Art & Design Museums

Art is what you came to Paris for, non? Paris has an unhealthy variety of art and design museums (you can say we are shamelessly obsessed) worth your time and money. Stave off any foot and back pain from walking through so many galleries in so many palaces by melting into a chair at a menu tea salon or cocktail bar afterwards. And we’re just going to let you know now, you cannot do The Louvre in a day, nor can you do all Paris museums in a week. Don’t even try.

Musée du Louvre

As obvi­ous as it is, how could you not men­tion this place? This list would be stark naked if we didn’t bring up the Lou­vre. Once a palace home to kings and queens, it now serves as one of the most well-known art muse­ums in Paris and the world. Its art­work spans across 10,000 years of his­to­ry and of course it includes famous paint­ings such as Leonar­do Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, as she’s bet­ter known in Paris). You can choose from three trails to explore the muse­um. Also, giv­en the declin­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of colo­nial­ism (yay progress), who knows how long antiq­ui­ties pil­laged and plun­dered from poor­ly-defend­ed world her­itage sites from our way back, less woke days will be ensconced in west­ern trea­sure palaces? See them while you can.

ADDRESS: Rue de Riv­o­li (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Palais-Roy­al / Musée du Lou­vre (lines 1, 6, 7) or Pyra­mides (line 14)

PRICE: 17€ must be booked online to con­trol crowds, nor­mal­ly you can walk up and buy a ticket

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @museelouvre

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Musée d’Orsay

Here we have one of the finest exam­ples of what recycling/repurposing build­ings can look like. Locat­ed in the city cen­ter, this art muse­um was once a rail­way sta­tion that was built on ruins of an old palace. Now, at least since 1986, it’s host­ed a pletho­ra of art exhi­bi­tions for many peo­ple to see. Any art­works the oth­er muse­ums, such as the Lou­vre and the Pom­pi­dou, couldn’t hold on to any­more can be found here. Exhi­bi­tions they are best known for dis­play art from 1848–1914 and each col­lec­tion has its own unique history. 

ADDRESS: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Hon­neur (7th arr.)

MÉTRO: Solféri­no (line 12)

PRICE: 16€; 13€ (fam­i­lies with chil­dren under 18), Free every first Sun­day of the month for everyone

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @musseeorsay

Musée de l’Orangerie

If you love the Impres­sion­ists and the kind of atmos­phere that makes you feel like you are walk­ing in a dream, you must vis­it the Musée de l’O­r­angerie. Built in 1852 as a win­ter shel­ter for the orange trees that lined the gar­dens of the Tui­leries Palace, after World War I it was redesigned as a space to exhib­it works by liv­ing artists. At that time, Claude Mon­et was paint­ing what is now the chef‑d’œuvre of the muse­um itself: the large Water Lilies set. Eight pan­els, each two meters (6.66 ft) high and span­ning a total length of 91 meters (298.6 ft), were then arranged in two oval rooms that form the sym­bol of infin­i­ty. If this does­n’t sound like heav­en to you, it’s just because you haven’t yet set foot there. 

ADDRESS: Jardin des Tui­leries (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Con­corde (line 1, 8, 12)

PRICE: 12,50€; 10€ (fam­i­lies with chil­dren under 18), Free every first Sun­day of the month for everyone

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @musseeorangerie

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

This muse­um is host to over 13,000 works and it’s one col­lec­tion that has been on the move over the years. On May 24, 1937, the Inter­na­tion­al Expo­si­tion of Arts and Tech­nol­o­gy opened the muse­um in the Palais de Tokyo’s east­ern wing. The muse­um was offi­cial­ly inau­gu­rat­ed in 1961. While the five paint­ings stolen in 2010 have not been found, there are still plen­ty of oth­ers to choose from. You can see such fine works such as Raoul Dufy’s “The Elec­tric­i­ty Fairy,” Robert Delaunuy’s “Rhythm #1” and Hen­ri Matisse’s “Dance.” Of course, you can see the clas­sic mod­ern artists as well (Picas­so, any­one?). Its 2018/19 ren­o­va­tion made the muse­um eas­i­er to nav­i­gate for patrons, espe­cial­ly for those who are phys­i­cal­ly dis­abled. With bet­ter phys­i­cal acces­si­bil­i­ty, every­one can enjoy look­ing at unique artis­tic beauty. 

ADDRESS: 11 Avenue du Prési­dent Wil­son (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Alma-Marceau (line 9) or Iéna (line 9)

PRICE: Free

Tem­po­rary Exhibits: Adults 5–12€, Chil­dren under 18, dis­abled peo­ple and guides are free

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INSTAGRAM: @musseedartdemodernedeparis

Musée Européen de la Photographie

A pic­ture can say a thou­sand words, and in the case of the Mai­son Européen de la Pho­togra­phie, or the MEP, their col­lec­tions have a lot to say. Like the Musée d’Orsay, this muse­um is locat­ed in the heart of Paris. Also sim­i­lar to the d’Orsay, the museum’s build­ing is repur­posed. The build­ing is also known as the Hôtel Hénault de Can­to­bre, a palace that had been built in 1706 and went through ren­o­va­tions and expan­sions a lit­tle over a cen­tu­ry lat­er. If you enjoy pho­tog­ra­phy more than paint­ings, this might be the place for you. 

ADDRESS: 5/7 Rue de Four­cy (4th arr.) 

MÉTRO: Saint Paul (line 1), Marie Bridge (line 7) or City Hall (line 11)

PRICE: 10€, 6€ reduced price for those 26 and under, and free for any­one under 8

HOW TO BOOK: Pur­chase tick­et online or at the tick­et booth

Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air

Feel­ing like art muse­ums can be too stuffy? If so, check out the Musée de la Sculp­ture en plein air. This park has been dis­play­ing the finest sculp­tures in Paris since 1980. And real­ly, how could you go wrong with sculp­tures? Locat­ed just along the riv­er Seine, this muse­um is open all day, every day. The best part is that admis­sion is absolute­ly free.

ADDRESS: 11 Bis Quai Saint-Bernard (5th arr.)

MÉTRO: Quai de la Rapée (l. 5) or Gare d’Austerlitz train station 

PRICE: Free 

HOW TO BOOK: Just show up 

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Look at this place. It was meant to be an art gallery, am I right? You can thank Frank Gehry for the Fondation’s unique design. Its goal was to rep­re­sent France’s cul­tur­al call­ing, which isn’t too off the mark. Since its offi­cial open­ing in 2014, this gallery has host­ed some of the most mod­ern (as well as his­tor­i­cal) works of art that the world has to offer. They even have stage shows like con­certs, dances, per­for­mances, etc. This place invites artists and per­form­ers to mesh well with the art­work pre­sent­ed in the gal­leries. While tour­ing, you might want to con­sid­er down­load­ing the app, which works as an audio guide. You can also take short guid­ed tours to give you a gen­er­al overview of the museum. 

ADDRESS: 8 Avenue du Mahat­ma Gand­hi (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Les sablons (line 1)

PRICE: 16€

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @louisvuittonfoundation

Musée Rodin

In 1916, a year before he died, sculp­tor Auguste Rodin, famous for clas­sic mas­ter­pieces such as “the Thinker,” want­ed to give France a gift. He want­ed to keep his works (sculp­tures, draw­ings, sketch­es, etc.) safe in the Hôtel Biron. If that wasn’t enough, on top of the 18 rooms in the hotel (now a muse­um), you can also see the evo­lu­tion of his work in a gar­den just out­side. Rain or shine, this is a fan­tas­tic place to see the life and pro­gres­sion of one Auguste Rodin.

ADDRESS: 77 Rue de Varenne (7th arr.)

MÉTRO: Varenne (line 13)

PRICE: 13€; free for every­one on the first Sun­day of the month, from Octo­ber to March

NUMBER: +33 1 44 18 61 10

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @museerodinparis

Musée Guimet

An indus­tri­al­ist named Emile Guimet (1836–1918) trav­eled to India, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Chi­na, and oth­er coun­tries in Asia and want­ed every­one to see what he had col­lect­ed. There’s even a 1979 his­tor­i­cal land­mark library gor­geous enough to make your inner Belle blush. 

ADDRESS: 6 Place d’Ié­na (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Iéna (line 9)

PRICE: 11€; free for ‑18

NUMBER: +33 1 56 52 53 00

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INSTAGRAM: @museeguimet

104/Centquatre

The 104/Centquatre is THE place for artis­tic inno­va­tion, by their own admis­sion. Every artist and audi­ence mem­ber has a place here, whether to cre­ate or wit­ness the chaos in cre­ation. You can explore the shops or take some time in the art stu­dios. This con­tem­po­rary metrop­o­lis has all the mod­ern art and cul­ture you could ask for. Less of a muse­um and more of a prac­tice space for per­for­mance artists need­ing to get out of their 150 square-foot apart­ments, le 104 is where you can gawk at Paris’ cur­rent next big things as they rehearse for their next show.

ADDRESS: 104 Rue d’Aubervil­liers (19th arr.)

MÉTRO: Riquet (line 7)

PRICE: depends on the show

NUMBER: +33 1 53 35 50 01

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INSTAGRAM: @104paris

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

The Cité de l’architecture et du pat­ri­moine is one of the old­est muse­ums for archi­tec­tur­al his­to­ry and cul­ture any­where. Orig­i­nal­ly called the Muse­um of Com­par­a­tive Sculp­ture in 1882, it was reimag­ined as the Muse­um of French Mon­u­ments in 1937 and stayed that way ever since. Unlike com­par­a­tive sculp­tures (what­ev­er those are), pre­serv­ing the mod­els of mon­u­ments will nev­er tru­ly die out. For a bet­ter under­stand­ing about the time, mate­ri­als, and effort that goes into every oth­er mon­u­ment in the City of Lights, why not check this place out? 

ADDRESS: 1 Place du Tro­cadéro et du 11 Novem­bre (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Tro­cadéro (lines 6, 9)

PRICE: 9€/6€

NUMBER: +33 1 58 51 52 00

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @citedelarchi

Le Musée Des Arts Décoratifs

Le Musée Des Arts Déco­rat­ifs dis­tin­guish­es itself as one of the most impor­tant col­lec­tions of dec­o­ra­tive arts in the world. Here, you can choose to look at sev­en types of arti­facts (wall­pa­pers, glass, fash­ion & tex­tiles, ads, toys, jew­el­ry, and graph­ic arts) from five dif­fer­ent time peri­ods: Medieval times through the present day. There’s no doubt you could get a good sense of Paris’s ethnog­ra­phy when perus­ing through here. It’s part of the same palace that hous­es the Lou­vre, but you will need a sep­a­rate ticket.

ADDRESS: 107 Rue de Riv­o­li (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Palais Roy­al — Musée du Lou­vre (lines 1, 7) or Pyra­mides (lines 7, 14)

PRICE: 14€, free for under 26

NUMBER: +33 1 44 55 57 50

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INSTAGRAM: @madparis

Palais de Tokyo

Walk­ing in, you might ask your­self, “what is this place any­way?” In sim­ple terms, take most of Europe’s mod­ern art, dis­play it in one loca­tion and you’ll get the Palais de Tokyo. Since its incep­tion in 2002, this place has been a self-described “anti-muse­um in per­ma­nent trans­for­ma­tion.” Not only can you see art on dis­play, but you can also see art being cre­at­ed. You could say this muse­um is like Shin Godzil­la, except the con­stant evo­lu­tion won’t kill you or destroy most of the city. Even with con­sis­tent vis­its, you nev­er know what you’ll find. Tru­ly out­ra­geous, tru­ly spec­tac­u­lar, and tru­ly one-of-a-kind, should you decide to vis­it, only expect the unexpected.

ADDRESS: 13 Avenue du Prési­dent Wil­son (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Iéna (line 9)

PRICE: 12€/9€

NUMBER: +33 1 81 97 35 88

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INSTAGRAM: @palaisdetokyo

Centre Pompidou

Come see the “Notre Dame of the Pipes” here at the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou! Paris doesn’t call it one of the most pho­tographed sites in the city for noth­ing. Richard Rogers and Ren­zo Piano mod­eled the building’s design after a Roman piaz­za, and its glass exte­ri­or allows for great sight­see­ing. An archi­tec­tur­al won­der, this place offers more than art to any­one who comes to visit.

ADDRESS: Place Georges-Pom­pi­dou (4th arr.)

MÉTRO: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1, 11) or Ram­buteau (line 11)

PRICE: 14€

NUMBER: +33 1 44 78 12 33

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @centrepompidou

Fondation Cartier de l’Orangerie

Although the muse­um was ini­ti­at­ed in 1984, the Fon­da­tion Carti­er’s cur­rent loca­tion was designed by Jean Nou­v­el and its col­lec­tions have remained there since. Its goal is still the same; aim­ing to raise aware­ness and pro­mote con­tem­po­rary art. The muse­um also hosts Nomadic Nights, a per­form­ing arts ren­dez-vous that con­nects visu­al art with oth­er forms of artis­tic expres­sion. Want to check out some of the unique forms of art out there? Feel free to stop by. 

ADDRESS: 261 Boule­vard Ras­pail (14th arr.)

MÉTRO: Vavin (line 4) or Saint Jacques (line 6)

PRICE: 13€

NUMBER: +33 1 42 18 56 50

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INSTAGRAM: @fondationcartier

Bourse de Commerce/Pinault Collection

Here we have a new­com­er to the art gallery game, but it’s a great find nonethe­less. You can wit­ness a con­tem­po­rary art col­lec­tion over forty years in the mak­ing and see Fran­cois Pinault’s vision com­ing to life; shar­ing an eclec­tic art col­lec­tion with the widest audi­ence you can find. Should you look inside, out of more than 10,000 works fea­tured, there might be one that could resound your heart­strings and res­onate with you forever.

ADDRESS: 2 Rue de Viarmes (1st arr.)

MÉTRO: Lou­vre — Riv­i­o­li (line 1) or Les Halles (line 4)

PRICE: 14€/10€

NUMBER: +33 1 55 04 60 60

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INSTAGRAM: @boursedecommerce

Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne

If you want to see art­work that cap­tures a con­tem­po­rary art­sy scene, then the MAC VAL may be right for you. This place has been col­lect­ing con­tem­po­rary art in France since the 1950s, and it fea­tures more than 2,500 works of art from near­ly 330 artists. But, that’s not all. This insti­tu­tion also includes a 150-seat audi­to­ri­um, 3 edu­ca­tion­al work­shop spaces, 2 artist-hous­ing res­i­den­cies, a restau­rant, and a 45-space park­ing lot.

ADDRESS: Place de la Libéra­tion, 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine

MÉTRO: Tram 9 stop Musée MAC-VAL

PRICE: 5€, free for under 26

NUMBER: +33 1 43 91 64 20

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INSTAGRAM: @macval.musee

Musée National Picasso

When the State decid­ed to refur­bish the Hôtel Salé in the mid 1970s, there remained one ques­tion: what to do with it? Around the same time, famous cubist artist Pablo Picas­so went to the great art stu­dio in the sky, leav­ing his work to his heirs who decid­ed to give some of it to the hotel. Thus, in 1985, the Paris Picas­so Muse­um was born. Here you can view 297 paint­ings, 368 sculp­tures and 3D mod­els, about 1,719 draw­ings and note­books, and 92 book illus­tra­tions of his work. If you’re a Picas­so fan who needs her fix in the City of Lights, or even if you’re not, feel free to check this place out. 

ADDRESS: 5 Rue de Thorigny (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint-Sébastien — Frois­sart (line 8)

PRICE: 14€/11€

NUMBER: +33 1 85 56 00 36

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @museepicassoparis

Musée du Quai Branly

The Musée du Quai Bran­ly is a muse­um, research & teach­ing haven, and a cul­tur­al cen­ter all rolled into one. The col­lec­tions come from var­i­ous muse­ums in Paris, pret­ty much all of which high­light arti­facts from the Neolith­ic peri­od (in lay­man’s terms we’re talk­ing about 10,000 BC or so) to the 20th cen­tu­ry. Every object or pho­to­graph is meant to give an idea about their coun­tries of ori­gin (the Amer­i­c­as, Africa, near East-Asia, and Ocea­nia) and what life in that time was like. 

ADDRESS: 37 Quai Bran­ly (7th arr.)

MÉTRO: École Mil­i­taire (line 8)

PRICE: 12€/9€

NUMBER: +33 1 56 61 70 00

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @quaibranly

Musée Marmottan Monet

The Musée Mar­mot­tan Mon­et fea­tures over 100 paint­ings from the main man Claude Mon­et him­self, a few of which were once unpub­lished in his life­time. It also fea­tures a col­lec­tion of works dat­ing back to the mid­dle ages and the renais­sance, all of which were col­lect­ed by Jules Mar­mot­tan. If you want to get a sense of art his­to­ry or want to get your Mon­et fix, you’ve come to the right place.

ADDRESS: 2 Rue Louis Boil­ly (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Ranelagh (line 9)

PRICE: 12€/8,5€

NUMBER: +33 1 44 96 50 33

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @museemarmottanmonet_

Musée Jacquemart-André

Like oth­er muse­ums of this cal­iber, these paint­ings, busts, and oth­er orna­men­tal trea­sures were once held in a pri­vate col­lec­tion. A wid­ow named Nélie Jacque­mart knew where she want­ed her and her husband’s col­lec­tion to end up after pass­ing away, and she made sure to let le Insti­tut de France know that. They agreed, and on Decem­ber 8, 1913, about a year after Jacquemart’s pass­ing, the muse­um opened its doors to the pub­lic with resound­ing suc­cess. Like the recre­ation of their liv­ing quar­ters, the muse­um remains large­ly unchanged and just as beloved as it was. 

ADDRESS: 158 Boule­vard Hauss­mann (8th arr.)

MÉTRO: Miromes­nil (lines 9, 13)

PRICE: 12€/7€

NUMBER: +33 1 45 62 11 59

HOW TO BOOK: online

INSTAGRAM: @jacquemartandre

Musée National Gustave Moreau

With most of his rel­a­tives hav­ing died or dis­ap­peared, artist Gus­tave More­au had a dilem­ma on his hands: where would his col­lec­tions of paint­ings, car­toons, etc. go when he died? As death drew near, he had an idea to turn his house into a muse­um, and he had his friend Hen­ri Rupp to help him real­ize his dream. In 1903, the muse­um More­au always want­ed final­ly opened and remains unchanged to this day.

ADDRESS: 14 Rue de la Rochefou­cauld (9th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint Georges (line 12)

PRICE: 7€/5€

NUMBER: +33 1 48 74 38 50

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INSTAGRAM: @museegustavemoreau

Institut du Monde Arabe

In this day and age, it’s impor­tant to see past pre­con­ceived notions about cul­tures, and the Insti­tut du Monde Arabe has such a goal. Since its open­ing in 1987, its aim is to edu­cate any­thing and every­thing about Islam­ic and Arab cul­tures. Any­thing to help under­stand Mus­lim cul­ture bet­ter, from its roots to present-day, can be found here.

ADDRESS: 1 Rue des Fos­sés Saint-Bernard (5th arr.)

MÉTRO: Car­di­nal Lemoine (line 10)

PRICE: 8€/6€

NUMBER: +33 1 40 51 38 38

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INSTAGRAM: @institutdumondearabe

Musée Bourdelle

 In his life­time, sculp­tor Antoine Bour­delle viewed his work­space as a lab­o­ra­to­ry and a sanc­tu­ary, and he wished to have that idea car­ry on for gen­er­a­tions to come. When he died, it was up to his wife and daugh­ter to make that dream a real­i­ty. As he wished, the muse­um gives a snap­shot of an artist’s evo­lu­tion and the stu­dio was left as it was, safe and pre­served. Not only are there rooms to see his body of work, but there’s also a tran­quil gar­den that fea­tures his work as well. 

ADDRESS: 18 Rue Antoine Bour­delle (15th arr.)

MÉTRO: Fal­guière (line 12)

NUMBER: +33 1 49 54 73 73

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INSTAGRAM: @museebourdelle

Musée National Eugène Delacroix

Big 1920s artists Mau­rice Denis, Paul Signac, Edouard Vuil­lard, and Ker-Xavier Rous­sel want­ed to pay a trib­ute to their hero Delacroix. The result: an apart­ment and stu­dio beau­ti­ful­ly pre­served and open to the pub­lic since 1932. Is that quaint or what? Whether it’s perus­ing a gar­den, attend­ing a work­shop, or look­ing through Delacroix’s many paint­ings, prints, and oth­er art­works, there’s a good chance you’ll see the love and care that went into hon­or­ing a good friend’s memory. 

ADDRESS: 6 Rue de Furstem­berg (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint Ger­main des Prés (line 4) or Mabil­lon (line 10)

NUMBER: +33 1 44 41 86 50

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INSTAGRAM: @museedelacroix

Palais Galliera

The Palais Gal­liera has some of the rich­est col­lec­tions of cloth­ing ever seen any­where. It presents the fash­ion code from the 18th cen­tu­ry to the present day. If fashion’s your thing, then this place is where it’s at.

ADDRESS: 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Ser­bie (16th arr.)

MÉTRO: Iéna (line 9)

NUMBER: +33 1 56 52 86 00

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INSTAGRAM: @palaisgallieramuseedelamode

Musée Cognacq-Jay

Here you can catch a glimpse of what French life was like in the 18th cen­tu­ry through a 20th cen­tu­ry lens. Between 1900–1927, Ernest Cognac, founder of La Samar­i­taine depart­ment stores, and his wife Marie-Louise Jay had amassed a mas­sive eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry art col­lec­tion. Upon Cognac’s death in 1928, he donat­ed his col­lec­tion to the city of Paris, mak­ing it avail­able to the pub­lic. The muse­um has con­tin­ued show­cas­ing this col­lec­tion since 1929. In 1990, the museum’s col­lec­tion was moved to the Hôtel Donon, where it still resides to this day.

ADDRESS: 8 Rue Elze­vir (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Saint Paul (line 1)

NUMBER: +33 1 40 27 07 21

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INSTAGRAM: @museecognacqjay

Musée Maillol

On Jan­u­ary 20, 1995, the Mail­lol muse­um opened to the pub­lic after 15 years of devel­op­ment. Its open­ing can be attrib­uted to the sculptor’s col­lab­o­ra­tor and mod­el Dina Vierny. She lived in one of the museum’s res­i­den­tial apart­ments and even­tu­al­ly bought the oth­er build­ings sur­round­ing it. Besides host­ing Maillol’s works, the muse­um also hosts works by the great­est names in art his­to­ry such as Diego Rivera and Fran­cis Bacon. 

ADDRESS: 59–61 Rue de Grenelle (7th arr.)

MÉTRO: Solféri­no (line 12) or Saint Sulpice (line 4)

NUMBER: +33 1 42 22 59 58

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INSTAGRAM: @museemaillol

Musée de l’Art et l’Histoire du Judaïsme

Since its open­ing in 1998, this muse­um aims to pre­serve and enhance pri­vate col­lec­tions, such as those fea­tured in the 1948 Jew­ish Art Musuem cre­at­ed by Holo­caust sur­vivors, as well as edu­cate vis­i­tors and hon­or over 2,000 years of Jew­ish his­to­ry. If you’re a his­to­ry buff or are curi­ous to learn more about Jew­ish cul­ture, this is the place for you.

ADDRESS: Hôtel de Saint-Aig­nan, 71 Rue du Tem­ple (3rd arr.)

MÉTRO: Ram­buteau (line 11)

NUMBER: +33 1 53 01 86 53

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INSTAGRAM: @mahjparis

Musée National de Jean Jacques Henner

Here lies a rare tes­ti­mo­ny of acces­si­ble pri­vate archi­tec­ture under the Third Repub­lic: a for­mer home-stu­dio of painter Guil­laume Dubufe. Between 2008 and 2009, the muse­um under­went ren­o­va­tions to improve acces­si­bil­i­ty by mov­ing ele­va­tors and mak­ing a new route to the din­ing room. 2014–2016 brought even more refur­bish­ments such as a new glass roof. Its col­lec­tions remain unchanged and worth check­ing out. 

ADDRESS: 43 Avenue de Vil­liers (17th arr.)

MÉTRO: Wagram (line 3)

NUMBER: +33 1 47 63 42 73

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INSTAGRAM: @museehenner

Musée Cernuschi

The Musée Cer­nuschi has almost 140 years worth of dis­cov­ery marked by a West­ern out­look of Asian art. By the time the muse­um opened, Paris was at the height of Japon­ism as Impres­sion­ist artists had gained a high inter­est in Japan­ese prints. Today, this place has a mix of ancient and con­tem­po­rary Asian art such as mod­els, cal­lig­ra­phy, illus­tra­tions, prints, stat­ues, masks, etc. 

ADDRESS: 7 Avenue Velasquez (8th arr.)

MÉTRO: Mon­ceau (line 2)

NUMBER: +33 1 53 96 21 50

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INSTAGRAM: @museecernuschi

Musée Zadkine

This muse­um was once the home of Russ­ian sculp­tor Ossip Zad­kine who worked in Paris from 1928–1967. The building’s design had dual-pur­pos­es: a place to live and work, like most artist lofts. It opened as a muse­um in 1982, and about thir­ty years lat­er, from 2011–2012, the build­ing went through ren­o­va­tion that cre­at­ed a new recep­tion cen­ter. Here, patrons could see the evo­lu­tion of his body of work while also tak­ing in the relax­ing atmos­phere it res­onates with. His sculp­tures are so preva­lent that his work bursts out into the gar­den for all to see and mar­vel. The design is made for cre­at­ing dia­logue between the works. What kind of sto­ry they’ll tell is up to you to discover.

ADDRESS: 100bis Rue d’As­sas (6th arr.)

MÉTRO: Vavin (line 4)

NUMBER: +33 1 55 42 77 20

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INSTAGRAM: @museezadkine