From Venus de Milo to the surrealists
Travel non stop. The capital of France has a fabulous network of museums and galleries. The first obvious choice will be the Louvre, at the heart of the city. The collection of art and archaelogy is just unparalleled and comprises all periods in history. Visiting will take long. Don’t forget to notice the palace: did you know it was once the seat of the French monarchy?
Then comes the rest, which is immense
The Georges Pompidou centre, a revolutionary project in the Marais area, has more than 60 thousand contemporary art pieces. After seeing Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre, here you’ll find Marcel Duchamp’s ironic version.
Installed in a former railwway station, Musée D’Orsay’s building is as impressive as its 19th Century fine arts collection. Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Monet and so many others are here – and the queues are not as long as in the Louvre.
The works of sculptor and author of The Thinker can be seen in the Musée National Rodin, while the Musée du Quai-Branly is dedicated to ethnology and other civilizations. Ever wondered what’s the largest science museum in Europe? Look no further: the futurist Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie is just a bit farther away from the centre of Paris, in Parc de la Villette.