Which Parisian Museum Should YOU Visit? There’s One for Everyone!

You don’t know what to do this weekend and the weather is keeping you from going out? You’d like to discover or learn something new? Here is our selection of Parisian museums that was made for you. You will find a museum to brighten up your day, whether you want to visit it alone, with your family or with friends.

 

Children-friendly museums

For children over three years old

Le Musée en Herbe

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Since its opening in 1975, Le Musée en Herbe’s main goal has always been to introduce children – and their families – to art in a fun and interesting way. Forty years later, no one can deny that it is a success, with over 125,000 visitors last year.

When they enter the museum, the children become superheroes whose journey will lead them to discover art.

The workshops and animated visits are open to children over two and a half years old. A non-animated visit can also be booked.

Address: 23 rue de L’Arbre-Sec, 75001 Paris

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website* for more information.

 

Le Musée de la Musique

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You’d like to discover music with your children or your niece and nephew? Le Musée de la Musique is perfect for you. Different visits/workshops, musical tales, concerts/strolls and acoustic journeys are available for every family member over 4 years old.

Children (and grown-ups!) can discover and play different instruments, take on the role of conductor, recreate famous melodies from American films and much more.

Address: 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm. Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website* for more information.

 

For children over six years old

The Museum of Fairground Arts

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Along with the Théâtre du Merveilleux and the Salons Vénitiens, Le Musée des Arts Forains (Fairground Museum) is part of the Pavillons de Bercy – a set of venues in the heart of Paris.

The unusual visit takes you on a tour of the magical world of fairground arts.

You discover the Belle Epoque funfairs, the traditional curiosity cabinets and an impressive collection of objects from the performing arts of the 19th and 20th centuries – brought back to life by comedians.

Address: 53 avenue des Terroirs de France, 75012, Paris

Opening hours: Visits take place Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Art Ludique – Le Musée

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You love comics, manga, video games and animated movies? Come visit Art Ludique to discover the colourful drawings, sculptures and paintings that created your favourite fantasy worlds: Pixar, The Art in Video Games, The Art of Bluesky, Walt Disney: Movement by Nature or even The Art of the Marvel Superheroes.

The museum is currently moving to a new location, but in the meantime you can visit their “Hors Les Murs” exhibition.

Visit the museum’s website for more information and to locate the next exhibition.

 

Le Musée de la Magie

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You would like to add a touch of magic in your child’s life? Visit the Museum of Magic! You will discover the fabulous world of illusionists and all of their tricks, from the 18th century to this day.

The visit is animated by certified magicians and ends with a magical show.

You can even become a magician yourself by applying for one of the magic internships organised during summer holidays.

Address: 11 Rue Saint-Paul, 75004, Paris

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

For children over ten years old

The Gallery of Evolution

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The Gallery of Evolution is part of the Parisian Botanic Garden; it traces the history of the species with whom we share, or have shared, our beautiful planet.

You get to see more than 7,000 specimens. From the southern whale to the buffalo, the sand fox and the blue-and-yellow macaw, you are going to be amazed.

You can also learn more about the theory of evolution and its major players.

A cabinet of virtual reality will take you to the heart of evolution and a gallery made especially for children will introduce the youngsters to it in a playful way.

Address: 36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005, Paris

Opening hours:

  • During school holidays: Open every day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, except on Tuesdays.
  • During the rest of the year: Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

The French National Museum of Natural History

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The French National Museum of Natural History is composed of thirteen locations in total. Four of them are in Paris and the most important one is the Parisian Botanic Garden itself.

You can wander in the different botanical gardens (alpine, environmentally friendly and English), the greenhouses, the menagerie (where there are more than 600 mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians) as well as different galleries – including the Gallery of Evolution and many others.

You can visit their website for more information and to find the opening dates and hours of the different locations and to book your visit.

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Opening hours: Every day from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm, from March to September.

 

Le Palais de la Découverte

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The Palais was created for the international exhibition of 1937 and, since then, it has introduced millions of people to astronomy, chemistry, physics, life sciences, earth sciences and mathematics – as well as computing and information science.

The most important discoveries of the past, as well as the most recent ones, are explained in a fun way to connect the scientists and the public – and why not inspire future scientists?

Address: Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Sunday and on bank holidays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Fourteen years’ old and over

Le Musée des Arts et Métiers

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The motto of the Musée des Arts et Métiers would roughly translate as “Enlighten the ignorance that does not know and the poverty that cannot afford to know”. During your visit of the museum, you will come across no less than 80,000 objects and 15,000 drawings on various topics. The museum is organised into seven sections: scientific instruments, materials, construction, communication, energy, mechanics and transportation.

You can also visit the old priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, which has been turned into a “temple” dedicated to technologies during the French Revolution.

Address: 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris

Opening hours: On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

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The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is part of La Villette park. You cannot miss its gigantic dome structure made of steel and glass.

It is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to the popularization of science.

Whatever your passion is – whether it is space, oceans, robots, mathematics, the brain or even sound – you will find something that will make your eyes shine bright.

There is also a Cité des Enfants, dedicated to children. Entertaining activities are available for children from 2 to 7 years old and from 5 to 12 years old.

Address: 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou – 75019 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

 

Museums for art enthusiasts

Museums dedicated to one artist

Pablo Picasso Museum

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You would love to learn more about the founding father of most of the modern art movements? The Pablo Picasso museum was created for you. It houses the largest collection of artworks from the famous Spanish painter in the world.

It traces his life through his paintings – articulated around a spiral staircase in chronological order.  It is a sight to behold!

Address: 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. On Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Rodin Museum

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If you would like to escape Paris for an afternoon and discover the work of Rodin, this museum is for you. It is located in a private mansion built during the 18th century. The view of, and from, the garden is beautifully picturesque.

You get to discover the work of the sculptor – including the famous Le Penseur – but also the work of his muse and mistress, Camille Claudel.

Address: 77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Espace Dali

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The museum is located at the heart of the Montmartre District and displays the work of Salvador Dali, the famous surrealist artist.

Bronze sculptures, furnitures, drawings and engravings are on display – all representative of the different periods of his life.

Address: 11 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris

Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Museums dedicated to certain parts of the world

Cernuschi Museum

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The Cernuschi museum is based on Henri Cernuschi’s collection of Asian art. All the artworks on display are from the Far East: Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam, mostly.

You can observe a gigantic Japanese sculpture of Buddha, a large collection of Chinese bronzes, as well as many other artworks created by foreign artists who have lived in France.

Address: 7 Avenue Velasquez, 75008, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Orsay Museum

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The museum is located in the former Orsay train station, built for the Universal Exposition of 1900. It is one of the most visited place in Paris.

All the artworks on display belong to the impressionist and pre-impressionist movements of the 19th century. You can discover the work of Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and many others.

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Zadkine Museum

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The Zadkine museum is located in the former workshop of the eponymous artist and is dedicated to his work.

You can explore some of his most famous pieces, sculpted in wood, bronze or even cement.

Temporary exhibitions of Russian artists also take place in the museum.

Address: 100bis Rue d’Assas, 75006, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum

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The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac is located right next to the Eiffel Tower. It is the home of the largest non-occidental art collection.

More than 700,000 pieces are on display. Whether they are from Africa, Asia, Oceania or America, they would stun any art enthusiast.

Address: 37 quai Branly, 75007, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Museums dedicated to a certain time period or a genre

Bourdelle Museum

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The Bourdelle museum is located in the former workshop of the eponymous sculptor.

It is filled with old furniture, graphic art and unfinished statues – as well as renowned ones such as Hercules the Archer, Adam and The Head of Apollo.

You can also visit the temporary modern sculptors’ exhibitions that are held in the museum.

Address: 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Le Musée de l’Orangerie

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If the Quai d’Orsay museum belongs to the 19th century, then Le Musée de l’Orangerie belongs to the 20th.

The museum is renowned for its large Claude Monet art collection, but also for specialising in the post-impressionist movement.

You can discover the art of Jean Walter, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Sisley and many others.

Address: Jardin des Tuileries, 75001, Paris

Opening hours: Every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Museum of Modern Art

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The museum is located in one of the aisles of the Palais de Tokyo. It specialises in modern art: photography, sculptures, paintings, installations and more – all kinds of media are on display.

Address: 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Cognacq-Jay Museum

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The Cognacq-Jay museum is located in a private mansion dating back to the Renaissance – and is very well preserved in the heart of Le Marais District. It carries the name of a rich collector – an Enlightenment Period enthusiast – who opened the museum to put his 18th century art collection on display.

You can wander in the beautiful hallways of the mansion while observing decorative and graphic artworks, paintings, sculptures and antique furniture.

Address: 8 Rue Elzevir, 75003, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Museums offering an immersive experience

Louvre Museum

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The Louvre Museum is an international institution, and the guardian of the French cultural influence.

It is the largest museum in the world, with more than 770,000 square feet of exhibition space.

It is the home of no less than 500,000 artworks – of which 35,000 are on display for visitors to see.

All sorts of art forms, movements and periods are represented: paintings and sculptures, the 12th century medieval fortress and the modern glass pyramid built in 1982 – and more.

Visiting the Louvre is like entering a timeless bubble, away from your everyday life.

Address: Pyramide du Louvre, 75001, Paris

Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

L’Atelier des Lumières

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Bruno Monnier – who created the Carrières de Lumières project – discovered La Fonderie du Chemin Vert in 2013, in the heart of Le Ménilmontant District. He fell in love with the history of the place and its large volumes and decided to turn it into the digital museum L’Atelier des Lumières.

During your visit, you wander through the hallways of this old factory while discovering the work of Van Gogh or other artists – depending on the current exhibition. They are projected from the ground to the ceiling, which allows you to fully immerse yourself in the art and to lose yourself in it.

Address: 38 rue Saint Maur, 75011, Paris

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

 

Museums for History enthusiasts

Natural history museums

The Gallery of Evolution

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The Gallery of Evolution is part of the Parisian Botanic Garden; it traces the history of the species with whom we share, or have shared, our beautiful planet.

You get to see more than 7,000 specimens. From the southern whale to the buffalo, the sand fox to the blue-and-yellow macaw, you are going to be amazed.

You can also learn more about the theory of evolution and its major players.

Address: 36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005, Paris

Opening hours:

  • – During school holidays: Open every day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, except on Tuesdays.
  • – Rest of the year: Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

The French National Museum of Natural History

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The French National Museum of Natural History is composed of thirteen locations in total. Four of them are in Paris and the most important one is the Parisian Botanic Garden itself.

You can wander in the different botanical gardens (alpine, environmentally friendly and English), the greenhouses, the menagerie (where there are more than 600 mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians) as well as different galleries – including the Gallery of Evolution and many others.

You can visit their website for more information and to find the opening dates and hours of the different locations and to book your visit.

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Opening hours: Every day from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm, from March to September.

 

Museums About the History of Humanity

Le Musée de l’Homme

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Le Musée de l’Homme is one of the external branches of the French National Museum of Natural History. It is located on the Esplanade du Trocadéro, in front of the Eiffel Tower.

It houses no less than 700,000 objects that retrace our origins and our history – old as well as new.  The focus of the museum is put on anthropology, history and cultures.

Temporary exhibitions are frequently scheduled, which is just one more reason to visit the museum more than once.

Address: 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016, Paris

Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Musée de l’Immigration

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The museum is located in the Palais de la Porte Dorée. It traces the migratory flows of the last two centuries in France, and their contribution to the culture and the economy.

You get to discover archival documents, historical objects and images, works of art and photography and different sorts of testimonies.

Address: 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website* for more information.

 

Archaeological Crypt of the Île de la Cité

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The museum is located under the esplanade of Notre-Dame. The archaeological remnants on display were found during searches carried out between 1965 and 1972. There are elements of the Gallo-Roman and the medieval periods, the 18th century, as well as the 19th century.

You can discover the foundation of a medieval house, the heating system of a Gallo-Roman public bath, the layout of Haussmannian sewers and more.

Address: 7 Parvis Notre Dame – Place Jean-Paul II, 75004, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

The Catacombs of Paris

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You’re not afraid of skeletons and you would love to learn more about the largest Parisian ossuary? Come visit the Catacombs – they spread over 2 kilometres, 65 feet under the 14th District.

At the end of the 18th century, over 6 million people were moved from their graves to this old underground quarry.

It is as philosophically interesting as it is historically.

Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings

 

Museums for tech and science enthusiasts

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

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The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is part of La Villette park. You cannot miss its gigantic dome structure made of steel and glass.

It is one of the largest museums dedicated to the popularization of science in the world.

Whatever your passion is – whether it is space, oceans, robots, mathematics, the brain or even sound – you will find something that will make your eyes shine bright.

There is also a Cité des Enfants, dedicated to children. Entertaining activities are available for children from 2 to 7 years old and from 5 to 12 years old.

Address: 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou – 75019 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Musée des Arts et Métiers

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© Rilba

The motto of the Musée des Arts et Métiers would roughly translate as “Enlighten the ignorance that does not know and the poverty that cannot afford to know.”  During your visit to the museum, you will come across no less than 80,000 objects and 15,000 drawings on various topics. The museum is organised into seven sections: scientific instruments, materials, construction, communication, energy, mechanics and transportation.

You can also visit the old priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, which has been turned into a “temple” dedicated to technologies during the French Revolution.

Address: 60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris

Opening hours: On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Palais de la Découverte

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© Global Imagination

The Palais was created for the international exhibition of 1937, and since then it has introduced millions of people to astronomy, chemistry, physics, life sciences, earth sciences and mathematics – as well as computing and information science.

The most important discoveries of the past, as well as the most recent ones, are explained in a fun way to connect scientists and the public – and why not inspire future scientists?

Address: Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Sunday and on bank holidays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Specialised Museums

Army museum

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Located in Les Invalides and housing a large collection of military-related objects, the museum will please any architecture and French history enthusiast.

Armour, breastplates, uniforms, paintings, remnants and scale models of the most famous French military victories are on display for visitors.

It is also the location of the imperial tomb of Napoleon I.

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007, Paris

Opening hours: Everyday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, from April 1st to October 31st. Everyday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, from November 1st to March 31st.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Le Musée de la Musique

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You would like to discover music with your children or your niece and nephew? Le Musée de la Musique is here for you. Different visits/workshops, musical tales, concerts/strolls and acoustic journeys are available for every family member over 4 years old. Children (and grown-ups!) can discover and play different instruments, take on the role of conductor, recreate famous melodies from American films and much more.

You will have access to the permanent collection – instruments, paintings and scale models tracing the history of music since the 17th century are on display – and the temporary ones as well.

Address: 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00pm and on Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website* for more information.

 

Le Musée du Parfum

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You have an enthusiastic “nose” and/or you would love to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of the most renowned perfumes?

Le Musée du Parfum was made for you. Located in L’Opéra Garnier District, it traces the history of perfume back to antiquity, through a large collection of ancient vials, bottles and other objects.

You can also book an Apprenti Parfumeur workshop.

Address: 3-5 square Louis Jouvet, 75009, Paris

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

Wine Museum

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The cellars of the Wine museum are located only a few minutes away from the Eiffel Tower. During your visit, you discover the history and secrets of the most iconic French product.

A large collection of historical objects are on display – such as a bullet-shooting crossbow and its clay balls (used during huntings parties held in the vineyards to avoid the infiltration of heavy metals from bolts), and many different corkscrews.

Address: 5 Square Charles Dickens, 75016, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Yves Saint-Laurent museum

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If you’re into high fashion, the Yves Saint-Laurent museum is a must-see.

Located in the former workshop of the renowned brand, it displays secret outfits, accessories, sketches, photographs and even films.

You also get to learn more about the fashion artist hidden behind the brand, and his life-work.

Address: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

 

Museums for those who hate museums

L’Atelier des Lumières

atelier des lumieres a paris
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Bruno Monnier – who created the Carrières de Lumières project – discovered La Fonderie du Chemin Vert in 2013, in the heart of Le Ménilmontant District. He fell in love with the history of the place and its large volumes, and decided to turn it into the digital museum L’Atelier des Lumières.

During your visit, you wander through the hallways of this old factory while discovering the work of Van Gogh or other artists – depending on the current exhibition. They are projected from the ground to the ceiling, which allows you to fully immerse yourself in the art and to lose yourself in it.

Address: 38 rue Saint Maur, 75011, Paris

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 7:00 pm on Sunday.

Visit the museum’s website for more information.

 

Grévin museum

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The Grévin museum is composed of more than 200 wax statues of the most famous actors, politicians, athletes, singers and others.

During your visit you get to meet Michael Jackson, Albert Einstein and Alfred Hitchcock but you also discover re-enactments of famous historical scenes such as Joan of Arc on the pyre.

You can also learn more about the origins of the museum and its first wax inhabitants – far from the glamorous Carla Bruni and Jean Paul Gaultier!

Address: 10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009, Paris

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  On weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

cite des sciences et de l'industrie
© Skeeze

The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is part of La Villette park. You cannot miss its gigantic dome structure made of steel and glass.

It is one of the largest museums dedicated to the popularization of science in the world.

Whatever your passion is – whether it is space, oceans, robots, mathematics, the brain or even sound – you will find something that will make your eyes shine bright.

There is also a Cité des Enfants, dedicated to children. Entertaining activities are available for children from 2 to 7 years old and from 5 to 12 years old.

Address: 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou – 75019 Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

The Catacombs of Paris

the catacombs

You are not afraid of skeletons and you would love to learn more about the largest Parisian ossuary? Come visit the Catacombs – they spread over 2 kilometres, 65 feet under the 14th District.

At the end of the 18th century, over 6 million people were moved from their graves to this old underground quarry.

It is as philosophically interesting as it is historically.

Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014, Paris

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

More information about the museum and bookings.

 

The French National Museum of Natural History

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© Paris-Sharing

The French National Museum of Natural History is composed of thirteen locations in total. Four of them are in Paris and the most important one is the Parisian Botanic Garden itself.

You can wander in the different botanical gardens (alpine, environmentally friendly and English), the greenhouses, the menagerie (where there are more than 600 mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians) as well as different galleries – including the Gallery of Evolution and many others.

You can visit their website for more information, to find the opening dates and hours of the different locations and to book your visit.

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Opening hours: Every day from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm, from March to September.

 

Le Musée des Égouts (re-opening scheduled for January 2020)

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The entrance of the museum is located on the Esplanade Habib-Bourguiba.

There, beneath the street, you get to discover the arched sewers of Paris, created by Hugues Aubriot, as well as an exhibition on the job of égoutier and the water sanitation cycle.

You can also see a collector, a storm drain, a few scale models, modern and ancient machines used in the sewers, and more.

You will discover the capital as you have never seen it before.

Address: 93 Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris

Opening hours: The museum is currently undergoing some renovations; it is scheduled to re-open on January 1st, 2020.

Visit the tourist office’s website for more information.

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