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In Paris there is the Louvre. If you are a tourist, even for the first time, and you have not heard of the Louvre and don’t know that it’s one of the world’s most impressive museums housing one of the world’s most stunning art collections our civilization has ever known, then, well, there’s really nothing left to say.
But, likely, you already know all about the Louvre so there’s no need to mention it here. What’s worth mentioning are all the small museums that Paris has tucked in every arrondissement. In this respect, Paris is uniquely a museum lover’s mecca. There are few other cities that host scores of small museums alongside their grandiose top-liners. But Paris has them.
The re-opening of the Picasso Museum earlier this year grabbed headlines as if the man himself had reincarnated. Its Marais location near the Place des Vosges makes it especially charming to visit. Be sure to reserve in advance. The same goes for any of the inspiring seasonal exhibits at the Grand Palais.
If you haven’t thought to buy your museum tickets online well in advance of your arrival in Paris, there are still some museums you can visit. A favorite is the Musée National Eugène Delacroix. It’s less than a five minute walk from the Eglise Saint-Germain, which is celebrating its 1000th year this year (not a typo) and is dedicated to the painter. The museum houses his preserved atelier where he worked overlooking a charming hidden courtyard garden.