The "Louvre" is the most famous museum in the world, here you can see the most famous picture in the world, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The entrance is underground, in a glass pyramid designed by the American architect I.M. Pei. In addition to the Mona Lisa, the Musée du Louvre houses many art treasures from all eras, from painting to sculpture. There is also a great collection of Egyptian antiquities. Tickets should be purchased online from the museum's website (Link below). There you will also find admission prices and openig times.
The Center Pompidou, which opened in 1977, is named after a French President Georges Pompidou and houses the Musée National d'Art Moderne. There are many other cultural institutions in the art center. The Center Pompidou is also architecturally interesting because it stands out from the surrounding city like an industrial building. Glazed escalators on the west side lead to the upper floors. The national museum of modern art organizes important temporary exhibitions. For current exhibitions in the Center Pompidou check the link below.
In the former Gare d'Orsay train station from 1900, there is a great art museum since 1986. The Musée D'Orsay exhibits works by Cezanne, Monet, Matisse, Renoir, Gauguin and many other famous artists. The most famous paintings include the Rouen Cathedral by Claude Monet and the Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh. The museum building with the large station hall is also worth a visit. From the roof terrace you have a beautiful view on the river Seine.
The city of science and technology opened in 1986 in the Parc de la Villette. The futuristic concept is a great playground for children. The Cité des sciences et de l'industrie museum was built in 1980 in an existing hall of a slaughterhouse. The steel and glass building was designed by Adrien Fainsilber. The exhibitions show French engineering skills such as the TGV, an Airbus cockpit, a racing car, a fighter jet and much more. You can spend a whole day in the huge museum.
The art gallery Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume shows interesting temporary exhibitions, mainly photography, new media and contemporary video art. The museum is on the northwestern edge of the Jardin des Tuileries on the Place de la Concorde. The name "Jeu de Paume" is derived from the original use of the building. It was built in 1861 as a hall for the Jeu de Paume ball game (a type of tennis played with the palms of the hands).
The Musée National Picasso was established in 1985 in one of the most beautiful city palaces in Paris. The former house of a salt merchant has been converted into a museum in which France shows his works by Picasso. The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso lived in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris from 1904 to 1909.
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The "Institut du Monde Arabe" is a center for Arab cultures from Morocco to Persia. The institute, opened in 1987, shows films, exhibitions and dance of the Arab world. Tip: Great view from the roof terrace on Notre Dame. The Institut du Monde Arabe was one of François Mitterand's Grands Projets. It was designed by Jean Nouvel, who celebrated his international breakthrough with this building.
Paris Museum Pass
If you want to visit many museums and monuments in Paris, you can buy the "Paris Museum Pass". With the high admission prices for museums in Paris, this can definitely pay off. The pass is available for 2 days (52 €), 4 days (66 €) and 6 days (78 €) * (all prices 2020). The biggest advantage is that you don't have to queue. This can save a lot of time at famous museums like the Louvre.
The exact conditions and current information on the museum pass can be found here:
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