Exterior of Musée d'Orsay in Paris
Art and culture

10 must-see museums in Paris

July 08, 2021

The beautiful and historic cobbled streets of Paris are home to a wealth world-class museums, offering a visual and cultural feast. Here’s a selection of the finest to help you get the most out of your next city stay.
Prestigious exterior of the Louvre in Paris

Musée du Louvre

With more than 460,000 timeless artefacts, dating from antiquity to the present day, the Louvre is one of the largest art and history museums in the world. Just a few steps away from Le Meurice, discover major masterpieces including the ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Venus de Milo’ and ‘Raft of the Medusa’.

99 rue de Rivoli, 75001
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

Musée d’Orsay

Across the Seine from Le Meurice, discover the much-loved Musée d’Orsay. Housed in a spectacular art nouveau building, which was once a railway station, the museum specialises in contemporary western art spanning from 1848 to 1914. You’ll be treated to a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative arts.

1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
+33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

Musee D'Orsay exterior
©Sophie Boegly
Musee du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac exterior
@Jacques Roastand

Musée du Quai Branly

On the left bank of the Seine, situated close to Hôtel Plaza Athénée, this museum specialises in art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Bringing to life the differences in culture of each continent and celebrating their own uniqueness.

37 quai Branly, 75007
+33 (0)1 56 61 70 00

Grand Palais

In preparation for hosting the Paris Olympics in 2024, the beautiful Grand Palais has temporarily moved its artworks to a vast new site at the base of the Eiffel Tower, in Champ-de-Mars. Its usual major events will also be held in this building including FIAC and the Saut Hermès.

Pelouse du Champs de Mars/Champ de Mars Paris 7
+33 (0)1 44 13 17 17

Grand Palais Ephemere exterior
©PatrickTourneboeuf pour la RMn -GP, 2021
Louis Vuitton building exterior
©Iwan Baan

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Rising above the Bois de Boulogne like a magnificent vessel, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is both a captivating sight and home to an incredible collection of contemporary art.

8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116
+33 (0)1 40 69 96 00

Petit Palais

As a popular museum of fine arts, the Petit Palais features around 1,300 works. Its collection ranges from the fascinating ancient and medieval periods up to the 19th century, including French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch Renaissance pieces. You can also see a selection of paintings by Delacroix, Monet, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec here.

Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
+33 (0)1 53 43 40 00

Facade of the Petit Palais in Paris
©Christophe Fouin
A room of the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris
© Sophie Boegly

Musée de l’Orangerie

Ideal for fans of Impressionist art, the Musée de l’Orangerie houses a collection of paintings by world-famous artists, among them you’ll find Renoir, Matisse, Modigliani and Cézanne. It’s best known though for housing an impressive selection of Monet’s famous Water Lily series.

Jardin des Tuileries, 75 001
+33 (0)1 44 50 43 00

Centre Pompidou

Designed by French President G. Pompidou (1911-1974), the Centre Pompidou can be found in the Marais district and is the proud home of the largest collection of contemporary art in Europe. You’ll also find an impressive array of high-profile modern art that’s well-worth viewing.

Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
+33 (0)1 44 78 12 33

Contemporary facade made of red, green and blue pipes of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the museum of contemporary art
© Lorenzo Avanzinell, Centre Pompidou 2020
Paris gardens with blue skies
©Luc Boegly

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Discover an artist temple for lovers of antique furniture, modern architecture and all things Art Deco at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Journey back in time with a diverse collection of over 150,000 works, ranging from carefully handcrafted textiles, jewellery, ceramics and glass.

107 rue de Rivoli, 75 001
+33 (0)1 44 55 57 50

Cité des sciences et de l’industrie

This ultra-modern science museum is aimed at capturing the imagination and can be found in Parc de la Villette. It take a fun educational approach, which succeeds in drawing around three million visitors a year.  Attraction range from space satellites to a state-of-the-art planetarium.

30 avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019
+33 (0)1 40 05 70 00

View from afar of the Science Museum in Paris
©D De Rueda EPPDCSI

When you stay with us at Le Meurice or Hôtel Plaza Athénée, you’ll find that you’re perfectly positioned for exploring the many cultural delights that Paris has to offer.

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