Top 10 Hidden Museum in Paris


No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to (at least) one of the city’s world famous art museums. While the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and The Pompidou Centre might attract the most media attention, there are a slew of lesser-known (and frankly underrated) institutions scattered throughout the City of Lights. So, whether you’re looking for a new cultural experience or simply trying to avoid long lines of tourists, here are the top 10 hidden museums in Paris.


1. Musée Jean-Jacques Henner

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The museum contains a large collection of paintings and drawings by the French painter, Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905). Jean-Jacques Henner’s private mansion became a national museum in 1943. You can enjoy viewing major paintings by the artist exhibited along with studies and descriptions by critics.


Musée Jean-Jacques Henner
43 Avenue de Villiers
75017 Paris

2. Musée Gustave Moreau

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Gustave Moreau’s 19th century loft was designed by the artist himself, and it is preserved as it was to display his work. Enjoy viewing the artist’s most famous works at his intimate studio and get a tour of his private chambers.


Musée Gustave Moreau
14 Rue de la Rochefoucauld
75009 Paris


3.Musée Nissim de Camondo

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Musée Nissim de Camondo is a must for all art history lovers! A collection of objets d’art from the 18th century are displayed in the splendid surroundings of Parc Monceau. You can view a variety of decorative arts, Rococo paintings, and embellished antique furniture. You will discover secrets from the past in this Belle Epoque-style period house. Do not miss the kitchen straight out of Downton abbey!


Musée Nissim de Camondo
63 Rue de Monceau
75008 Paris


4.Musée Bourdelle

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Visit Antoine Bourdelle’s private studio, hidden in a charming garden in the 15th Arrondissement. Rodin’s prodigy channels the master’s style in his magnificent sculptures. The studio has kept its authenticity, as almost nothing has changed over the years.


Musée Bourdelle
18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle
75015 Paris


5. Musée Zadkine

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Russian sculptor, Ossip Zadkine’s former home just recently opened as a museum. Discover the cubist stone and metal sculptures hidden in the private garden. Musée Zadkine is only a short walk from Jardin de Luxembourg!


Musée Zadkine
100 bis rue d’Assas
75006 Paris


6. Maison de Victor Hugo

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Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables, and frequently met with fellow writers, Balzac and Lamartine in this charming apartment on place des Vosges. Explore the pied-à-terre the writer shared with his mistress, Juliette Drouet, in the heart of Paris.


Maison de Victor Hugo
6 Place des Vosges
75004 Paris


7. Musée Marmottan Monet

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If you are a fan of Impressionism and Monet, then Musée Marmottan is a must! The museum is located in the luxurious 16th arrondissement, overlooking Jardins du Ranelagh. The permanent collection features work by Impressionist masters, Manet, Berthe Morisot, and Renoir. Enjoy the masterpieces in the breathtaking interiors of Musée Marmottan, adorned with Haute époque furniture, and high ceilings. Make sure to spend time in front of Monet’s famous Nymphéas!


Musée Marmottan Monet
2 Rue Louis Boilly
75016 Paris


8. Musée du Montparnasse

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The Montparnasse museum recalls the important role Montparnasse played for artists during the 20th century. Hidden in a dead end in Montparnasse, the entrance is covered by trees and ivy. A bohéme environment indeed! The greatest artists of the 20th century, Modigliani, Picasso, Chagall, Soutine, and Fernand Léger all exchanged ideas in the artist studios here. The museum provides visitors with a rich history of the artists who lived and worked there, and curates exhibitions with works by Montparnasse artists, both past and present.


Musée du Montparnasse
21 venue du Maine
75015 Paris


9. The Pagoda

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Go to the corner of Rue Rembrandt and Rue de Courcelles in the 8th arrondissement and, without a doubt, the first thing you will notice is the Pagoda. Amongst the Haussmanian buildings of Paris, The Pagoda stands out with its bright red exterior and jade tiles. The building belonged to Chinese art dealer, Mr. Ching Tsai Loo. Mr. Loo introduced Asian Art to Paris in the 19th century.


The Pagoda
48 Rue de Courcelle
75008 Paris


10. Musée du Vin Paris

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Located right near the Eiffel Tower, Musée du Vin Paris takes you through the journey of winemaking in an authentic, 15th century cellar. Learn about wine production as you enjoy your complementary glass of wine.


Musée du Vin Paris
5 Square Charles Dickens, Rue des Eaux
Paris, 16th Arrondisement

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