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

Conciergerie
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Musée du Louvre

Second

Théâtre-Musée des Capucines

Third

Archives Nationales
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
Musée des Arts et Métiers
Musée Carnavalet
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Musée Cognacq-Jay
Musée Picasso
Musée de la Poupée

Fourth

Centre Pompidou
Crypte de Notre Dame
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Maison de Victor Hugo
Mémorial de la Shoah
Musée des Automates et de la Magie

Fifth

Institut du Monde Arabe
Musée de Cluny
Musée Curie
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Musée du Luxembourg

Sixth

Monnaie de Paris
Mundolingua
Musée du Compagnonnage
Musée National Eugène Delacroix
Musée Zadkine

Seventh

Egouts de Paris
Invalides
Musée Maillol
Musée d’Orsay
Musée du Quai Branly
Musée Rodin

Eighth

Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile
Grand Musée du Parfum
Grand Palais
Musée Cernuschi
Musée Jacquemart-André
Musée du Jeu de Paume
Musée de l’Orangerie
Musée Nissim de Camondo
Petit Palais

Ninth

Musée Grévin
Musée National Gustave Moreau
Musée du Parfum
Musée de la Vie Romantique

Eleventh

Musée du Fumeur

Twelfth

Cinémathèque française
Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration

Fourteenth

Catacombes de Paris

Fifteenth

Musée Bourdelle
Musée de la Libération- Jean Moulin

Sixteenth

Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine
Fondation Lecorbusier / Maison La Roche
Maison de Balzac
Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris
Musée Baccarat
Musée Clémenceau
Musée Dapper
Musée d’Ennery 
Musée Guimet
Musée de la Marine
Musée de l’Homme
Musée Marmottan Monet
Musée Mona Bismarck
Palais Galliera
Palais de Tokyo

Seventeenth

Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner

Eighteenth

Espace Dalí
Musée d’Art Naif- Max Fourny
Musée de Montmartre

All around Paris

Les musées-métro

City Outskirts

Boulogne-Billancourt:
Musée Albert Kahn
Musée des Années Trente

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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