art galleries & museums
Paris has some of the finest and most celebrated art galleries and museums in the world. Just three alone will make massive inroads into available time in this timeless city: the Louvre, of course, is renowned for Western art from the Middle Ages to 1850; the Musée d'Orsay is devoted to all the arts between 1850 and the First World War, while the amazing bit of plumbing that is the Centre Pompidou is the only museum in the world to offer an overall view of 20th- and 21st-century art.
musÉe national d'art moderne
Housed under one roof, the centre houses one of the most important museums in the world, embracing the leading collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, a massive reference library, educational activity areas, bookshop, restaurant and café.
Places Georges Pompidou
Tel: 01 44 78 12 33
Open: daily except Tuesday 1100-2100 (last admission 2000
Right in the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, the Musée d'Orsay occupies the sight of the former Orsay railway station. The museum displays collections of art from the mid-19th century to the start of the First World War.
A chance to admire the works of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin and Rodin.
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
Tel: 01 40 49 48 14
Open: Tuesday-Sunday 0930-1800 (Thursday 2145). Last admission 1700 (Thursday 2100)
This former residence of kings is one of the largest palaces in the world, and certainly one of the most illustrious. Today it houses not kings but an outstanding collection of ancient and Western art.
It is arguably the world's best-known and most-visited museum, and an enduring symbol of French excellence.
The museum houses over 35,000 pieces of artwork dating from antiquity to early modern times.
Rue de Rivoli
Tel: 01 04 20 50 50
Open: Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 0900-1800; Wednesday and Friday 0900-2145
Closed: Tuesday, 1 Jan, 1 May, 15 Aug and 25 Dec.
Featuring, of course, the work of Rodin, this museum houses a superb collection of sculpture, drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics and photographs.
Housed in a splendid building set amid a peaceful garden.
79 rue de Varennes
Tel: 01 44 18 61 10
Open: daily except Monday 1000-1745. Last admission 1715
More Paris museums and art galleries, all available through the Paris Pass
Abbaye Royale De Chaalis
of Science & Industry
Museum - Château de Chantilly
of 3D Relief Maps
of Air and Space
of the Arts and Invention
of the Asian Arts
of the Cinema
of Decorative Arts
of Fashion and Textiles
of French Monuments
of Jewish Art & History
Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe
Musée du Quai Branly
of the Sewers of Paris
Nissim De Camondo
Museum of Eugéne Delacroix
Museum of the Middle Ages
Museum of the Renaissance
Archaeology Museum of Saint-Germain-En-Laye