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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Anna Brooke

Few countries have defined the history of Western art like France; from the 19th century onwards, the country was considered the epicentre of the art world, with Paris as its heart. The city was the home to world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Rodin and Dali, and central to movements like Impressionism, Cubism and Pointillism.

Even today, cutting-edge galleries house the best modern and contemporary art, in spectacular buildings whose architecture is as much an attraction as the art inside. But the city is also an art capital thanks to its museums, which showcase everything from non-Western indigenous art and medieval sculpture, to Renaissance art and Impressionism.

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Cognacq-Jay Museum

Paris, IIe-de-France, France

Wagram Room at Musee Cognacq-Jay, filled with wooden polished furniture , paintings on each wall and a chandelier in the centre

Set in the old Hotel Donon, this museum houses a collection of 18th-century art and decorative arts collected by a department store mogul. An insight into the elegance and opulence of the French Enlightenment era.

Best for ages 18+

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Dali Museum, Paris

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

A front view of the entrance to Dali museum. The museum name is displayed on a black shop banner and there is a squared window with artwork displayed

Montmarte museum dedicated to the surrealist Salvador Dali, displaying over 300 of his works. Dali lived and painted in Paris for many years.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 18+

Gustave Moreau Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Inside view of the museum where a man is stood inside another room looking around. The room is filled with Gustave's paintings

Dedicated to the works of Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, this museum is housed in his former home and studio.

Adult price: £5

Best for ages 18+

Jacquemart-Andre Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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A front view of the Jacquemart-André Museum on a cloudy day

Superb 19th-century collection of Italian Renaissance masterpieces, French portraiture and decorative arts.

Adult price: £15

Min age 18

Louis Vuitton Foundation

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

External view of the modern building of the Louis Vuitton Foundation

One of Paris’ main museums for Contemporary & Historical art exhibitions, set in a stunning avant-garde silver and glass structure designed by Frank Gehry.

Adult price: £16

Best for ages 18+

Louvre Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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Landscape view of Louvre Museum outside building with the famous glass pyramid structure against a sunny blue day

The world’s most visited museum, a treasure trove of art from around the world. Admire the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and many, many more…

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 16+

Marmottan-Monet Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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Several paintings on the wall of a rotunda gallery

The world’s largest collection of Monet’s paintings, displayed in a grand 19th-century mansion – including his world-famous ‘water lily’ canvases.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 13+

Museum of Decorative Arts

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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Three pink Dior gowns on exhibition in the museum

The largest museum of decorative arts in continental Europe, home to an inspirational and diverse collection of 1 million+ items dating from the Middle Ages through to the latest designers.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

Orsay Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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Man looking at a self portrait of Van Gogh

A glorious Belle Epoque train station that’s now a temple to Impressionist art dating from 1848 to 1914. The collection includes works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Adult price: £14

Best for ages 13+

Rodin Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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Front view of the museum with an open grass space and the museum in the background on a sunny cloudy day

This exceptional collection of works by one of the world’s most famous sculptor, is presented in his former home and gardens in Paris.

Adult price: £10

Best for ages 13+

Orangerie Museum

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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A white, curved room with Monet's oversized Water Lilly canvases wrapping around the entire room

A world-class art museum in Napoleon III’s former citrus house, home to Impressionist and modernist artworks, including Monet’s iconic Water Lilies.

Adult price: £8

Best for ages 18+

Picasso Museum, Paris

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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A front view of the Picasso Museum building and entrance on a sunny blue day

One of the world’s most important Picasso museums, highlighting the artist’s prolific career and his own collection of art in a sumptuous 17th-century mansion.

Adult price: £12

Best for ages 18+

Logistics

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

Who to go with: organised tours

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Louvre Museum & Musée d'Orsay - Exclusive Guided Tour (Reserved Entry Included!)

Paris

Louvre Museum & Musée d'Orsay - Exclusive Guided Tour (Reserved Entry Included!)
Admire some of history's most treasured artworks at the Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay on this exclusive tour. Enjoy reserved timed entry tickets and expert guided tour of these world-famous museums and marvel at must-see masterpieces including the 'Mona Lisa,' 'Venus de Milo,' and 19th-century classics from Monet, Renoir and van Gogh. Journey through the history of art, from Greek antiquity to the post–Impressionists, while learning about the pieces from your expert private guide.

Price: €243

Min age: 0

Rating 4.99 / 5 [139 ratings]

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Street Art tour in Paris - Discover Paris murals !

Paris

Street Art tour in Paris - Discover Paris murals !
With this 2,5 hour and 8km tour, you will cross in Segway a modern district of Paris (off the beaten tracks!). You will discover many murals, including the monumental ones of Obey (Shepard Fairey), Tristan Eaton, Invader, Inti, Seth, Okuda... After this tour, Street Art will have no secrets for you!

Price: €59

Min age: 14

Rating 4.97 / 5 [126 ratings]

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Montmartre Street Art Tour with an Artist

Paris

Montmartre Street Art Tour with an Artist
Where art history meets Street Art! ​Because of its artistic history and beautiful church on top of the hill, Montmartre is called the most attractive tourist destination in Paris since the beginning of the 20th century. It is also one of the most popular places for young street artists to express themselves and be seen. ​On this tour we will talk about the bohemian art of XIX-XX century Paris – Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse – while taking the backstreets to look at all the art done today on the streets. We will try to understand today phenomenon of street art popularity, based on the history of arts. You’ll be surprised how quiet and colourful the streets of Montmartre are if you skip the most touristic places. Combined group per event can have maximum 15 guests. Reservation is obligatory.

Price: €36

Min age: 0

Rating 4.86 / 5 [105 ratings]

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Invader Hunt - Street Art Tour of le Marais

Paris

Invader Hunt - Street Art Tour of le Marais
Visit one of the most interesting neighbourhoods of Paris and discover its hidden treasures. Get ready and install the free application to collect Space Invaders during our walk. This tour is designed especially for people who are looking for an alternative, fun way to explore the city. During this experience we get to visit the historic area of Paris, get to recognise the number of its most popular street artists, and see a lot of different type of artworks, some existing only in virtual space (!). And of course, a knowledgeable guide will provide you with interesting stories along your way. Tour is popular among the families travelling with kids.

Price: €36

Min age: 0

Rating 4.82 / 5 [28 ratings]

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Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour

Paris

Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour
Enjoy skip-the-line access and learn the stories behind some of the world’s most famous works of art on this private tour of the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. With your informative English-speaking guide, visit the Louvre and admire the 'Mona Lisa,' 'The Raft of the Medusa,' 'Venus de Milo' and other masterpieces. Enjoy some free time before meeting your guide again at the Musée d’Orsay, home to 4,000 artworks from the second half of the 19th century by artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Rodin. This private tour limited to six people ensures more personalized attention from your guide.

Price: €332

Min age: 18

Rating 4.46 / 5 [13 ratings]

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Paris

Ile-de-France, France

Aerial view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in frame against a beautiful golden sunset

Crammed with iconic buildings, world-class art and a culinary scene steeped in history, Paris is one of the world’s great capitals, overflowing with style, romance, and art de vivre. 

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