Must See Museums in Paris

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It's not easy to find a calm and inexpensive café on the Champs Elysées, so this modern tearoom hidden inside the art nouveau-era Petit Palais (Municipal Fine Arts Museum) is a real find. Located between the Champs-Elysées and the Seine, across from the Grand Palais, simply enter the Petit Palais (free entry to the permanent collection), and follow signs to the café (entrance is through the mosaic-tiled garden). Sip an espresso or snack on a sandwich on the patio in warmer months, or head inside to the cozy mezzanine where you can even check your emails (free WiFi).

Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm.

Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux Arts
Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th.

  1. BulletLouvre Museum / Musee du Louvre

  2. BulletRue de Rivoli, 1st

           M Palais-Royal, Musée du Louvre

  1. BulletHouses impressive collections of around 35,000 works of art and over 380,000 objects. Sculptures, paintings and other works of art ranging from the Middle Ages up to 1850, as well as Etruscan, Egyptian, Oriental, Roman and Greek artifacts are on the display in the museum.

  2. BulletNOTE: If you want to discover the principles of creativity, art techniques, and ancient civilizations, join one of the workshops in The Louvre.

  3. BulletMore about Louvre Museum

  1. BulletMusée d’Orsay
    1 Rue Légion d'Honneur (Quai Anatole France), 7th
    M° Solferino or RER C Musée d’Orsay
    Tel 01 40 49 48 14

  2. BulletThe Orsay museum is known for its magnificent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The museum is also home to a fabulous collection of decorative arts and lavish furnishing from the Third Republic (early 1900).

  3. BulletThe building was originally a train station (Paris-Orleans line) built for the 1900 World's Fair. Its platforms were too short for the modern trains, and was left empty from the 1960s, occasionally used for films and special exhibitions. It barely escaped demolition before being turned into a museum in 1986.

  4. BulletVisit the Salle des Fetes, which contains elaborate mirrors, gilded statuettes and frames, and incredibly ornate crystal chandeliers, many of which remain from the Orsay's stint as a hotel and train station.Continue on to the Art Nouveau section, full of beds, tables, and dressers bearing the style's signature organic shapes, flowing lines, and whimsical embellishments. Be sure to take a look at the bedroom designed by Rene Mackintosh, and keep your eyes out for the works designed by Hector Guimard.

  5. BulletDon't miss the views from the top floor balcony (open during nice weather from the western end of the Impressionist galleries) .

  1. BulletPetit Palais-Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
    Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th
    M° Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau

  2. BulletThis beautiful building, is a left over from the 1900 Universal Exposition. It is filled with the greatest paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and ancient statues. After Louvre, this museum should be on anybody’s list. Flemish Old Masters from the 17th century—Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Rubens and Corot, Courbet, Dealcroix, Géricault, Ingres, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, and Renoir from the 19th century are all here.

  3. BulletThe best part is that it’s free and not crowded.

Museums in Paris

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A real treat - Café Le Jardin du Petit Palais