In my opinion, the Louvre museum is one of the most important museums in the world and it's a" must see" when in Paris. Furthermore, the museum gives you a fantastic opportunity to admire not just fine arts, but also archaeology and decorative art.
Museum opening times are from 9:00 to 18:00 and on Wednesdays and Fridays, it closes at 21:45. Tickets are around 11€ and if you are planning to travel to Paris at high season, I would recommend to book a hotel close to the museum as it can be quite difficult to get around the city with so many tourists about.
It's funny...photos are prohibited in the museum but everyone does it anyways!
The last train left this station in 1939, a time which marked the beginning of a dream interrupted in 1945, when spacious railway stations were used to receive repatriated prisoners of war.
The old station was used to house the Drouot auction house, as a rehearsal hall for the Renaud theater company, and finally as the set for the Orson Welles film The Trial.
George Pompidou went as far as to propose demolishing the station, but Parisians roundly refused the idea as preposterous.
The museum was designed by Gae Aulenti and when it was inaugurated in 1986 it finally became the space we enjoy today, thoroughly designed to bring visitors in intimate contact with the collection.
The Cafe des Hauteurs, also designed by Gae Aulenti, is located on the 5th floor. It serves salads and simple dishes which are ideal for those in a hurry.
For my tastes, this is the best museum in Paris and shouldn't be missed by anyone.
It seems like a work of art. I understand the shock of some, who don't like this mess of colors and lines in the middle of idyllic Paris. But I enjoy the contrarianism and opportunism of bringing a fresh and attractive cultural center to the center of the capital. They play drums, people sit and read, listen to music, watch a street show or do nothing at all. They sit on the ground in the area in front of the Pompidou, which is allowed because it's a public space. Whenever someone approaches, they get absurd heckles about flirting or buying a CD. I don't listen to anyone, and continue on my way. A friend tells me about something insignificant that happened today.
My friend does not like the building, it's too shrill, he says, and it's too garish. However, like me, he likes the street theaters assembled here. Sigh. He asks me what I think. I reply that I'm not move from here until plants sprout from the golden pots. He laughs. What fool he is.
This small palace was designed to accompany the Grand Palais during the Universal Exposition in 1900 but now houses the Museum of Fine Arts and an amazing collection of French art.
Built around a precious semicircular courtyard, the palace is similar to the Grand Palais with its ionic columns, large pedestal, and dome reminiscent of that of Les Invalides across the river.
The exhibit is divided into different sections which house collections of furniture and objects from the 17th century as well as landscape and Impressionist works.
It’s open from 10-17:30, Tuesday – Sunday and is closed on holidays.
The Rodin Museum was created in 1919 by donations from the sculptor and is in the former Biron Palace, XVIII century. The Museum's permanent collections are home to many famous Rodin sculptures like "The Kiss" and "The Thinker", as well as some of his drawings, paintings and engravings. It also includes some of the most representative sculptures of Camille Claudel, temporary exhibitions are always related to Auguste Rodin's work. Besides the impressive sculptures there are beautiful gardens that are a surprise in the heart of Paris. Visiting this small museum is especially recommended for those ve want to do something "different" in Paris.
The Cluny Museum occupies a 2-storey medieval mansion and houses a collection of medieval art and handicrafts including the "The Lady and the Unicorn", a beautiful fifteenth century tapestry with flowers, animals and different characters. There are concerts of medieval music on Saturdays and poetry readings on Sundays. Next to the mansion are Gallo-Roman ruins from 200 BC.
The last time we were in Paris we spent every day in front of this museum. It is situated next to the hotel we stayed in and a short walk from the Grand Boulevards and metro station. Initially we spent too much time here as there was so much more to see in Paris. But in the end one afternoon we entered, is like any other wax museum you've visited, so it is not much but I will miss you visit, so if the kids will love ....
I'm not a fan of primitive art but this museum has impressed me. The permanent collection is huge and is divided into 4 continents, namely Oceania, Asia, Africa and America. It takes more than two hours to go through it. Do not hesitate to look at the videos broadcasted on screens throughout the museum. Add images and sound and explanations required for the visit.
The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie is in the Parc de la Villette, a large park where there was once a slaughterhouse and difficult terrain. The slaughterhouse building remained standing but now functions as a museum. Apart from the Cité there are places for sports, children's attractions, restaurants and the Cité de la Musique, a building devoted entirely to music in all its facets. The Cité des Sciences is a kind of interactive museum. The building consists of many parts, an area to discover curiosities of physics, another to investigate, a huge library of free access to study, an aquarium, exhibition halls and conference rooms where ministers, politicians, scientists, etc. give their talks. For example, I had the opportunity to go on an extraordinary visit when Erasmus Day was celebrated and the Minister of Industry, the director of the Center were there, etc. They work for months for a specific event: the story of Star Wars, in honor of a scientist, anniversary, etc.. Next to the main building is La Geode, a round building and silver where the IMAX movies are projected on a screen over 1000m squared. Entrance to the Geode is somewhat expensive (between 7 € and 9 € for movies and 25 € for concerts) in addition to the Cité des Sciences tariff. If you have more than 3-4 days to visit Paris, La Cité de la Villette Park is worth a visit at least a couple of hours. And an IMAX film is of course highly recommended. The films do not always look very interesting, but the choice is usually quite varied (and growing) with an eye to pleasing everyone.
The Hotel Carnavalet was built in 1584 by Nicolas Dupuis and, along with the Hotel le Peletier, houses the Carnavalet Museum of history of Paris. The former houses an exhibit about the Renaissance on the ground floor and the first floor spans the 17th century up until the Revolution. In the latter, the ground floor covers the First and Second Empires and first floor covers the city's modern history.
It's located in the Le Marais neighborhood, at the St-Paul metro stop. It's open every day except Monday from 10-17:15.
A few steps from the Austerlitz train station, you will encounter a huge garden: The Jardin des Plantes. This natural area in the middle of the capital is surrounded by nineteenth-century-style buildings, which house various museums, exhibitions and other scientific and cultural activities. These constitute the "Museum d'Histoire Naturelle". For children, or those with the soul of a child, lover of nature and evolution, walk through the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology, Paleotología Gallery and Comparative Anatomy, and the most famous Great Gallery Evolution. All the animals of the terrestrial kingdom are here, as well as a space without animals, ideal for spirits concerned about the future of the planet. Guided tours of the garden plantations are offered, where the public can enter large greenhouses where they grow various flowers and plants. Some entrances to these places are free, others somewhat expensive for my taste (7 euros for certain galleries *), but if you are interested in these issues, it is obviously the best place in the French capital! * See details on the website, available in English version.
It is difficult to summarize the sensation of visiting this magnificent museum. It is exceptional; a must for all lovers of Asian art.
It's easy to pass by this museum without noticing it, dominated as it is by its older brother. It's worth a visit not only for the collection, but also because it is a lovely and cozy space. The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Musée Guimet was founded in 1889 by the industrialist Emile Guimet, a passionate student of religious history.
The didactic quality of the museum is unique and intentional. It's filled with natural light and everything is built around a central courtyard. The collection can be explored in a number of routes, each with a theme (religion or politics, for example) relevant to the East.
Finally, I'd like to highlight the collection itself. It's the best Asian art museum in Europe and it's in the same league as the Shanghai Museum or the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
The Musée de l'Orangerie is at one end of the Tuileries, in a greenhouse to house orange trees so that they don't freeze in the cold Parisian winter, hence its name. Today paintings are displayed instead of orange boxes being displayed, the oval rooms exhibit the Water Lilies series. There are also works by Renoir, Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse and Modigliani. Subway: 1, 8, 12 Concorde.
Located in the "Casa Romana", from the 12th century, it's one of the oldest in the city and is within walking distance of San Quiriace. You can see various collections about the history of Provins and its surroundings, from antiquity up to the 19th century. Open 12H A 17.30 H, though the schedule varies depending on the season. Entrance is 3.50 €.
The Montmartre Museum is located in the heart of this wonderful neighbourhood. They have collections and documents from the seventeenth century. The main house, called Rosimond house, was named after a famous actor from the Molierre group. The home retains the charm of typical country houses from the era, and it's surrounded by a beautiful garden. Different painters such as Utrillo, Dufy, Renoir and Valadon lived here throughout the ages. In the Montmartre Museum there are temporary exhibitions dedicated to the many artists who lived in this neighbourhood, but they house a permanent collection of archaeology, sculptures, models, sketches, etc.
The Bourdelle Museum has many copies of the works of Antoine Bourdelle in plaster, bronze and marble. This artist, who was a student of Rodin and Giacometti, lived and worked here so it's interesting to go to the sculptor's workshop with its creaky parquet and it's very pleasant to walk in the two small gardens and see his sculptures. In general the museum is dedicated to temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists.
An original location next to the Opera of Paris, the perfume museum been open for over 25 years. It's in a beautiful building of the nineteenth century, in the Napoleon III style. The museum is sponsored by the famous brand Fragonnard, but presents, from antiquity, the history of perfume and is very interesting. The rooms are lovely, with wooden floor, stucco, fireplaces ... Original and decorated as such since the creation of the building. There are bottles of perfume, you are shown the manufacturing process of a perfume, the knowledge of 5000 years of existence. Admission is free, there are guided tours in French. Open daily, until 4 or 6 dependent on the season.