Info Paris has so many top-notch museums that visitors usually have to be selective, but the Musée d’Orsay appears on most itineraries. Located on the left bank of the Seine, the museum has a unique home in a Beaux-Arts rail station built around 1900. The museum itself was established in 1986 and is now home to the largest impressionist ... more
62 Rue de Lille
Info Founded in 1793 smack in the center of Paris, Musée du Louvre is a must-see for all tourists, whether or not they happen to care for art (or happen to be familiar with Dan Brown). One of the oldest European museums as well as the world's number one most visited art museum, the Louvre boasts art collections that date back ... more
Musée du Louvre
Party Earth Review The word “ephemeral” refers to things or events that only last for a short period, and that notion is clearly in play at Point Ephémère, the ever-changing hub for local, national, and international artists. Managed by non-profit group Usines Éphémère – whose sole purpose is to convert unused buildings into thriving cultural ... more
200 Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris, France
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My Take: Rodin Museum is dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and houses around 6600 sculptors and 8000 drawings he made during his career. ..." more
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!