Paris Travel Planner   Top Museums of Paris, France
Paris has dozens upon dozens of museums, most of them excellent. Unless you're staying for months, you'll have to prioritize your museum visits.  



Le Panthéon, Paris, France
Le Panthéon



Paris has so many wonderful museums, it can be hard to choose. But there's also lots more to see and do in this wonderful city, so you have to make some choices.

If you want to save money and hassle, consider getting a Paris Museum Pass for a couple days and visit to your heart's content. You might also consider a Paris Pass, which includes transportation and some other sights and activities. Also be aware that Paris has quite a few free museums, and many museums are free on the first Sunday of the month.

If you have just a few days, here are the museums we'd suggest you consider.

Musée du Louvre

Among the greatest museums in the world, but you must plan your visit. There's far more than you can see in a year, let alone a day or two. More...

Musée d'Orsay

This gorgeous museum is where you'll find the Impressionists and other great art from the mid 1800s to about 1914. More...

Olympia, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Manet's Olympia, Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Musée de l'Orangerie

This former orange greenhouse in the Jardin des Tuileries houses Monet's Nymphéas, or Water Lilies, as well as the Walter-Guillaume Impressionists and other works of the early 20th century. More...

Centre Pompidou

Shrieks of horror greeted the unveiling of this ultra-modern art exhibition hall when it was opened, but the vast interior space is filled with wonderful works of modern art. More...

Musée de Cluny

Like medieval art and artifacts? You must not neglect a visit to the Cluny, Paris's museum of the medieval. More...

Petit Palais

A chance to see a wonderful collection of art in Paris for free, in a beautiful palais built for the World's Fair of 1900. More...

Musée Carnavalet

Lodged in a historic mansion, the museum of the history and culture of the city of Paris in Le Marais is a delight for anyone who loves this city. It's also free. More...

Marmottan Monet

The Marmottan Monet Museum hosts the world's largest collection of Monet paintings, donated to the museum by his son in 1966. More...

Musée Rodin

Many of the famous sculptor's works are in this museum, and many also in the more accessible garden. More...

Musée Picasso

After his death, the artist's own collection of works were displayed in the historic Hôtel Salé, in the Marais. Reopened in 2015 after extensive renovations, it is better than ever. More...

Special Exhibitions

Several grand halls in Paris, most notably the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, stage the special exhibitions that are too grand for the regular museums. Check what's currently being shown in Paris—these exhibitions are wonderful. More...

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Louvre, Paris, France

Above: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.

Below, Rodin's The Burghers of Calais,
in the Rodin Museum Sculpture Gardens.

Burghers of Calais, Rodin Museum, Paris


Petit Palais Garden,Paris

Dome & Gardens of the Petit Palais.

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