If you were to ask an art lover which city they would run to before the world ended, chances are most would already be on their way to Paris. It is the culture capital of Europe and home to some of world?s greatest museums and galleries. From the gigantic Louvre to galleries hidden away in luxury department stores Paris, it bleeds art like no other city.
In this post we will skim the surface of what is on offer with 5 galleries you must see in Paris.
You can?t talk about the Paris art scene without talking about the Louvre. It is home to the most famous painting in the world, The Mona Lisa and houses thousands of art from all across the world. The museum is so big that it is impossible to see it all in one day. The best way to approach the Louvre is to come prepared. The Telegraph wrote a list of 20 greatest treasures to make sure that you don?t miss the best the Louvre has to offer.
- Mus?e du Louvre, 75058 Paris – France
- Metro: Palais-Royal Mus?e du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)
- Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
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Centre Georges Pompidou
The home of modern art in Europe and perhaps the only museum that is as famous for its creative exterior as it is for its artistic wonders inside. The museum puts on huge exhibitions every year and in the past has included works from modern masters such as Edvard Munch, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons. The Paris Pass states an interesting fact that unlike any other building in Paris, all the plumbing, electrics, air circulation, wires, pumps and escalators are on the exterior of the building giving it its famous architecture.
- Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
- Hours: Open everyday from 11am to 10pm
- Closed Tuesdays
The Fondation Cartier is a gallery run by the famous luxury watch brand, yet it is one of the best places in Paris to see new talent. The Fondation?s exhibitions are based on either individual artists or themes. The gallery is perhaps most famous for its performance arts, which it displays regularly in its Normadic Nights sessions.
- Address: 2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014 Paris
- Metro: Raspail
- Phone: 01 56 80 27 00
La Gelerie des Galeries
Art to many is luxury, and on the first floor of the luxurious department store Galeries Lafayette is a permanent 300 square meter space dedicated to art. The small gallery has hosted some of the best artists in France and from the international scene. The Gallery has different exhibitions on show throughout the year and is the perfect place to combine culture and shopping in one trip.
- Located in: Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
- Address: Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
- Hours open daily from 11 am to 7pm
- Closed on Sundays and Mondays
If you are an art lover cannot come to Paris without dropping by the Mus?e Picasso to see the most comprehensive collection of the world?s greatest modern artist. The museum is dedicated to showing every aspect of this great man?s life and work. It features some of his most iconic work and some of his lesser know pieces that show how versatile he was. Picasso loved Paris and just to visit this site is to follow in the footsteps of the great master.
- Address: 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris
- Hours: Daily 9:30am to 6pm
- Closed Mondays
Traveling to Paris
Paris is one the most easily accessible cities in Europe. It is a train ride away from all major European cities including London where you can hop on the Euro Star and be in the center of Paris in less than 3 hours. We recommended you not bring your cars into Paris due to the heavy traffic. Parking4Less recommends flyers from the UK use on-airport parking as a convenient way to keep your car safe while you travel. This type of option ensures that your vehicle is monitored by CCTV and security staff 24-hours a day. Additionally, it will give tourists the ideal platform to access the airport if they have a late or early flight.
No matter how you come to Paris, the most important part is that you visit the wealth of culture on offer. After all, this city is like no other in the world.
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