Museums

Museums

Helpful Tip: You can gain unlimited access to over 60 of Paris's museums and monuments with the Paris Museum Pass. 2-day (35€), 4-day (50€), and 6-day (65€) passes are available online for advance purchase here.

 

Louvre

The Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace... you will find all these masterpieces in the Louvre, the most famous museum in the world! In the heart of Paris, this former palace of the Kings of France, a museum since 1793, with over 35,000 works on display, holds the largest collections of art from the ancient world, Western Art and Islamic Art, up to the mid 19th century. Worth a visit: the Tuileries Gardens (the oldest in Paris) and Carrousel Gardens.

Facilities & Information: map/ plan in Simplified Chinese, Welcome leaflet, publications, DVD ROM, wide variety of gifts and souvenirs. Lots of cafés and restaurants.www.louvre.fr

 

Musée du quai Branly

Located on the banks of the Seine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the musée du quai Branly is dedicated to the Arts and Civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, showcasing a blend of many cultural, religious and historical influences. It is a place of scientific and artistic dialogue, an opportunity for exchange between the public, researchers, students and contemporary creators. Exhibitions, shows, conferences, workshops and projections are high points of the museum's program throughout the year. Designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, the musée du quai Branly permanently showcases 3,500 works from this universal heritage in a 5,000 m2 space. The public can also enjoy the use of a 500-seat theater, a projection room, several classrooms, a reading room, and a mediatheque with a consultation room for precious collections.Entrances at 37 Quai Branly, and 206 & 218 rue de l'Université; entrance for handicapped visitors at 222 rue de l'Université.Metro stops: Pont de l'Alma (RER C), Bir Hakeim (line 6), Iéna (line 9)Tel: +33 01 56 61 70 00http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/

 

Musée d’Orsay

The biggest Impressionist collection in the world! This is one of the most famous museums in the world both for its collections and the unusual nature of the building. Constructed in 1900, Orsay station, with its large glass roof and top lighting offers unparalleled light levels. 4,000 works from all the fine arts from 1848 to 1914 covering this decisive period in the history of art. All the great artists are represented here - Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Millet, Courbet, Rodin, etc.

Facilities & Information: plan& guide, audio guide and many books in Chinese available from the shop.

Tour takes 1 hour 30 minsto 2 hours 33 (0)1 40 49 48 14 spa@musee-orsay.fr

 

Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

The Jardin des Plantes (botanical gardens): a magnificent listed garden in the heart of Paris. Enjoy a stroll through one of the world’s oldest zoological gardens and its original exhibition galleries presenting the evolution of life.

The Musée de l’Homme (museum of mankind): A prestigious museum which decodes the characteristics of our species.

Parc Zoologique de Paris (zoological gardens): one of the most famous zoos in France. A 15-hectare wooded park where you can see nearly 600 animals at close quarters.

Arboretum de Chèvreloup: the living museum of the tree.

Facilities & Information: souvenir and bookshops, interactive terminals, information sheets, temporary exhibitions, guided tours, cafés/restaurants. Tour takes 1 hour 30 mins to half

 

Museum of Montmatre

Located close to the Place du Tertre and the Montmartre vineyard, dances and cabarets and famous artists, through paintings, drawings, posters, sculptures, and objects.

Facilities & Information: museum, gardens, bookshop, website, visitor leaflet in several languages including English and Simplified Chinese.

Tour takes 1 hour - 33 (0)1 49 25 89 37 infos@museedemontmartre.comwww.museedemontmartre.com

 

Musée Jacquemart- André - Culturespaces

A unique collection in Paris at the heart of Italian Renaissance, masterpieces of the 18th century French School and the Flemish Masters in a sumptuous mansion: Fragonard, Boucher, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Ucello, Mantegna.

Facilities & Information: shop, restaurant, lunch options and combined ntrance tickets to other sites in the region.

Tour takes 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours - 33 (0)1 45 62 11 59 message@musee-jacquemartandre.comwww.musee-jacquemartandre. com

 

Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme

The only museum in France presenting the history of the Jewish people from the Middle Ages to the 20th century through its artistic and cultural heritage. It accords a special place to the history of Jews in France, but also touches on the Jewish communities of Europe and North Africa. Cultural objets d’art, manuscripts, jewellery, sculptures, paintings (Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine).

Facilities & Information: café, giftshop, bookshop. Audioguides in several languages including English.

Tour takes 1 hour 30 mins - 33 (0)1 53 01 86 53 info@mahj.orgwww.mahj.org

 

Musée Guimet

The largest museum of Asian art in Europe! One of the twelve top French museums visited by President Hu Jintao in 2004. Priceless collection of 45,000 works of art from seventeen countries: paintings, frescoes and rare Chinese porcelain, to be seen only in Paris!

Facilities & Information: free audioguide in Chinese, information sheets in Chinese, website in several languages including English and Chinese, restaurant serving European and Asian food.

Tour takes 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours - 33 (0)1 55 73 31 63 alix.lame-bergis@guimet.fr

 

Centre Georges Pompidou

Paris's modern art museum.

 33 (0)1 44 78 12 33 therese.groutsch@centrepompidou.frwww.centrepompidou.fr

 

Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard

Two splendid Fragonard perfume museums in Paris, where you can see the biggest collection of perfume-related objects in the world. A wide range of perfumery goods, cosmetics, soaps, etc. Free guided tour (30 mins) in several languages including English and Chinese at all our establishments.

Facilities & Information: perfumery products on sale at factory prices. 33 (0)4 93 36 44 65 - Fax: 33 (0)4 93 36 57 32tourisme@fragonard.comwww.fragonard.com

 

Musée Picasso

The Picasso Museum is located in the Hôtel Salé, a mid-17th century private mansion in the heart of the Marais district. The museum shows how Picasso’s work evolved as he experimented with different styles, going from ink drawings to his blue and pink periods and finally sculpture. The museum is currently undergoing construction but will re-open in 2010.

Facilities & Information: 33 (0)1 42 71 25 21 - Fax : 33(0)1 48 04 75 46 www.musee-picasso.fr

Access: Hôtel Salé 5, rue de Thorigny - 75003 PARISDistrict : Marais / Les HallesMetro : Saint Paul RER : Châtelet Les Halles Bus : 29, 69, 75, 96

 

Palais de Tokyo

The building was constructed in 1937 for the international exhibition of “Arts et Techniques.” Closed since 1995, it re-opened in 2002. Designed by architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, it is now devoted to all types of contemporary design including Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Drawings, Multimedia from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Facilities & Information: 33 (0)1 47 23 38 86 - Fax : 33(0)1 47 20 15 31 contact@palaisdetokyo.comwww.palaisdetokyo.com

Access: 13,avenue du Président Wilson 75116 PARISDistrict : Tour Eiffel / TrocadéroIéna RER : Pont de l'Alma Bus : 32

 

Musée Grévin

If you’ve always wanted to see Madonna, Pablo Picasso, Spiderman, Louis Armstrong, Albert Einstein, or Louis XIV, go check out the Musée Grévin and say hello to their wax figures! Spread out over six different halls are life-size wax sculptures of the stars of showbiz and people in the news, past and present. The collection is updated regularly. Make it a family trip with the children: they’ll enjoy spotting celebrities and being let into the secret of how the waxworks are made.

Facilities & Information: 33 (0)1 47 70 85 05 - Fax : 33(0)1 47 70 84 00 contact@grevin.comwww.grevin.com

Access: 10, boulevard Montmartre 75009 PARISDistrict : Opéra / Grands boulevardsMetro : Grands Boulevards RER : Auber SNCF : Gare Saint-Lazare Bus : 20, 39, 48, 67, 74, 85

 

Grand Palais - Petit Palais - Palais de la Découverte

Grand Palais

The Grand Palais des Beaux Arts, or the Grand Palace of Fine Arts, constructed in Paris in 1897 for the 1900 World’s Fair, is one of the principal monuments of Paris. Situated at the edge of the Avenue des Champs Elysées, this building reflects the heritage of the great works realized by French architects at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Destined to be destroyed after the fair (just like the Eiffel Tower), the building is today considered the jewel of French craftsmanship, as demonstrated by its spectacular glass vaulted ceiling. Numerous exhibitions of world renown are shown each year in its many rooms.

Facilities & Information:33 (0)1 44 13 17 17 www.grandpalais.fr

Access: 3, avenue du Général-Eisenhower 75008 Paris Métro : lignes 1, 9, 13 / Stations : Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-ClemenceauRER : lignes C / Stations : InvalidesBus : lignes 28, 42, 52, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93

Petit Palais

The Petit Palais’s main purpose is to act as the Musée des Beaux-Arts (museum of fine arts) of the City of Paris. It is one of the rare Parisian museums to offer the public a wide range of art work including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, objets d’art and, for the first time, icons, donated by Roger Cabal. This artistic panorama covers a vast time scale from antiquity to early 20th-century: ancient and medieval collections rub shoulders with French and Italian Renaissance works or Flemish and Dutch art. The 18th-century works of the Tuck donation and the splendid collection of French 19th-century paintings feature among the museum’s treasures, with prestigious artists such as Delacroix, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and Courbet.

Facilities & Information: 33 (0)1 53 43 40 00 - Fax : 33 (0)1 53 43 40 53 www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Access: Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 PARISDistrict : Champs-Elysées / Louvre Metro: Champs Elysées Clemenceau RER: Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Bus: 42, 72, 73, 80, 83

Palais de la DecouverteA museum for kids who are fascinated by science and discoveries in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, and biology. In Paris’s 8th arrondissement in the west wing of the Grand Palais, this establishment is both a scientific center and a museum, aimed at all those – children and adults alike – who are interested in science and its applications. Six themes are presented in an entertaining and educational way: astronomy/astrophysics, chemistry, geosciences, physics, mathematics and earth sciences. You will find permanent and visiting exhibitions, guided tours, workshops and conferences with on-the-spot experiments and where you can ask questions of the scientists. Don’t miss the Zeiss Planetarium.

Facilities & Information: 33 (0)1 56 43 20 21 - Fax : 33(0)1 40 74 81 81 www.palais-decouverte.fr

Access:Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 75008 PARISDistrict : Champs-Elysées / LouvreMetro:Champs Elysées Clemenceau RER: Invalides Bus: 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93

 

La Vilette Exibition Park

A complex for cinematic, artistic, and scientific exhibitions, this space is located on the periphery of Paris and is associated with both nature and architecture, leisure and culture. It represents of a laboratory of cultural democratization where art and society can have an ongoing dialogue. Numerous scientific and playful expositions take place here all throughout the year, and a number of documentaries are projected each year in the Omnimax room.

Facilities & Information: 33 (0)1 40 03 75 75 www.villette.comAccess: 211 avenue Jean Jaurès 75935 PARIS Cedex 19