The 10 best museums in Paris

Palais de Tokyo / MAM.


Le Louvre, Le Centre Pompidou, Le Musée d'Art Moderne,  Le Musée d'Orsay, Le Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle,  Le Petit Palais,  Le Musée de l'Orangerie, Le Palais de Tokyo, Le Musée du Quai Branly, Le Musée Jacquemart-André


The 10 best museums in Paris

Le Louvre

There are plenty of good reasons to visit the Louvre! So many works of art to discover in the world's most visited museum.

Centre Pompidou

Monographic, historical and thematic exhibitions offer visitors an ever-changing panorama of modern art and contemporary creation, as well as one of the most important museum collections in Europe.


With about 15 000 works, The City of Paris Museum of modern art museum collections represent the wealth of the artistic creation in XXth and XXIth centuries and testifies of the dynamism of the contemporary artistic scene.

Permanent collections:
Free entry 

Musée d'Orsay

Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic creation from 1848 to 1914. Its collections represent all expressive forms, from painting to architecture, as well as sculpture, the decorative arts and photography. 

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Galerie de Paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée
(Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy Gallery)

Examining similarities and differences. This is the art of comparative anatomy in order to better understand the functioning of the living world... Paleontology, by deciphering fossils, invites us to go back in time! Discover the gallery dedicated to these two disciplines, a scientific, heritage and historical epicentre within the Museum.

Petit Palais

The Petit Palais is an art museum in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France. Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts. There is a great variety of artefacts in the museum, donated by enthusiastic and eclectic collectors. Within the same room can be found paintings, sculptures and works of art linking the main artistic movements from Ancient Greece right up to the First World War.

Permanent collections:
Free entry

Musée de l'Orangerie

In impressively-sized rooms, the Musée de la l'Orangerie houses a series of large Water Lilies paintings which are masterpieces offered by Monet himself to France in 1922. The lower ground floor houses the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collections which are dedicated to the great names of the 20th century: Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Soutine, etc.

Palais de Tokyo

The Palais de Tokyo, Europe's largest center for contemporary creation, is effervescent, audacious and pioneering. The site offers visitors exhibitions, meetings, screenings, concerts and performances in a 22,000 m² space spread across 4 floors. The east wing of the Palais de Tokyo houses the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

The Musée du Quai Branly is a museum designed by French Jean Nouvel to feature the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. With more than 370,000 objects, 700,000 iconographical pieces and more than 200,000 reference works, the musée is one of the richest European public institutions dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of non-European arts and civilisations.

Musée Jacquemart-André

The Musée Jacquemart-André has the finest private collection of art works in Paris, combined with the atmosphere of a large nineteenth-century residence. The Jacquemart-André Museum contains collections worthy of the greatest museums: works from the Italian Renaissance, works by great Flemish masters, French works from the 18th century.