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Front view of Museum of Modern Art building and the art carved onto the walls on a sunny blue day
Last updated: 24 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

In a grand Seine-side palace built for the World Fair of 1937, Paris’ museum of Modern art covers the major 20th-century movements of fauvism, cubism, surrealism, realism, neorealism and expressionism, with works by iconic artists including Braque, Modigliani, Chagall, Leger, Picasso and Matisse.

The biggest piece by far greets you as you arrive: Raoul Dufy’s 1937 Fee Electricte, an awe-inspiring, monumental painting that depicts mythology and technology in sumptuous flurries of blues, yellows and oranges.

Don’t forget to check out the museum’s temporary exhibitions, which cover works by today’s Contemporary artists.

While you're there

Don’t miss the adjacent Palais de Tokyo, a vast, stark space that showcases big-scale experimental art. The Palais’ chic brasserie, Monsieur Bleu, serves modern French fare and offers views of the Eiffel Tower.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Take metro line 1 to Les Sablons station, or there’s a shuttle service direct to the museum from 44 Avenue de Friedland.

As with all of Paris’ big attractions, you should pre-book your tickets via the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s website.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Wednesday to Monday. Closed Tuesday.

It will be busy all day, but Mondays, Wednesdays and lunchtimes are quietest.

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France[1.1 miles]

Bargain prices and boutique style at this family-run hotel near the Eiffel Tower. One of city’s most popular affordable hotels.

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Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles

Paris, Ile-de-France, France[1.3 miles]

Soak up the buzz at design legend Philippe Starck’s gloriously decadent take on a grand palace hotel – in a very convenient location for seeing the sights.

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Le Bristol Paris

Paris, Ile-de-France, France[1.5 miles]

A legendary Paris grande dame hotel and altar to old-school opulence, at the historical heart of the city. 

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