These experiences are ranked #85 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.
While the Louvre, with its flashy glass pyramid and the enigmatically smiling Mona Lisa, lures staggering numbers of visitors, there are myriad smaller museums tucked into majestic old châteaus and buildings throughout the city that are just as compelling and a lot less crowded.
The French sculptor lived and worked in the glorious Hôtel Biron which houses the museum.
There are more than 6500 sculptures, including his famous The Thinker (Le Penseur), which dominates the pretty gardens attached.
Housed in a former train station, this expansive museum boasts an impressively diverse collection of works from the likes of van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir, Monet, and the list goes on.
Maisons Victor Hugo
The apartment that the writer Victor Hugo rented in the Place des Vosges is now a museum, taking you through his life in a very real, domestic fashion.
Musee de l’Órangerie
The museum houses a vast collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, including Monet’s Water Lilies series, which was installed here in 1927 to the artist’s exacting specifications.
Located in The Marais in the grand 17th-century Hotel Sale, the collection here comprises 5000 works.