Paris is a city of wonders, from the museums to the architecture to the restaurants. If you are fond of visiting the museums in the city every time you are here, you have probably already been to the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. These are both surrounded by plenty of landmark attractions; however, while these museums are undeniably fabulous, you may end up wanting to check out some of the lesser visited alternatives in the City of Lights. Some of the smaller, lesser known museums are listed below.
Sculptures at Musée Rodin
Tired of your ever-repeating private Louvre museum tour? Musée Rodin mainly showcases the works of Auguste Rodin., who is considered one of the most influential sculptor in Western Art. The mansion housing it is situated about half a mile east of Hôtel des Invalides, and offers a good view of the Eiffel Tower. There is an indoor display inside the mansion, which used to be the Hôtel Biron.
There is also a sculpture garden, a wide lawn, a pond, and a designated area for lounging. If you prefer taking in the day this way, then you are like most Parisians. Some of the famous pieces on display here are The Kiss, Balzac, and The Thinker. If you are visiting, it is a good idea to make it into a picnic.
Monet’s Work at Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Marmottan
Tired of visiting the d’Orsay? Do you want more than anything to admire the Monet pieces, without having to travel the long distance to Giverny? Then you should head to Musée de l’Orangerie. This museum is situated in the 1st arrondissement, and towards the southwest of the Tuilerie Gardens.
The museum has two ovular rooms, and in each of them, a dazzling 360-degree display of the most famed subject of Claude Monet. The downstairs area also has collections of Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, including works by such famous names as Modigliani, Cézanne and Renoir.
Musée Marmottan has more masterpieces for the Monet lover in you. Located in the 16th arrondissement, this place boasts the most extensive painting collection by the artist. The place was formerly the hunting lodge of the Duke of Valmy, and now has such pieces on display as Impression Soleil Levant (Impression: Sunrise), the namesake of the impressionist movement.
If you are done with the above-mentioned places, but want to enjoy more surrealist paintings, head to Espace Dalí in Montmartre, which is short distance from the Place du Tertre. This place is a gallery-cum-store, which means you get to buy stuff to take back home.