Paris offers an astonishing number of museums and monuments - 130 at last count, although the number grows all the time.

Although the Louvre Museum leaps to most people's minds as the most famous repository of art in Paris, you'll find many, many more places in this guide where you can immerse yourself in art, culture, and creative visions.  

In fact, you'll probably discover at least a few visit-worthy museum and monuments you've never heard of.

Traditional "art" is just the beginning what they have to offer. So whether your interests focus on fashion, military history, economics, scientific innovations, graffiti (street art), wine, chocolate, vintage carousels, immersive art, architecture, or magic, you'll find at least one Paris museum or monument devoted to your favorite subject.

We also include institutions with living exhibitions:  botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums.  Just like museums, their mission is to maintain, research, and protect collections. 

In case you want to explore more than one museum or monument in a day or simply want to find out what's nearby, this guide groups them by arrondissement (Paris administrative districts). It also includes a few places in the Paris suburbs and nearby towns, such as the Palace of Versailles and even Monet's home and gardens in Giverny.

If you do plan to visit more than one museum in a day (or if you're planning an even more intense museum binge over the course of a few days), consider getting a Paris Museum Pass for 2, 4, or 6 days, as it can save you a lot of money.  Sadly, it doesn't cover all museums and monuments, but it gets you in for free (aside from buying the pass) at most of the city's top museums plus many others.

Interested in the museums in a specific arrondissement or neighborhood?  Use these quick links, as this is a very long list: 

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1st & 2nd Districts: Paris's Most Famous Museums & Medieval Monuments

Statue of Venus de Milo at Musée du Louvre
Statue of Venus de Milo at Musée du Louvre

Musee des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative Arts Museum)

Design and decorative arts, including fashion.

Location: 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1;  Metro: Tuileries or Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre
Closed: Mondays as well as December 25, January 1, May 1


Historical monument: medieval palace and French Revolution/Reign of Terror prison.

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Louvre Museum

Former French Renaissance palace, and now the world's biggest art museum; home to Da Vinci's Mona Lisa

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Musée en Herbe

(23 Rue de l'Arbre Sec, 1st arr, Metro: Louvre-Rivoli) - Interactive art museum for children

Orangerie Museum

Art museum with Monet's massive water lily paintings and temporary exhibitions.

Location: Tuileries Garden, 1st arr;  Metro: Concorde
Closed: Tuesdays as well as December 25, January 1, May 1

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Pinault Collection at Bourse de Commerce

The Pinault Collection, housed Paris's historical 18th century Bourse de Commerce (stock exchange) building, features revolving exhibitions of the avant-garde contemporary art from the private collection of French businessman Francois Pinault, as well as temporary shows. 


Completed in 1248 on the Île de la Cité, this Gothic royal chapel features 15 soaring medieval stained glass windows, one of Europe's largest rose windows, and superb acoustics. 

In addition to being a historical monument, Sainte-Chapelle is one of Paris's top attractions and a popular location for candlelight concerts of classical music, including on Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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Saint-Eustache Church

Historical monument; flamboyant Gothic architecture, with Renaissance and Classical interior details; significant art in the chapels.

Tour Jean Sans Peur

Historical monument: a medieval tower which was once part of a medieval private mansion and contained bedrooms and a grand stairway on the lower level and a fortified upper level, and now the tallest remaining medieval tower in Paris; open for self-guided tours and a guided tour on Sundays.  The tower has five levels (be prepared to climb lots of stairs), usually two temporary exhibitions, and a small garden
Location: 20 Rue Etienne Marcel, 2nd arr;  Metro: Etienne Marcel 
Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 1:30pm - 6pm (may be closed on major holidays); tours on Sunday at 3pm (should arrive by 2:30)

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Special Exhibitions at Paris Museums

In addition to their permanent collections, many Paris museums such as the Louvre also offer rotating temporary exhibitions.  You can check what's on here.

3rd & 4th Districts: Marais & Île de la Cité Museums & Monuments

Pompodou Center, Paris's most famous inside-out building
Pompidou Center, Paris's most famous "inside-out" modern art exhibition space
  • Archaeological Crypt of Île de la Cité - Archaeological museum with displays representing 2,000+ years of Paris history
  • Arts et Métiers Museum - History of innovations in science, technology, engineering communications, transportation, materials (and more) - Tickets
  • Carnavalet Museum - History museum focused on the history of Paris from the Romans forward
  • Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Hunting and Nature Museum) (62 Rue des Archives, 3rd arr, Metro: Rambuteau) - Beautifully curated exploration of the relationships between humans who hunt and the animals they pursue
  • Centre Pompidou (Museum National d'Art Moderne) - Modern and contemporary art
  • Cognacq-Jay Museum - House museum; primarily 18th century French decor and art
  • Gaite Lyric - City of Paris cultural center with contemporary art, digital, and immersive exhibitions focused on cultural, social, democratic, and climate issues; usually closes for 6 weeks from August through mid-September
  • Hotel de Ville (Paris's City Hall) - Historical monument
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie - Contemporary photography
  • Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation (7 Quai de l'Archeveché, 4th arr, metro: Pont Marie) - Memorial to the 200,000+ French and Eastern European Jews, Roma, and other people who the Vichy France government deported to Nazi death camps during World War II
  • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme (Jewish Art and History Museum) - History and art
  • Musée de la Magie - Small museum devoted to magical arts
  • Musée Pierre Cardin - Fashion museum; displays haute couture designs by French designer Pierre Cardin (closed through the end of 2022)
  • Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral - Historical monument; Medieval Gothic architecture; priceless art and religious artifacts
  • Pavillon de l'Arsenal - Paris urban planning exhibition space and resource center
  • Picasso Museum - Modern art, mostly by Pablo Picasso
  • Hotel de Sens - Medieval mansion, now occupied by the Forney Library (decorative arts), with a lovely formal garden
  • Saint-Jacques Tower (Tour Saint-Jacques) - Historical monument: a 16th century Flamboyant Gothic tower; all that remains of a church destroyed during the French Revolution
  • Shoah Memorial (Holocaust Museum) - History museum focused on the history of the Holocaust, particularly from the perspective of French Jews during World War II; outside the museum is the Wall of the Righteous, containing the names of 3,300 non-Jewish people who helped save Jewish people during the war
  • Swedish Cultural Center (Institut Tessin) - Small permanent collection and temporary expositions of Swedish art.
  • Victor Hugo's House - House museum; French writer Victor Hugo's apartment at Place des Vosges   

5th District: Latin Quarter and Jardin des Plantes Museums

One of the Lady and the Unicorn tapistries at Musée de Cluny
One of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries at Musée de Cluny
  • Arenes de Lutece - Historical monument: 1st century Roman arena
  • Musée de l'Assistance Publique - History museum; focus is on the history of Paris's hospitals
  • Cluny Museum - Roman and medieval art museum
  • Galerie de Geologie et de Mineralogie (Geology and Mineralogy Gallery) - Museum in Jardin des Plantes with collections (and stunning displays) of rocks, meteorites, gemstones, and crystals
  • Grande Mosquée de Paris - Historic monument; used by an Algerian branch of the French Resistance during World War II to hide rescued British parachutists as well as Jewish refugees.  Today, it is the largest mosque in France, with a beautiful interior garden, marble Turkish baths (for women only), and a popular tea room
  • Histoire de la Médecine - Medical history museum
  • Histoire Naturelle - Natural history museum
  • Institute du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) - Renowned for its architecture by Jean Nouvel; its museum displays art and objects from the Arab world from pre-Islam times through the 20th century and hosts numerous special exhibitions.  A rooftop terrace offers some of the best skyline views of Paris
  • Musée Curie - Historical science museum housed in Marie Curie's office and chemistry lab, and focused on the work of Marie and Pierre Curie; displays include the research apparatus used prior to 1940
  • Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air - Late 20th century sculptures displayed outdoors in Jardin Tino Rossi along the banks of the Seine River
  • Musée du Service de Santé des Armées (Museum of Army Health Services) - Historical museum focused on French military medical services, on and off the battlefield
  • Pantheon - Historical monument with tombs of "national heroes," including American singer Josephine Baker, honored for her work in the French Resistance during World War II
  • Paris Police Museum - History museum focused on the history of the Paris police

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6th District Paris Museums

Inside Saint Sulpice
Inside Saint Sulpice Church
  • Delacroix Museum - 19th century painter Eugene Delacroix's final apartment and studio, with a number of his works on display.  Charming garden.  6 Rue de Furstembourg Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Pres or Mabillon; Tickets:  7€ adults; includes permanent collection plus exhibitions; free entrance with a Paris Museum Pass
  • Fondation Dubuffet - House museum; personal archives and about 2,500 works of 20th century artist Jean Dubuffet, who created the museum himself in 1973 as a way to preserve his work. Open Monday - Friday, 2-6pm; closed during August.  Address: 135 Rue de Sèvres
  • Musée de la Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint Museum) - Combines a museum and a factory for a unique experience
    Location: 11 Quai de Conti: Metro:  Pont Neuf (walk across the Pont Neuf bridge)
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  • Mundolingua - Language museum - Objects, information, and artifacts related to languages, linguistic diversity, and language acquisition; 10 Rue Servandoni
  • Musée du Luxembourg - Art museum; hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art; 19 Rue Vaugirard
  • Saint Germain des Pres Church - Historical monument; one of the oldest churches in Paris with tower that dates back to around the year 1000.
  • Saint Sulpice Church - Historical monument; second largest church in Paris (only Notre Dame Cathedral is larger), known for its historical Cavaille-Coll organ and an elaborate 18th century gnomon (the part of a sundial that casts the shadow); 2 Rue Palatine
  • Zadkine Museum - Small house/studio museum displaying the work of this modern Russian-born sculptor who became known for his usage of Cubism.  Address:  100 bis, rue d'Assas. Admission: Free, except during (infrequent) special exhibitions.

7th District Paris Museums

Roses blooming near Gates of Hell sculpture at Rodin Museum
Roses blooming near Gates of Hell sculpture at Rodin Museum
  • Army Museum (Musée de l'Armée) - Military history museum focused on the French army; located in the huge Les Invalides complex which also contains the dome where Napoleon's Tomb is located in a shrine of leading French military figures - Ticket for Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Entry - Ticket for Aura, the immersive show
  • Egouts de Paris (Paris Sewers) - Museum in the sewers under the Quai d'Orsay, known for its sewer tours focusing on the history of the Paris sewers, roles of sewer workers, and water treatment methods
  • Eiffel Tower - Historical monument (and some of the best views of Paris)
  • Fluctuart - The work of street artists/graffiti artists/urban artists exhibited in a barge-turned-gallery floating on the Seine River; Admission: Free
    Where:  Seine River Bank, by the Port des Invalides bridge, Paris 7; hours: 12pm - 12am; Metro:  Invalides
  • Fondation Custodia (121 Rue de Lille, 7th arr, Metro: Assemblée Nationale) - Private collection of Old Master drawings, prints, and paintings located in Hôtel Turgot (private mansion), with regular exhibitions
  • Maillol Museum - Art museum, featuring the work of 20th century sculptor Aristide Maillol, as well as works by Degas, Matisse, Cezanne, Kadinsky, and Duchamp, established by Dina Vierny, Maillol's final model.  Address: 59-61 rue de Grenelle.  Open: Daily, 10:30am - 6pm (10pm on Wednesdays).
  • Maison Gainsbourg - (5 and 14 Rue de Verneuil; Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Pres) - Part house museum, part cultural institution.  Visit famous French musician Serge Gainsbourg's home, and see permanent and temporary exhibitions related to the late artist's life and work.
    Tickets:  Book visits on the Maison Gainsbourg website
    More to Do:  Due to the house's small size and space limitations, tours are difficult-to-impossible to book right now, but if you're in the neighborhood, walk by and admire the ever-evolving graffiti created by fans as a tribute on the house's front façade.
  • Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine - Military history museum, library, and archive center located in Les Invalides; includes documents, paintings and other art, photos, and even postcards
  • Musée des Plans-Reliefs - Military history museum located in Les Invalides, with collections of military topographic models created between 1668 and 1870 of fortified cities
  • Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac (Non-Western Arts Museum) - Major art and ethnography museum focused on the indigenous peoples and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. 
    Tickets: 12€ adults; includes permanent collections & temporary exhibitions in the Garden Gallery; some special shows may require a separate ticket.  Book online, or get free entry (not including ticketed shows) with a Paris Museum Pass
    Location: 37 Quai Branly (almost next door to the Eiffel Tower), 7th arrondissement;  Metro/RER: Pont d'Alma
  • Musée National de la Legion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie - Military history museum focused on France's medals, decorations, knightly orders, and honors from Louis XI to the present; includes an assortment of Napoleon souvenirs and 300+ portraits of military men
  • Rodin Museum - Art museum dedicated to the work of French sculptor August Rodin; beautiful garden with outdoor sculptures and a magnificent rose garden - Tickets

8th District Paris Museums

Tapistry in Nissim de Camondo Museum
Tapestry in Nissim de Camondo Museum

Arc de Triomphe

Historical monument on Avenue des Champs Elysées, and one of the most iconic Paris attractions.

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Cernuschi Museum - Asian art museum, founded by collector Henri Cernuschi in 1898 to display his collections of Chinese and Japanese art, but now much expanded to include art from Korea and Vietnam

Chapelle Expiatoire - Small chapel (now considered a monument) memorializes King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette

Grand Palais - Historical monument with an enormous glass dome, exhibition hall, and museum complex, currently closed for major renovations

Hotel de la Marine - 18th century mansion, now a registered national monument, which once housed the Navy Ministry offices, with stunningly elaborate decor rivals the Palace of Versailles; one wing contains Collection Al Thani, the private art collection of a Qatari sheik

Jacquemart-André Museum - House museum in a mansion owned by a wealthy banker and society painter who devoted a fortune to acquiring art (especially 15th and 16th Italian sculpture) and decorating their house in 18th-century styles; currently closed for restoration until September, 2024.
Tickets:  15€ adults; includes permanent collections plus exhibition; museum website
Location: 158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8;  Metro: Saint Philippe du Roule

Jeu de Paume - Modern and contemporary photography and digital arts museum

Nissim de Camondo Museum - House museum in a mansion built to display the owner's extensive collection of late-18th century French decorative arts

Palais de la Découverte - Children's science museum in a wing of the Grand Palais; currently closed for renovations

Petit Palais (Musée des Beaux Arts) - Fine arts museum

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9th District Paris Museums

Staircase and balconies at Palais Garnier
Staircase and balconies at Palais Garnier
  • Grevin Wax Museum - Fun museum where life-like wax figures of French and International celebrities bring to life French culture (music, sports, politics, kitchens) as well as the gorier parts of French history (medieval dungeons, the Inquisition, the French Revolution, Reign of Terror, etc)
  • Gustave Moreau Museum - Art museum displaying the works of 19th century painter Gustave Moreau in his former apartment and studio/museum.
  • Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie - Small museum of Freemasonry; displays historical artifacts of Freemasonry, fraternal organizations with their roots in medieval craft guilds
  • Musée de la Vie Romantique - Literary museum located in the New Athens neighborhood at the foot of Montmartre, this former home of painter Ary Scheffler displays items once owned by writer George Sand including some of her own watercolors, as well as works by many of the artists who once gathered here for the Friday night salons attended by Sand, Chopin, Delacroix, Ingres, Lamartine, Liszt, Dickens, and others.
  • Musée du Parfum Fragonard (Fragonard Perfume Museum) - Offers guided tours showing how perfume is made, and displays an extensive collection of perfume bottles from Ancient Egypt through the 20th century
  • Palais Garnier (Paris Opera House) - Ornate 19th century opera house used for operas and ballets, with dazzling public spaces and a museum gallery displaying costumes, art, and set models; historical monument.

Paris Museums in the 10th, 11th, & 12th Districts

Cezanne show at Atelier des Lumieres
Cezanne show at Atelier des Lumieres

Arts Forains (Carnival Arts Museum)

Preserves merry-go-rounds, carousels, amusement rides, fair attractions and booths and other carnival artifacts

Atelier Anne Hoguet Eventails (Fan Museum)

Museum and workshop devoted to the art and craft of fan-making

Atelier des Lumières

Atelier des Lumières, an immersive art, video, and music exposition center in a former 19th century foundry, features new shows about once per year.  
Location: 38 Rue Saint-Maur, Metro: Saint-Maur; 11th arr; buy tickets in advance online to get your desired date/time slot, as they often sell out

Choco-Story (Chocolate Museum)

Choco-Story is a fun museum devoted to the history and art of making chocolate
Address:  28 Bd de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris 10; Metro: Bonne Nouvelle or Strausbourg Saint-Denis
Admission & Classes: Get your admission ticket to Le Musée du Chocolat Choco-Storybook; sign up for a Chocolate Making Workshop
Open:  Monday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Edith Piaf Museum

Biographical museum about the life of French singer Edith Piaf

Musée de la Cinémathèque

Film museum devoted to the history of film and pre-cinema in France and around the world

Musée de l'Histoire de l'Immigration

Museum focused on the history of migration in France and the roles immigrants have played in the development of the country

Musée du Fumeur

Museum with a collection of objects related to smoking, including pipes snuffboxes, hookahs, cigars, and hemp-fiber clothing

Science Expériences - Immersive Museum in Bercy Village

Designed to make learning about science fun and entertaining through immersive and innovative means such as virtual reality, holograms, multisensory experiences, and videos, this new venue lets you move through multiple rooms and spaces to explore the universe, nature, the ocean, the center of the earth, the human body, electricity, depths of an abyss, and even quantum physics as you explore lasers, hovering, and teleportation. 

Location: 23 Rue de Pirogues, Cour Saint-Emilion at Bercy Village, Paris 12;  Metro: Line 14 - Cour Saint-Emilion
Tickets:  11€ ages 3-15, 19€ ages 16+; although you can buy tickets on site, online is better if you want a specific date/time because of space limitations

Paris Museums in the 13th, 14th, & 15th Districts

Exhibition of contemporary Congolese artists at Fondation Cartier
Exhibition of contemporary Congolese artists at Fondation Cartier
  • Bibliothèque Nationale - Francois Mitterrand Library
  • Paris Catacombs (Place Denfert-Rochereau, 14th arr, metro: Denfert-Rochereau) - Paris's famous underground City of the Dead, created in the late 18th century from abandoned stone quarry tunnels and containing the remains of around 6 million people.
  • Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain - Contemporary art and photography exhibitions
  • Galerie Itinerrance (24 Boulevard du General d'Armée Jean Simon, 13th arr, metro/RER: François Mitterrand or Tramway 3a Avenue de France- Exhibition space with revolving displays of street and urban art located on the Université Paris Cité Grands Moulins campus; also oversees the Street Art 13 "canvases" (ie, sides of buildings) and recruitment of artists
  • Gobelins Tapestry Manufacture
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson Fondation
  • La Fab - Contemporary art; exhibitions from the permanent street art collection of iconic French fashion designer, agnès b., as well as temporary exhibitions of other artists 
  • Montparnasse Tower (33 Avenue du Maine, 15th arr, Metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue) - Tallest building in France and considered a monument by some, although most Parisians consider it an eyesore; however, the observation deck on the 56th floor does provide magnificent skyline views of the city and beyond.   
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  • Musée Bourdelle - Art museum which incorporates French sculptor Antoine Bourdelle's studio, with over 500 of his works as well as his personal collection of his contemporaries including Rodin Ingres, and Delacroix.  18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Metro: Falguière, 15th arr; free admission to permanent collection
  • Musée de la Liberation de Paris
  • Musée Pasteur - Biographical museum; focused on the life of scientist Louis Pasteur
  • Postal Museum - Philatelic museum focused on postal stamps and postal history of France 
  • Street Art 13 (Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 13th arr, metro: Place d'Italie or Chevaleret) - Open-air street art museum along and near Boulevard Vincent Auriol, sanctioned by the 13th's Mayor

16th District Paris Museums

Dufy's History of Electricity mural at the City of Paris Modern Art Museum
Dufy's History of Electricity mural at the City of Paris Modern Art Museum
  • Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - Modern and contemporary art, including Raoul Dufy's gigantic mural depicting the history of the development of electricity
  • Guimet Museum (Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet) - Ancient through contemporary Asian art; the top Asian art museum in Europe and one of the best in the world
  • Cristal Room Bacarat - Includes a small museum along with a boutique and restaurant located in Baccarat's flagship location in a spectacular mansion.  Location:  11 Place des Etats-Unis; Metro – Boissière or Iéna
  • Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Architecture museum with not-quite-life-sized casts of 12th to 18th century French cathedrals and monuments, copies of stained glass and murals from French Romanesque and Gothic churches, and models of mid-19th century to present-day French and international architecture
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton - Modern & contemporary art, with two blockbuster exhibitions each year in a unique building designed by Frank Gehry on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne.  Find out more about the museum, and check out more about the current exhibition
  • La Roche House - House museum - Early 20th century house designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier (aka Charles Edouard Jeanneret) and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret; Corbusier's apartment and studio are nearby and can also be visited
  • Librairie du Compagnonnage - Small museum focused on French trade guilds
  • Maison Balzac - (47 Rue Raynouard; nearest metro: Passy) - Located in a house cottage in Passy where the 19th century French novelist Honoré de Balzac ("The Human Comedy") once lived, this small museum features the writer's personal memorabilia, first edition copies of his books, manuscripts and illustrations.  Unless you're a Balzac fan, the best reason to visit is the lovely hillside garden with Eiffel Tower views and an outpost of Rose Bakery.  Admission is free, but there's a small charge to see temporary exhibitions. 
  • Musée Clemenceau - House museum - The apartment and garden of French statesman Georges Clemenceau, who lived there for the last 34 years of his life
  • Musée d'Art Dentaire Pierre Fauchard - History museum covering the development of dentistry in Paris, with a collection of about 1,500 instruments and other items, including some from the 1600s.
  • Musée de l'Homme - Anthropology museum focused on the diversity of cultures as well as human evolution 
    Almost always include permanent collections & temporary exhibitions.  Book online, or get free entry with a Paris Museum Pass
    Location: 17 Place de Trocadero, 16th arrondissement;  Metro/RER: Pont d'Alma
  • Musée de la Contrefaçon - Small museum dedicated to showing the differences between authentic items and counterfeits, with side-by-side displays of hundreds of objects
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  • Musée National de la Marine - (17 Place du Trocadéro; nearest metro: Trocadero) - Naval history maritime museum, with ship models, maritime art, artifacts, and photosBuy tickets at the door, or get free entry with a Paris Museum Pass 
  • Musée de Vin - Wine museum
  • Musée Marmottan Monet - The world's largest collection of art by Claude Monet, plus other art - Tickets
  • Musée Yves Saint-Laurent Paris - Fashion museum devoted to the couture of Yves Saint-Laurent located in the designer's former haute couture house - Tickets
  • Palais de Tokyo - Contemporary and experimental art in all genres (including video and digital) by established and emerging artists; fantastic bookstore
    Location:  13 Avenue du President Wilson, 16th arr; Metro: Line 9 to Iena or Alma Marceau; RER C to Pont de l'Alma
    Tickets: Usually fast and easy to buy at the door, but you can also buy online
  • Palais Galliera - Fashion museum, with exhibits of French fashion design and costumes from the 18th century to the present; closed during exhibitions
  • Pavillon de l'Eau - Specialty museum focused on City of Paris water and the history of the city's water system
  • Roland Garros Museum - Tennis museum; currently closed for renovations and updating, including the incorporation of immersive experiences

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17th & 18th Districts:

Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre
Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre
  • Citéco (aka Cité de l'Economie et de la Monnaie) - Economics museum housed in the 19th century Hôtel Baillard, a neo-Renaissance private mansion with much of its lavish interior paneling and other period details still intact and beautifully preserved
  • Espace Dalí 
  • Halle Saint-Pierre - "Outsider" art museum   
  • Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner - Art museum focused on the works of early 19th century French painter Jean-Jacques Henner  
  • Montmartre Museum - History museum focused on the history of the local area as documented through paintings, posters, photos, and manuscripts
  • Sacre Coeur Basilica

19th & 20th Districts

Sculpture and tombstones at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Sculpture and tombstones at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
  • Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Science and technology museum, which much of the content kid-friendly
  • Musée de la Musique
  • Pere Lachaise Cemetery   

Museums & Monuments in Paris Suburbs & Nearby Towns

Footbridge over Monet's pond at Giverny
Footbridge over Monet's pond at Giverny
  • Air et de l'Espace - Air and space museum at Le Bourget airport
  • Chateau de Vincennes - Medieval castle, home to French kings in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries, in the town of Vincennes, adjacent to Bois de Vincennes in the 12th arrondissement
  • Grande Arche, La Defense
  • L'Arche du Photojournalisme - Exhibition space devoted to photojournalism at the top of the Grande Arche at La Defense
  • La Défense Open Air Museum - 69 mostly modern and contemporary, mostly massive sculptures located on and near the Esplanade de Defense
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Monet's Home & Gardens in Giverny   
  • Saint-Denis Basilica Cathedral  

Botanical Gardens, Zoos, & Aquariums

Botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums, with their displays of living plants, animals, and fish, have more similarities with museums than you might think.  The mission of both is to maintain, research, and protect collections of species; in that sense, they are fundamentally the same as, let's say, the Louvre.

Just as many Monet enthusiasts enjoy pairing a visit to the Orangerie to view his water lily paintings with a trip to see his water lily pond at Giverny in order to observe and appreciate his source of inspiration, animal lovers might want to pair a visit to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Hunting and Nature Museum) with a trip to the Parc Zoologique de Paris (Paris Zoo).

Here's a quick guide to the botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums you'll find in Paris:

Botanical Gardens in Paris

Specimum cherry tree in bloom at Jardin des Plantes in Paris
Specimen cherry tree in bloom at Jardin des Plantes in Paris
  • Parc de Bagatelle (16th) - Located in the center of Bois de Boulogne; best known for its rose garden with 10,000 rose bushes representing 1,200 different species; also has a waterfall, grotto, 19th century Chinese pagoda, a lush kitchen garden used to display new vegetable varieties, and a small chateau
  • Jardin des Plantes (5th arr) - Formally founded in 1635 as a royal medicinal plant garden, plants are maintained and displayed in four large greenhouses, and specialized outdoor gardens where you can see displays of roses, ornamental cherry trees, alpine species, irises, decorative plants, and much more.
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  • Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil (Greenhouses at Auteuil) (16th arr) - Located at the edge of Bois de Boulogne between Roland Garros and the Parc des Princes stadium; formal outdoor gardens including a Japanese garden, English garden, and rose garden, five large greenhouses, and about 6,000 plant species; one of four botanical gardens managed by the City of Paris
  • Parc Floral de Paris (12th) - Fourth-largest park in Paris, located within Bois de Vincennes (the city's second-largest park); in addition to a spectacular floral display which differs each year, a variety of botanical gardens feature species such as ferns, rhododendrons, Japanese bonsai, cactus, Mediterranean plants, and much more

Paris Zoos

Giraffe at the Vincennes Zoo in Paris's 12th arrondissement
Giraffe at the Vincennes Zoo in Paris's 12th arrondissement
  • Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes (5th arr) - Originally populated with animal rescued after the French Revolution from the royal zoo at the Palace of Versailles, it now includes many rare smaller and medium-sized mammals, plus numerous varieties of birds and reptiles
  • Parc Zoologique de Paris ("Vincennes Zoo") (12th arr) - Part of the National Museum of Natural History, this large zoo in the Bois de Vincennes is dedicated to the protection of about 3,000 animals grouped into five biozones designed to replicate their natural habitats; also has a large greenhouse with a tropical rainforest habitat.
  • Menagerie at Jardin d'Acclimatation (Bois de Boulogne, 16th arrondissement, Metro: Les Sablons) - Small collection of birds and animals, inaugurated in 1860 by Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, in this lovely park with a Korean Garden and small amusement area next to Fondation Louis-Vuitton

Paris Aquariums

Statue of Venus de Milo at Musée du Louvre
Tropical fish and a coral reef at Aquarium de Paris
  • Aquarium de Paris (16th arr) - More than 7,500 species, including a gigantic tank with 50 sharks and Europe's largest jellyfish exhibit
  • Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée (12th arr) - Piranhas, electric fish, sharks, and many more species of tropical marine life

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