If there’s one task this blog seeks to achieve, it’s to show readers how diverse, exciting and varied the museums of Paris truly are. I will always love the Louvre and the d’Orsay – after all, their collections are unrivalled anywhere else – but there is such a pleasure in discovering a tiny little museum, in a corner of a quiet Paris street, where you may well be the only visitor on a weekday afternoon.
Among the gems I’ve covered on Les Musées de Paris, readers flock first to famed and fancy spots like the Musée Rodin or the Musée du Luxembourg, and with good reason. But there is also a network of precious, specialised museums you should not miss, run by the City of Paris, and often focused on individual writers or artists. These range from the monumental (and thus ill-named) Petit Palais, to the Maison de Balzac, Cernuschi, Bourdelle, Cognacq-Jay, Vie romantique and Moulin museums. You can discover twentieth-century sculpture at the Zadkine, Romantic literature at the Victor Hugo, archeology at the Notre-Dame Crypte and fashion at the Palais Galliera. And what’s more, throughout 2016, each of these museums will be showing a range of special exhibits.
I’ve already noted down a few I cannot miss, like “Balzac et les artistes”, “L’Oeuil de Baudelaire” and “L’Or du pouvoir”. Which do you absolutely need to see? Check the full calendar here and find a new favourite Paris museum in 2016.
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