Do you love museums? If yes, then you should make most of your time visiting the famous museums of Paris. Museums are one of the best ways to experience art in Paris. Moreover, museums have something to share about the country’s story to its visitors. Some museums are so large that it would take many hours and cause much pain to your feet for seeing everything they have on display. If you think museums bring some benefit to your artistic taste or if you want to have some serious fun complementing the scenario—-visiting museums add some worth to your Paris visit.
Let’s check out ‘Must see Museums in Paris’ that make your Paris visit truly memorable.
1. The Louvre Museum
It’s the museum that you cannot miss. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world. You will get to see the most impressive art collections in history there. The magnificent, baroque-style palace and museum — LeMusée du Louvre in French — rests along the banks of the Seine River in Paris. It is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions.
The Louvre Museum started as a fortification in the 12th century and grew into a palace that ultimately became the foremost home of King Louis XIV. Its beginnings as a museum date back to 1793 when the Museum Central des Arts begins in a part of the palace. By 1882, it had been completely transformed into the Louvre as we know it today.
The Louvre museum, one of the finest of art museums, has a collection of over 35,000 works, with paintings dating back to 12th century to the present, featuring all European schools and sculpture from antiquity to the mid-19th century. Its most symbolic works feature “Winged Victory,” “Venus de Milo” and da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” The historic Tuileries Gardens which are adjacent to the Louvre, planted heavily seasoned with bulbs and perennials and that consist of ponds and specially shaped trees.
The entry ticket may cost you €9 i.e. Rs. 682.36. The fares stand to be reduced in case you plan to reach there after 6pm on a Wednesday or Friday, then you may get a reduction in your entrance fee to just €6 i.e. Rs. 454.9 and the museum continues to open until 9.45 pm. Entrance becomes free for visitors under 26 year old age-groups during Friday evenings. If you are looking for special benefits, well head there on Bastille Day(14th July) or on the first Sunday of every month because entrance is free for everyone, all day. Be careful though, the galleries get more crowded at these times.
2. Musee d’Orsay
Internationally acknowledged for its impressive collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d’Orsay also exhibits all Western artistic creation from 1848 to 1914. Its collections features all expressive forms, from painting to architecture, as well as sculpture, the decorative arts and photography. You’re sure to be awestruck by the beauty of the place: a train station that looks like a palace, inaugurated for the 1900 Universal Exposition.
Why to waste time? When you can pre-purchase tickets online. Yes, you can directly reach entrance C with your online tickets. Admission falls to €9 i.e. Rs. 682.31 after 4.30 pm (after 6pm on Thursday). Combined tickets with the Musée de l’Orangerie may cost you €14 i.e. Rs. 1061.37, along with the combined tickets with the Musée Rodin you may bear €18 i.e. Rs. 1364.62. But both these combined tickets stands valid for a single visit to the museums within three months.
3. Pompidou Center/National Museum of Modern Art
Since 1977, the Pompidou Center has amassed France’s National Museum of Modern Art. Works at the Pompidou date from the start of the 20th century and operates till date. Its seven levels of glass and steel structurize a suitable backdrop with a modern sensibility. Cubism, abstract art, Dada, surrealism, post-World War II and the 1960s find its presence among the 60,000 works at the Pompidou, as do such modern art giants as Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Pollock, Mondrian, Leger and Le Corbusier, among many others. Now check out the fares for the entry to Pompidou Center/National Museum of Modern Art as:
For Centre Pompidou lobby: Free Entry (including access to gift shop, café and restaurant, book store).
For Museum and Exhibitions: €12 i.e. Rs. 909.75 & reduced rate of €10 i.e. Rs. 758.12 for visitors 18-25.
Kids under 18 (collect your free pass at the ticket window)
Prices may differ for music, dance and theatre concerts, cinema screenings, and concerts. You can also pre-purchase your tickets and take a print online. For seeing the view from the top, go for the Panaroma ticket which is priced at €3 i.e. Rs.227.44.