Museums in Paris

Can’t decide which museum(s) to go to on your visit to Paris?

Here is a summary of some of the museums I have visited in Paris that might help in your trip planning.

(Please note that the information below is compiled using information available at January 2013. Therefore, it is subject to change for each museum.)

For tips on visiting museums in Paris, click here.

1. Musée d’Orsay


  • If you’re a fan of impressionism, this is the museum to go to. You will find the works of the impressionists such as Monet, Degas, and Renior.
  • This museum used to be a train station, so the interior itself is worth a the visit!

Location: 62, rue de Lille

Access: Metro – Solférino (line 12) or RER C – Musée d’Orsay

Buses – 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94

Admission:  Full rate = 9.00 €

(Musée d’Orsay /Musée de l’Orangerie Passport =16.00 €)


Mondays + Jan.1, May 1, and Dec.25 Closed
Tues.,Wed.,Fri.-Sun. 9.30am to 6pm
Thursdays 9.30am to 9.45pm

2. Musée Rodin


  • This is the museum where you can find “The Thinker” by Rodin.
  • This museum is especially nice to visit during spring/summer time as there is a beautiful garden outside the museum.

Location: 79, rue de Varenne

Access: Metro – Varenne (line 13) or  Invalides (line 13, line 8)

                 RER C – Invalides

                 Buses – 69, 82, 87, 92

Admission:  Full rate = 9.00 € (Garden only = 1.00 €)


Mondays Closed
Tues., Thurs. – Sun. 10am to 5.45pm
Wednesdays 10am to 8.45pm

3. Musée Marmottan Monet


  • This museum is not as well known as the big museums like Orsay or the Louvre, but if you’re a Monet fan, you will fall in love with this museum:)

Location: 2 Rue Louis Boilly

Access: Metro – Ranelagh (line 9) or La Muette (line 9)

Admission:  Full rate = 10.00 €


Mondays + Jan.1, May 1, and Dec.25 Closed
Wed. – Sun. 10am to 6pm
Tuesdays 10am to 8pm

4. Centre Pompidou


  • As you can see from the exterior of the building, Centre Pompidou is a modern arts museum.
  • On a sunny day, you can see a beautiful view of Paris from the top of the museum (including the Eiffel Tower and Sacre-Couer)

Location: Place Georges-Pompidou – Paris 4e

Access: Metro – Rambuteau (line 11) or Hôtel de Ville (line 1, 11)

                 RER A, B, D – Châtelet-Les Halles

                 Buses 38, 21, 29, 47, 58, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85, 96

Admission:  Full rate = 11.00 € or  13.00 € depending on the period


Mon, Wed. ~ Sun. 11am to 10pm
Tuesdays + May 1  Closed

5. Musée du Louvre


  • The museum is HUGE. It will take days to see the whole museum, so if you’re planning to visit for a few hours, grab a map and identify what you really want to see in the museum.
  • This is where you can see the “Mona Lisa.”
  • The movie “The Da Vinci Code” was filmed here as well.

Access: Metro – Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre (line 1)

                 Buses –  21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95

Admission:  Full rate = 11.00 €


Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun  9am to 6pm
Tuesdays  Closed
Wed. & Fri. 9am to 9.45pm

6. Maison Européenne de la photographie


  • If you’re into photography, try to include this museum in your itinerary.
  • Admission is free every Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm

Location: 5/7 rue de Fourcy

Access: Metro – Saint Paul (line 1) or Pont Marie (line 7)

                 Buses – 67, 69, 96 or 76.

Admission:  Full rate = 7.00 €


Mondays, Tuesdays, Public holidays  Closed
Wed. ~ Sun.  11 am – 8pm

7. Musée de l’Orangerie


  • Monet’s water lily paintings can be found here in oval rooms. 
  • If you are planning to visit Giverny (where Monet’s house and the water lily ponds are located), you should make a visit to this museum afterwards.

Location: Jardin des Tuileries

Access: Metro – Concorde (line 1, 8, 12)

                 Buses – 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94

Admission:  Full rate = 7.50 €


Jan.1, May 1, and Dec.25 Closed
Everyday (except the above days) 9am to 6pm

8. Espace Dalí


  • Located near Montmartre, you can find surrealistic art pieces by Dali including the melting clock.

Location: 11, rue Poulbot

Access: Metro – Anvers (line 2) or Abbesses (line Metro 12) + Funicular
                 Buses – 54, 80

Admission: Full rate =11.00 €


All year long 10am to 6pm
Late closings in July & August until 8pm

9. Musée national Picasso

  • Unfortunately, this museum is closed for renovation until Summer 2013


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