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An Overview Guide to
Art Museums in Paris

Sure, we all know about the Louvre, Orsay and Pompidou, but what about the other museums in Paris dedicated to art?

With so many art museums to choose from you're sure to discover one that appeals to your mood and interests. The art museums in Paris go beyond the Big Three.

One of the prettiest museums in Paris is Musée des Beaux-Arts housed in the charming Petit Palais, which was built for the 1900 World Expo.

Is modern art your passion? Then the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is the place to go. But bring your walking shoes — the collection is signficant at this multi-level museum dedicated to modern art. Whatever your interest, this list of art museums in Paris will steer you in the right direction.

Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris

Located in the Palais de Tokyo, which was built for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937, this spacious museum is dedicated to modern art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

This is the museum to go to if you're interested in Picasso, Matisse, Cubism and Surrealism.

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Iéna
Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Thursdays until 10 pm
Closed: Monday and public holidays
Museum Website »
This is a City of Paris museum and entrance is free

Musée Cernuschi: Musée d'Art Asiatique

Musee Cernuschi

This is in one of our favorite areas of Paris. Wander to Parc Monceau to see the remarkable collection 20th-century paintings, Chinese art, and far eastern art collected by wealthy financier Henri Cernuschi in a mansion neighboring the park. While you're there, be sure to take a stroll through Parc Monceau.

Museum of Asian Arts
7 avenue Vélasquez, 75008
Metro: Monceau, Villiers
Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed: Monday and public holidays
Museum Website »
This is a City of Paris Museum and entrance is free.

Musée de la Mode et du Textile

Museum of Fashion

A must-see for fashionistas. With 16,000 costumes under one roof, the Museum of Fashion and Textiles follows the history of fashion from the 16th century to today. Because of the delicate nature of older textiles most items are safely stored and the museum shows special, themed exhibits. This means that there is always something new to see!

Museum of Fashion and Textiles
Palais du Louvre, 107 Rue de Rivoli 75001
Metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed: Mondays and public holidays
Museum Website »
Free Entrance with the Paris Museum Pass »

Musée National des Arts Asiatiques

Museum of the Asian Arts

Covering seven millennia of art, the Guimet Museum boasts 20,000 objects dedicated to Asian civilizations — China, Japan, India and Korea, of course, but also the Himalayas, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Covering such a wide area and a wide variety of cultures, it's not surprising that it boasts one of the largest collections of Asian art in Europe.

National Museum of the Asian Arts
6 Place d'Iena, 75016
Metro: Iéna, Trocadéro
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed: Tuesdays and public holidays
Museum Website »
Free Entrance with the Paris Museum Pass »

Petit Palais: Musée des Beaux-Arts

This Right Bank museum is brimming with a collection of outstanding paintings. The building itself is worth the visit with a winter garden, mosaic-trimmed ponds and colonnades.

Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Metro: Clémenceau
Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Thursdays until 8:00 pm
Closed: Mondays and public holidays
Website »
This is a City of Paris Museum and entrance is free.

Musée du Luxembourg

Musée du Luxembourg

This was the first museum in France to be open to the public, in 1750.

It's a small, charming museum tucked in the Jardin du Luxembourg. In fact, it's actually part of the Palais du Luxembourg, home of the French Senate, and the museum is operated under the auspices of the Senate. The exhibit only shows one exhibit at a time, and those change every trhee or four months. During periods between exhibits the museum is not open, so be sure to check in advance..

Luxembourg Museum
19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006
Metro: Saint Sulpice, Mabillon
Open: Daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Closed: Christmas Day and May 1
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