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Local Experts: Paris, Kate van den Boogert

By Local Expert Kate van den Boogert

Best Museums in Paris

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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

One the most visited buildings in Europe, the iconic Centre Pompidou, built in the mid-1970s in the heart of the city, looks like some kind of colorful iron lung. Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, their radical architecture famously placed the structure and services on the building’s exterior. Inside you’ll find the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, after New York’s MoMA.

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Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo

This exceptional arts space has no permanent collection but is an enormous—at over 236,800 square feet, it’s one of the largest contemporary arts space in Europe—forum for an abundance of modern art encounters and experiences. Its opening hours are radical too, noon to midnight every day except Tuesday.

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

In a wing of the Louvre, this museum presents a vast panorama of the decorative arts from the Middle Ages to today via 6,000 objects on permanent display, testament to the French art of living, the savoir-faire of its craftsmen, the creativity of its artists, and the passion of its collectors.

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Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

Located inside a grand old train station on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, this museum is dedicated to Impressionism, the avant-garde art movement centered in France over the period 1848-1914, and houses masterpieces by painters including Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.

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Le Louvre

Le Louvre

Housed in the former French royal palace, the Louvre is one of the world’s largest and most visited museums. Some highlights include the Egyptian antiquities department with its more than 50,000 pieces dating from 4,000 B.C. to the 4th century. Overrun with tourists, it’s worth visiting later in the day on Wednesdays and Fridays, when it stays open until 9:45 p.m.


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Le Louvre
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
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Musée d’Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur (Quai Anatole France), 75007 Paris, France
9.6/10

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
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Palais de Tokyo
13 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris, France
9.5/10

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Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
9.3/10

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