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June 29, 2010

How to visit Paris Museum and Exhibitions Free

Le Petit Palais
Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, this museum presents works since Antiquity until end of the XIXth century. The collections are organised in two major parts : the ancient art fund (French, Flemish, Renaissance, XVIIIth century art) and the XIXth century French art fund (Doré, Delacroix, Monet, Pissaro, Sisley, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec…).

Le Petit Palais (Musée des Beaux-Arts de la ville de Paris)
5, avenue Dutuit – Paris 8
open: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
closed: Monday and bank holidays
Permanent exhibition FREE
late night opening: Thuesday (8 p.m.) during temporary exhibitions
Métro : Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1/13) or Concorde (lines 1/8/12)

l’Atelier Brancusi (The Brancusi Workshop)
L’Atelier Brancusi is a reconstruction of the workshop, with original furnitures and tools, of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi. You can discover most of his sculptures (finished but sketches too) in their original spirit : Brancusi was preoccupied by the relation between sculptures and space.

L’Atelier Brancusi
Beaubourg Piazza – 19, rue Beaubourg – Paris 4
open: 2 pm to 6 pm
free entrance
closed: Tuesdays and May 1st
Métro : Rambuteau (line 11) / châtelet les halles (RER)

Free entrance (in the permanente exhibition) first sunday of the month
Le Louvre
Most famous museum of Paris, and one of the largest in the world, Le Louvre presents a permanent collection of 35000 works (Archeology, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Furniture, Painting, Sculpture, Textile, Graphic art…) since High Antiquity (-7000) until 1850.

Musée du Louvres
Pyramide – Cour Napoléon
34, 36 quai du Louvre – Paris 1
Museum: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (except Monday, 1/01, 1/05, 8/05, 15/08) Pyramid: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed : Tuesday, 1st January, 1st May, 8th May, 25th December
Museum late night : opening on Wednesday, Friday (10 p.m.)
Métro : Palais Royal – musée du Louvre (lines 1,7)

Musée Picasso
Located in a beautiful mansion : the « hôtel particulier » Salé, the Picasso Museum presents more than 3000 works of the artists including paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics etc.
Musée Picasso
Hôtel Salé – 5, rue de Thorigny – Paris 3
open :
Summer : April 1st – September 30 : 9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Winter : October 1st – Mars 31 : 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
closed: Tuesday, 01/01
Métro : Saint-Paul / Saint-Sébastien Froissart / Chemin Vert

Musée des thermes de Cluny (Museum of medieval art)
The museum, located between the gallo-romans ruins and a medieval hotel, presents master works of the medieval art and in particular the famous tapestries called The Lady with the Unicorn (« La Dame à la licorne »).

Musée national du Moyen Âge – Thermes et hôtel de Cluny
6, place Paul Painlevé – Paris 5
open : 9.15 a.m. – 17.45 p.m.
closed : Thuesday, 1st January, 1st May, 25 December
Métro : Cluny-La Sorbonne / Saint-Michel / Odéon

Musée d’Orsay
Originally a train station built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, this museum is dedicated to all artistic production (Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Furniture, Cinema, Photography etc) from 1848 to 1914.
Chronologically the collections presented in the Musee d’Orsay are before the one of the Louvre and after the one of the Musée d’Art Moderne Beaubourg.

Musée d’Orsay
62, rue de Lille – Paris 7
open : 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
closed : Monday, 1st January, 1st May, 25th December
late night opening: Thursday (9.45 p.m)
Métro : Solférino (Line 12)

Musée Rodin
This museum, located in a XVIIIth century mansion, presents sculptures (marble, bronze, plaster etc) but also drawins from the sculptor Auguste Rodin. In addition, works from others artists, coming from the personal collection of Rodin, a exposed too. Few master works (and especally the famous Thinker) are exposed in the garden.

Musée Rodin
77, rue de Varenne – Paris 7
Métro : Varenne, Invalides, Saint-François-Xavier
Open :
Winter (October – March): 9.30 a.m. – 4.45 p.m.
Summer (April – September) : 9.30 a.m. – 5.45 p.m.
Closed : Monday, 01/01, 01/05, 25/12

Musée des arts asiatiques-Guimet
Major center for the knowledge of Asian civilizations, this museem presents one of the largest collection in the world (45000 objects), of all types of Asian art and in particular an amazing collection of archeology and antics objects.

Musée des Arts asiatiques – Guimet
6, place d’Iéna – 19, avenue d’Iéna – Paris 8
open : 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
closed : Tuesday
Métro : Iéna (9)

Musée National d’Art Moderne (Beaubourg)
Well known for his curious architecture , the Pompidou Center is a great cultural Center. It contains the Musée National d’Art Moderne which presents works since 1905 until present time. The museem is divides in two majors sections : moderne art (since 1905 until 1960) and contemporary art (since 1960 until now).

Musée National d’Art Moderne
Beaubourg Piazza – Paris 4
open : 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
closed : Tuesday, 1st May
Métro : Rambuteau (11) / châtelet les halles (RER)

Le château de Versailles
Commissioned by Louis XV The Château de Versailles was the official residence of the royal court until the french revolution.
Considered as the high point of French art and architecture during the 17th and 18th centuries The Château de Versailles is the prototype of French classical art. The gardens, designed by Le Nôtre, represents the quintessence of the « jardin à la française ».

Château de Versailles
open :
summer : April 3t – October 31 : 9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
winter : November 1st – April 2d : 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
closed: Monday, May 1st, May 28th, December 25th

By train :
RER ligne C
direction Versailles-rive-gauche-château
from Montparnasse station
train SNCF direction Versailles-Chantiers
from Saint-Lazare station
train SNCF direction Versailles-rive-droite

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