There’s no doubt that going to the Louvre and Versailles are just two of the most important visits to plan ahead. But Paris is such a big city with tons of places to see and activities to do! We have asked one of Paris’ experts to provide their best tips! We are extremely happy to collaborate with Rebecca Plotnick of Everyday Parisian to come up with this list. Below, she shares her Top 5 favorites and at the bottom of the article, we’ve added INSIDR’s favorite museum and a special 25% discount code for our readers to visit it!
Art museums in Paris #1. Picasso Museum Paris
Best art museum in Paris to visit when exploring Le Marais
The art museum went through a lengthy remodel and finally reopened in October of 2014. I was in Paris and didn’t plan on going on opening day but the lines had died down and I figured why not try. I didn’t wait too long and it was pretty amazing to see on the first day after it being closed for so long.
Address: 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003
Art museums in Paris #2. Musée de la Vie Romantique
Best art museum in Paris to visit on a romantic day
Located in the 9th arrondissement at the foot of Montmartre you will find Musée de la Vie Romantique. I enjoyed an exhibition here last Spring. You can also take tea in the courtyard and enjoy the gardens.
INSIDR tip: The charming garden of the Musée de la vie romantique is one of the best spot in Paris for a romantic day!
Address: 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009
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Art museums in Paris #3. Musée Rodin
Best art museum in Paris to visit on a beautiful sunny day
A classic art museum on the Left Bank. I stayed just one street over on my first solo trip to Paris. You can visit just the gardens for one euro but I highly recommend taking full advantage of the newly renovated interior. You may remember this art museum from “Midnight in Paris”
INSIDR tip: Musée Rodin’ garden hosts a lovely outdoor café which is a great spot to have a break at on a busy exploration day! Check out our article of the best movie scenes in Paris featuring Musée Rodin of course!
Address: 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007
Art museums in Paris #4. Musée Nissim de Camondo
Best art museum in Paris to visit when you love French lifestyle
Musée Nissim de Camondo was recommended to me for years but I always put it off. I finally went last Spring and I am don’t know what took me so long. I love the history of the art museum and it is off the beaten track but well worth the visit. Stop by Parc Monceau for a stroll before of after. Read Rebecca’s full post about the museum here.
Address: 63 Rue de Monceau, 75008
Art museums in Paris #5. Musée d’Orsay
Best art museum in Paris to visit for history-lovers
I studied French Impressionism in High School so I knew this was a destination for me when I arrived in Paris. I love coming back here time over time to see the impressionist and explore the other parts of the museum. Of course the clock is iconic, it is the image that launched my business. Don’t miss out taking a little time to enjoy the tea room you can get a coffee for the same price as the outside terrace and enjoy the room and the view outside.
INSIDR tip: We wrote a complete guide to visiting Musée d’Orsay here. It includes tips on what to see, updated ticket prices, and best times to visit!
Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007
INSIDR Favorite: Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
Best museum and garden experience
We love Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac for many reasons but the top 3 reasons would have to be:
1. Its proximity to the Eiffel Tower: This is probably the only museum in Paris that offers such a great view of the world’s most famous monument. We also love the fact that you can walk around and enjoy its museum’s gardens freely! There are a lot of sitting areas and if you fancy getting yourself a refreshment or a meal, its Café Jacques is open all day.
2. Its expansive collection of art: No other museum in the world holds a collection of art and relics from so many different cultures like Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac does. At the museum you can learn about indigenous communities, their artistic practices, ceremonies, clothing, and other aspects of their cultural heritage.
3. Its interior design and architecture: The building was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The interior of the museum is replete with curvature and fluid lines to represent the museum’s initiative to spark dialogue between highly diverse historic communities. Design-lovers will absolutely enjoy being inside the museum!
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Address: 37 quai Branly, 75007
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