There’s more to the Paris museum scene than The Louvre… although that should be on your list, too.
Paris is one of the best cities in the world for art and culture – The Louvre is its most famous museum but there are countless other treasure troves dotted around, just waiting to be discovered. Here are our faves…
Centre Georges Pompidou
With modern and contemporary art from artists like Picasso and Matisse to the latest trends in installation and video work, there’s something to suit every art fan at the Pompidou. There’s also a children’s gallery, a cinema, a design shop and a bookshop and the super-cool Georges restaurant. A must see.
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Jardin des Plantes (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle)
This gorgeous botanical garden has a range of gardens, hothouses, a zoo, playgrounds and cafés to keep you entertained. Within the park lies the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, where you’ll find stuffed animals, marine species and jungle adventures.
Place Valhubert or rue Geoffroy St-Hilaire, 75005 Paris
Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet
One of Paris’s much-loved hidden gems, this serene spot houses the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet along with beautiful Empire furniture and art by a range of other impressionists. Don’t miss the Sèvres porcelain geographical clock, either, which shows when it is midday around the world.
2 rue Louis-Boilly, 75016 Paris
A modern park and museum that’s popular with children and big kids alike – the interactive exhibits in the Explora display will keep all ages occupied, and there’s an amazing IMAX cinema, too. On the south side of the canal, there’s the Cité de la Musique music museum and concert hall, Zénith rock venue and Grande Halle for music fans, which host theatre productions, an outdoor film festival and Jazz à la Villette in September.
211 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Musée du Louvre
No guide to Parisian museums would be complete without a mention of the Louvre. One of the world’s most famous treasure troves, the Louvre is jam-packed with amazing discoveries – from Egyptian mummies to extravagant antiques and of course, the Mona Lisa. The stunning pyramid entrance is the perfect spot for touristy photos, too.