If you have Disneyland Paris tickets for the family and are hoping to spend a few days in the city then you must visit the art galleries. Paris is known as one of the art capitals of the world and art lovers from across the globe descend on the French capital every year to get a glimpse of the famous works housed in its variety of galleries.
The only thing that puts off visitors going to see the iconic Paris art scene are the queues of people waiting to get into the galleries, but fortunately with specialist tickets such as the Paris Pass queues can be a thing of the past.
So, now that queues are no longer an issue, which art galleries should you go to? Here, with the help of some experts, we have compiled a list of the very best art galleries and museums in Paris.
The famous art galleries
The Louvre Museum doesn’t really need an introduction, but to put it simply it is regarded by many as the best art gallery in the world and is the most visited art gallery in the world too!
The popularity of the museum, which is accessible with the Paris Pass ticket, may have something to do with its world-class collection of paintings, antiques and sculptures and you can access this incredible museum without queueing through the Louvre Museum Independent Audio Tour.
Some of the masterpieces that call the Louvre Museum home include the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Venus de Milo statue, the Regent diamond, and the painting Liberty leading the people (you may recognise it from Coldplay’s album Viva la Vida if nothing else!).
Palais de Tokyo
Established in 2002 and dedicated to contemporary art, Palais de Tokyo welcomes today’s generation of artists.
Open from noon to midnight, the largest centre for contemporary art in Europe is located in the centre of Paris, between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées.
It is a must-visit for those eager to experience art in all its forms. Hosting exhibitions, conferences, projections, concerts and performances, and incorporating a library and two restaurants, Palais de Tokyo, with its spectacular architecture and welcoming team of mediators, is a space in which art can be endlessly enjoyed by artists and art lovers from around the world.
The Orsay Museum
The Orsay Museum is beautifully located on the banks of the River Seine and is therefore a popular sight on sightseeing cruises.
The museum is available to Paris Pass ticket holders and is home to a range of paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography that dates back to the 1800s. Its revered collection includes work from famous artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Manet, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley and Gauguin.
If you would like to visit the museum then the River Seine Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing cruise is a great option for you.
The museum is actually the mansion where the renowned sculptor Rodin lived and the collection of his work is unrivalled.
The gardens at the museum are beautiful and visitors to this museum will be in awe of the sculptures such as the Gates of Hell and Balzac.
Visitors can skip the long queues with the Paris Pass ticket as the Rodin Museum is one of the Paris art galleries included.
Centre Georges Pompidou
The Centre Georges Pompidou is a relatively new museum compared to some of the other art galleries and museums that are based in the city, but mark our words it is just as impressive as any of the others.
The architecture of the museum is an iconic site in the Parisian skyline and its art collection rivals any art museum in the world. Works from Picasso and Matisse are just some of the world-renowned artists that have work displayed here and luckily for Paris Pass ticket holders you can gain access to this incredible art museum.
Les Musees de Paris is a blog that was founded back in 2011 by Gemma King, a Francophile Australian who has spent years in the City of Lights, exploring its dozens of charming, quirky, lesser-known museums and the author of the blog has recommended a number of lesser-known museums.
Gemma King, said, “For those wanting to discover some of Paris' cultural gems, head to quaint, lesser-known museums like the Musée de la vie romantique (Museum of Romanticism) in the 9th arrondissement, or the Musée du vin (Museum of Wine) in the sumptuous 16th arrondissement.
“Those looking for something more quirky will be drawn to the 3rd arrondissement, home to the Musée de la chasse et de la nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature) and the Musée Carnavalet, a museum housed in a stunning old mansion, which chronicles the history of Paris.”
Here we take you through some of these lesser-known museums.
Museum of Romanticism
The neighbourhood of New Athens in Paris is home to the Museum of Romanticism, which was the home of the famous painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858).
Scheffer is famed for playing host to some of the most famous people in that era including Charles Dickens, Ivan Turgueniev, and Charles Gounod.
Now the museum shows off paintings of Scheffer and his contemporaries.
Museum of Wine
The Museum of Wine is a must-visit for wine lovers as it has over 2,000 items related to wine making.
The museum, located in the heart of the city and not too far away from the Eiffel Tower, promotes French wines and tells the story of how world-renowned wines are made.
Visitors can participate in wine tasting classes and can tuck into food from the museum’s a la carte menu.
The Musée Carnavalet is one of the extremely rare examples of Renaissance architecture in Paris. The former hotel has a number of sculptures by its entrance that are believed to have been created by Jean Goujon.
The museum has a range of collections from artwork, paintings and sculptures to archaeology, photography and furniture.
This museum is worth visiting just to see the impressive building.
*Please note this museum is currently closed for refurbishment.
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