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PARIS MUSEUMS

Paris Museums - Some of the oldest museums and art galleries in the world are located in Paris, France. Certainly some of the best, as the most glorious of the artists and painters lived and died here. Paris museums include the Louve, The Picasso, The Monet, and the incredible Da Vinci. All have their own separate and beautiful architecture, and the Paris museum tourism board has set up tours all year long, so anytime you are in France you may go on one of Paris' tours of the great artists.

 
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For Paris Museums you can purchase a Paris Museum Card - means free admission for one or two days to almost all museums and even better means you don’t have to queue - there is a special entrance for holders of cards. The cost is about $25 for one day and $50 for two days. You can purchase them at the Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris (OTCP) 25, rue des Pyramides but also in metro stations and many other places.

1) Musée du Louvre
Rue de Rivoli
Hours of opening are Monday and Wednesday 9am-9:30pm and Thursday to Sunday 9am-6pm.
Telephone 01-40-20-53-17, 01-40-20-51-51 for recorded message, or 08-92-68-46-94 for advance credit card sales
Admission 8.50€ (about $10). On Sunday, free for children 17 and under; free for all ages first Sun of every month!
The world's most famous museum and palace, the Louvre museum is absolutely grand. Its most famous exhibit is the Mona Lisa - and if you haven’t seen you just have to include it in your itinerary. It is buried in the heart of the Louvre and is subject to queues as every one wants to see it. You may find it stunning or you may wonder what all the fuss is about; most people find it to be smaller than they previously thought! While in the Louvre wander around a little further, but as a respite take time to look at the wonderful views out the upstairs windows. If you want to “do” the Louvre you need to allow two full days at least - it is huge. There are English-language tours lasting over an hour and this may be a good option - available each day except Tuesday and Sundays. They cost about $8 a person but you must have an admission ticket as well (children are free). Audioguides also available.

2) Jardin des Plantes - Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle (Museum of Natural History)
Rue Cuvier
Metro Station - Gare d’Austerlitz
Hours Wednesday to Monday 10am-5pm (closed on tueday)
Telephone 01-40-79-30-00
Admission prices (about $8) adults, less for children and seniors
If you like plants and want to get away from it all this is a wonderful oasis in Paris. You can wander around at your will and visit the Alpine Garden, the Glasshouses and recharge your batteries.

3) Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet
Hours of opening - Wednesday to Monday 10am-6pm - so closed Tuesday
Telephone 01-47-23-61-65
Admission ($8.05) adults and reductions for seniors while free for children
Paris' premiere Asian museum housing thousands of hundred year old (and older!) pieces

4) Musée Zadkine
Hours Tues-Sun 10am-5:30pm
Telephone 01-55-42-77-20
Admission ($4.05) adults, ($2.55) for ages 26 and under
Ossip Zadkine who lived from 1890 to 1967 was a wonderful French sculptor and left many of his fine works to the city of Paris. This is his Museum now open for all the tourists of the world.

5)Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Rue de Rivoli
Telephone 01-42-61-04-02
Admission (about $7.50) adults and again reductions for children.
An amazing collection of furniture, jewellery and all sorts of things like glasses, tables, furnishings and so on. Covering a span from the Middle Ages, the Rennaissance through to the more recent Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras - you have a great feel of changing history.

6) Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet
Hours of opening Tues-Sun 10am-6pm - this one closed on Mondays
Telephone 01-44-96-50-33
One cannot wander the museums of Paris without visiting the Monet. The collection includes over.30 paintings of Monet's house at Giverny and many pictures of his famous water lilies. There is also a Renoir portrait of the 32-year-old Monet. The museum also exhibits Monets - Impression: Sunrise painted in 1872, this the picture that gave its name to the Impressionist School of Painting.

   
 
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