Museums and Monuments

Museum and Monuments

Paris is a romantic city, a place where life imitates art. If you only had time to visit three museums in Paris they would all be art museums. Even then you would not see some of the worlds most impressive art collections. Here are a few must see museums in the art capital of the world.

Of course you must start with the undisputed most important art collection in the world, the Louvre. The building was built as a fortress in 1200, and then rebuilt in the 1500s as a Royal Palace. The Louvre was given its name and opened as a public museum in 1793. The museum contains more then 30,000 pieces of art, every one of them relevant to the art community. The most recognizable piece in the Louvre is LaJoconde, better known as the Mona Lisa. Plan on spending between three hours and an entire day depending on your interest level and pace.

The Musee National Picasso is the place to get your fill of Picasso originals. From sketches to his most famous works, thousands of Pieces are on display. You can also view his own collection including Matisse and Cezanne.

For an even more intimate experience, The Rodin Museum has housed August Rodin's work since 1919. Two of Rodin's more famous sculptures are the "Gates of Hell" and "The Thinker", both housed here. His personal collection is also displayed and includes art from Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir.

Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum

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Entrée principale par la Pyramide, 75001, PARIS
Contact : 01 40 20 53 17 et 01 40 20 50 50 - http://www.louvre.fr/

Formerly the residence of the Kings of France, the Louvre is one of the French capital’s most renowned sites. With its rich past and collections, it is one of the world’s greatest museums.

Musée Beaubourg - Georges Pompidou

Musée Beaubourg - Georges Pompidou

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Place Georges Pompidou 75004 PARIS
Contact : 0142792424 - http://www.centrepompidou.fr/

The Pompidou Centre, dedicated to modern and contemporary creation, sits right in the heart of the city. It brings together ... the largest collection of modern art in Europe, a library, cinemas, show venues, a musical research institute, activities areas, a café and a restaurant, Le Georges, perched on the top floor and enjoying a great view over the rooftops of Paris.

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