5 Off The Beaten Path Museums in Paris

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Ready to explore more of Paris?

At the mention of the art scene in Paris, your mind may first wander to thoughts of the Louvre: the home of the smiling Mona Lisa. You may want to ponder the existence of life with Rodin’s Thinker or run your fingers along the course facade of the Arc de Triomphe. You’ve certainly heard, or have visited, these famous landmarks but the City of Love’s true magic lies in its lesser known, hidden gems. Let’s take a look at a few of the more intimate museums in Paris; those tucked away amongst the many cobblestone streets.

MUSÉE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE

A former painter’s home turned museum, the Musee de la Vie Romantique was once the meeting place for artistic and intellectual lights of the day such as Chopin and Rossini. It’s now devoted to Sand and Scheffer’s memorabilia, and even as a charming garden tea salon if you’re looking for an idyllic place to spend the day.

MUSÉE COGNACQ-JAY

This private mansion is your chance to take a look inside of the live’s of the Parisian elite. Take a stroll through the massive home and gardens and feast your eyes on the elegant display of French furniture, tapestries, and priceless paintings.

MUSÉE DE LA CHASSE ET DE LA NATURE

This particular museum takes a closer look at the art form of hunting. Equipt with nature, animals, and taxidermy, groups of all ages can spend the day exploring the many rooms. Be careful, you may trip over the two-story giraffe while perusing the upper level.

CERNUSCHI MUSEUM FOR ASIAN ART

This is the oldest museum in Paris, and France’s second most important collection of Chinese and Asian art. Some of the pieces span prehistoric to modern times, and the museum continues to be enriched over the years through private donations.

MUSÉE JACQUEMART-ANDRÉ

This 19th century mansion is straight out of the grand palaces you’ve seen in Disney movies and period dramas. Visitors have been said to have spent the entire day roaming the many gilded halls and appreciating the beauty of the estate’s winter garden.

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