Top 5 Art Museums in France

France, home to the Renaissance, is the art haven of the world. This has reflected in the artists this country has produced. The works of great artists over the ages is documented in famous art museums which are a must-visit destinations for all art-lovers.

Musée du Louvre
Having a reputation for being the most frequented museum in the world, the Musee du Louvre is an architectural marvel which was constructed in the late12th century. There are around 300,000 paintings in total on display including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. There’s also Islamic art, sculptures, Egyptian and Near Eastern antique pieces to name a few.

Centre Pompidou
This museum has a beautiful fountain at the entrance with beautiful moving sculptures and water sprays. There are around 40000 artworks at the display and it also boasts of a movie theatre, bookstore, library, a beautiful terrace and a front yard which is the hub for street portraitists, mimes, and other entertainers.

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Musée d’Orsay
This museum was a railway station previously and has French art pieces as old as 1848. There are photos, sculptures and vintage furniture which gives a glimpse into the art and culture of the people of France. There are works of famous artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Sisley and Cezanne on display.

Palais de Tokyo
A haven for modern and contemporary art, it gives a platform to new age art pieces. There are radical paintings and sculptures on display that challenge the old norms of art, and promotes creativity and innovative art. This museum is open from noon to midnight which is quite unconventional too.

Musée National du Moyen Age-Thermes de Cluny
This museum puts together art from the Middle and Medieval ages and church art. 7th and 8th century sculptures and manuscripts are also on display. The museum  has a tapestry section with famous items like Lady and the Unicorn.

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