Some would say the whole of Paris is a piece of art, one that changes every hour of every day, every day of the year, art in motion. It certainly houses beautiful parks, fascinating people, stunning views, grand statues, impressive buildings and a symphony for the senses.
However if you’ve come to Paris to enjoy the art galleries as well as the City you’re in for a treat as Paris houses some of the most astounding collections of art in the World, as well as some of the most famous pieces by leading artists. The major Paris art galleries of note are:
The Louvre – although officially a Museum the Louvre is home to world famous art and is an unmissable attraction for art-lovers.
Musee d’Orsay – set in an old but very grand railway station this gallery is home to Impressionist masters including several of Van Gogh’s paintings, some of Manet’s paintings, Monet’s famous Blue Waterlilies, and Edgar Degas’ Dancers statues. The galleries are set over three floors with most of the popular Impressionist work on the upper floor.
Musee Picasso – another must-visit art gallery especially for lovers of Picasso is the Musee Picasso in the Marais district. Its homed in a restored hotel and contains an extensive collection of Pablo Picasso’s work, and his own art collection.
Musee National d’Art Moderne – is situated in the controversially stunning Pompidou Centre which looks like an inside-out Sesame Street factory! Exhibitions of new art are held throughout the year, but resident art is here with over 1,500 pieces on display. Children will love this museum, the building and the contemporary fountains outside.
Musee Rodin – is the site of some of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures including The Thinker and Burghers of Calais set in stunning gardens surrounding Rodin’s mansion.
L’Orangerie – houses several of Monet’s waterlilies paintings as well as collections by Renoir and Picasso among others.
Musee Marmottan – features some of Claude Monet’s lesser known works, a collection of over 150 pieces.
Espace Montmatre – is an underground museum which is a perfect home for some of Salvador Dali’s lesser known works.
Maison Europeenne de la Photographie – is for photography fans with several large portrait collections as well as landscapes and contemporary collections.