With about forty five million visitors per year, Paris is by far one of the most visited cities in the world and it’s estimated that 50% of these tourists come especially to see one of the hundreds of museums that give the city a special flair. From world class museums to the more quirky ones, there are plenty of them you can visit here, but at the same time it can be difficult to choose which one to visit if this is the first time you come to France. Luckily, we’ve made a list that’s going to give you a better idea of the best museums in France so that your journey and experience here is going to be unforgettable.
Cite des Sciences
If you’re the type of person who loves science, then the Cite de Sciences is certainly one of the best museums in France that you should visit. This place is also one of the most popular and greatest museums in the world and given the fact that it’s visited by more than five million people a year says a lot about the many old and ancient exhibits it has on display. Some of the most impressive exhibitions are inspired by the human body, innovation, energy and transport, but there is also a special section called Cite de enfants which is quite staggering through the sole fact that it aims to entertain, yet also educate two to twelve year olds by using interactive experiments and workshops.
Musee du Louvre
You could never say that you have experienced the best of what France has to offer in terms of museums if you haven’t set foot in the Louvre museum. This is by far one of the most popular museums in the world and not only is it famous because of its signature glass pyramid entrance and grand palace, but also because it displays the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. The museum is also renowned for being featured a lot in the Da Vinci Code best seller which practically skyrocketed its popularity even more. When the movie was released back in 2006, the number of visitors increased from six point seven million to seven point three million.
Arc de Triomphe
If you’re strolling or driving through the center of Paris, then it’s impossible that sooner or later you won’t run into the Arc de Triomphe. This is a special kind of museum that was dedicated to the French army. In fact, it also houses the site known as the Tomb of the Unknown which is highly visited by thousands of tourists from around the world. Once they get here, people will also want to enjoy the breathtaking views from the 164 feet tall open air platform that also gives them a great view of the Place de L’Etoile, the Champs Elysees and the iconic Eiffel Tower.
La Cinematheque Francaise
The La Cinematheque Francaise stands out on our list due to the fact that this is not only the greatest museum in the world that’s specifically dedicated to the history of cinema, but at the same time it also houses the biggest anthology of memorabilia (movie related) on the planet. One thing that’s really interesting to see when you get here is the amazing cubist building which was designed by popular architect, Frank Gehry and looks simply stunning both on the outside and on the inside. The rotating exhibitions here feature the works of Stanley Kubrick and Tim Burton, while the permanent ones include props and costumes from some of the greatest blockbusters.
The last, yet not least museum you should certainly visit when coming to France is the Musee D’Orsay. Located on the bank of Seine, this is by far one of the most celebrated tourist spots in the city of Paris. Not only do tourists visit the incredible collections by Manet and Monet, but also for the gorgeous XIX century disused railway station where these collections are stored. To include some of the greatest works of art you can see here, they include the Starry Night Over The Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh and Whistler’s Mother by Whistler. It’s a truly incredible experience to be surrounded by such amazing works of art and knowing that you are just feet away from them makes the experience that much more special.