Paris Best Small Museums – Our Top 10 Picks

Tiny museums in Paris are perfect if you’re like me; travel should be sweet and not overwhelming. So in search of Paris best small museums this year – I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for you to explore on your next trip. From the quirky taxidermy filled museum to the stupendously rich private art of wealthy collectors and old artist studios – I rounded it all in the list below. 

We all know that Paris is not a loss for artistic and cultural happenings – some of my favorites areas are Pigalle, the Marais and anything that’s new and popping up on the outskirts of Saint Ouen or Montruiel areas. 

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Address16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris

Hours

Thursday 10AM–6PM
Friday 10AM–6PM
Saturday 10AM–6PM
Sunday 10AM–6PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–6PM
Wednesday 10AM–6PM

The Musées de la vie romantic is one of my favorite museums in Paris – not for the content, but rather its location in the trendy Pigalle area and that it has lots of greenery with a cute little Outdoor cafe in the garden to have a coffee, kind of like an oasis.

Musée Cognacq-Jay

Address8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris
EstablishedApril 6, 1929

Hours

Thursday 10AM–6PM
Friday 10AM–6PM
Saturday 10AM–6PM
Sunday 10AM–6PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–6PM
Wednesday 10AM–6PM

Musee coqnac jay- A magnificent private collection from two of the founders of one of Paris’ Pioneer department stores la Samaritane (no longer in existence). It’s located in the Marie where you can find a many small art galleries of interest as well. 

Musée Bourdelle

Address18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
OpenedJuly 4, 1949

Hours

Thursday 10AM–6PM
Friday 10AM–6PM
Saturday 10AM–6PM
Sunday 10AM–6PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–6PM
Wednesday 10AM–6PM

Musee Bourdelle – an artist studio kept mostly intact in the Montparnasse area of Paris. antoine Bourdelle was an Expupil of Auguste Rodin, and here you’ll find over 500 of his works.

 

Musee Jacquemart André

Address158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris

Hours

Thursday 10AM–6PM
Friday 10AM–6PM
Saturday 10AM–6PM
Sunday 10AM–6PM
Monday 10AM–8:30PM
Tuesday 10AM–6PM
Wednesday 10AM–6PM

Musee Jacquemart André – A little jewel in the 8th arr of pris , on this small private residence transformed into a magnificent building and wonderful escape into history at the home of another wealthy collectioner.

 

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Address60 Rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris
Opened1794

Hours

Thursday 10AM–9:30PM
Friday 10AM–6PM
Saturday 10AM–6PM
Sunday 10AM–6PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–6PM
Wednesday 10AM–6PM

Musee des art et Métiers- if you want to see some of the first items ever invented go here with the kids. You’ll be amused by the use of new technology too! 

 

Musée Nissim de Camondo

Address63 Rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris

Hours

Thursday 10AM–5:30PM
Friday 10AM–5:30PM
Saturday 10AM–5:30PM
Sunday 10AM–5:30PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10AM–5:30PM

Musee Nissim de Camando- it’s all about the Belle Époque in all its splendor. Close to the parc Monceau this old house of a banker turned passionate art collector will delight any art lover!

 

Musée national Gustave Moreau 

Address14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld, 75009 Paris

Hours

Thursday 10AM–12:45PM, 2–5:15PM
Friday 10AM–5:15PM
Saturday 10AM–5:15PM
Sunday 10AM–5:15PM
Monday 10AM–12:45PM, 2–5:15PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10AM–12:45PM, 2–5:15PM

Musee Gustave Moreau- it’s true symbolist painter Moreau painted here you leave impressed by the grandeur of his work.

 

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Address62 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris

Hours

Thursday 11AM–6PM
Friday 11AM–6PM
Saturday 11AM–6PM
Sunday 11AM–6PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11AM–6PM
Wednesday 11AM–9:30PM

 

Musee de la chasse et la nature-

The most unusual of them all. An interesting collection of contemporary Art and taxidermy in the Marais area.

 

Musée Zadkine

Address100bis Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris
Opened1982

Hours

Thursday 10AM–6PM
Friday 10AM–6PM
Saturday 10AM–6PM
Sunday 10AM–6PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10AM–6PM
Wednesday 10AM–6PM

Musee zadkine- really tiny and free so no excuse about not having time! Is the former home and studio of sculpture Zadkine.

 

Carnavalet Museum

Address16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris

Musee Carnavalet – (even though closed until 2020, is my faaaaaavvvvorite!) It has all the juicy details on life in Paris, from way back.

 

 

For the real “connaisseurs” let me know if i’ve left anything out (wink wink).  What in your opinion is the best small museum in Paris?

 

read more here:

Paris’s 10 Best Small Museums – Photos – Condé Nast Traveler

Paris’s Best Small Museums – Fodors Travel Guide

 

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