Let's talk about hidden places to visit in Paris. Everyone knows about the A-List of must-see Paris attractions – those are covered extensively here on Paris Insiders Guide.
You know all about those big Paris museums and monuments, like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, La Sainte Chapelle, Place de la Concorde, Sacre Coeur, Jardin du Luxembourg, Champs Elysées, the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay.
But let's look another list of Paris attractions that all too often don't make the A-List, yet are still memorable places to visit in Paris.
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Hidden Places to Visit. If you can't make it to Giverny to see Claude Monet's house and gardens, make your way to the 16th Arrondissement to see the world's largest collection of Claude Monet's paintings.
This calm museum, located in the beautiful La Muette quartier of Paris, also always has interesting temporary exhibits. Afterwards, take your time in this Passy neighborhood and walk among the delightful shops, restaurants and the neighboring Parc Ranlegh.
Hidden Places to Visit in Paris. Wander through the lush Tuileries Garden, admiring the flowers, fountains, and flâneurs (fellow wanderers).
At the west end of the garden, by Place de la Concorde, you'll be flanked by the Jeu de Paume, the photography museum, and Musée de L'Orangerie, famous for its fantastic collection of Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani and Renoir — and that's just the lower level!
On the upper level are displayed Claude Monet's gigantic lily-pad paintings in two specially-built oval rooms.
This tranquil museum found on a leafy street in the 7th Arrondissement is a perfect antidote to the crowds around the Eiffel Tower.
In the summertime, you can unwind in the garden with a cool drink.
Hôtel Biron (the name of the mansion that houses the museum), is where Rodin worked and lived, and it's where you have a chance to see many of his famous sculptures including The Thinker and The Kiss. The museum is newly renovated and now contains even more sculpure.
This is a gem. It's hard to believe that so much art can be seen for free! The Museum of Modern Art is owned by the City of Paris and entrance to the permanent collection is free to the public.
The location couldn't be better, in the Palais de Tokyo, built for a 1937 exhibition of arts and technology. It's very near to Trocadero and close to all the action along the Seine, right up to the Eiffel Tower.
Hidden Places to Visit in Paris. After a morning at the bustling Pompidou center, take a stroll east through the Marais and relax in the oldest square in Paris.
There are benches to relax on, you can watch children playing and you can catch up on what to wear in Paris by observing their well-turned out mamans. Afterwards, make your way to our favorite hidden Paris museum, Maison Victor Hugo, where the author of Les Miserables lived and worked, located in a corner of Place des Vosges.
A wealthy Jewish family once occupied this beautiful mansion set next to Parc Monceau.
The last family members died in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Now their mansion stands as a monument to this disturbing part of the history of Paris. Although unsettling, it's not-to-be-missed.
As you wander through the mansion, you will see many beautiful rooms decorated with the finest 18th-century furniture and objets. Afterwards, take a walk through the peaceful Parc Monceau.
Hidden Places to Visit in Paris. If you're looking for a break from museums, visit one of the Paris Zoos — Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes. It's one of the oldest zoos in Europe and is conveniently located in the center of Paris in the 5th Arrondissement.
Children will love exploring the zoo and parents will be charmed by the antiquated feel of the displays. Expect to spend a full morning or afternoon in the zoo.
The Musée du Quai Branly is about as far away from the Louvre experience as you can imagine! Where the Louvre is the depository of the best of Western art, Musée du Quai Branly is all about the rest of the world.
This 7th Arrondissement museum is a relative newcomer to the Paris scene, and there's a casual feel in the exhibits and the quiet interior courtyard. There usually is at least one fascinating special exhibit in addition to the permanent collection. It's a good place to visit with a family.
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