Paris Museums Overview

Musée Jacquemart-André  - Museum in Paris

Name some Paris museums! The Louvre? Good for you! Also good for you? The fact that there are many more museums in Paris, reflecting this city’s love of the arts. Around 200 museums guarantee that even lifetime residents always have something new to check out.

The Louvre, of course, is the most famous, and the I.M. Pei-designed pyramid welcomes millions of visitors a year. The Mona Lisa may be its most-visited resident, but don’t forget that this is one of the largest museums in the world. It would take years to fully explore the palace, so go in with a plan. Check out Mona Lisa if you want, but don’t remark to the person next to you, “It’s smaller than I thought it would be.” The guards probably hear that a couple thousand times a day.

The nearby Musée d'Orsay features Impressionist art, like Degas’s ballet dancers and Monet’s ubiquitous water lilies, in a beautiful building that’s far less overwhelming. After the stroll through history, study the radical changes in modern and contemporary art at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris or the Centre Pompidou.

Artists throughout history have gravitated toward this city, and the results of their genius, and of their colleagues throughout the world, are forever secured in Paris museums.

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