The most impressive museums in Paris

Mona Lisa

The famous Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci, photo by jyuen1314/flickr

The capital city of France in one of the most romantic and also most visited cities in the world. Paris is the largest city of the country and one of the world’s most important cultural centers. There are numerous cultural attractions in Paris: the famous Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Moulin Rouge cabaret-dancehall, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, many opera houses and the several impressive museums. The major part of these are art museums. If you are an art lover, Paris is the perfect place to visit! To help you find the most spectacular museums in the city, there are presented below some of them.

The Louvre Museum

The most significant museum of Paris is known as the most impressive art museum of the world. During the 12th century the building that houses the museum today, was a fortification. It had become the palace of King Louis XIV. Its beginnings as a museum can be traced to the 18th century. The Louvre has several levels and it owns a collection of 35,000 works, with paintings dating from the 12th century to the present. The best-known works of the museum are: “Winged Victory”, “Venus de Milo” and da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. The lower ground floor is famous for its Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities. The ground floor presents one of the most spectacular Italian sculpture collections of the 16th-19th century. The well-known Mona Lisa can be found on the first floor. The second floor of the Louvre features German, Flemish, Dutch and French (from the 14th-17th century) paintings. After visiting the museum, take a walk in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens which are nearby the building. The museum can be visited daily from 09:00 to 18:00, except on Wednesday and Friday evenings when it is open until 22:00. The museum is closed Tuesdays, on the 1st of January, and the 25th of December (29 May).

Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum, photo by beggs/flickr


The Pompidou Center

Also named “the home of modern art”, since 1977 the Pompidou Center houses France’s National Museum of Modern Art. The exterior architecture is characterized by bright colors which makes it hard not to notice. The expositions date from the beginning of the 20th century and the presented works are characterized by the traits of Cubism, abstract art, Dadaism and surrealism. There is also a public library in the center. For the fans of modern art, Pompidou is just the right place! The Pompidou Center is open every day from 11:00 to 22:00, except Tuesdays and the 1st of May (29 May).


The Orsay Museum

Situated on the left bank of the Seine River, the Orsay Museum is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay (French for Orsay railway station) which was built between 1898 and 1900. This museum provides the link between the Louvre and the Pompidou. It is one of the world’s most impressive art museums, that houses impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces by well-known artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Manet and so on. The Orsay is one of Paris’s most visited museums. As the Louvre, it also has several levels for the expositions. The upper level of the Orsay Museum is where most of the impressionist and post-impressionist works are. It is important to mention that making photos of the works is allowed. The museum can be visited daily from 9:30 to 18:00, except Mondays. It is closed on the 1st of January, the 1st of May and the 25th of December (29 May).

Main hall of the Orsay Museum

Main hall of the Orsay Museum, photo by Bogdan Migulski/flickr

The Grévin Museum

Paris’s famous wax museum was founded in 1882 by a French journalist, Arthur Meyer. It is one of the continent’s oldest wax museums. The building is characterized by the baroque style’s features. The Grévin Museum contains about 450 characters. Many of them are arranged in historical scenes. There are presented well-known French or international personalities such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Pope John Paul II and even Nicolas Sarkozy. It also includes a mirrored mirage room. The museum is open every day from 10:00 to 18:30 (the registers close at 18:00). It is closed on the 1st of January, the 1st of May and the 25th of December (29 May).

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