home to some of the most world class paintings, sculptures, drawings and art objects. Truly a masterpiece, it is a city within Paris with passageways, staircases, escalators and galleries.
Some of the renowned works include Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, chefs d’oeuvres from Dutch geniuses Rembrandt and Vermeer, Rubens, Caravaggio, and the charming wings dedicated to Islamic and Egyptian art. The Louvre is also known for its great architecture featuring glass pyramids.
Centre Georges Pompidou
Centre Georges Pompidou is a complex building situated in the Beaubourg area in the 4th arrondissement close to Marais, Les Halles and Rue Montorgueil. The museum was designed by architectural team Renzo Piano, Richard Roger and Gianfranco Franchini.
Opened in the year 1977, Centre Georges Pompidou was new and innovative due to its architecture and wide approach. When the centre opened, it surely exceeded all expectations and the multi-disciplinary and high-tech approach made the centre an extremely popular attraction in Paris.
The dynamic arts centre of the museum has an irresistible mix of galleries and exhibitions, dance performances, hands-on workshops, cinemas and entertainment venues.
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Museum spaces situated in the Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the galerisnationales du Grand Palais serves as home to art exhibits and cultural events by the Reunion des museesnationaux et du Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. The Grand Palais is an architectural innovation and it hosts four major temporary exhibitions at all times.
Nestled on the left bank of the river Seine, Musée d’Orsay is a charming museum in Paris. The museum is home to French art dating from 1848 to 1915. This includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Musee d’Orsay houses the largest compilation of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world, by painters such as Monet,Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, Van Gogh and Sisley.
An art museum in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, Petit Palais houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts. It is one of the 14 museums of the City of Paris. Definitely an architectural stunner, Pent Palais is home to the Paris municipality’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.
The museum specializes in medieval and Renaissance objets d’art such as porcelain and clocks, tapestries, 19th-century French painting and sculpture and drawings. It has paintings by famous artists like Rembrandt, Cézanne, Colbert and Gaugin.
Obviously, this is not it! The list is pretty extensive but these some of the unmissable museums of Paris. Visit these and discover more!