Paris art galleries
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Paris boasts some of the most famous and important art galleries and museums in the world and is the home of priceless iconic art works dating back thousands of years, to modern and contemporary artists.
The Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum is considered one of the finest art galleries in the world for its wide collections of pre-historic artefacts to 18th century masterpieces and is one on everyone’s bucket list. From world-famous works of art like the enigmatic Mona Lisa, to the stunning Venus de Milo, the Louvre contains over 35,000 pieces to be admired over eight themed historic departments and does not fail to disappoint.
The Musee d'Orsay
Another one of the best Paris art galleries is the Musee d’Orsay set on the bank of the River Seine. One of the most popular art galleries in Paris, it showcases art and sculpture from 1848 to 1915, featuring works by the big names such as Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Sisley and van Gogh. Set in a converted train station, visitors can admire the stunning Beaux Arts architecture and huge original turn of the 20th century hanging clock – one of the most photographed items in the whole museum!
The Centre Pompidou
If you prefer more modern and contemporary art, the Centre Pompidou is considered the most important museum of modern art in Europe, second in the world only to the MOMA in New York. So with that reputation you’re bound to be captivated. Outside-in you’ll be impressed by this unconventional building, one-of-a-kind in its design with multi-coloured facilities on the outside of the building. Within, there are all manner of media for you to admire from video, to sculpture, Fauvists to Cubists.
More top Paris Museums
One of the most picturesque art galleries in Paris is the Orangerie Museum, situated in the stunning Tuileries Gardens. The Orangerie Museum houses some of the best works of art from Monet, Renoir and Picasso – among other impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. Just outside Paris you’ll find the Musée Nissim de Camondo situated in the former private home of the rich Parisian Moïse de Camondo – so you’ll be admiring more than just the impressive collection of objets d’art and French furniture on show. Château d’Écouen, in rural Paris, is also home to the National Museum of the Renaissance - a must-visit to learn about one of the most important movements both socially and artistically to have come out of Europe in all of history.
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Abbaye Royale De Chaalis
Surrounded by lush woodland the Abbaye Royale de Chaalis is a magnificent château to the north of Paris.
The Centre Pompidou is Europe’s most important museum of modern art and one of the worlds most significant art galleries.
Châteaux de Champs-Sur-Marne
Marvel at the impressive 18th century Châteaux de Champs-Sur-Marne, a beautiful French mansion in outer Paris. Famed for its structure and size, its featured in films from Dangerous Liaisons and Marie Antoinette.
The enduring popularity and influence of the surrealist artist Salvadore Dali is captured in the fascinating Dali Paris.
Gustave Moreau Museum
The Musée Gustave Moreau was designed by the painter himself and includes his private apartment and the large gallery he built to display his work.
The Louvre Museum is unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world. Home to thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre is the jewel in the crown of French culture, a towering testament to European civilisation and history.
La Grande Arche de la Defense
Take to La Grande Arche’s expansive 1000m² promenade to experience open-air panoramic views of Paris unlike any other.
Museum of Decorative Arts
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs houses over 150,000 objects of French craftsmanship and decorative art.
Museum of 3D Relief Maps
The Musée des Plans-Reliefs is a brilliantly eccentric museum devoted to an intricate and largely forgotten craft.
National Museum Of Eugéne Delacroix
Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) was a fascinating man, a great painter, and a typically intellectual French hero.
Museum of the Asian Arts
The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques is an unrivalled collection and major centre for the appreciation and knowledge of Asian civilizations.
Nissim De Camondo Museum
The extraordinarily sumptuous Musée Nissim de Camondo is located in a private home that was commissioned and lived in by the fantastically rich Parisian, Moïse de Camondo.
National Museum of the Renaissance
A delight of Renaissance architecture and interior design, the Ecouen Castle today houses the Musée National de la Renaissance - the National Museum of the Renaissance - making it a fantastic combination of interior and exterior arts.
Situated on the bank of the Seine, in the picturesque Tuileries Gardens, the Orangerie Museum is filled with an inspiring collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces.
The Picasso Museum in the stunning Hotel Salé is the most impressive and comprehensive collection of Picasso’s artworks in the world.
Auguste Rodin was one of the world’s greatest sculptors. His neoclassical style revitalised the sculptural and wider artistic scene.
The Orsay Museum
The Orsay Museum was originally designed as a train station in 1900. By the 1950’s it became apparent that the platforms were too short for modern trains and the building became home to a theatre.