Paris: A Selection of Art Museums

Musée Marmottan Monet. When many people think of Monet, they are likely to think of Giverny, whose gardens and lily ponds he made famous through his paintings after his move there in 1883. However, the largest collection of Monet’s work is located in the former residence of Jules Marmottan, a private residence bequeathed to the French Academy of Fine Arts. The work that tends to gather the largest crowd is Monet’s 1873 “Impression, Sunrise,” from which the Impressionist art movement took its name. 2, rue Louis-Boilly, 75016/Metro: La Muette

Musée National Picasso. Situated in the Marais district, the Picasso museum has 261 paintings, 198 sculptures and thousands of drawings by the famous artist through all his artistic periods. Hotel Sale, 5, rue de Thorigny, 75003/Metro: Saint-Paul, Saint Sebastien or Chemin Vert

Centre Pompidou. As you may guess from its design, which moves interior structures such as stairs and escalators to the outside of the building, and its colorful facade, Center Pompidou houses one of Europe’s largest collections of modern and contemporary art. The museum displays works from Salvador Dali, Giorgio Di Chirico, Max Ernst, Juan Gris, Marcel DuChamp and many, many others.  Place Georges Pompidou, 75004/Metro: Rambuteau, Hotel de Ville or Chatelet

Finally, two of Paris’ largest and most popular museums…

Musée D’Orsay. Beautifully situated on the banks of the Seine, the museum is located in the former Orsay railway station, originally built in 1900. The museum’s collection features an array of works from 1848 through 1914, including the works of Henri Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and Georges Seurat. 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007/Metro: Solférino

Musée du Louvre. Formerly a royal fortress, the Louvre rises dramatically over the Tuileries Garden in the First arrondissement of the city. As one of the world’s largest museums, the Louvre houses over 35, 000 works of art. Some of the most impressive artistic masterpieces in the world are among the the massive collection, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and The Victory of Samothrace.  La Pyramide, 75001/Metro: Palais Royale/Musee du Louvre