The Most Iconic Museums to Visit in Paris at Least Once in a Lifetime
Paris is known to be a cultural- and artistically charged metropolis. As a matter of a fact, the city of lights and love boasts some of the most impressive and iconic architectural gems in the world. Today, Paris Design Agenda will feature some of the most iconic museums in Paris that one should definitely visit at least once in their lifetime. Aside from their aesthetic value, these historic institutions contain some of the most important artefacts and objects in the history of the world
This monumental landmark of the city is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement. It contains approximately 38,000 objects from pre-history to the 21st-century. The Louvre is regarded as the largest museum in the world. The Louvre holds a series of collections from Egyptian antiquities to Greek, Etruscan and Roman pieces as well as Islamic art, sculptures, decorative arts, around 7,500 works of paintings, and much more.
The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.
Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Founded in 1905, the Museum of Decorative Arts is situated on the western wing of the Palais du Louvre. Although the main focus of the Museum is French furniture and tableware, displaying works from René Lalique and Émile Gallé, it also hosts exhibitions of fashion, advertising and graphic art.
This fine art museum has an extensive collection of works by creators like Nicolas Poussin and Gustave Courbet as well as several impressionists. It also exhibits paintings and sculptures from the Antiquity to 1900.
Address: Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Image Source – Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
This museum of architecture and monumental sculpture features three permanent exhibitions, one dedicated to French Architecture from the 12th to the 18th centuries, another to murals and stained glasses from French Romanesque and Gothic churches, and finally one dedicated to modern and contemporary architecture.
Address: 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France
Located in the 5th arrondissement at 6 Place Paul-Painlevé, this extraordinary museum features a wide variety of medieval artefacts with particular attention to tapestry. As a matter of fact, the Musée de Cluny houses one of the most famed pieces in history,the fifteenth-century tapestry cycle La Dame à la Licorne.
Address: 6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris, France
The Industrial Museum highlights seven enticing collections with over 80,000 objects and 15,00 drawings, some currently on display while others are preserved. Some of the best are the original version of the Foucault pendulum and the original model of Liberty Enlightening the World by Auguste Bartholdi.
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