4 Romantic Museums in Paris We Don't Want You to Miss

Some Paris museums are downright romantic. You know what we mean — charming, small-scale, and a delight to be in. It's true that "romance" and "museum" don't often go together, but in Paris they seem to be made for each other. Whatever your mood, small, whimsical museums are just one of the many ways to fall in love with Paris.

For instance, at the Musée de la Vie Romantique you can admire the mansions the museum is housed in, or relax in the lovely garden for tea. At Musée Jacquemart-Andre you visit the home of a couple who were devoted to each other and to art. And at l'Orangerie in the Tuileries Garden the collection of paintings is as delicious as a box of chocolates.

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Musée de la Vie Romantique

Museum of the Romantic Life

Set in pretty twin mansions near Montmartre, a good part of this literary museum is devoted to romantic writer George Sand. The permanent collection includes personal items from Sand's home and many romantic canvases that she owned. A leafy garden between the two houses has benches and chairs to relax in. This is a City of Paris museum and entrance is free.

  • 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009
  • Metro: Saint-Georges, Pigalle, Blanche

Musée Jacquemart-André

Musée Jacquemart-Andre

Museums don't get any more romantic or interesting than this. He was an art collector, she a famous artist. Together, Edouard André and Nélie Jacquemart devoted their lives to collecting art from around the world. In 1875, they built a mansion to house their artwork. That mansion is now a museum dedicated to their life and their collection. Wander through the Winter Garden, the Italian Museum, and stop for tea in the café (located in that was formerly their lavish dining room).

  • 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008
  • Metro: Miromesnil, Saint-Philippe du Roule
  • Open: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Closed: Public holidays

Musée Rodin

Musee Rodin

The Kiss, Rodin's famous sculpture of the lovers in embrace, was actually commissioned by the French government for the 1889 Exhibition Universelle, the same year the Eiffel Tower was built for the same event.

Today, at a stately mansion in the 7th Arrondissement you can view The Kiss, stroll through the gardens to admire other sculptures by Rodin, and then go inside the Hotel Biron where he lived and worked. Featured in the film Midnight in Paris, Musée Rodin with its garden is one of the most pleasing and most romantic museums in the City of Romance.

  • Hotel Biron, 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007
  • Metro: Varenne or Invalides

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Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie

Located in the Jardin des Tuileries, and facing onto Place de la Concorde, this jewel box of a Paris museum features a collection of paintings by some of the greatest French masters — Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Modigliani, and of course, Claude Monet's famous and monumental lily pad paintings. A walk through the garden makes for a romantic Paris moment. (By the way, that's Alexandre taking a photo of the lily pads when he was eight years old.)

  • Jardin des Tuileries, 75001
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