Many travelers think of the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe when planning their visit to Paris. However, the City of Light provides unparalleled museum opportunities as well. Here are three museums travelers should put on the “must-see” list for their stay in Paris:
1. The Louvre Museum
No museum tour of Paris would be complete without a visit to the Louvre. Located in the center of Paris, the museum is housed in a fortress originally built in the 12th century. The museum is huge—at any given time, it displays approximately 35,000 pieces from its collection of more than one million works of art. A visitor could spend days appreciating the vast collection within its walls. As a result, it’s best to buy a map and prioritize the pieces one wishes to see. The Louvre’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, is typically on exhibit on the first floor in the 13th-to-15th century Italian paintings section.
2. Musee d’Orsay
Just across a bridge from the Louvre is the Musee d’Orsay, which houses one of the world’s foremost collections of impressionist and post-impressionist artwork. Visitors can see works by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Paul Gauguin, among other masters of the period.
3. Grand Palais
The Great Palace was originally built for the famed Universal Exposition of 1900; it was renovated in the early 2000s. As an outstanding architectural representation of the Belle Epoque, the building is as much of a draw as the touring collections that are shown inside.