- Attractions and Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Paris is like dipping into
ancient history. The sights are truly embodiments
of remarkable artistic and cultural treasures.
You'll see the internationally-renowned collections
of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts,
grand medieval abbeys, classical architecture,
remains of the old Roman Lutetia, gothic masterpieces,
collections from Napoleonic times, and many
more! All of these truly make Paris a capital
of the arts, both past and present.
Musée Rodin: Many Parisians
consider this 18th-century former hotel as
the best museum in Paris. Named after Auguste
Rodin who once lived here and now houses many
of his works, the museum brags of breathtaking
and exquisite sculptures and gardens that
can be visited separately.
Musée National Picasso: This
17th-century mansion is located in the heart
of Paris. After the French government accepted
Picasso's own collection in lieu of death
duties, the collection began in 1973. This
collection further grew after his widow's
death in 1990. Memorable works include the
self-portrait Paolo as Harlequin and Nude
in an Armchair.
Musée Orsay: This former railway
station by the Seine houses a vast collection
of works from the significant 1848 to 1914
period. The superb collection of French Impressionist
and post-Impressionist works collection is
arranged chronologically and contains highly
regarded works by Monet, Manet and Courbet.
Also on permanent display is the famous painting
by Gustave Doré entitled L'énigme
and Henri Chapu's marble statue of Joan of
Arc in Domrémy.
Musée du Louvre: The Louvre,
considered the world's greatest art museum,
houses the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace,
Seated Scribe, Jewels of Rameses II and Venus
de Milo among others. The former fortress
began its career as a public museum in 1793
with 2500 paintings; now some 30,000 are on
New and renovated galleries are now open to
the public. To avoid queues at the pyramid,
buy your ticket in advance and/or enter through
the underground shopping mall.
Cite des Sciences at de l'Industrie:
This science museum attracts 2.5 million visitors
each year with its great exhibits on anatomy,