Culture, Learning, History and Art: There Is a Paris Museum for Everyone

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. 

3ème Arrondissement
Musee Picasso
Photo courtesy of Muséé Picasso Paris copyright


In 1923, Picasso made Paris his home, creating his most memorable and lasting works here. After his death in 1973, his family � faced with an astronomical tax debt � donated more than 3,288 works from his estate, including his own...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement


With continuously rotating exhibits, the Mus�e Maillol likes to keep itself out on the cutting edge of what can be enjoyed as an art exhibit. Its upcoming show, called Le Baiser (The Kiss), follows justly on the heels of the very...  Read More

18th Arrondissement - Montmartre


The Bel Air house, the 17th c. mansion which houses the Mus�e Montmartre and the Renoir Gardens, is the oldest building in Montmartre. It once drew celebrated artists such as August Renoir, Suzanne Valadon and Emile Bernard, all of whom...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement
Musée des égouts de Paris


The sewer museum may be out of sight, under the streets of Paris, but it's worth a visit, especially if you're familiar with Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, or if you're fascinated with the offbeat. The city's current sewer network was begun in...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement


This is at one and the same time an art history museum, a museum of science and technical achievement, of human adventure and popular tradition all with the view toward maritime achievements. The institution benefited from collections from...  Read More



An interactive children's area allows youngsters the privilege of making their own discoveries about the physical world through play and experimentation. The Cité itself sits on Europe's largest landscaped park and is thought to be the biggest...  Read More



A museum dedicated to the history of Paris, from its beginnings to the present, is the Carnavalet. With exhibits highlighting Paris from Neolithic times to the present day, this museum has a broad historical range. It was first opened in 1880...  Read More



There are many good reasons to visit this National Museum of the Middle Ages housed in the heart of Paris' most ancient quarter, the Latin Quarter. To begin with the medieval artifacts on display here are some of the most treasured in Europe,...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement


Located behind the Grand Palais, this science and technology museum (museum of discovery is the literal translation) is smaller and older than the Cit� des Sciences, but it has a charm all its own. Created in 1937 to help people...  Read More



This wonderfully extravagant palace, where royals frittered away much of the treasury, is a necessary stop for visitors. Top designers of the day created an ornate complex of gardens, lakes, stables and guest houses to complement the luxuriously...  Read More


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