Museums in Paris

The Definitive List (2019)

Paris museums are among the best in the world, and include The Louvre, Rodin Museum, and dozens more institutions.

Below, we've researched and compiled a list of museums in Paris, plus categories like:

And everything in-between. How many museums are there in Paris? As of 2019, our list includes 100 awesome museums.

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The Louvre

Art Museum

The Louvre has the distinction of being perhaps the most famous museum in the world. The museum is a landmark monument and contains the world's biggest collection of art, with perhaps the most famous painting of all-time hanging in its halls: da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The 782,000-square-foot museum is the most visited in the world with more than 10 million guests each year. Fun fact: The building that houses the Louvre today was built in the late 12th century and remains of the Louvre Castle fortress can still be seen in the museum's basement today.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Louvre.

  • Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
  • The Winged Victory of Samothrace
  • The Venus de Milo
The Louvre
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €17 per person
  • 📍 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Rodin Museum

Art Museum

The Rodin Museum, or The Musée Rodin, is a museum in Paris that showcases the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin, among other artists. The museum has two locations, one at the Hotel Biron, and another at the sculptor's former home. With more than 6,600 sculptures (not all of them by Rodin, of course) in its collection, the museum has the world's most complete collection of Rodin works. More than 700,000 people visit the museum each year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Rodin Museum.

  • Rodin's The Thinker
  • Rodin's Man with a Broken Nose
  • Camille Claudel's The Mature Age
Rodin Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France

Musée d'Orsay

Art Museum

The Musée d'Orsay sits on Paris' Seine River in a former railway station. The museum contains the world's biggest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, with works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Cézanne, and others. The Musée d'Orsay is one of Europe's biggest art museums and attracts more than three million visitors each year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée d'Orsay.

  • Paul Cézanne's The Hanged Man's House
  • Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait
  • Claude Monet's Blue Water Lilies
Musée d'Orsay
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €14 per person
  • 📍 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Musée de l'Orangerie

Art Museum

The Musée de l'Orangerie is an art museum in Paris that contains an impressive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings. The museum is best known for being the home of Claude Monet's eight Water Lilies murals. The Musée de l'Orangerie also houses works by famous artists like Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, and Rousseau.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée de l'Orangerie.

  • Claude Monet's Water Lilies
  • Claude Monet's Nymphéas
  • The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection
Musée de l'Orangerie
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €9 per person
  • 📍 Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France

Quai Branly Museum

Natural History Museum

The Quai Branly Museum, or the Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, in Paris is home to the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. There are more than one million objects in the museum's collection, ranging from photos to documents to ethnographic items. More than one million guests visit the museum annually.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Quai Branly Museum.

  • The River
  • The Green Wall
  • A Moai ancestor's head from Easter Island
Quai Branly Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • 📍 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France

Picasso Museum

Art Museum

The Picasso Museum, or Musée National Picasso-Paris, is an art gallery in Paris' Hôtel Salé that features the work of Pablo Picasso. The museum has more than five thousand pieces, ranging from art to sculptures to ceramics to paintings to prints to notebooks. It also contains items from Picasso's personal library, like papers, manuscripts, and mail. Picasso had wished that, upon his death, these items were donated to the museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Picasso Museum.

  • Picasso: Magic paintings
  • Picasso's La Célestine
  • Picasso's La guenon et son petit
Picasso Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €14 per person
  • 📍 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France

Petit Palais

Art Museum

The Petit Palais is an art museum in Paris. The museum's exhibits are divided into various sections, from medieval and Renaissance paintings to a collection of 18th century furniture to the City of Paris collection of paintings. Artists on display in the museum include Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, Monet, Cézanne, Modigliani, and Rodin.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Petit Palais.

  • Jacob Jordaens' Diana Resting
  • Antoine Bourdelle's La naissance d'Aphrodite
  • Louis Convers' Quatre saisons
Petit Palais
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €40 per person
  • 📍 Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France

Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages

Encyclopedic Museum

The Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages, or Musée de Cluny, is a museum in Paris' Latin Quarter. The museum was built on the remains of the Gallo-Roman baths from the third century. The museum is divided into two buildings: the Frigidarium and the Hôtel de Cluny, where the collections are. The museum's exhibits focus on art and artifacts dating back to the Middle Ages. It is considered one of the world's best collections on medieval times.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages.

  • The Lady and the Unicorn tapestries
  • The Gallo-Roman baths
  • Boatmen's Pillar
Cluny Museum - National Museum of the Middle Ages
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €5 per person
  • 📍 28 Rue du Sommerard, 75005 Paris, France

Grand Palais

Encyclopedic Museum

The Grand Palais, or Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, is a historic site and museum in Paris at the Champs-Élysées. The Grand Palais has a long history in Paris, having served as a military hospital during World War I. It was also used by the Nazis during World War II. Fun fact: There is a police station in the basement; officers there help guard the exhibits on display.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Grand Palais.

  • Exhibition: Greco
  • Exhibition: Toulouse-Lautrec
Grand Palais
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €1 per person
  • 📍 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France

Musée Marmottan Monet

Art Museum

The Musée Marmottan Monet is a museum in Paris dedicated to the work of Claude Monet. The museum contains more than 300 Impressionist and post-Impressionist works by Monet. The museum is home to the biggest collection in the world of Monet works. There is also art on display by Degas, Manet, Sisley, Pissaro, Gaugin, Renoir, and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée Marmottan Monet.

  • Monet's Sunrise
  • The Widenstein Collection of Illuminated Manuscripts
  • The Jules and Paul Marmottan collection of Napoleonic era art and furniture
Musée Marmottan Monet
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris, France

Carnavalet Museum

History Museum

The Carnavalet Museum, or Musée Carnavalet, chronicles the history of Paris. The museum is housed in the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau. The Carnavalet Museum has hundreds of thousands of items in its collection, ranging from paintings to drawings to engravings to photos to sculptures to furniture, and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Carnavalet Museum.

  • The Louis XIV sculpture
  • A scale model of Île de la Cité
  • Thévenin's La Fête de la Fédération
Carnavalet Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • 📍 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France

Musée Jacquemart-André

Art Museum

The Musée Jacquemart-André is a private museum in the former home of Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart. The museum displays the art that André and Jacquemart had collected over the course of their lives.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée Jacquemart-André.

  • The Alana Collection
  • Rembrandt's The Pilgrims of Emmaus
Musée Jacquemart-André
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €15 per person
  • 📍 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France

Centre Pompidou

Encyclopedic Museum

The Centre Pompidou is a building complex in Paris that houses a variety of important locations: the Public Information Library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a center for music research. The Centre Pompidou was named after Georges Pompidou, a French president who ordered construction of the center.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Centre Pompidou.

  • Alexander Calder's Horizontal
  • Bibliothèque publique d'information
  • Musée National d'Art Moderne
Centre Pompidou
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €14 per person
  • 📍 Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France

Metiers Art Museum

Science Museum

The Metiers Art Museum, or Musée des Arts et Métiers, is an industrial design museum in Paris. The museum's collection includes the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, which showcases scientific instruments and inventions.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Metiers Art Museum.

  • A 1985 Supercomputer Cray-2
  • Lavoisier's Laboratory
  • Blaise Pascal's mechanical calculators
Metiers Art Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, France

Musée Nissim de Camondo

Art Museum

The Musée Nissim de Camondo is a house museum of French decorative arts in Paris. The house was built in the early 1900s and has been preserved today in its original condition. The home includes Savonnerie carpets dating back to the 1600s, needlepoint chairs, tapestries from Beauvais and Aubusson, and a variety of paintings.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée Nissim de Camondo.

  • Grand Bureau
  • Library
  • Les Gentilshommes du Duc d'Orléans
Musée Nissim de Camondo
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €9 per person
  • 📍 63 Rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris, France

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Archaeological Museum

The Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum in Paris that attracted more than one million guests annually. The collection is a combination of works owned by LVMH and Bernard Arnault. Artists included on display include Basquiat, Gilbert & George, Koons, Eliasson, Cardiff, and Rojas.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Louis Vuitton Foundation.

  • Spectrum VII
  • Inside the Horizon
  • The Water Tank
Louis Vuitton Foundation
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €16 per person
  • 📍 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France

The Army Museum

War Museum

The Army Museum in Paris contains collections of French military weapons and uniforms. Exhibits highlight the history of the French military. Visitors can see the museum's highlight: the gilded tomb of Napoleon. The collection includes tanks, guns, weapons, armor, and a variety of other military memorabilia.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Army Museum.

  • Napoleon's gilded tomb
  • A 1780s Gribeauval cannon
  • A 19th century field gun
The Army Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

National Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum

The National Museum of Natural History in Paris, or the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle or MHNH, is France's natural history museum of France. The museum was established in 1635 by King Louis XIII as the royal garden of medicinal plants. Almost two hundred years later, following the Revolution, it was turned into the natural history museum and given its present name. The museum has 14 different sites across the country; the original location remains at the Jardin des Plantes.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Museum of Natural History.

  • Gallery of Evolution
  • The Cabinet of Virtual Reality
National Museum of Natural History
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • 📍 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

Musée de Montmartre

Archaeological Museum

The Musée de Montmartre is an art museum in Paris housed in the buildings that artists Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Suzanne Valadon once called home. A major attraction at the Musée de Montmartre is the Renoir Gardens, which have been recreated to match Renoir's paintings. Visitors to the gardens can see the Middle Age-era vineyards on-site.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée de Montmartre.

  • Steinlen's Le Cabaret du Chat Noir
  • Utrillo's La Place Pigalle
  • The Renoir Gardens
Musée de Montmartre
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 12 Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris, France

Dalí Paris

Art Museum

Dalí Paris is a permanent exhibit in Paris that showcases the life and works of Salvador Dalí. The display's collection includes his art, sculptures, and engravings; the collection has about 300 original Dalí pieces. Dalí Paris is the only permanent exhibition in Paris.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Dalí Paris.

  • Dali-Bacon: Erotic Metamorphoes
  • Seung-Hwan OH's Devoration
Dalí Paris
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 11 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris, France

Guimet Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Guimet Museum, or Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, is an art museum in Paris with one of the largest collections of Asian art in Europe. The museum's collection contains a variety of art and artifacts from Asian history and culture, with some items dating back to the first century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Guimet Museum.

  • An 11th-century sitting celadon lion
  • A 6th-century Bodhisattva terracotta
  • The Bodhisattva Maitreya
Guimet Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 6 Place d'Iéna, 75116 Paris, France

Museum of Decorative Arts

Art Museum

The Museum of Decorative Arts, or Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris is a museum of the decorative arts and design in Paris. The museum has a permanent collection of furniture, paintings, tapestries, ceramics, toys, and interior design dating all the way back to the Middle Ages. In addition to its permanent collection, MAD hosts temporary fashion, graphic deign, and advertising exhibits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Decorative Arts.

  • The Period Rooms
  • René Lalique Glass
Museum of Decorative Arts
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €11 per person
  • 📍 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Musée Bourdelle

Art Museum

Musée Bourdelle is a free art museum in Paris. The museum is housed in the studio of Antonie Bourdelle, a sculptor in Paris. The museum's collection has more than 500 different pieces, including marble, plaster, and bronze statues, paintings, and frescos. It is also home to Bourdelle's personal collection.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée Bourdelle.

  • The Hall of Plasters
  • Auguste Rodin sculptures
  • The Stranger Tales of Niels Hansen Jacobsen, A Danish in Paris
Musée Bourdelle
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris, France

City of Science and Industry

Science Museum

The City of Science and Industry, or the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, is Europe's biggest science museum with more than five million visitors each year. Guests to the museum can enjoy a submarine, IMAX Theater, attractions for children and teens, and a planetarium.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at City of Science and Industry.

  • Les Serres -- a series of three greenhouses
  • The Planetarium
  • An aquarium
City of Science and Industry
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris, France

Museum of Fairground Arts

Art Museum

The Museum of Fairground Arts, or the Musée des Arts Forains, is a private museum of objects related to the funfair in Paris. The museum collection includes amusement rides, fair stalls, and restored attractions. Think carousels, merry go rounds, German swings, old bicycles, and Japanese billiards.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Fairground Arts.

  • The Venetian Lounges
  • The Theatre of Marvels
Museum of Fairground Arts
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €16 per person
  • 📍 53 Avenue des Terroirs of France, 75012 Paris, France

National Museum of Modern Art in Paris

Art Museum

The National Museum of Modern Art in Paris is a modern art museum dedicated to collecting contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Display pieces include murals by Raoul Dufy and Henri Matisse. The museum has more than 10,000 works in its permanent collection and regularly hosts temporary exhibits on site.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

  • Dufy's Le Cavalier arabe
  • Modigliani's The woman with blue eyes
  • Metzinger's L'Oiseau bleu
National Museum of Modern Art in Paris
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France

Cognacq-Jay Museum

Art Museum

The Cognacq-Jay Museum, or Musée Cognacq-Jay, is a free museum in Paris that houses the private collection of Théodore-Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay. The collection includes about 1200 different items, ranging from jewels to ceramics to paintings. The collection's best known painters include Rembrandt, Paul Cézanne, and Edgar Degas.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Cognacq-Jay Museum.

  • Rembrandt
  • Cézanne
  • Degas
Cognacq-Jay Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France

Grévin Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Grévin Museum, or Musée Grévin, is a wax museum in Paris. The museum was founded in 1882 after Madame Tussauds came onto the London scene 50 years earlier. The museum is one of Europe's oldest; its collection includes 450 different wax figures of people and scenes in French history. The museum also includes contemporary figures, such as Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, and Michael Jackson.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Grévin Museum.

  • A French history panorama
  • The French Revolution
  • Mahatma Gandhi
Grévin Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €25 per person
  • 📍 10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France

Gustave Moreau National Museum

Art Museum

The Gustave Moreau National Museum, or Musée national Gustave Moreau, is an art museum in Paris featuring the works of Gustave Moreau. The museum is housed where Moreau once lived and worked. The museum's collection includes drawings, sculptures, watercolors, and paintings by Moreau. All together, the collection includes upwards of 15,000 works.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Gustave Moreau National Museum.

  • Jupiter and Semele
  • The Return of the Argonauts
  • Moreau's apartment
Gustave Moreau National Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €7 per person
  • 📍 14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris, France

Museum of Hunting and Nature

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Hunting and Nature, or Musée de la Chasse et de la Naturem, is a private museum focused on hunting and nature in Paris. The museum has been described as "one of the most rewarding and inventive in Paris" by the Smithsonian. Guests often refer to the experience as intriguing, "eclectic", "strange", and "astonishing".

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Hunting and Nature.

  • Louis XIII's guns
  • Napoleon's guns
  • Le Souillot, the talking boar head
Museum of Hunting and Nature
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, France

Museum of Perfume

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Perfume, or Musée du Parfum, is a private museum of perfume in Paris. The museum was created by Fragonard Parfumeur during the 1980s. The museum includes period furnishings and exhibits on perfumes. Guests can see antique bottles, toiletries, and stills for steam distillation. The museum, and its guided tours, are free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Perfume.

  • The Perfume Organ
  • History of Perfume
Museum of Perfume
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 3-5 Square de l'Opéra-Louis Jouvet, 75009 Paris, France

Museum of Music

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Magic, or Musée de la Musique, in Paris has a permanent collection that contains more than 7,000 items ranging from musical instruments to art about music. A piano that once belonged to Chopin and a guitar that once belonged to Brassens are two of the collection's biggest highlights. Guests can also enjoy a display about the history of Western music dating back to the 1600s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Music.

  • The Sound of Charlie Chaplin
  • Chopin's piano
  • Brassens' guitar
Museum of Music
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France

Jeu de Paume

Art Museum

Jeu de Paume is an arts center for modern and postmodern photography and media in Paris. The building has a long history in Paris, from being used as a Nazi sorting house during World War II to opening as an art museum that housed a variety of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings that are now part of the Musee d'Orsay.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Jeu de Paume.

  • Peter Hujar's Speed of Life
  • Zineb Sedira's For A Moment
  • Daisuke Kosugi's A False Gravity
Jeu de Paume
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • 📍 1 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France

Musée de la Vie romantique

Specialty Museum

The Musée de la Vie romantique is a museum in Paris at the base of the city's Montmartre Hill. It is one of just three literary museums in the city. The museum's collections include artifacts of George Sand. displays on the first floor numerous mementos of the romantic literary figure George Sand, including portraits, household items, jewelry and assorted memorabilia.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée de la Vie romantique.

  • Romantic art
  • A cast of San's right arm
  • A cast of Chopin's left hand
Musée de la Vie romantique
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris, France

The Shoah Memorial

Archaeological Museum

The Shoah Memorial, or the Mémorial de la Shoah, is Paris' Holocaust museum. The museum opened in 2005 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The museum includes a forecourt, a memorial crypt, a Wall of Names, and The Wall of the Righteous.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Shoah Memorial.

  • Wall of Names
  • Memorial crypt
  • The Wall of the Righteous
The Shoah Memorial
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 17 Rue Geoffroy l'Asnier, 75004 Paris, France

Sewers Museum

History Museum

Paris' Sewers Museum tells the history of the city's sewer system dating back to the 1300s. The museum's exhibits also focus on water treatment and sewer workers. This is a cool, weird, and somewhat whacky Paris museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Sewers Museum.

  • Tour the Paris sewer system
Sewers Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €5 per person
  • 📍 93 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France

Museum of the Art and History of Judaism

Religious Museum

The Museum of the Art and History of Judaism, or Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, is sometimes known as mahJ. The Paris museum is the biggest Jewish museum focused on art and history in the entire country. Housed in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, mahJ contains art by Modigliani, Chagall, and has objects in the collection ranging from medieval gravestone to a 19th-century Sukkah.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Art and History of Judaism.

  • The works of Amedeo Modigliani
  • The works of Marc Chagall
  • Medieval gravestones
Museum of the Art and History of Judaism
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • 📍 Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

Palace of Discovery

Science Museum

The Palace of Discovery, or Palais de la Découverte, is a science museum in Paris created in 1937 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Jean Baptiste Perrin. The Palace of Discovery has permanent exhibits on a variety of sciences, ranging from geology to chemistry to physics to astronomy to biology, as well as exhibits on math. Guests can participate in interactive, hands-on science experiments during a museum visit.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Palace of Discovery.

  • Pi Room
  • Planetarium
Palace of Discovery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €9 per person
  • 📍 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Avenue, 75008 Paris, France

Arab World Institute

Cultural Center

The Arab World Institute in Paris is an organization of 18 Arab countries along with France with the mission of researching and spreading information about the Arab world. The organization includes a museum, library, restaurant, offices, conference rooms, and auditorium.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Arab World Institute.

  • Osiris: The Submerged Mysteries of Egypt
  • Voices of animals: the fables of Kalila and Dimna
  • Nomadic Sculpture by Rodolphe Hammadi
Arab World Institute
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France

Museum of the Prefecture of Police

Specialty Museum

The Museum of the Prefecture of Police, or Musée de la préfecture de police, is a Paris museum that chronicles police history in the city. The museum was founded by prefect Louis Lépine. The museum's collections include evidence from top cases, photos, letters, artifacts, and drawings. Much of the collection focuses on critical events in French history, to include various arrests, criminal cases, and conspiracies. Admission to this cool museum in Paris is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Prefecture of Police.

  • Guillotine
  • The pistol that assassinated Paul Doumer
  • German machine guns from WWII
Museum of the Prefecture of Police
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 4 Rue Sainte Genevieve, 75005 Paris, France

Architecture and Heritage City

History Museum

Architecture and Heritage City, or Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, is an architecture and sculpture museum in Paris. The museum's permanent collection, often called Musée des Monuments Français, or the Museum of French Monuments, dates back to the late 19th century, though its collections reach back to the early 12th century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Architecture and Heritage City.

  • Galerie des Moulages: casts of French architecture from the 12-18th centuries
  • Galerie des Peintures Murales et des Vitraux: replicas of murals and stained glass from French churches
  • Galerie Moderne et Contemporaine: models of architecture from 1850 until today
Architecture and Heritage City
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France

National Archives Museum

Archaeological Museum

The National Archives Museum, or Musée des Archives nationales, is located in the National Archives Garden in Paris. The museum's collections includes items of interest from government history. The museum's primary mission to is "provide document-based perspective on France’s history and the evolution of French society." Napoleon III founded the museum during the mid-19th century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Archives Museum.

  • Official government documents dating back to 695
  • A letter from King Henry III of England to King Louis IX of France dated 16 October, 1263
  • Objects dating back to the first century
National Archives Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 60 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France

Mundolingua

Specialty Museum

Mundolingua is a museum in Paris dedicated to the study of language. The museum's collection focuses on the history of and artifacts relating to language and linguistics. The museum houses a variety of exhibits, including a comparison of human communication and animal communication. Children guests to the museum can participate in interactive activities during their visit.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mundolingua.

  • Languages: Past and Present
  • Playing with language
  • New technologies and linguistics
Mundolingua
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €7 per person
  • 📍 10 Rue Servandoni, 75006 Paris, France

Museum of Luxembourg

Art Museum

The Museum of Luxembourg, or Musée du Luxembourg, in Paris' Luxembourg Gardens was the first contemporary art museum in France in 1818. Prior to that, the museum was the first public painting gallery in the city and housed the King's collection. Artists on display included Titian, Da Vinci, and close to 100 Old Master works. Today, the museum showcases close to 40 temporary exhibits per year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Luxembourg.

  • The Golden Age of the English Painting
  • The Tudors
  • The gamble of the Impressionists Manet, Monet, Renoir
Museum of Luxembourg
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €15 per person
  • 📍 19 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris, France

Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération

War Museum

The Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération is a French military museum in Paris. The museum features the Ordre de la Libération, which was France's second national order after the Légion d'honneur. The museum has three galleries that showcase the history of the Free French Forces. The museum has more than four thousand items in its collection, ranging from uniforms to weapons to flags.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération.

  • Charles de Gaulle's manuscripts
  • The Weapons Exhibit
  • The first naval flags of Free France
Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 Place Vauban, 75007 Paris, France

Musée Cernuschi

Art Museum

The Musée Cernuschi is an Asian art museum in Paris. The museum contains art and objects from Japan, Korea, and China. Founded in the late 1800s, the museum has more than 12,000 items in its collection, ranging from archaic bronze to artifacts from the Han Dynasty to funerary statues from the Northern Wei and Sui dynasties.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée Cernuschi.

  • The Large Buddha of Meguro
  • Funerary masks dating back to the 900s
  • Statues from the 600s
Musée Cernuschi
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 7 Avenue Velasquez, 75008 Paris, France

Musée Maillol

Art Museum

Musée Maillol is an art museum in Paris dedicated to the work of sculptor Aristide Maillol. The museum, which was opened by Maillol's model Diana Vierny, also includes items from Vierny's personal collection, which includes work by Henri Rousseau, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, and Suzanne Valadon.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée Maillol.

  • The Work of Artiside Maillol
  • Henri Matisse
  • Pablo Picasso
Musée Maillol
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €14 per person
  • 📍 59-61 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Edith Piaf Museum

Specialty Museum

The Edith Piaf Museum, or Musée Édith Piaf, is a private museum dedicated to singer Édith Piaf in Paris. The museum can be visited by the general public with an appointment. Admission to the museum is free. The museum is in two rooms inside a private apartment. Visitors can view a variety of memorabilia from Piaf's life, including her China collection, an assortment of records, her clothing, music, and posters.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Edith Piaf Museum.

  • Edith Piaf's China collection
  • A peek into Edith Piaf's closet
Edith Piaf Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 5 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris, France

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Specialty Museum

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum, or Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, is a museum in Paris dedicated to chronicling the life of Yves Saint Laurent. The museum's exhibits are focused on the life and fashions of the famous designer.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

  • Yves Saint Laurent: Behind the scenes of haute couture in Lyon
  • New Displays for the Collection
The Yves Saint Laurent Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €7 per person
  • 📍 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris, France

Curie Museum

Science Museum

The Curie Museum, or Musée Curie, is a museum in Paris that highlights radiological research and history. The history and science museum is free for guests. It is located at the Curie Pavilion of the Institut du Radium in Marie Curie's former laboratory. It was in this space that Curie conducted the research that led to her Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935. The museum exhibits focus on radioactivity and how it applies to medicine.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Curie Museum.

  • Marie Curie's laboratory
  • Documents on the Curies
  • Research equipment from before the 1940s
Curie Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 1 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris, France

Archaeological Crypt of the Paris Notre-Dame

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Crypt of the Paris Notre-Dame displays the items and artifacts that were discovered under Notre Dame when the famed cathedral underwent renovations. Items on display date back to ancient times with many different eras, including the Middle Ages, represented.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Archaeological Crypt of the Paris Notre-Dame.

  • Remains of a Lutèce house
  • The Parisii Recreatement
  • Gallo-Roman artifacts
Archaeological Crypt of the Paris Notre-Dame
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €8 per person
  • 📍 7 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

Baccarat Museum

Specialty Museum

The Cristal Room, or the Musée Baccarat, is a Paris museum with a collection full of Baccarat crystal. The museum is housed in the old mansion of Marie-Laure de Noailles. Admission is 10 dollars per person; guided tours are available with advance reservations.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Baccarat Museum.

  • The Mode and Maison Collections
  • Alchemy room by Gérard Garouste
  • Dine at the museum's restaurant
Baccarat Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • 📍 11 Place des États-Unis, 75116 Paris, France

Georges Clemenceau Museum

Historic Site

The Georges Clemenceau Museum, or Musée Clemenceau, is a historic house museum in Paris dedicated to the life of Georges Clemenceau. The French statesman and writer's house and gardens have been preserved to this day. The apartment looks as though it did on the day Clemenceau passed. Objects on display include his famous coat and gaiters, photos, books, manuscripts, newspapers, and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Georges Clemenceau Museum.

  • Clemenceau's famous coat and gaiters
  • Clemenceau's manuscripts
  • The Garden
Georges Clemenceau Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • 📍 8 Rue Benjamin Franklin, 75116 Paris, France

Ennery Museum

Art Museum

The Ennery Museum, or Musée d'Ennery, in Paris is a national museum of Asian art. The museum's collection began when Clémence d'Ennery began acquiring Asian art for her private collection. Today, the museum has more than seven thousand items in its collection ranging from ceramics to netsuke to carvings on stone to ivories and bronzes to furniture and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Ennery Museum.

  • Kyoto ceramics
  • Nanban Art
  • 300 netsuke
Ennery Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 59 Avenue Foch, 75116 Paris, France

Museum of Contemporary History

Library

The Museum of Contemporary History, also known as the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, is a library in Paris with a museum and archive that focuses on 20th-century history. The archives and library are located at the Paris Nanterre University campus, while the museum is housed within Hôtel National des Invalides. Today, the locations own a combined 1.5 million objects dating back to 1870. from Today the museum contains about 1,500,000 items and documents from 1870 to the present day.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Contemporary History.

  • 40,000 journals
  • 800,000 monographies
Museum of Contemporary History
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 6 Alley of the University, 92000 Nanterre, France

Museum of the History of Medicine

Specialty Museum

The Museum of the History of Medicine, or Musée d’histoire de la médecine, is part of the Paris Descartes University. The museum's collections are some of the oldest on the continent as the collection first began in the 1700s. The items on display include medical equipment for surgeries and diagnoses, along with paintings, lithographs, and engravings.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the History of Medicine.

  • The Surgical Instrument Collection
Museum of the History of Medicine
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €4 per person
  • 📍 12 Rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, 75006 Paris, France

Homme Museum

Natural History Museum

The Homme Museum, or Musée de l'Homme, is an anthropology museum in Paris. The Homme Museum operates as a research center and is part of the Natural History Museum in Paris. The Homme Museum's mission is to "provide visitors with an understanding of human evolution and societies by combining biological, social and cultural approaches. It deals with the earliest days of humanity as well as the modern era, questioning the future of humankind."

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Homme Museum.

  • A crystal skull
  • The skull of René Descartes
  • he skull of Suleiman al-Halabi
Homme Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ € per person
  • 📍 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France

Museum of the Fan

Specialty Museum

The Museum of the Fan, or Musée de l'Éventail, is a private museum in Paris that's all about the fan and the process of making fans. The museum's exhibits are housed in a showroom dating back to the 1890s. Furnished in Henry II style, the showrooms include an ornate fireplace, multiple chandeliers, and embroidered walls. The fans on display can be traced back to the 1700s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Fan.

  • Exhibits: Fans Dating Back to the 1700s
  • Mother-of-pearl fan-making instruments
Museum of the Fan
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €7 per person
  • 📍 2 Boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris, France

Musée de la Cinémathèque

Specialty Museum

The Musée de la Cinémathèque in Paris is home to one of the world's biggest collections of film documents and memorabilia. Guests to the museum can enjoy daily screenings of movies. At one point, the museum's founder had gathered a massive film collection, but the German authorities ordered it destroyed upon their occupation of France. The collection owners smuggled it out of the country until the war ended.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée de la Cinémathèque.

  • 40,000 old and modern films
  • 23,000 movie posters
Musée de la Cinémathèque
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €5 per person
  • 📍 51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris, France

The Museum of Magic

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Magic, or Musée de la Magie, is a private museum in Paris located in 16th-century cellars. The museum's collections are all about magic, from items from magic shows (think optical illusions, wind-up toys, mirrors, glasses, and posters) to actual magic shows guests can watch and participate in.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Museum of Magic.

  • On-site magic shows
  • An assortment of magic show props, like secret boxes
The Museum of Magic
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €14 per person
  • 📍 11 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004 Paris, France

Museum of Counterfeiting

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Counterfeiting, or Musée de la Contrefaçon, dates back to its founding in the 1950s by the Union des Fabricants, a group of manufactures. The museum's collection displays close to 400 objects, showing the counterfeit good alongside the original it aimed to copy. See fake vs. authentic pens, clothes, tools, toys, luxury items, toiletries, and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Counterfeiting.

  • Side-by-side comparisons of real vs. fake goods
Museum of Counterfeiting
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • 📍 16 Rue de la Faisanderie, 75116 Paris, France

La Poste Museum

Specialty Museum

The La Poste Museum, or Musée de La Poste, is a museum in Paris chronicling France's postal service, La Poste. The museum details the mail's history. The museum has thousands of items in its permanent collection, ranging from how mail gets from place to place, postmen work, philatelic and macrophilic objects. There's even a room dedicated to the more than 3,500 different postage stamps that France has had throughout its history.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at La Poste Museum.

  • The Stamp Collection
La Poste Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 34 Boulevard de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France

Museum of the Paris Bar

Specialty Museum

The Museum of the Paris Bar, or Musée du Barreau de Paris, is a museum in Paris that showcases the history of the Paris Bar and the city's lawyers. The museum is housed in the basement of the historic Hôtel de la Porte. The museum's collection includes items of legal history dating back to the 1600s, including a number of exhibits and documents relating to various high-profile trials. The museum is available to be visited by appointment; guided tours, including tours in English, are also available upon advance request.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Paris Bar.

  • Trials of Louis XVI
  • Trials of Marie Antoinette
  • Trials of Emile Zola
Museum of the Paris Bar
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 25 Rue du Jour, 75001 Paris, France

Eugène Delacroix Museum

Art Museum

The Eugène Delacroix Museum, or the Musée national Eugène Delacroix, is a French national museum dedicated to the work of artist Eugène Delacroix. The museum is located in the last apartment where Delacroix lived. The museum's collection includes drawings, notes, sketches, souvenirs from a Morocco trip in the 1800s, his letters, and items from his studio. Admission to the museum is seven euros; guided tours are available daily for free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Eugène Delacroix Museum.

  • Delacroix's only three attempts at frescos
  • 1,000-item library
Eugène Delacroix Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €7 per person
  • 📍 6 Rue de Furstemberg, 75006 Paris, France

Pierre Cardin Museum

Art Museum

The Pierre Cardin Museum, or Musée Pierre Cardin, is a museum in Paris dedicated to the life and works of great designer Pierre Cardin. The museum's collection includes several hundred Haute Couture designs dating back to his first collection in the 1950s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Pierre Cardin Museum.

  • The Bulle Dress
  • More than 200 examples of Cardin's Haute Couture
Pierre Cardin Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €25 per person
  • 📍 5 Rue Saint-Merri, 75004 Paris, France

Adzak Museum

Art Museum

The Adzak Museum, or Musée Adzak, is an art museum in Paris showcasing a variety of art by international artists who worked in paintings, sculpture, and photography. The museum is housed in British photographer and sculptor Roy Adzak's former atelier. Admission to the museum is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Adzak Museum.

  • Works by Roy Adzak
  • Works by Werner Stadler
  • Works by Dilys Bryon
Adzak Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 3 Rue Jonquoy, 75014 Paris, France

Catacombs

Historic Site

The Paris Catacombs, or Catacombes de Paris, are underground ossuaries in Paris that hold the remains of more than six million people. The tunnel network was built in an effort to consolidate the city's cemeteries. Bodies were dug from graves during the 1700s and transported to the catacombs. Today, guests can walk through the catacombs alongside the bones of the millions of buried.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Catacombs.

  • Bones from six million dead
Catacombs
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €14 per person
  • 📍 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

Museum of Freemasonry

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Freemasonry, or Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie, is a Paris museum of freemasonry. The museum first opened its doors in the late 19th century; it closed when the Nazis occupied France during the Second World War, but eventually reopened. The museum's collection includes exhibits on the French freemasonry. More than 10,000 items are housed in the permanent collection.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Freemasonry.

  • Voltaire's masonic apron
  • Lafayette's masonic sword
  • A 1723 first edition of James Anderson's Constitutions of the Free Masons
Museum of Freemasonry
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €7 per person
  • 📍 16 Rue Cadet, 75009 Paris, France

The Bible and Holy Land Museum

Religious Museum

The Bible and Holy Land Museum, or the Musée Bible et Terre Sainte, is a small museum run by the Institut Catholique de Paris. The museum, which opened its doors during the late 1960s, has more than 500 objects on display dating back to Palestine life FROM 600 CE to 5000 BCE. Note: Museum admission is free, though the museum is only open on Saturdays.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Bible and Holy Land Museum.

  • A stone mask dating back to 7000 BC!
  • Stone tablets engraved with cuneiform
  • A fragment of the Dead Sea Scroll
The Bible and Holy Land Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 Catholic Institute of Paris, 21 rue d'Assas, 75006 Pari

Mineralogy Museum

Science Museum

The Mineralogy Museum, or Musée de Minéralogie, in Paris is a museum with a collection focused on minerals and the study of minerals. The museum is operated by the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris, which was established in the late 1700s. The museum is home to the world's ten biggest mineral collections, with some having more than 100,000 different items each.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mineralogy Museum.

  • The world's ten biggest mineral items
  • 400 meteorites
Mineralogy Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • 📍 60 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris, France

Museum of Relief Plans

War Museum

The Museum of Relief Plans, or the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, is a war museum in Paris consisting of military models housed in the Hotel des Invalides. The models date back to 1668; in 1700, Louis XIV put the collection in the Louvre. When the Louvre updated itself to include paintings in 1774, the military models were almost destroyed, but eventually found a new home at the Hôtel des Invalides. The museum today has more than 110 relief plans created between 1668 and 1870.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Relief Plans.

  • Napoleon's models
  • Exhibits on the use of relief plans
Museum of Relief Plans
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €12 per person
  • 📍 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Museum of Smoking

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Smoking, or Musée du Fumeur, is a Paris museum dedicated to the history of smoking. The museum's collection includes items that are both decorative and functional when it comes to smoking. The museum's mission is to "present a practice as ancient as mankind...and provide a vantage point for the observation of changing behaviors."

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Smoking.

  • The History of Smoking
  • Smoking caricatures
Museum of Smoking
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €2 per person
  • 📍 7 Rue Pache, 75011 Paris, France

Wine Museum

Specialty Museum

The Wine Museum in Paris, or Musée du Vin, is a museum of wine, wine memorabilia, and wine artifacts that is housed in 15th-century vaulted wine cellars. The museum offers free wine tasting to guests. There is also a shop and restaurant, "Les Echansons," on site for visitors to enjoy.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wine Museum.

  • Free wine tasting
  • Les Echansons
Wine Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 5 Square Charles Dickens, 75016 Paris, France

Edouard Branly Museum

Science Museum

The Edouard Branly Museum, or Musée Edouard Branly, is a museum in Paris that showcases the work of Edouard Branly. Branly was a French radio pioneer. The museum highlights Branly's laboratory and equipment, the place where he invented the world's first widely-used radio.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Edouard Branly Museum.

  • Electrolytic detectors
  • Righi oscillator
  • Column of six steel balls
Edouard Branly Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 21 Rue d'Assas, 75006 Paris, France

The Herbe Museum

Children's Museum

The Herbe Museum, Musée en Herbe, is a children's art museum in Paris. The museum includes art exhibits and interactive, hands-on things for children to do based on the works of famed artists like Niki de Saint Phalle, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Herbe Museum.

  • Interactive art exhibits
The Herbe Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • 📍 23 Rue de l'Arbre Sec, 75001 Paris, France

Moissan Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Moissan Museum, or Musée Moissan, is a museum in Paris featuring the work of Henri Moissan. Moissan won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1906. The museum today is maintained by the Université René Descartes-Paris. Admission to the museum is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Moissan Museum.

  • The Life and Work of Henri Moissan
Moissan Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 4 Avenue de l'Observatoire, 75006 Paris, France

Pasteur Museum

Science Museum

The Pasteur Museum, or Musée Pasteur, is a Paris museum showcasing the life and work of scientist Louis Pasteur. The museum first opened in the 1930s and is located in the apartment where Pasteur lived for the last several years of his life. The museum also features more than 1,000 different scientific instruments on display.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Pasteur Museum.

  • Pasteur's apartment
  • The science exhibit room
  • The Byzantine-style crypt where Pasteur is buried
Pasteur Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €14 per person
  • 📍 25 Rue du Dr Roux, 75015 Paris, France

Jean-Jacques Henner Museum

Art Museum

The Jean-Jacques Henner Museum, or Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner, is a Paris art museum highlighting the art created by painter Jean-Jacques Henner. The museum is housed in an 1878 mansion. The museum's collection includes a variety of works by Henner, including paintings, drawings, sketches, and documents. There are also more than 100 portraits and mythical themes.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Jean-Jacques Henner Museum.

  • Visions on Henner's art of drawing
  • From impression to dream: Henner’s Landscapes
  • Francisco de Goya's La Tauromaquia
Jean-Jacques Henner Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • 📍 43 Avenue de Villiers, 75017 Paris, France

Museum of the Legion of Honor

War Museum

The Museum of the Legion of Honor, or Musée national de la Légion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie, is a French national museum of orders of merit and orders of chivalry inside the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur. The museum is home to a collection that includes a history of the country's honors, medals, and chivalric orders. The collection dates back to King Louis XI's reign.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Legion of Honor.

  • Foreign Orders
  • Napoleonic Souvenirs
  • The Portrait Collection
Museum of the Legion of Honor
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 2 Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Zadkine Museum

Art Museum

The Zadkine Museum, or Musée Zadkine, is a museum in Paris that highlights the work of Ossip Zadkine, a Russian sculptor. The museum's collection was established by Zadkine's wife, who willed his collection and their home to the city of Paris upon their deaths. There are more than 300 sculptures, tapestries, drawings, and photos in the museum's permanent collection, along with several temporary contemporary art exhibits held annually. Museum is admission is free, though there is a charge to visit the temporary exhibits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Zadkine Museum.

  • Zadkine's Sculptures
  • The Gardens
Zadkine Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 100bis Rue d'Assas, 75006 Paris, France

Fragonard Perfumery

Specialty Museum

Fragonard Perfumery, or Théâtre-Musée des Capucines, is a private museum in Paris showcasing perfume. The museum was established by the Fragonard perfume company and is housed inside an old theater. The museum highlights old distilling instruments, alembics, potpourris, roasters, and raw materials.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Fragonard Perfumery.

  • Perfume bottles dating back 3000 years
  • 1800s perfume distilling equipment
Fragonard Perfumery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 Le théâtre musée des Capucines, 39 Boulevard des Capucines, 75002 Paris, France

Gobelins Manufactory

Specialty Museum

The Gobelins Manufactory, or Galerie des Gobelins, is a historic tapestry factory in Paris. The Gobelin family has been supplying the French royal monarchs with tapestries dating back to Louis XIV. Today, the factory still operates, producing a small number of tapestries for the government, while also displaying a variety of historic tapestries for visitors to the museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Gobelins Manufactory.

  • Death of Constantine tapestry
  • A 1680s-era tapestry
  • La sortie de l'Ambassadeur Turc du Jardin des Tuileries
Gobelins Manufactory
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 42 Avenue des Gobelins, 75013 Paris, France

National Museum of History of Immigration

History Museum

The National Museum of History of Immigration, or the Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, is a museum in Paris dedicated to immigration. The museum is housed inside the Palais de la Porte Dorée. The collection focuses on the history and culture of immigration in France dating back to the early 1800s. Collection items include photographs, documents, visual aids, posters, cartoons, press, books, and artifacts.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Museum of History of Immigration.

  • Benchmarks: Immigrant Stories In Multimedia Form
  • Eugène Atget's photography
National Museum of History of Immigration
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • 📍 293 Daumesnil Avenue, 75012 Paris, France

Art Ludique

Art Museum

Art Ludique is a Paris art museum housed in a massive building in Les Docks. The museum is home to a variety of temporary exhibits each year, and is working to amass a permanent collection about narrative artists over the last few hundred years.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Art Ludique.

  • Pixar – 25 years of animation
  • The Art of the Marvel Superheroes
  • The Art In Video Games
Art Ludique
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 34 quai D Austerlitz, 75013 Paris France

Gaîté Lyrique

Specialty Museum

Gaîté Lyrique is a digital arts and modern music museum and center located in the former Théâtre de la Gaîté. The center has several performing spaces, as well as a resource centre and library. The library's collections include more than 1500 books, 200 periodicals, 150 art catalogs, and other items.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Gaîté Lyrique.

  • Gaîté Lyrique Library
Gaîté Lyrique
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 3bis Rue Papin, 75003 Paris, France

Musée d'Art Dentaire Pierre Fauchard

Specialty Museum

The Musée d'Art Dentaire Pierre Fauchard is a dental history museum in Paris. The museum holds more than one thousand items related to the history of dentistry, from instruments to chairs to prosthetics to paintings. Some of the tools date back to the 1600s. The museum also has a library of an estimated 500 vintage books.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée d'Art Dentaire Pierre Fauchard.

  • Charles X case
  • An original edition of Fauchard's 1728 "Le Chirurgien Dentiste"
Musée d'Art Dentaire Pierre Fauchard
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 22 Rue Emile Menier, 75116 Paris, France

Halle Saint-Pierre

Archaeological Museum

Halle Saint-Pierre, or Musée d'Art Naïf – Max Fourny, is a museum in Paris focused on naive art. The museum, created by Max Fourny, hosts temporary exhibits on naive art, folk art, and outsider art. There is also a small collection of paintings, paper, marquetry, textiles, and glass.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Halle Saint-Pierre.

  • Temporary exhibits
  • Glass work
Halle Saint-Pierre
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 2 Rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris, France

Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air

Art Museum

Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air is an outdoor sculpture garden in Paris. The museum was established in 1980 as a way to showcase sculptures created during the mid-to-late 1900s. There are more than 50 sculptures on display in the garden.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air.

  • Cardenas' La Grande Fenêtre
  • d'Haese's Melmoth
  • Feraud's Sans titre
Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 11 Bis Quai Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France

Museum of Art and History Saint-Denis

History Museum

The Museum of Art and History Saint-Denis, or Musée d'art et d'histoire de Saint-Denis, is a museum in Paris located in an ancient cloister of the order of the Carmelites. The museum's collection is focused on the history of the Carmelites, the Paris Commune, and the poet, Paul Éluard, as well as ancient finds from around the Basilique Saint-Denis.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Art and History Saint-Denis.

  • Letter of Oljeitu to Philippe le Bel, 1305
  • Silver coin of John II Komnenos
  • Nestorian tombstone from Issyk Kul, 1312
Museum of Art and History Saint-Denis
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €5 per person
  • 📍 22 bis Rue Gabriel Peri, 93200 Saint-Denis, France

Musée des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly

Specialty Museum

The Musée des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly is an eyeglasses museum in Paris. The museum's collection has more than two thousand rare items, from eyewear to instruments of optometry to scientific works behind eye care. The museum has one of the world's biggest eye related collections. 2,500 rare and precious articles, including eyewear and optical instruments as well as scientific works. It is one of the largest eyewear and optical instrument collections in the world.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musée des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly.

  • Sarah Bernhardt's lorgnette
  • Louis XV's daughter's glasses
  • Courrèges slit frames
Musée des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 380, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris

Mémorial du Mont-Valérien

Historic Site

The Mémorial du Mont-Valérien, or Fighting France Memorial, is France's most important memorial to French fighters of World War II. It is the site of the burial of 15 French soldiers. There is also a memorial path from the crypt to the clearing where the Fort Mont-Valérien executions took place.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mémorial du Mont-Valérien.

  • The Memorial Path
  • The 15 Buried Fighters
Mémorial du Mont-Valérien
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 Avenue du professeur Léon Bernard, 92150 Suresnes, France

Library and Museum of the Paris Opera

Specialty Museum

The Library and Museum of the Paris Opera, or Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra National de Paris, is part of the Music Department of the National Library of France. Housed in the Palais Garnier, the library and museum contain hundreds of thousands of items, ranging from documents to periodicals to autograph letters to photographs to opera set models to costume jewelry to set design drawings.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Library and Museum of the Paris Opera.

  • Gestalder's Dancer Alexandre Kalioujny
  • 3,000 pieces of costume jewelry
  • Famous opera sets
Library and Museum of the Paris Opera
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 Palais Garnier, 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France

Polish Library in Paris

Cultural Center

The Polish Library in Paris, or Bibliothèque Polonaise de Paris, is a Polish cultural center with a heavy focus of the Polish elite's Great Emigration to Paris during the 1800s. The library contains more than 220,000 volumes of periodicals, books, and journals, in addition to maps, photos and images dating back to the 16th century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Polish Library in Paris.

  • The Towarzystwo Historyczno-Literackie w Paryżu Collection
  • Images dating back to the 1500s
Polish Library in Paris
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 6 Quai d'Orleans, 75004 Paris, France

Institut Tessin

Cultural Center

The Institut Tessin, or the Centre Culturel Suédois, is a museum in Paris focused on the history of French-Swedish artistic exchanges. Housed in the Hôtel de Marle, the museum is operated by the Swedish Institut. The museum's permanent collection dates back to the 1600s and includes paintings, books, prints, drawings, sculptures, medals, and watercolors.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Institut Tessin.

  • The Swedish cafe
  • Works by Gustaf Lundberg
  • Works by Alexander Roslin
Institut Tessin
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 11 Rue Payenne, 75003 Paris, France

The Museum and Library of the Trade Guilds

Specialty Museum

The Museum and Library of the Trade Guilds, or the Musée – Librairie du Compagnonnage, is a museum in Paris that showcases the history of French trade guilds. The museum's collection dates back to the medieval days. The collection includes objects, tools, documents, and artifacts from trade professions in areas like plumbing, iron, masonry, carpentry, cooking, and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Museum and Library of the Trade Guilds.

  • Medieval Trade Guild Artifacts
The Museum and Library of the Trade Guilds
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 10 Rue Mabillon, 75006 Paris, France

Pavilion of Water

Specialty Museum

The Pavilion of Water, or Pavillon de l'eau, is a museum in Paris focused on water in the city. The museum includes a permanent collection about the history of the water supply in Paris and also hosts temporary exhibits, activities for kids, and various educational workshops and meetings.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Pavilion of Water.

  • Water in Paris, Feeding Paris in Water: From Source To Tap
  • Water and Wonders
  • Water Heritage
Pavilion of Water
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 77 Avenue de Versailles, 75016 Paris, France

Air and Space Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Air and Space Museum, or Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace, in Paris is a museum dedicated to the history of the sky, aircraft, and space. The museum is one of the world's oldest aviation museums with approximately 20,000 different items in its collection dating back to the 1500s. Items include gliders, gondolas, rockets, a Concorde prototype, and various missiles.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Air and Space Museum.

  • The Concorde prototype
  • Soviet rockets
  • The only known piece of the L'Oiseau Blanc
Air and Space Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €9 per person
  • 📍 Paris-Le Bourget Airport, 93352 Le Bourget, France

Tour Jean-sans-Peur

Historic Site

The Tour Jean-sans-Peur is is the last vestige of the Hôtel de Bourgogne. The Hôtel served as the residence of the Counts of Artois, then the Dukes of Burgundy. The 15th century structure is considered one of the city's best surviving medieval residential examples of architecture. Exhibits within the tower highlight how people lived during the Middle Ages.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Tour Jean-sans-Peur.

  • The last vestige of the Hôtel de Bourgogne
  • 15th century Middle Ages architecture
Tour Jean-sans-Peur
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €6 per person
  • 📍 20 Rue Étienne Marcel, 75002 Paris, France

Palais Galliera

Specialty Museum

Palais Galliera, or Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, is a fashion and fashion history museum in Paris. While the museum does not display permanent collections, it frequently showcases temporary exhibits on fashion. Though the museum doesn't display its collections, the museum owns incredible pieces of history like clothes worn by Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVII, and Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's dress.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Palais Galliera.

  • Fashion Photography, From Studio to Exotic Countries (1900-1969)
Palais Galliera
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €10 per person
  • 📍 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75016 Paris, France

Museum of Castings

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Castings, or Musée des moulages, is a museum in Paris' St. Louis Hospital. The museum is home to almost five thousand various wax casts that were used for dermatology education. In 1992, the collection was deemed a historic monument. Visits are possible by appointment only.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Castings.

  • 442 casts of syphillis
  • European Heritage Days
Museum of Castings
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ €0 per person
  • 📍 1 Avenue Claude Vellefaux, 75010 Paris, France

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