6 Little-Known Paris Art Museums You Should Visit

Sure, we all know about the Louvre, Orsay and Pompidou, but what do you know about the other fantastic 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.

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 significant at this multi-level museum dedicated to modern art. Whatever your interest, we hope our guide to art museums in Paris will steer you in the right direction.

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. It's a City of Paris museum, so admission is free (except for some special exhibitions).

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…

Musée Cernuschi: Musée d'Art Asiatique

Musee Cernuschi

The Cernuschi is located in one of our very favorite areas of Paris. Wander through Parc Monceau and then go 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. The museum plus the park make for a lovely day. This is a City of Paris museum and entrance is free.

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

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! Free entrance with the Paris Museum Pass

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

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. Free entrance with the Paris Museum Pass

Guimet 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

Petit Palais: Musée des Beaux-Arts

Petit Palais

This Right Bank landmark houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts of the City of Paris. Brimming with a collection of outstanding paintings and artwork, you'll be surprised at the number of absolute gems — from Impressionist paintings to sculpture to woodwork.

The building itself is worth the visit with a winter garden, mosaic-trimmed ponds and colonnades. And it's all free!

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

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 museum only shows one exhibit at a time, and there are only three or four each year. 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
Museum Website

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