Map & Guide

You probably already know that Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements, or neighbourhoods, spiralling out clockwise like a snail’s shell from the city centre. Each of these neighbourhoods is home to some museum treasures. Paris is a very accessible city and there’s certainly no reason to stick to the area around your accommodation, but if you want to be systematic and do one arrondissement at a time, the following is a guide to what you’ll find in each one. Some of these museums are elegant, others are edgy. Some boast varied collections, others are outrageously specific (did someone say the Counterfeiting Museum?) Go forth and explore!

First

Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative Arts, Textiles, Advertising)
Musée du Louvre

Second

Théâtre-Musée des Capucines (Perfume)

Third

Archives Nationales
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
Musée des Arts et Métiers (Arts and Sciences)
Musée Carnavalet (History of Paris)
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Hunting and Nature)
Musée Cognacq-Jay (Private House Collection)
Musée Picasso
Musée de la Poupée (Dolls)

Fourth

Centre Pompidou
Crypte de Notre Dame (Archaeology)
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Maison de Victor Hugo
Mémorial de la Shoah (Holocaust Memorial)
Musée des Automates et de la Magie (Automatons and Magic)

Fifth

Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World)
Musée de Cluny (Middle Ages)
Musée Curie (Pierre and Marie Curie)
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Musée du Luxembourg

Sixth

Mundolingua (Languages)
Musée du Compagnonnage (Trade Guilds)
Musée National Eugène Delacroix
Musée Zadkine

Seventh

Egouts de Paris (Sewers)
Invalides (Military History)
Musée Maillol
Musée d’Orsay
Musée du Quai Branly (Multiculturalism)
Musée Rodin

Eighth

Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile
Grand Musée du Parfum
Grand Palais
Musée Cernuschi (Asian Arts)
Musée Jacquemart-André (Private House Collection)
Musée du Jeu de Paume (Photography)
Musée de l’Orangerie (Monet’s Waterlilies)
Musée Nissim de Camondo (C17th Decorative Arts)
Petit Palais (Fine Arts)

Ninth

Musée Grévin (Wax Museum)
Musée National Gustave Moreau
Musée du Parfum (Perfume)
Musée de la Vie Romantique (Romanticism)

Twelfth

Cinémathèque française
Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration (National Immigration History Museum)

Fourteenth

Catacombes de Paris

Fifteenth

Musée Bourdelle
Musée de la Libération- Jean Moulin (Resistance and the Paris Liberation)

Sixteenth

Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine (Architecture and Heritage)
Fondation Lecorbusier
Maison de Balzac
Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris
Musée Baccarat
Musée Clémenceau
Musée Dapper (African Arts)
Musée d’Ennery (Asian Arts- branch of the Guimet)
Musée Guimet (Asian Arts)
Musée de la Marine
Musée Marmottan Monet
Musée Mona Bismarck
Palais Galliera (Fashion)
Palais de Tokyo (Contemporary Art)

Eighteenth

Espace Dalí
Musée d’Art Naif- Max Fourny (Halle St Pierre Naive’ Art)
Musée de Montmartre

All around Paris

Les musées-métro (metro station museums)

 

City Outskirts

Boulogne-Billancourt:
Musée Albert Kahn (Anthropology)
Musée des Années Trente (1930s)

Neuilly-sur-Seine:
Fondation Louis Vuitton

Sèvres:
Musée National de Céramique

Vincennes:
Château de Vincennes

Versailles:
Château de Versailles

Not Paris, but close enough (within an hour or so)

Chartres:
Musée des Beaux-arts de Chartres

Giverny:
Maison de Monet

Fontainebleau:
Château de Fontainebleau

Reuil-Malmaison:
Château de Malmaison

Some notes on visiting Paris museums:

Paris’ museums are usually free on the first Sunday of the month (avoid the big museums or risk some pretty serious queues- I’m looking at you, Musée d’Orsay). Keep in mind that many museums are closed on either Mondays or Tuesdays and/or Public Holidays; check the info at the bottom of each post here on the blog, or on the museum’s official website before your visit. Entry is often free to EU citizens under 26, children, aged people, students and the unemployed, plus occasionally teachers, journalists and/or artists. Many are accessible to those with disabilities and are child-friendly.

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