Paris Travel Planner   Musée Picasso, Paris, France
The artist's own collection of works—his own, and those of other artists he knew and admired—are in this splendid museum.




The Picasso Museum reopened in October 2014, after five long years of renovations.

The Picasso Museum now boasts three times the exhibit space. In addition to the artist's own paintings, sculptures, ceramics, engravings, and sketches, which number in the thousands, the museum also displays works from Picasso's personal collection, including Cézanne, Braque, Degas, and Matisse. It is fascinating to see these works of art displayed together. Visitors can get a good sense of Picasso's evolution as an artist and the people and events that influenced him.

When Pablo Picasso died in 1973, he left an outstanding collection of his paintings, his "personal favorites" numbering some 5000 items, behind.

The collection was worth a fortune, and so were the French inheritance taxes on it (Picasso was a resident of France).

An arrangement was made by Picasso's estate to donate the paintings, in lieu of taxes, to a new museum to be established in a renovated Renaisance mansion called the Hôtel Salé, built in 1656 in Le Marais (map).

The Hôtel Salé is now a mecca for Picasso-lovers, housing the greatest collection of the artist's works anywhere in the world. As part of the recent works, the lovely Hôtel was entirely renovated and brought to its former glory for visitors to enjoy. Be sure to look at the building itself and its beautiful decor.

Picasso Museum, Paris
The building is a work of art itself!

The museum is very popular and there may be a line to get in, particularly on the first Sunday of the month, when admission is free.

Picasso Museum, Paris
You may have time to admire the beautiful Hôtel Salé as you wait in line...

Click here to buy fast-track tickets for the Picasso Museum and the Louvre via Ceetiz.

Paris Pass and Paris Museum Pass accepted. Closed Mondays.

Métro: St-Paul, St-Sébastien Froissart, or Chemin Vert
Bus: 29, 69, 75, 96

Musée Picasso
Hôtel Salé
5 Rue de Thorigny (map)
Paris 75003
Tel +33 (0)1 42 71 25 21

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