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7 Top Things That Make Paris Museums Unique

7 Top Things That Make Paris Museums Unique

Just as the eyes are the key to your soul so are museums the key to the past and the future. 

So if someone was to ask me what the most important and amazing places in the world are, my answer would be simple- “ museums”.

Museums are the world's most intriguing places because they are temples of knowledge that reveal the history, cultural heritage and traditions of predecessors. 

Museums can teach us so much, even about the present only if we look hard enough to understand the story they tell. 

There are different purposes a museum can serve ranging from serving a parisian, researchers to serving the general public by offering visitors exciting opportunities of viewing some of the best and most precious art in the world. 

There are so many museums scattered all over the world with each satisfying the different taste of the general public and you might be wondering what then do all museums have in common? 

Well, they all offer visitors the opportunity to know more about nature, artists, cultural values of different eras and periods of art and funny as it may sound, they could also offer visitors the opportunity of meeting their life partner (haha). 

Paris, a city well known for its collections of weird, creepy and wonderfully unique museums which brings to life the fascinating history of its magnificent city and  a center for education and ideas  for lovers of art. Almost, everyone can attest to the fact that apart from sightseeing attractions and the exquisite cuisine, delectable wines, and all the beautiful monuments, the city of Paris is also known to boast some of the world’s most amazing museums and thereby earning it the reputation of being the “Centre of Art”. 

The Louvre, the Rodin, and the Musée D'Orsay are all world renowned museums situated in Paris. 

If you are new to the world of art, then I advise you visit the Parisian Museums which hold some of the oldest historic and modern pieces of artistic work or designs that will amaze you. 

Therefore, it’s noteworthy to say that, Parisian Museums are unique and here are seven things that make them so:

1. Historic nature of Paris

Le-PenseurLe Penseur, Musée Rodin (courtesy of Pixabay)

For centuries, Paris has played a major role in the world of art. 

The Louvre museum is a major art museum frequently visited in the world located in the heart of Paris. The building depicts the history of a former royal palace, with an area of 210,000 square meters including 60,600 for the exhibition. The museum housed in the Louvre, was originally a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Its art collections are mind-blowing ranging from classical sculpture, Egyptian mummies and Mesopotamian antiquities via Renaissance and baroque painting to the early 19th century.  

Also Musée D'Orsay is another exciting museum that tells a story about the transition of artworks in Paris, housing the world’s largest French works of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces by  Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh dating from 1848-1914. 

In 1986 this former train station opened as a museum, when pieces were transferred from the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume to the new exhibition space. The impressionist depicts the ephemeral moment of nature and preserves it within the canvas.

2. Its modern collections

Centre-PompidouCentre Pompidou (courtesy of Pixabay)

A contemporary and modern art base of Paris, known for its cutting-edge and amazing display of modern architecture in the center of Paris is the Pompidou Centre opened in 1977. 

Housing the National Museum of Modern Art and Industrial Design Centre and the Pompidou's collections. 

The modern and contemporary art collection ranges from Picasso, Braque, Matisse and the surrealists to the current trends of innovative design by artists from emerging countries are but a few reasons to check out the uniqueness of the Pompidou Centre, which boasts of its Europe's largest collection of modern art.

3. Story Telling

story-tellingLovely books (courtesy of Pixabay)

Parisian museums are renowned for their exhibits’ ability to tell a story. 

In fact, their exhibits succeed because they weave all of their parts together into a cohesive and captivating narrative. 

Their well-told narratives encourage learning, memory, and interest in the message they convey. 

It is therefore no surprise that visitors to the museums are deeply engaged by their exhibits.

4. Teach life lessons

Learning-schoolingBlack board (Courtesy of Pixabay)

There are so much we can learn about the life of Paris from sculpture to paintings of various artists as museums are the keys to unveil the past. 

For example, the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle was formerly a Royal Garden of medicinal plants kept by King Louis XIII in the 17th century. 

The gardens of Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle have a special focus on biodiversity and support ecology programs. Inside the gardens is the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle, which offers a comprehensive lesson of the various fields of natural history, including botany (the collection features more than 10,000 plant species), mineralogy (with notable giant crystals), zoology, ecology, and paleontology.  

Musée D'Orsay is another exciting museum that teaches a life lesson of the impressionist transition of artworks in Paris, the medieval age where artists no longer focused their paintings on idealized form, but the ephemeral moment of nature or paint as they see the world in its imperfect state. 

5. Fascinating Environment

Musee-DorsayInside the Musée d’Orsay (Courtesy of Pixapay)

Paris and holiday are two words that appear to make a perfect match owing to the beauty and serenity of the city. 

Consequently, this has made Parisian museums to stand apart from most other museums of the world because of the various sightseeing attractive neighborhoods the city offers. 

For instance, the Musée d’Orsay is situated on the left bank, just above the river known as the les Berges de Seine. It is a pedestrian area turned into a walk and entertainment space that runs from the Royal Bridge (next to the Musée d’Orsay) to the Alma Bridge (next to the Eiffel Tower). The area consist of playgrounds for children, floating gardens, open air cafes, flower beds and sporting courses, it’s a real relaxation space right at the heart of the city center without any car worries and stress of noises. 

The greatest plus of the Orsay neighborhood is that there are many places to take a nap along the Seine Banks: self-service beanbags, and tepees if you prefer sleeping in the shadow. 

Also, their artifacts, buildings, sculptures are well maintained to preserve the history or  life of Paris.

Les Parisiens aiment les berges de Seine by mairiedeparis

6. They are beautiful

Chateau-de-versaillesChateau de versailles (Courtesy of Pixabay)

The most beautiful part of the Parisian Museums, before the paintings, are the buildings themselves. The architecture of the city’s museums is a great, unique and fascinating reason to visit the museums.  

What would Paris be without its symbolic Eiffel Tower?

It is one of the most visited monuments in the world with nearly 7 million visitors a year with an atmosphere of love for couples at night. 

The history museum is so beautiful, its works of art, the bond created by famous people from varied intellectual, political and artistic backgrounds in the capital and also the emotional impact of the historical scenes  are what make the history museum so original and contribute to the unique atmosphere which it conveys of the City of Light down the centuries. 

The Latin Quarter of Paris located at the left bank of the seine, around the Sorbonne is known for its student life, lively atmosphere and bistros, it’s a home to many higher education institutions. There are 106 statues, a bronze reduction of the Statue of Liberty and 3 beautiful fountains.

7. Temple of knowledge

Library-in-parisA Library (Courtesy of Pixabay)

Paris was named the city of light because it was a center of enlightenment in the 18th century. 

During the age of enlightenment, Paris became the center of education,  philosophy and learning. There are many other great museums in Paris; such as the Museum of Advertising which was the world’s first museum dedicated to the world of advertising. It explores some of the finest examples of film, print, television and radio advertising.  

Similarly, the Museum of Arts and Invention is a great one to take inquisitive  kids to,in order  to get them learning about the power of invention and the history of scientific instruments. Some of the amazing exhibits on show include airplanes, vintage cars, Pascal’s calculator and Foucault’s pendulum. You can also learn about the development of Jewish communities, their art, history and cultural heritage and traditions in Museum of Jewish Art and History.


Please allow me to conclude by stating that visiting “Parisian Museums” will provide inspiration for budding artists and give them the opportunity to see the fascinating works of art that earned this city its reputation as a Centre for art lovers just like myself. 

Having already visited most of the main museums around Paris, I’m yet to decide which one, between Le Louvre, Le musée d’Orsay and le musée du Quai-Branly is my favorite.

I’m probably biased, but I tend to think that living in Paris for two years only is better than studying for a liberal Arts Master's Degree.

Do you have other suggestion that make a Paris Museum unique?

Please leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Image sources: Pixabay


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