Top 10

La Muséophile’s current favourites from among the world of unique, charming, lesser-known Paris museums.

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  1. Le Musée de l’Orangerie: simple, circular white rooms in which Claude Monet’s waterlilies surround you on all sides.
  2. Le Musée Bourdelle: expressive sculpture in the artist’s studio, galleries and a tranquil garden.
  3. Le Musée Jacquemart-André: opulent, art-filled nineteenth-century mansion in its original state.
  4. Le Musée Carnavalet: Paris history museum in the heart of the Marais (currently under renovation).
  5. Le Musée national Eugène Delacroix: Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix’s more intimate works in his former residence and studio, near Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
  6. Le Musée Curie: Marie and Pierre Curie’s Paris laboratory-turned-museum near the Panthéon (where Marie is entombed).
  7. Le Musée Rodin: sculptor Auguste Rodin’s flowing, rough-hewn works in a mansion and open-air museum garden next to Invalides.
  8. Le Musée national Gustave Moreau: brooding, often-unfinished Symbolist paintings in Gustave Moreau’s home and studio, with one of the most striking staircases in Paris.
  9. Le Musée des Arts et Métiers: industrial design museum with an eclectic collection telling the history of science, craft and invention in France.
  10. Le Musée Nissim de Camondo: intricate, decadent seventeenth-century decorative arts in the collector’s Versailles-style home.