Paris Art Overview

Musée d'Orsay - Museum in Paris

One could argue that Paris itself is a piece of art. A wondrous city full of magnificent buildings, cobblestone walkways, and bucolic parks, The City of Light is also home to preeminent museums that hold centuries of human creativity.

The most famous, of course, is The Louvre, home to one of the single largest collections of art in the entire world, including the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, hundreds of works by Vermeer, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt, and so much art that the building covers approximately eleven football fields.

Near The Louvre, just across the Seine, awaits the Musée d'Orsay, which most art historians will proclaim features the most important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings on the planet. Sculpture buffs, meanwhile, can geek out at the Rodin Museum, where everybody pretty much has to get a picture imitating the famed thinker pose next to the actual Thinker.

And there is so much more art to see in Paris, like the cool contemporary art at the Musee d'Art Moderne – which also affords a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower – as well as a host of local spots like Point Ephémère, a chaotic hybrid of bar/café, exhibition space, concert hall, and resident studios all crammed into a series of adjoining industrial buildings and tents.

You may have come to Paris for the party, but stay for the art!

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