Paris Travel Planner   Museums about Paris and France
Some Paris museums focus on the history and culture of Paris and/or France.




There's lots to learn about the history and culture of Paris and France, and Paris Museums offer a variety of places to help you.

Carnavalet Museum

Start with the Carnavalet Museum, in the Marais. Housed in two adjacent and beautiful hôtels particuliers, or private mansions, this museum focuses on the history of Paris from the 1500s forward. And it's one of the free museums of Paris as well. More...

Cluny Museum

The Cluny Museum, in the 5th arrondissement, focuses on medieval art and the medieval history of Paris, but it is also where the remains of early Roman baths may be seen. More...


Want to see where Marie Antoinette spent her last days? Head to the Conciergerie, on the Ile de la Cité. During the French Revolutiion, more than 2600 condemned were taken from the Conciergerie to the guillotine. More...

Crypte Archaeologique Notre-Dame

For older history, go to the Crypte Archaeologique du Parvis Notre-Dame, on the Île de la Cité, just across the square from the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Here you'll learn more about the early Romans who settled Paris. More...

Musée de Montmartre

The Musée de Montmartre provides information about the history and culture of this "Bohemian" area of Paris. Paintings, photos, and pictures illustrate the spirit of this area. More...

Les Invalides

Les Invalides will expose you to the military history of France, and you can also see Napoléon's tomb, under the beautiful golden dome. More...

Musée de la Marine

Maritime history is explained at the Musée de la Marine, in the lovely Palais de Chaillot. Napoléon's royal barge is also on display. More...

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

While you're at the Palais de Chaillot, cross the terrace (enjoying the wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower) and go to the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, in the other wing of the Palais. See full scale casts of historic churches and secular buildings from across France, as well as reproductions of stained glass and frescoes. More...


The Panthéon today holds the marble tombs of heroic figures of French history, including Emile Zola, Rousseau, and Voltaire. It's a short walk from the Jardin de Luxembourg and the Sorbonne. More...

Musée des Égouts de Paris

Want something a little more quirky in the way of Paris history? Visit the Musée des Égouts de Paris, the Sewers of Paris, and see how this system was developed and is used. More...


Or try the Catacombs, created in the late 18th century and containing the bones of some six to seven million Parisiens. More...

There's lots to learn about Paris and France!

Museums of Paris

Top Museums of Paris

Museums by Artist

Science Museums

Museums by Area

Special Focus Museums

Museums of the City of Paris

Alphabetical List of Museums

Paris Museum Pass

What to See & Do in Paris

Planning Your Time in Paris

Paris Hotels & Apartments

Paris Parks & Gardens

Paris Transportation


Paris Girls Secret Society, the new novel by Tom Brosnahan


Cluny Museum, Paris

Above, Musée de Cluny, Paris.

Below, Dome of Les Invalides, seen from the gardens of the Musée Rodin.

Les Invalides dome, Paris

Napoleon's royal barge, Paris
Above, Napoléon's royal barge,
Musée de la Marine.

FTP on Facebook    
Pinterest    Twitter