Paris’s Top Fifty Museums


dsc02738.JPGGEO Magazine released a special edition this year of Paris’s fifty most beautiful museums. If you read French, beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this special edition.

The list surprisingly excludes some which may be your favorites:

(You’ll note that some favorite museums didn’t make the GEO magazine’s top fifty cut such as the Grand Palais, and the Musee de la Vie Romantique, however the Musee de la Vie Romantique did receive ‘honorable mention’ as one of Paris’s charming museums dedicated to writers.) Sorry to say, the Erotic Museum received no mention whatsoever, not even as being unusual. I’m not quite sure why the Grand Palais was not even mentioned although it has had some showstoppers (recently Courbet, and now the Marie Antoinette show).

Parislogue would definitely add to this list – La Fondation Cartier, Grand Palais, Musee Maillol, Musee Zadkine, Musee Montparnasse, Jean Sans Peur Tower. >> More on Museums

Louvre Museum
Decoratif Arts Museum
Orangerie Museum
Carnavalet
Arts et Metiers
Picasso
Musee du Judaisme (Jewish Art & History Museum)
Beaubourg (Centre Pompidou)
Institute of the Arab World
Middle Ages Museum (Musee du Moyen Age)
Delacroix
Luxembourg
Invalides (Military Museum & Napoleon’s Tomb)
Musee d’Orsay
Quai Branly
Rodin
Cernuschi
Jacquemart-Andre
Palais de la Decouverte
Petit Palais
Musee de L’Homme
Musee de la Marine
Musee Marmottan
Opera Garnier
Grevin Wax Museum
Musee du Montmartre
Gustave Moreau
History of Immigration
Modern Art
La Villette (Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie)
Musee de la Musique
Bourdelle
Palais de Tokyo
Cite de L’architecture
Galliera
Guimet
Cinematheque Francaise
Gobelins
Musee de la Poste

Outside Paris:
Musee de Versailles – Chateau de Versailles
Mac/Val – Vitry-sur-Seine
Musee Pierre Cardin – Saint Ouen
Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace – Le Bourget
Musee des Annes 30 Boulogne
Musee Albert-Kahn – Boulogne Billancourt
National Ceramic Museum- Sevres
Atelier Jean Arp – Clamart
Robert Doisneau Photography – Gentilly
Musee Paul Delouvrier

Honorable Mention:
Museums dedicated to writers
Balzac
Victor Hugo
Musee de la Vie Romantique
Auguste Comte
Boris Vian

Unusual Museums
Arts Forains (fairs)
Musee de Contrefacon (Counterfeit Museum)
Freemasonry Museum
Smoker’s Museum
Police Museum
Musee de la Monnaie (Coin Museum)

Listed According to Arrondissement:
First
Orangerie
www.musee-orangerie.fr
Jardin des Tuileries
Admission: 6.50 Euros
Closed Tuesdays.
Metro: Tuileries

The Louvre
www.louvre.fr
Place du Carrousel
Admission: 9 Euros
Closed Tuesdays.
Metro: Louvre/Palais Royal

Musee des Arts Decoratifs
http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr
107 Rue du Rivoli
Admission: 8 Euros
Closed Mondays.
Metro: Palais Royal

Third
Musee Carnavalet
http://www.carnavalet.paris.fr
23 Rue de Sevigne
Admission: Free
Closed Mondays
Metro: St. Paul

Musee d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme
http://www.mahj.org
Hotel de Saint-Aignan
71 Rue du Temple
Admission: 6.80 Euros
Closed Saturdays
Metro: St. Paul

Musee des Arts et Metiers (Arts and Crafts)
http://www.arts-et-metiers.net
60 Rue Réaumur
Admission: Free
Closed Mondays

Musee Picasso
Hotel Salé
http://www.musee-picasso.fr
5 rue de Thorigny
Admission: 7.70 Euros
Closed Tuesdays

Fourth
Centre Pompidou (aka Beaubourg)
Place George Pompidou
http://www.centre-pompidou.fr
Admission: 8 Euros
Closed Tuesdays.

Fifth
Musee du Moyen Age (Middle Ages Museum)
6 Place P. Painlevé
http://www.musee-moyenage.fr
Admission: Free until June 30th ‘08
Closed Tuesdays.

L’Institut du Monde Arabe
1 Rue des Fosses-St Bernard
Place Mohammed V
http://www.imarabe.org
Admission: 7 Euros
Closed Mondays

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Museum of Natural History
Jardins des Plantes
36 Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
www.mnhm.fr
Admission: 8 Euros
Closed Tuesdays

Musee du Luxembourg
19 Rue du Vaugirard
Luxembourg Gardens
www.museeduluxembourg.fr
Admission: 11 Euros
Open every day.

Musee Eugene Delacroix
6 Rue de Furstenberg
http://www.museedelacroix.fr
Admission: 5 Euros
Closed Tuesdays

Seventh
Hotel des Invalides (Military Museum, Napoleon’s Tomb)
129 Rue Grenelle
www.invalides.org
Admission: 8 Euros
Open Every Day except the first Monday of each month.

Musee d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Legion d’Honneur
www.musee-orsay.fr
Admission: 8 Euros
Closed Mondays.

Musee du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
www.quaibranly.fr
Admission: 8.50 Euros
Closed Mondays.
Metro: Bir Hakeim

Musee Rodin
79 Rue de Varenne
www.musee-rodin.fr
Admission: 6 Euros
Closed Mondays.
Metro: Varenne

Eighth
Musee Cernuschi
7 Avenue Valesquez
www.cernuschi.paris.fr
Admission: Free
Closed Mondays.

Palais de la Decouverte
Ave. Franklin Roosevelt
www.palais-decouverte.fr
Admission: 7 Euros
Closed Mondays.
Metro: Franklin Roosevelt

Musee du Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
www.petitpalais.fr
Admission: Free (except for special exhibits)
Closed Mondays
Metro: Champs Elysees.

Musee du Grand Palais (not listed in GEOs top fifty but definitely worth visiting!)
3 Ave du Gen Eisenhower
www.rmn.fr
Admission: 10 Euros
Only temporary exhibits.
Closed Tuesdays.
Metro: Champs Elysees.

Ninth
Musee de L’Opera
Place de L’Opera
www.bnf.fr/pages/collections/coll_bmo.htm
Admission: 8 Euros
Open every day (except during shows).
Metro: Opera

Musee Grevin (The Paris Wax Museum)
10 Blvd. Montmartre
www.grevin.com
Admission: 18.50 Euros
Open every day except two weeks in January(Winter School Break).

Musee Gustave Moreau
14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld
www.musee-moreau.fr
Admission: 5 Euros
Closed Tuesdays.

Twelfth
Cinematheque Francaise
51 Rue de Bercy
www.cinematheque.fr
Admission: 5 Euros
Closed Tuesdays.
Metro: Bercy

La Memoire du Musee de l’Immigration (Immigration Museum)
(used to be the Oceanic and African Arts museum before Quai Branly Museum opened)
Palais de la PorteDoree
293 Ave Dausmenil
www.histoire-immigration.fr
Admission: 3 Euros

Gobelins Tapestry Makers
42 Ave des Gobelins
www.mobilier-natinal.culture.gouv.fr
Admission: 6 Euros
Closed Mondays.

Fifteenth
Musee de la Poste
34 Boulevard de Vaugirard
www.museedelaposte.fr
Admission: 5 Euros
Closed Sundays.
Metro: Montparnasse

Musee Bourdelle
16 Rue Antoine Bourdelle
www.bourdelle.paris.fr
Admission: Free (except for special exhibits)

Sixteenth
Musee de L’architecture (Cite du patrimoine de l’architecture)
Palais du Chaillot
www.citechaillot.fr
Admission: 7 Euros
Closed Tuesdays.
Metro: Trocadero

Modern Art Museum (Musee de l’Art Moderne)
11 Avenue Woodrow Wilson
www.mam.paris.fr
Admission: Free except for temporary exhibits.
Closed Mondays.
Metro: Trocadero

Palais de Tokyo
12 Ave. Woodrow Wilson
www.palaisdetokyo.com
Admission: 6 Euros (Everland Hotel capsule until 31 Dec ’08)
Closed Mondays.
Metro: Trocadero

Musee de la Marine
Palais du Chaillot
17 Place du Trocadero
www.musee-marine.fr
Admission: 9 Euros
Closed Tuesdays.
Metro: Trocadero

Musee Guimet
6 Place Iena
www.museeguimet.fr
Admission: Free (until June 30’08)
Closed Tuesdays.

Musee Galliera
10 Ave Pierre 1 de Serbie
www.galliera.paris.fr
Admission: 7 Euros
Closed Mondays

Musee de L’Homme
Palais du Chaillot
17 Place du Trocadero
www.mnhn.fr
Admission: 7 Euros
Closed Tuesdays
Metro: Trocadero

Musee Marmottan
2 Rue Louis Boilly
www.marmottan.com
Admission: 8 Euros
Closed Mondays

Eighteenth
Musee du Montmartre
17 Rue Cortot
www.museedemontmartre.fr
Admission: 7 Euros
Closed Monday AND Tuesday.

Nineteenth
Musee de la Musique
221 Ave Jean Jaures
www.cite-musique.fr
Admission:7 euros
Closed Mondays

La Villette – Cite des Sciences et l’Industrie
30 Ave Corentin- Caropi
www.cite-sciences.fr
Admission: 8 Euros
Closed Mondays

Outside Paris:
Chateau de Versailles
Versailles 78000
www.chateauversailles.fr
Admission: 13.50 Euros
Closed Mondays.

1930s Museum (Musee Annees 30)
28 Ave a. Morizet
Boulogne 92100
www.annees30.com
Admission: 4.35 Euros
Closed Mondays

Musee de l’Art Ceramic (Sevres Porcelain)
Place de la Manufacture
Sevres 9230
www.musee-ceramique-sevres.fr
Admission: 4.50 Euros
Closed Tuesdays

“An often overlooked room in Musee d’Orsay”
Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2008