The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument housed in the former private apartments of Napoleon Bonaparte. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement, and contains numerous halls and wings, one of which is even dedicated to Islamic art and artifacts over the centuries.
The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine, set inside a former railway station built between 1898 and 1900, later destroyed due to a famous train accident, the museum now houses paintings from some of the best known impressionists like Claude Monet and Paul Cézanne, to name a few.
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
The Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais is a series of beautiful museum spaces located in the Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, they house some of the city’s finest masterpieces of European Art dating from the 18th century, an excellent museum with an inspiring collection of masterpieces from all over the continent.
The Petit Palais is an art museum in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, which was initially built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, and now houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts. The site is perfect for a stroll and is full of cute cafes, where an afternoon is certainly well spent.
Musee National du Moyen Age- Thermes de Cluny
The Musée de Cluny known formerly as the Musée national du Moyen Âge, or just the Musée de Cluny, begins on the Boulevard Saint-Michel, where even before entering the museum, you can admire the vestiges of Gallo-Roman baths. Then fast-forward 14 centuries and find yourself immersed in courtyard of the Hôtel de Cluny, built at the end of the 15th century, where the museum’s collections include art from antiquity to Renaissance times and feature some masterpieces along the way.
Musée Marmottan Monet is located on rue Louis Boilly in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It features a collection of over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by Claude Monet, and is a must see for dedicated fans of the master painter.
Musee Jacquemart Andre
The Musée Jacquemart-André is a private museum located at on Boulevard Haussmann in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The museum was created from the private home of Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart as a display for art they collected during their lives. An impressive collection, the home also boasts period furniture from the 19th century.
Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is a major municipal museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is located on Avenue du Président Wilson in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, dedicated to the transformation of Paris as a cultural and civic capital.
Galerie Kamel Mennour
Galerie Kamel Mennour is a Parisian contemporary art gallery owned and directed by Kamel Mennour. The gallery presents diverse programming and arts publishing, promoting young contemporary artists as well as established artists working in different media, including Daniel Buren, Claude Lévêque, François Morellet and Martin Parr, and many others.
Galerie Perrotin is a contemporary art gallery founded by Emmanuel Perrotin in 1990, which currently occupies two floors in the beautiful and art-filled district of Marais district, with an adjoining exhibition space across the road. Galerie Perrotin began representing two of its most well-known artists, Maurizio Cattelan and Takashi Murakami, very early on in their careers, and is a must stop for lovers of contemporary art.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac was founded in 1981 by the Austrian gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac. It specializes in contemporary art, with its Paris gallery located in the district of Marais, representing around sixty international artists including very established names, mid-career artists and emerging young talents.
Palais de Tokyo
The Palais de Tokyo is one of the most iconic centers for contemporary art in Paris. Its building is dedicated to presenting modern and contemporary art, on Avenue du Président-Wilson, near the Trocadéro, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The eastern wing of the building belongs to the City of Paris, and also hosts the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume
The Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume is an arts centre for modern and postmodern photography and media. It is located in the north corner (west side) of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris. In 2004, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Centre National de la Photographie and Patrimoine Photographique merged to form the Association de Préfiguration for the Etablissement Public (EPIC) Jeu de Paume, and is a fantastic area of Paris to spend the day, sifting in and out of beautiful gardens and galleries.
A must stop if 107 Rue Oberkampf, which is home to the Café Place Vert. The area is easily reached by public transport using Metro line 3 (stop: Parmentier or St Maur) or Metro line 2 (stop: Menilmontant). While the café itself is nothing to gawk over, the courtyard inside will blow you away.
Walking from Rue Oberkampf to Le Mur, take a left into Rue Saint-Maur and right above the entrance of an Italian Trattoria, you will notice the somber stare of André the Giant, a famous WWE wrestling star who has French roots. A portrait of the late wrestling star by urban art superstar Shepard Fairey, the same artist who created the Obey Giant posters in 1989, dedicates one of his most famous murals to the WWE star.
Rue Germaine Tailleferre
The Rue Germaine Tailleferre is a new road by Parisians standards, but don’t be fooled as hundreds of meters of this street contains art work by some of graffiti’s best known names, including Marko93 aka DarkVapor.
In heart of the Marais, a well-known area for its eclecticism and creative energy, an area known for galleries and cute cafés, you will find iconic pieces of street art just while taking a causal stroll.
Le Baiser (1889)
Le Baiser, also known as the The Kiss, is an 1882 marble sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, declining an embracing in high relief, commissioned for a planned museum of art in Paris. See a bronze version in the Tuileries Gardens, while strolling among chess players sitting in the park and beautiful benches available for rest and reprieve.
Le Penseur (1882)
Le Penseur, also known as “The Thinker”, is another bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin, usually placed on a stone pedestal. The work shows a nude male figure of over life-size sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand, as if deep in thought. The sculpture represents human ingenuity and our ability to think, and is one of Rodin’s major works that are housed in the Musee Rodin, located on the Left Bank of Paris, within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.
Quatre Parties du Monde (1874)
The Fountain of the Four-Parties-of-the-World, also known as Fountain of the Observatory, is one of the city’s most iconic monuments located near Place Ernest-Denis, in the Marco Polo garden, an area that extends the avenue of the Observatory in direction from the Luxembourg Garden. One of my favourite walks in Paris.
Le mur des Je t’aime Frederic Baron (2000)
Since 1992, the artist Frederic Baron has collected more than 1,000 “I love you” notes written in more than 300 languages and in different dialects. It is in the streets of Paris that he made his tour of the world, on the Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abesses, the artist has installed a permanent dedication to the intercultural and timeless beauty of love.
Kiosque des Noctambules Jean Michel Othoniel (2000)
The Kiosque des Noctambules is a work of contemporary art by Jean-Michel Othoniel, located in the historic center of Paris, made up of a set of spheres of aluminum and Murano glass. The work, which looks like the entrance to a metro stop, overlooks the beautiful Palais Royal and the Comédie-French.