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Paris is passionate about its art and aesthetics. We’ve often heard of well-known artists and authors drawing inspiration from the beautiful city of love. Which is why, it comes as no surprise that Paris is home to some of the most oldest and prominent museums in the world. From architecturally beautiful to plain informative, the city is not short of museums that display some of the most remarkable artwork from renowned artists. And, what makes them worth a visit is the impressive collection of culture that is displayed under one roof. Considered as nothing less than the realm of artistic vibrancy, tourists can feast their eyes to a visual treat with every art hub they visit in Paris.

Whether it is contemporary art you’re interested in or sculpture — you’re bound to run across everything beginning from photography, to fine art and films during your visit. Here we bring you a list of some of the finest French museums which have done their bit at preserving and showcasing the diverse Parisian culture under a roof.

Museums in Paris


There are many museums in Paris, which offer a wide variety of art and history for visitors to enjoy. The most famous museum in the city is the Louvre, which houses some of the world's most famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa. Other popular museums include the Musée d'Orsay, which features French Impressionist art, and the Centre Pompidou, which is home to a large collection of modern art. There are also many smaller museums throughout the city, covering topics such as fashion, architecture, and even food.

5 Must-see Works of Art in Paris


There are many masterpieces to see in the museums of Paris. The most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, is on display at the Louvre. This museum also houses the Venus de Milo, another world-renowned sculpture. The Musée d'Orsay has a large collection of French Impressionist paintings, while the Centre Pompidou has a wide variety of modern art. No matter what your taste in art is, you're sure to find something to appreciate in the museums of Paris.

1The Mona Lisa

The Louvre Museum

The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world, and it can be found in the Louvre Museum in Paris. This painting is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. It was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1519, and is considered to be one of the greatest works of art ever created. The Mona Lisa is famous for its mysterious smile, which has led to many theories and interpretations over the years. If you're visiting the Louvre Museum, be sure to take a look at this iconic painting.

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2The Thinker

Musée Rodin

The Thinker is a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, which can be found in the Musée Rodin in Paris. This sculpture depicts a man deep in thought, with his chin resting on his hand. It is made of bronze and stands over six feet tall. The Thinker was first exhibited in 1881, and has since become one of the most famous sculptures in the world. If you're interested in art, or simply want to see a beautiful and iconic sculpture, be sure to check out The Thinker at the Musée Rodin.

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3Waterlilies

Musée de l'Orangerie

Monet's Waterlilies is a painting by Claude Monet, which can be found in the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. This painting is a series of eight canvases, each measuring over six feet wide. The paintings depict the water lilies in Monet's garden at Giverny, and are considered to be some of his greatest works.

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4Venus de Milo

Louvre Museum

The Venus de Milo is a statue of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, which can be found in the Louvre Museum in Paris. This statue was sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch between 130 and 100 BCE, and is made of marble. The Venus de Milo is one of the most famous statues in the world, and is known for its beauty and mystery. It is believed that the arms of the statue were lost at some point after it was sculpted, which has led to many theories about what the statue originally looked like.

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5The Van Gogh Self Portrait

Musée d'Orsay

The Van Gogh Self Portrait is a painting by Vincent van Gogh, which can be found in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. This painting was completed in 1889, and is one of the most famous self-portraits in history. In this painting, van Gogh depicts himself with a bandaged ear, which he famously cut off during a fit of madness. This painting is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of one of the most famous artists of all time.

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13 Best Museums in Paris


#1 The Louvre

Largest Museum in the World

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Architecture Mona Lisa Art

Considered Paris's most iconic landmark, the Louvre Museum is often on every tourist’s list while visiting Paris. This famous monument is best known for a plethora of art exhibits as well as collection from around the world. It witnesses a crowd of people who visit from across the globe to catch a glimpse of the famous Mona Lisa — painted by Leonardo da Vinci. The timeless glass pyramid that has now become a symbol of sophistication and elegance is also one of the most photographed monument of the city. Apart from a myriad of paintings, the museum also hosts intricate sculptures within its premises.

Best Time to Visit
Wednesday and Friday, evenings
Recommended Duration
3 Hours

Louvre Museum Highlights

  1. Masterpieces by Leonardo Da Vinci like Mona Lisa and Madonna of the Rocks.
  2. More than 50,000 artworks from the ancient Egypt Civilization which includes the Great Sphinx, one of the largest outside Egypt.
  3. M. Pei’s Pyramid designed by the famous Chinese-American architect I. M. Pie.
  4. Louvre Museum is home to few of the most iconic Greek art from the Hellenistic period.

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What to see in the Louvre

One of the largest museums in the world, the Louvre can be quite intimidating and is said to take days to see every single thing in there. If you have limited time on your hands, check out this guide on what to see in the Louvre, so you don't miss out on at least the iconic pieces in the museum!

Louvre Museum Reviews

The experience from start to finish was superb. The audio guide for €5 made the experience even better. Very clean, friendly staff and a highlight of our trip!


- Marcus, October 2022

We went straight to the front of a very large queue and showed the attendant our ticket & get straight in, no waiting. Excellent


- Lorraine, October 2022

#2 Orsay Museum

Largest Number Of Famous Paintings In The World

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Van Gogh HistoryArt

Located on the scenic banks of river Seine, the Museum of Orsay houses an impressive collection of impressionist (400 paintings) and post-impressionist (1,100 paintings) masterpieces of the world. Visitors can get a chance to view famous artworks from artists such as Monet, Degas, Sisley and Van Gogh as the Museum of Orsay is one of the largest art museums in Europe. Originally a railway station, you can still trace the origins of Gare d’Orsay in its opulent architecture. The museum also creates several temporary exhibits throughout the year and it tops on the list of Paris’s interesting attraction.

Best Time to Visit
Wednesday or Friday
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Orsay Museum Highlights

  1. Collection of Van Gogh's Post Impressionist art
  2. Lady Liberty statue by Frédéric Bartholdi
  3. Masterpieces by Claude Monet especially The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool
  4. Gates Of Hell by the French Sculptor Auguste Rodin

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Orsay Museum Reviews

Yes, very easy to use. Booked in advance then turned up at the museum. Much smaller queue for us pre-bookers than those who still had to buy tickets. Would 100% recommend and use this again!!


- John, Headout, October 2022

Arrived, saw the massive queue to buy a ticket in person. So I went online and bought a ticket then and there and was told to join a tiny queue and then we were in! Amazing, we were so pleased and missed at least an hour long queue!


- Jacyln, Headout, October 2022

#3 Centre Georges Pompidou

Largest Museum Of Modern Art In Europe

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Stravinsky Fountain Culture Modern Art

Some may recognise this museum as the oddly structured building placed near the Beauborg area in Paris. However, Centre Pompidou is most importantly known for its vast collection of modern art that will leave you inspired and intrigued. The quirky building also boasts of a humongous library (with almost 500,000 books) that can easily accommodate around 2,000 readers at once. The museum contains over 50,000 works of art including paintings, sculptures, drawings as well as photography. And while you enjoy contemporary art, don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the surreal panoramic view of the city from its rooftop terrace.

Best Time to Visit
Any time of the year, early hours of the day
Recommended Duration
4 Hours

Centre Georges Pompidou Highlights

  1. A new age acrhitectural masterpiece with over 100,000 pieces of Art
  2. La Blouse Roumaine, an oil-on-canvas painting by Henri Matisse
  3. Incredible works by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso
  4. Must-see contemporary art collection by Andy Warhol

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Centre Georges Pompidou Reviews

A great museum. Every time again. You should visit it, if you are staying at Paris.


- Jörg, Headout, October 2021

The VIP type tickets worked a treat in Paris! We turned up and it was all speedy and seamless for all the Must see sights - The E ticket to the E- Tower was slick well oiled machine


- Leora, Headout, October 2021

#4 Musée Rodin

Best Museums in Paris

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Gardens Monographic Museums Sculptures

Opened in 1919, Musée Rodin holds a host of some of Auguste Rodin’s impeccable artworks. Situated amongst well manicured lawns and a sprawling property, the museum is housed in a n 18th century private mansion. You can take a stroll down the pristine gardens and discover some of his prominent works such as ‘The Thinker’ or ‘The Gates of Hell’ within the lawns. You can also admire some of his drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics, photographs and antiques amongst the many collections in this museum. Visitors can also spend some leisure time frolicking around a small lake in the premises and catch a cup of coffee at the casual restaurant at this museum.

Best Time to Visit
Wednesday and Friday, evenings
Recommended Duration
1 Hour

Musée Rodin Highlights

  1. It is highly recommended to visit the ornamental and rose gardens of the museum that is accessible with a small fee.
  2. The museum is a tribute to life and works of the French Sculptor Auguste Rodin and consists of his famous works like The Kiss, The Gates Of Hell and The Thinker
  3. Make sure to check out the Age of Maturity, a masterpiece by Camille Claudel

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Musée Rodin Reviews

Nice museum with a an outdoor area. You can have a good time here. The visitor is guided through the musuem so you don't miss anything. Just the resaurant in the museum is an overpriced dissapointment with only a mediocre quality.


- Tobias, Headout, October 2022

Very interesting visit. Learned something of the process in creating sculptures and some of the modern greats are here.


- Nancy, Headout, October 2022

#5 Musée De L'Orangerie

Art Gallery of Impressionist Era

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Art Claude Monet Culture

Spacious and well-organised, the Musee de l’Orangerie is home to Monet’s famous painting: Series of Waterlilies. The museum offers a beautiful, panoramic view of the paintings that in an experience unlike any other. Located in the heart of the city, this museum also features 144 works from Walter Guillaume collection, which is a series creative illustrative works of the first decade of the 20th century. Musee de l’Orangerie’s key feature includes its expansive exhibits that allows viewers to take a good look at every painting. Although not heavily crowded on off days, the museum tends to draw a crowd that is especially enthusiastic about Monet’s artwork from around the globe.

Best Time to Visit
Early Afternoons
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Musée De L'Orangerie Highlights

  1. Claude Monet's Water Lilies which is a panoramic mural painting collection from the impressionist era
  2. Pablo Picasso's Grande Nature Morte which features his iconic style of cubist art
  3. Paul Guillaume's collection which is on display on the second basement floor is something to not miss on
  4. The only museum with a view of the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concord

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Musée De L'Orangerie Reviews

This is the best impressionist and post-impressionist exhibit I have seen. Orangerie is easy to get to and easy wander around. Book audio guide in advance. Audio guide is good and inexpensive buta must to get background to artworks


- Kenneth, Headout, October 2022

Enjoyed our visit to the L' Orangerie, especially the water lilies. Also, the staff was very nice and allowed us to enter early. Highly recommend this tour!


- John, Headout, September 2022

#6 Musée de Cluny - Musée National du Moyen Age

Museum of the middle age in Paris

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Medieval History Roman Baths Art

Previously known as Musee de Cluny, the Musée National du Moyen-Age boasts of an eye-catching medieval collection and garden within its four walls. In fact, even before you enter the museum, you can glimpse through the beautiful Gallo-Roman baths on your way inside. The museum’s collection includes everything beginning from art to antiquity as well as some notable works from the renaissance periods. Now transformed into a magnificent Hotel de Cluny, the gothic styled architecture of this museum is a hit with many-a-shutterbugs from around the globe who wish to capture the sublime elements of the building.

Best Time to Visit
Early Afternoons
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Musée de Cluny - Musée National du Moyen Age Highlights

  1. The museum is home to artworks from the Medieval age that stretches across cultures like Roman, Byzantine and Gothic
  2. Don't miss out on the collection of the 'Lady and the Unicorns' tapestries located in the upper level.
  3. The museum comprises of the Roman bathhouse (Frigidarium) in the lower level.
  4. The Stained Glass Gallery which consists of religious scenes from La Sainte Chapelle and the Basilique de Saint-Denis

#7 Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

Most iconic Parisian monuments

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Family Architecture Art

One of the most iconic Parisian architecture, one simply can’t miss the striking Grand Palais located on the buzzing streets of Champs Elysees. The architectural masterpiece comprises of three major sites: the Nave, the National Galleries and the Palais de la Decouverte. There are several national and international events being held every year at the Nave that include horse riding, contemporary art and many others. Apart from that, visitors have the privilege to view some eye-catching collections by Picasso, Hopper and several other renowned artists that have set a milestone in the history of art. In fact, children too can make the most of the knowledge imparted at this museum by spending some time at The Palais de la Decouverte. There are numerous cultural hotspots within the museum for kids, that are dedicated to science and fun learning.

Best Time to Visit
Between 3 PM and 6 PM
Recommended Duration
3 Hours

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais Highlights

  1. The Grand Palais showcases grand-scale art exhibitions as well as events — like the Annual Paris Photo exhibition, Fashion Week, Auto shows, and even equestrian events.
  2. Stand beneath the majestic glass vault located in the Main Space, which has been inspired by London's Crystal Palace.
  3. Wildly colourful masterpieces by the painters like Henri Matisse and Gauguin.
  4. The Grand Palais Nave, a steel and glass structure wighing more than the Eiffel Tower is the museum's main attraction

#8 Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

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Tradition History Culture

If a rich dose of culture is what you’re looking for, the Musée du Quai Branly is the right place to acquaint yourself with traditional art and an eclectic collection of artefacts from across the globe. The museum hosts as many as 300,000 artefacts and objects and 700,000 photograph under its roof. You can browse through various musical instruments, fabrics, clothing that are significant from Oceania, Asia, Africa and America. The museum makes sure to take you on an interesting journey within the cultures of distant lands across centuries. What makes this museum worth a visit is its focus on non-European cultures. It even houses a cosy reading room, a theatre, a cinema, restaurant and a bookshop within its premises.

Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Best Time to Visit
Late Afternoon
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Highlights

  1. The museum is relatively new and showcases 20,000 years of history and art from Africa, Near East and Asia.
  2. The Americas collection features artworks from 17th century to today
  3. The architecture of the museum is unique with plants covering the walls top to bottom
  4. Musee du quai Branly also has roof top restaurant with an entire view of Paris

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#9 Musée de L'Armée

Largest Arms Museum in the World

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History Military Napolean’s Tomb

A museum unlike any other, the Army Museum in Paris displays a splendid collection of medieval armour and weapons. The sprawling palatial building which is best known for the tomb of Napoleon I is divided into three prominent sections. The Departement Moderne holds informative exhibits about the two world wars while the other chamber complexes showcase rows of suits of armour. The building is well-organised and elegant, and it also immortalises the history of Paris amidst its exhibits. If weapons and artillery do not impress you, visit for the magnificence of the tomb that is situated inside the museum.

Best Time to Visit
Early and Late evening hours
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Musée de L'Armée Highlights

  1. Collection of military history and art with over 500,000 objects from pre-historic to present day
  2. The Charles de Gaulle monument dedicated to the founding president of Fifth Republic
  3. The tomb of Napolean inside the golden dome. The tomb is surrounded by grand columns, statues and arches.
  4. The Sword of François I

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#10 Musee Marmottan - Claude Monet

Museum in Paris Dedicated to Artist Claude Monet

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Monet Exhibitions Art

The Musee Marmottan - Claude Monet is popular due to the largest collection of Monet’s work that is exhibited within museum. Originally built as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Valmy, the museum was brought back life in the year 1934. Visitors can view some of Claude Monet’s remarkable artwork (including ‘Impression, Sunrise’) in a fresh new light at this museum. Musee Marmottan houses as many as 130 paintings and drawings, and also a large collection of paintings from Impressionist Berthe Morisot. You may even venture into a chamber featuring 90 artworks from lesser-known (yet equally intriguing) impressionists if you’re an art enthusiast seeking for an alternative.

Best Time to Visit
Early and Late evening hours
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Musee Marmottan - Claude Monet Highlights

  1. Monet's permanent impressionist collection
  2. The Grand Dame of impressionism by Berthe Morisot
  3. More than 200 art pieces from the Middle Age and the Renaissance era

#11 Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Museum in Paris with a view of Eiffel Tower

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Architecture Culture Heritage

If you’re someone who appreciates architecture and its history, the Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine museum is definitely something you shouldn’t miss out. Set off on a voyage that takes you through the rich architectural heritage of France, beginning from the middle ages to present day. You may come across exhibits such as a life-sized productions of doorway of Chartres Cathedral, or models and videos included in this museum’s collection. It even hosts temporary workshops for children and adults alike, that briefs you with the history and various challenges faced back in the day. Glimpse into the world of architecture and how it has evolved over the years during your visit to this museum.

Best Time to Visit
All day
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine Highlights

  1. The museum covers over 9000 square meters of gallery space and consists of three permanent exhibitions
  2. The Gallery of French Monument which houses copies of French architecture from the 12th to the 18th centuries
  3. The museum offers plenty of learning opportunities for students in the field of architecture.

#12 Grévin Wax Museum

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Wax Figures Hall of Mirrors Art

A must-see attraction in Paris, Grevin Wax Museum has over 200 life-like wax statues of celebrities from throughout history and today. Fulfill your life-long dream of clicking a picture with your favourite pop star, sporting hero or a role model from the pages of history. Got something to say to Trump? How about a close up with Ryan Gosling, Marilyn Monroe, Pope John Paul II, Charles de Gaulle, or Mozart? There are 200 famous people waiting for a picture with you here! However, there's a lot more to Grevin Museum than just waxworks. Step into realistic, immersive experiences with famous faces and explore scenes from 19th and 20th-century France. You can even learn how the wax figures are made on a free tour

Best Time to Visit
Early Afternoons
Recommended Duration
1 Hours

Grévin Wax Museum Highlights

  1. The wax museum consists of historical statues of Napolean Bonaparte and Louis XIV
  2. Don't miss the Discovery Tour that takes you through all major steps of making a wax statue - from sculpting and moulding right up to hair styling, make-up, costumes, and accessories.
  3. Indulge in Jungle Breakfast within close proximity to orangutans and giraffes.

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Grévin Wax Museum Reviews

It was one of the best wax musuems I've ever been to ! Great opportunity to visit it, during my stay in Paris. Thank you


- Diyana, Headout, August 2022

Good experience especially the show in glass room and also with some realistic wax look like a human, Zlatan is very good


- Abdul, Headout, November 2021

#13 Picasso Museum

Museum in Paris dedicated to Pablo Picasso

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Picasso once said, "Give me a museum and I will fill it". Dedicated to the life and work of Pablo Picasso as well as to the artists who were linked to him, Picasso Museum is a treat for art lovers. The museum has over 5000 artworks including drawings, paintings, engravings and sculptures by the Spanish-born artist Picasso. You’ll get to see works from throughout his career, starting from his formative creative years, getting a sense of the great artist's evolution. The collection is housed inside a 17th-century mansion, considered to be one of the finest historic houses in Marais.

Best Time to Visit
Between 10 AM and 11 AM
Recommended Duration
2 Hours

Picasso Museum Highlights

  1. Be sure to check out the portrait of Picasso made by a French street artist Invader just around the corner of the museum.
  2. The museum was recently restored, and it’s absolutely the best place to learn about Picasso and his art.
  3. Picasso's notable works like Guernica, The Old Guitarist, Les Demoiselles D'Avignon and The Woman in the Garden

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Picasso Museum Reviews

The museum is set in a stunning building. The exhibits gave an insight in to the person as well as offering plenty of the artists work. The spotlight artist exhibit is a clever way to create exposure as well as underpin Picasso's influence Thank you


- Nathan, Headout, September 2022

Excellent museum exhibit, easy access, headphones with clear descriptions of the art. Special exhibit of works owned by his daughter Maya. Worth the visit.


- Robert, Headout, September 2022

Tips to Visit Best Museums in Paris


  • Do your research ahead of time. There are so many museums in Paris, and each has its own unique history and collection. By doing some research ahead of time, you can make sure that you visit the museums that are most relevant to your interests.
  • Purchase a museum pass. If you plan on visiting multiple museums during your stay in Paris, it may be worth it to purchase a museum pass. This will give you discounts on admission to many of the most popular museums in Paris.
  • Arrive early. Many of the most popular museums in Paris can get very crowded, so it is best to arrive early in the day to avoid the largest crowds.
  • Take your time. There is no need to rush through your visit to a museum. Take your time and enjoy learning about the history and artworks on display.
  • Dress appropriately. Some museums have dress codes, so be sure to check before your visit. Generally, it is best to dress conservatively when visiting a museum.

FAQs


Which museums are the best in Paris?

There is no definitive answer to this question as everyone's tastes are different. However, some of the most popular museums in Paris include the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Centre Pompidou and the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

How much do museums in Paris cost?

Again, this depends on the museum you wish to visit as ticket prices can vary. However, many of the most popular museums offer discounted rates for students and seniors, or have free days/times where entry is no charge.

What are the opening times for museums in Paris?

Again, this will depend on the museum you wish to visit. However, most museums are open daily from 10am until 6pm (with late opening hours on Thursdays and Fridays). It is always best to check the website of the museum you wish to visit in advance for specific opening times.

What should I expect when visiting museums in Paris?

When visiting any museum, it is important to remember to be respectful of the exhibits and other visitors. This means keeping noise to a minimum, not touching anything and being aware of personal space. Many museums also do not allow food or drink inside, so it is best to check this before entering.

What else do I need to know before visiting museums in Paris?

Some museums require visitors to go through security before entering, so it is always best to arrive with plenty of time to spare. It is also a good idea to wear comfortable shoes as you will likely be doing a lot of walking. Finally, remember to bring your camera as there will be plenty of photo opportunities!

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