homesubscribe to newsletterpinterestfacebooktwitterrssinstagram
Parisian livingrestaurant reviewstravelartseventsshoppingour Paris apartmentsfood
link to HiP blog home page
link to HiP blog home page
search
Paris apartments
About HiP
contactcontact
vacation rentals
special offers
ParisLondon
ProvenceTuscany
Paris vacation rentals
pinterestfacebooktwitterrssinstagram

Off-the-Beaten-Path Paris Museums: Art Outside the Louvre and Musée D’Orsay

Off the beaten path museums in Paris: Musee Cluny, Musee de quai Branly, Musee Zadkine, and more

Palais Galliera, Pierre Metivier

It’s true that even “seasoned” visitors to Paris (or residents!) could visit the Louvre and the Orsay Museum again and again, discovering something new each time.. and, it’s tempting. It’s a bit like going to your favorite restaurant instead of trying that new little bistro that just opened up around the corner, because you know the quality will be fabulous. But why not delve a little deeper and explore some of Paris’ lesser-known museums whose collections can be equally as interesting and enlightening?

Here are our top five lesser-known Paris museums that are worth at least one visit.

Off the beaten path museums in Paris: Musee Cluny, Musee de quai Branly, Musee Zadkine, and more

Musée de Cluny, Caroline et Louis Volant

Looking to start at the beginning? For Medieval history and art – and to debunk any misconceptions of what life and culture were really like in the Middle Ages – visit the Musée de Cluny (aka Musée national du Moyen Âge). You can find the Cluny nestled in Saint-Germain, the medieval heart of Paris.

Off the beaten path museums in Paris: Musee Cluny, Musee de quai Branly, Musee Zadkine, and more

Musée de Cluny, Adrian Scottow

Want a more worldly perspective? The Musée du Quai Branly houses an impressive collection of indigenous art from various parts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Completed in 2006 under former president Jacques Chirac, this modern building starkly contrasts with the architecture of the Louvre or Orsay.

Off the beaten path museums in Paris: Musee Cluny, Musee de quai Branly, Musee Zadkine, and more

Musée du Quai Branly, elyorcher

Seeking a well-hidden gem? The delightful and quaint Musée Zadkine – the former home of Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine, who was influential in the School of Paris and interred at the Montparnasse Cemetery – is also tucked away in Saint-Germain. Be sure to visit the garden as well, which is full of interesting sculptures and forms.

Off the beaten path museums in Paris: Musee Cluny, Musee de quai Branly, Musee Zadkine, and more

Musée Zadkine, Magali M; Musée Zadkine, melina1965

Pursuing posh? The Musée Jacquemart-André was once the home of banker Edouard André and his wife, painter Nélie Jacquemart. With their fine taste (and yes, huge fortune) they amassed a beautiful collection of mostly Italian art, which they left to the state. Prepare yourself for extreme grandeur and elegance here.

Off the beaten path museums in Paris: Musee Cluny, Musee de quai Branly, Musee Zadkine, and more

Musée de Cluny, Ricardo Zappala

Craving couture? Look no further than the Palais Galliera (Musée de la Mode), located in a stunning building near Trocadero in the 16th arrondissement. It’s worth noting that this museum doesn’t have a permanent collection, so be sure to check out the current exhibitions ahead of time.

Off the beaten path museums in Paris: Musee Cluny, Musee de quai Branly, Musee Zadkine, and more

Musée du Quai Branly, anthi tzakou

Paris has over 150 museums, so by no means in this a definitive list. Go out and explore museums big and small! At worst you lose a couple of hours and a few euros.. but at best you could gain new perspectives and unearth hidden passions. Happy discovering!

Musée de Cluny – Place Paul Painlevé, 75005. Tel: +33 (0)1 53 73 78 00

Musée du Quai Branly – 37 Quai Branly, 75007. Tel: +33 (0)1 56 61 70 00

Musée Zadkine – 100 bis Rue d’Assas, 75006. Tel: +33 (0)1 55 42 77 20

Musée Jacquemart-André – 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008. Tel: +33 (0)1 45 62 11 59

Musée Galliera – 10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Rue de Galliera, 75016. Tel: +33 (0)1 56 52 86 00

Related links:

Written by Jaimie Evoy of Context Travel for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Written by Jaimie Evoy for Context Travel

Jaimie Evoy for Context TravelBorn and raised on the west coast of Canada, Jaimie decided to make Paris her home in the fall of 2013. She is currently serving as Context Travel's Activity Coordinator for France and Spain. She is passionate about foreign language and loves going to concerts and taking pictures in her free time.

Website: Jaimie Evoy for Context Travel

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Apartment, Arts, Parisian Living | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Off-the-Beaten-Path Paris Museums: Art Outside the Louvre and Musée D’Orsay”

Leave a Reply

Subscribe without commenting