If you’ve always wished to take a relaxing stroll or exciting jaunt around the historical streets of Paris, stopping to soak in the culture at some must-see museums along the way, this is the article for you.
Here at Alyaka, we’ve compiled a list of the most culturally rich museums in Paris to make your trip absolutely unforgettable.
1. The Louvre
The world’s largest, most popular museum, The Louvre is at the top of our list. Rejoice in this vast, labyrinthine maze full of beautifully-lit galleries, intriguing passageways and many staircases. This museum is a joy to explore, with many new additions and modifications continuing to this day, so there’s plenty to look at whenever you return.
This charming museum started its life as a train station which was designed by Victor Laloux back in 1900, and now houses a massive collection of artworks by the likes of Delacroix, Manet, Corot, Renoir, Gauguin, Monet, Van Gogh, Pissarro, and many other world renowned artists. The collection spans the period between 1848 and 1948.
Le Grand Palais was first built with the 1900 Exposition Universelle in mind, and is the result of three different architects, who each designed a façade. This particular museum has an interesting history, and at one point during World War II, was home to Nazi tanks.
The glass-roofed central hall had to be closed in 1994, but was recently restored back to its magnificent glory, so we’re once again able to enjoy this museum in all its splendour.
4. Petit Palais
The Petit Palais, located just across the road from its big brother (above) tends to be overlooked, despite housing without a doubt one of Paris’s most wonderful fine arts collections.
Here you’ll find an extensive range of important works by the likes of Courbet, Doré, Poussin and the impressionists, along with sculptures and other paintings from the Antiquity to 1900.
If we look at this museum as a whole (combined with the Musée de la Publicité and Musée de la Mode et du Textile), it becomes one of the largest and most important collections of decorative arts and design. The venue has recently undergone a €35million restoration, and is splendid to behold.
If history is your main interest, this museum is an essential stop on your tour of Paris, and features 140 chronological rooms depicting the city’s glorious history, all the way from pre-Roman Gaul right up to the 20th century.
Originally built in 1548, this museum features a large variety of wonders, including furniture, paintings, historical displays and even items that once belonged to Napoleon.
Europe’s oldest science museum, Musée des Arts et Métiers showcases gorgeous astrolabs, barometers, celestial spheres, clocks, weighing devices, brilliant to-scale models of buildings and machines, and the Lumière brothers’ cinematograph, along with some of Pascal’s fascinating old calculating devices. There is so much more to see at this intriguing museum, with plenty to get your mind and imagination fired up.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of must-visit museums in Paris, but with so much to see and do, this is merely a taste of what the great city has to offer.