Sainte Chappelle

Paris Museums

There is a countless number of excellent museums in Paris for study abroad students to visit. They cover a stunning range of subjects from classic natural science and art museums to those focusing on fashion, decorative arts, engineering, the history of Paris, French literary figures and more. Students will receive an art/art history student card that will allow them to access all national museum permanent collections for free. They will receive reduced entrance fees to non-national museums. In addition, these national museums are free all day the first Sunday of every month, but be warned, they tend to be very crowded on those days, so get there early!


  • One of the most impressive museums in the world.
  • Many highlights: Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, the Venus di Milo, The Victory of Samothrace
  • On Friday night, there is free admission for all youth under 26.
  • Address: Jardin des Tuileries, (1er), Métro: Louvre-Rivoli

Musee D’Orsay

  • New renovation completed recently has made the excellent collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and other masterpieces even more delightful. One of the earliest examples of a public art building repurposed from an abandoned industrial building (former train station along the banks of the Seine River).
  • Address: 62 rue de Lille, (7e), Métro: Solferino or RER: Musee d’Orsay

Musee Picasso

  • Has finally reopened after 5 long years of renovation. This stupendous late Medieval town house (Hôtel Salé) in the Marais houses an excellent collection of works by Pablo Picasso as well as works of other artists in his personal collection and regular temporary exhibitions.
  • Address: 5, rue de Thorigny, (3e), Metro: Saint-Paul; Saint- Sebastien-Froissart; Chemin Vert

Centre Pompidou

  • One of the early controversial public building projects in Paris. Has developed a grudging respect, if not great affection from the local Parisians. Especially excellent collection of early 20th century art but also has nice pieces from latter half of 20th century as well as contemporary art exhibits.
  • Address: Place Georges Pompidou, (4e), Métro: Rambuteau

Musée Rodin

  • The Rodin museum is home to an amazing collection of Rodin sculptures–and the garden is a real treat! Do not miss “The Thinker,” “The Kiss,” and “The Gates of Hell.”
  • Address: 79, rue de Varenne, (7e), Métro: Varenne

Musee Carnavalet

  • This French history museum will give you insight into the development of the country and people of France, their struggles for freedom, their great thinkers and their unique culture.
  • Address: 23, rue de Sévigne, (3e), Métro: Saint Paul

Jeu de Paume

  • Hosts a rotating series of photography exhibits (contemporary and historic).
  • Address: Jardin des Tuileries, (1er), Métro: Concorde

Musee Jacquement-Andre

  • This houses an extensive collection of both French and Dutch Art.
  • Address: 158, Boulevard Haussmann, (8e), Métro: Miromesnil

Musée Marmottan Monet

  • This museum is the place to go for some truly excellent Impressionist art, mostly Monet.
  • Address: 2, rue Louis-Boilly, (16e), Métro: La Muette

Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris

  • The Beaux Arts museum is another site which is worth visiting for the building’s  historical significance alone, but doubles its value with a great collection of important art.
  • Address: Le Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, (8e), Metro: Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau; Concorde

Musée de l’Orangerie

  • Musee de l’Orangerie is famous among other things as the home of Monet’s Les Nymphéas (Waterlilies) and other impressionist & post-impressionist works.
  • Address: Jardin des Tuileries, (1er), Metro: Concorde

Institut du Monde Arab

  • Showcases calligraphy, decorative arts, architecture and historical artefacts from the Arab/Islamic world.
  • Address: 1, rue de Fosses Saint Bernard, (5e), Metro: Jussieu; Cardinal Lemoine

Musée du Quai Branly

  • Museum of primitive art which was strongly promoted by former French president Jacques Chirac. In addition to a beautiful collection of “first arts” from around the world (think Aztecs, Mayans), the building is itself a remarkable creation of world-famous French architect Jean Nouvel.
  • Address: 37 quai Branly (7e), Métro: Alma Marceau

Musee national du Moyen Age (Musée Cluny)

  • Houses a large collection of medieval art. The collection of 6 Lady & the Unicorn Dutch tapestries from more than 500 years ago are among the great highlights in Paris museums.
  • Address: 6, place Paul Painlev, (5e), Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne

Other PICA pages which may interest you: