For sure, Paris one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. No wonder, its rich culture, old history, breathtaking architecture and indescribable charm attract millions of tourist every year. If you are an art and history lover, Paris is a perfect place for you, since almost at any street or any corner you will find a museum and you will never be disappointed! Just imagine, the total number of museums in the city is almost 250! They say, one life is not enough to discover Paris, but we will try to give you some tips for you trip! Check out our list of 5 museums you should go in Paris!
1. The Louvre
Probably, the most famous museum in Paris, France and even in the world is The Louvre (or The Louvre Museum). Moreover, with its magnificent architecture, fountains and gardens, the museum is one of the most famous landmarks of the city. This is the most visited museum in the world, which receives almost 10 millions visitors per year and is exhibiting more than 380,000 objects and 35,000 of the most famous art pieces in the world, from Egyptian collections to the modern masterpieces of the XXI century. Definitely, this is something that you will remember till the end of your life. Don’t be scared of the long lines of people in front of the entrance. It is absolutely worth waiting for this time!
2. Musée d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay is actually something more than just a museum. It is placed in the building of the former Gare d'Orsay, a railway station that was built in the end of the 19th century, and its huge clock in the main hall of the museum is a reminder about its original mission. The museum was established quite short time ago, in the year of 1986. However, its brilliant collection of art, paintings, sculptures, architecture, photography ad decorative arts, quickly made it one of the most well-known museums in the world. It is specially famous for the largest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces, including paintings of Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
3. Centre Georges Pompidou
Centre Georges Pompidou, or as it is commonly known, Centre Pompidou, is one of the biggest and most important art centres in Europe. Its high-tech building hosts the Public Information Library, National Museum of Modern Art and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research, which make it not only a museum area, but also a development and educational centre. The area in front of the museum is called Place Georges Pompidou, and is also known for its big street performance, carnivals and open-air events.
4. National Museum of Modern Art
You may think that Paris is all about history, classic art and masterpieces of the previous centuries, but this is absolutely not true and the National Museum of Modern Art is a perfect example to prove this. Located in the famous Centre Pompidou, about which you could read in the previous paragraph, the museum holds the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, giving way only to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For sure, this is a #1 in the list of museums you should go in Paris, if you want to discover all the shapes and all the shades of the nowadays cultural environment.
5. National Museum of Natural History
The museum not only represents a natural history of France, but has an interesting and exciting story itself. Established in the beginning of the 17th century, the museum comprises 14 sites throughout France nowadays, 4 of which (and actually, the main ones) are located in Paris. In this stunning building of the centuries old palace you will find information and examples of rare plants and animals, dinosaur skeletons and tropical hothouses. Moreover, it also includes the royal botanical garden, the Jardin des Plantes with its breathtaking natural wonders. For sure, this is a “must” place in Paris for everyone! Doesn’t matter, if you travel alone or with your family, this museum is perfectly planned to please the interest of any kind of visitors, even the smallest ones!
Of course, this list would be incomplete without mentioning hundreds of other amazing places and museums, because each of them is opening the whole new world for its visitors. But we believe that one day you will explore all of them by yourself, because, as we said in the beginning, even one life is not enough to discover Paris!