Exploring Paris Museums

When it comes to art, not many European cities can rival Paris; home to many great museums and art collections. It was easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of artworks or just by the amount of museums in Paris. In our last trip to Paris, we visited many of them; exploring Paris as culturally as possible and they left a deep impression on us. There are too many museums in Paris, so we selected a few based on our research,

  • Musée du Louvre
  • Musée d’orsay (Claude Monet, Édouard Manet and Vincent van Gogh)
  • Musée de l’Orangerie (Claude Monet)
  • Centre Pompidou (Modern Arts)
  • Musée de Picasso (Pablo Picasso)

Louvre Museum: home to Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci; Louvre is, if not the most, one of them most visited museum in the world. It houses large collection of artworks from different era and different civilizations. My problem is the amount of artworks; after an hour or two later, you will get fatigued from too-many-paintings syndromes. It is like going into a huge departmental store that sells everything; you get lost while browsing through.

Louvre Museum in Paris - Beautiful Hallway
Louvre Museum in Paris – Beautiful Hallway
Louvre Museum in Paris - Paintings on the wall
Louvre Museum in Paris – Paintings on the ceiling
Louvre Museum - View from the museum to the outside
Louvre Museum – View from the museum to the outside

Musée d’orsay: unexpectedly large museum, home to a great many impressionist paintings; works by Claude Monet and Édouard Manet among others. Another reason to visit is for the Van Gogh paintings: starry nights and his self portrait. We had a really great time there enjoying the paintings.

View from the topmost floor into the main hallway
View from the topmost floor into the main hallway

Musée de l’Orangerie: to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much but as a side trip out from Louvre but as it turned out, this is my favorite museum. The relatively small museum is designed to house ‘Water Lilies’ series by Claude Monet and just by being in the  rooms that houses the paintings: sitting and admiring, you can really feel the tranquility and beauty of nature.

Water Lilies by Monet
Water Lilies by Monet

Centre Pompidou: museum dedicated to modern arts. I visited this because I had a fantastic time in Tate Modern in London and wanted to explore more into modern arts. Some of the artworks are quite unsettling for me; thought provoking perhaps but just not my cup of tea. I learnt much about the cubism and how that influenced Picasso’s works.

Musée de Picasso: a small museum dedicated to Picasso; the exhibition rooms are designed to narrate his life journey as the artist: from his early paintings, discovery of cubism (or his affection toward bulls) and how it transformed his works over time. A very interesting find was the topmost floor which houses paintings from other famous artists (Henri Matisse for example) whom Picasso exchanged artworks with and those that he collected.

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2 thoughts on “Exploring Paris Museums

  1. There are quite a few cities that can rival Paris. London, Amsterdam, New York, Berlin or Saint Petersburg to name a few. Paris has a great selection of museums I’m sure, but it’s not unique in this aspect.

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