Arts + Culture outdoor sky ground landmark building City urban area human settlement cityscape ancient history monument temple travel reflection town square stone
Arts + Culture

9 Paris Museums and Art Galleries to Visit Now

No matter how many times you’ve been to Paris, a trip there just isn’t complete without a visit to the city’s museums and art galleries. The Louvre and Musee d’Orsay may be classic must-sees, but there are a number of lesser-known spots to add to your cultural bucket list. Here, everything to fit in on your next art-filled getaway to the City of Light.

Arts + Culture escalator transport public transport metal vehicle pulling
Arts + Culture indoor urban area art tourist attraction
Arts + Culture outdoor structure building transport sport venue construction red stadium vehicle scaffolding arena
1

Centre Pompidou

An art gallery and cultural hub, the striking Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers-designed Centre Pompidou is a one-stop shop for cutting-edge exhibitions, hands-on workshops, and live performances. You’ll have no problem finding it thanks to an instantly recognizable façade which is covered in exterior escalators, pipes, and tubing, and houses over 50,000 works and multiple temporary exhibitions.

Arts + Culture outdoor sky ground landmark building City urban area human settlement cityscape ancient history monument temple travel reflection town square stone
Arts + Culture Jetsetter Guides sky outdoor plaza landmark town square Town City tourism human settlement Architecture palace vacation people ancient history tours facade Downtown group cityscape travel ancient rome old square stone
Arts + Culture Brooklyn Cities Las Vegas News NYC Orlando Paris Tokyo Trip Ideas sky outdoor building landmark Town Architecture urban area City human settlement facade ancient history arch basilica cathedral palace cityscape Church place of worship travel synagogue government building stone

Photos by Olivier Ouadah

2

Musee du Louvre

The Louvre is the biggest, busiest, and most well-known museum in the world. In the interest of actually enjoying your time there, we'd recommend tackling a single floor, wing, or section rather than darting around the museum in search of its most popular treasures. Most visitors start at the Denon wing to see the Mona Lisa, Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana, and Delacroix’s Liberty Guiding the People. But if you’re not prepared to jostle your way through the crowds, we’d recommend heading for Richelieu—the least crowded of the museum’s three wings—to glimpse its sculpture terraces and the apartments of Napoléon III.

RELATED: 8 Best Hotels in Paris

Arts + Culture wall floor person gallery photograph image indoor human positions scene room art gallery art tourist attraction interior design museum temple
Arts + Culture Jetsetter Guides Trip Ideas person floor indoor art tourist attraction people museum screenshot art exhibition

Photos Courtesy of Musée d'Orsay / Patrice Schmidt

Arts + Culture sky outdoor water Boat River landmark Town vehicle palace waterway tourism vacation Canal cityscape tours travel watercraft traveling
3

Musee d’Orsay

Students of Impressionism won’t want to miss the Musée d’Orsay whose permanent collection includes masterworks by the likes of Degas, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, and Matisse. The museum occupies the Beaux-Arts Orsay railway station—a stunning, glass-roofed building that floods the galleries in light.

Arts + Culture indoor floor room Living building estate palace mansion interior design living room Lobby furniture ancient history ballroom decorated
Arts + Culture floor indoor property room window Living home estate interior design flooring living room wood tourist attraction hall mansion furniture
Arts + Culture floor indoor building Living room estate interior design home tourist attraction mansion wood museum art gallery hall palace living room furniture flooring stone

Photos by S. Lloyd

4

Musée Jacquemart-André

This Belle Époque mansion is the former residence of banking heir Edouard André and his artist wife, Nélie Jacquemart, who wandered the globe collecting Renaissance works by the likes Botticelli, Donatello, and Titian, among others. Today, these fancy finds are on display in the mansion’s resplendent ballrooms and extravagant salons where the couple previously threw quite a few high-society events.

Arts + Culture sky structure column outdoor building Architecture landmark roman temple arch ancient roman architecture facade ancient greek temple palace ancient history colonnade tourist attraction estate baluster stone
Arts + Culture sky outdoor building landmark Architecture estate facade palace mansion tourist attraction government building colonnade

Photos by Florent Michel

Arts + Culture outdoor fauna mammal art painting wood mural cattle like mammal

Photo by Richard Barnes

5

Palais de Tokyo

There’s always a cool, cutting-edge exhibition or performance on view at Palais de Tokyo, one of the largest centers for contemporary art in Europe. Modern French art is is the main draw, along with a bookshop that houses hundreds of independent magazines and specialty books, an exotic garden, and a nightclub called YoYo.

RELATED: 25 Places to Visit in Paris Now

Arts + Culture room indoor Living floor dining room property living room estate Fireplace furniture interior design Lobby home mansion old restaurant palace area decorated
Arts + Culture indoor floor room painting furniture living room wall interior design home estate modern art flooring antique chair old decorated
Arts + Culture indoor floor chair room wall furniture living room estate interior design wood flooring home ancient history palace mansion Design decorated table old
6

Musée Nissim de Camondo

After losing his son in World War I, Moïse de Camondo, a successful banker from Istanbul, found his only solace in stocking his showpiece mansion with exquisite objets d’art sourced from around the world. These priceless pieces— Louis XVI chaises, fine silver, ormolu clocks, and canvases by the likes of Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun— are on view in the home’s grand salons and gilded private rooms which Moïse donated to the state after his death.

Arts + Culture indoor floor property art gallery Architecture exhibition tourist attraction hall interior design Design museum
Arts + Culture sky outdoor grass sculpture monument statue art memorial
Arts + Culture gallery scene room art exhibition exhibition art gallery modern art art painting drawing sketch Design tourist attraction illustration

Photos Courtesy of Siobhan Reid

7

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

You’ll have to venture just outside city limits—to the up-and-coming suburb of Pantin—to see art dealer Thaddeus Ropac's fourth gallery (his second in the city). But considering that the gallery is one of the most buzzed-about new arts spaces in Paris, it’s a small price to pay to see some of the world’s most daring, large-scale works. The setting itself is just as monumental as the collection; spread across 54,0000 square feet, there’s a cavernous main gallery (a former ironworks factory), an outdoor sculpture garden, a space for private collectors, and a charming café.

Arts + Culture building outdoor car red vehicle tree road street parked automobile make antique car Classic apartment building
Arts + Culture window indoor floor building Living room door interior design sash window glass window covering furniture
Arts + Culture indoor wall blue ceiling light light fixture lighting daylighting lamp glass Design circle shape table

Photos Courtesy of Siobhan Reid

8

Galerie Perrotin

Set inside a 17th-century hotel particulier in the Marais, Galerie Perrotin has one of the most quintessentially Parisian settings we’ve ever seen. But inside, the feel is refreshingly global, with works from artists from all over the world. (No surprise, given that Emmanuel Perrotin, the gallery’s founder, represents international avant-garde artists including Takashi Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan.) Currently on view: kaleidoscopic paintings by LA-based artist Zach Harris, and sculptures by Chinese performance artist Xu Zhen.

RELATED: 10 European Destinations on Our Radar for Summer 2017

Arts + Culture shelf book indoor library room furniture public library scene ceiling building shelving bookselling bookcase interior design bookshelf
Arts + Culture building outdoor Architecture facade interior design door retail hall arcade

Want more?