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 Museums in Paris

museed'orsay Off to Paris? Then don't miss the great museums, which are an integral part of Paris' tradition. Paris houses some of the world's greatest museums. To start with, there is the Louvre, which is more popular because it boasts of the Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. And there are other museums like Musée Rodin and Musée National Picasso. These museums generally concentrate on the works of specific artists. The museum Musée d'Orsay has paintings and sculptures as ancient as the 1850 to 1914 period, whereas in direct contrast, the Centre Georges Pompidou specialises in Modern Art.

Here is Parisbreak selection of 5 ‘must sees’ museums :

Address : Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
Phone : 01 40 20 51 51
Open : 9am-6pm (9am-10pm on Mondays, Aile Richelieu Only), closed on Tuesdays & some holidays
Admissions : FF45 / 6.85 euros before 3pm, FF26 / 3.90 euros after 3pm & Sundays, under 18 years old: free
Metro: Palais Royal
For more info, visit : Le Louvre

History: The Louvre was built in 1204, by Philippe Auguste primarily to make it a lavish palace for the French Kings and princes. This museum enjoys the position of being the biggest museums in the world since last two centuries.

Assets: The Louvre has a magnificent collection of Western art. Le Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world, its special attraction being the famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. The collections are divided into separate departments: Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Paintings, Sculptures, Art items, Prints and Drawings.

Musée d'Orsay
Address : 1, rue de Bellechasse, 7th arrondissement.
Phone : 01 40 49 48 14.
Open 10:00am-6:00pm (Thu until 9:45pm, Sun 9:00am-6:00pm). Closed on Mon.
Admissions : FF36 / 5.50 euros , reduced: FF24 / 3.60 euros
Metro : Solferino.
For more info, visit : Musée d'Orsay

History: Musée d'Orsay has an interesting history. Victor Laloux built the railway station, Gare d'Orsay, in 1900. The station was closed for the public in 1939. This vast once-upon-a-station has been used for a variety of purposes since then. In 1986, it was converted into an art museum.

Assets: This museum is specially dedicated to artists from the period of 1850 to 1914. It has all the artistic works like paintings, pastels, sculptures and even photographs. The museum proudly displays some of the masterpieces like Manet, Monet, Pissaro, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Matisse, Rodin and Gauguin.

Musée Picasso

Address : Hôtel Salé, 5, rue de Thorigny, 3rd arrondissement.
Phone : 01 42 71 25 21
Open 9:30am-5:30pm (Apr-Sep until 6:00pm). Closed Tue
Admissions : FF28 / 4.25 euros, reduced: FF18 / 2.75 euros
Metro : St-Sébastien-Froissart
For more info, visit : Musée Picasso

History: This museum was originally a hotel called Hôtel Salé built in 1656. The place was leased out in 1975 to the state. In 1985, the place was turned into a full fledged museum.

Assets: This museum showcases Picasso's rich artistic career. The museum has had the honour of displaying Picasso's personal collections which were donated by the great artist's heirs to the French state. You can even find Picasso's rare poetry, engraving and manuscripts. The museum also has the works of Cezanne and Matisse on display.

Musée Rodin

Address : Hôtel Biron, 77, rue de Varenne, 7th arrondissement
Phone : 01 47 05 01 34
Open 9:30am-5:40pm (winter until 4:45pm). Closed Mon
Admissions: FF32 / 4.88 euros, reduced: FF22 / 3.35 euros
Metro : Varenne
For more info, visit : Musée Rodin

History: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) lived and worked in Hôtel Biron, which was turned into the Rodin Museum after he agreed to give his collection and the exploitation rights to the French state in 1916. The museum opened in 1919, two years after the artist's sad demise.

Assets: Apart from the museum, some of Rodin's works are displayed in the gardens attached to the museum. You can find the most popular, enigmatic piece of work by the artist, "The thinker" in one of these very gardens.

Centre Pompidou

Address : 19, rue Beaubourg, 4th Arrondissement.
Phone : 01 44 78 12 33
Open noon-10:00pm (Sat & Sun 10:00am-10:00pm). Closed Tue.
Metro : Hotel de Ville
For more info, visit : Centre Pompidou

History: This museum which is also known by the name of Beaubourg, was erected in 1977 at the behest of former President Georges Pompidou. The well known architects, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers designed the museum.

Assets: Centre Pompidou has that old world surreal look thanks to the massive construction of glass and steel with its exterior escalators, elevators and ventilation shafts. Apart from the art galleries, the Centre also houses a huge library and record archives.

Here is a list of some other museums :

Cité de la musique

Institut du Monde Arabe

Musée Grevin

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Musée Rodin

Monnaie de Paris


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