* Musée du Louvre: One of the world’s largest and best museums, this colossus of culture has its share of masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory. But aside from these three famous ladies, there are mountains of other incredible works to see, from ancient Egyptian sculptures to Renaissance masters to stunning gems and jewelry.
* Musée d’Orsay: A breathtaking collection of pre-, post-, and just plain old Impressionists deck the walls of this museum, including Renoir, Van Gogh, Manet, Degas, Gauguin and a slew of other masters of 19th-century art. Not only is the artwork incredible, but the building itself, a transformed Belle Epoque train station, is a delight.
* Musée Rodin: A prolific genius, Auguste Rodin created so many beautiful sculptures that you could probably fill several mansions like this one. Aside from seeing roomfuls of legendary works like “The Kiss” and “Adam and Eve,” you can also go outside and see “The Gates of Hell” in a paradisiacal garden.
* Musée Jacquemart-André: Set in a gorgeous 19th-century mansion, this small museum offers a chance to see both exquisite art and how the other half lived. Highlights include a beautiful winter garden, a collection of Italian Renaissance masters, and a magnificent tearoom with a Tiepolo on the ceiling.
* Musée du Quai Branly: One of the more recent additions to the Parisian museum scene, this ultra-modern museum gives center stage to artworks that are often overlooked: those of traditional societies in Africa, Asia, and even North America. You’ll find everything from a shaman’s cloak from Papua New Guinea to Australian aboriginal art, as well as delicate carvings, intricate weavings, and other masterpieces.
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