Top 10 Most Visited Museums in Paris

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Here is the Top 10 list of the most visited museums in Paris (2014), attracting several million visitors each year.


According to the Paris Tourist Office there are exactly 173 museums in Paris. If the taking of photos are usually allowed (without flash), the use of tripods are always forbidden. The museums managed by the City of Paris are free for all, including Petit-Palais and Musée du Carnavalet. Most of the museums (including the Louvre) are free on the first Sunday of the month, which generates long queues…

Paris’s first museum – the Louvre – is also the world’s largest and most visited museum. The list below includes the visitor count for 2014.

1. Musée du Louvre: 9,134,612

The Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre at sun set © French Moments

Louvre Galerie d'Apollon © French Moments

Galerie d’Apollon, Louvre © French Moments

Painter at the Louvre Museum © French Moments

Painter at the Louvre Museum © French Moments


2. Musée d’Orsay: 3,480,609

Orsay Museum, Paris © French Moments

Orsay Museum, Paris © French Moments

Musée d'Orsay © French Moments

Musée d’Orsay © French Moments

Public clocks in Paris

Clock at the Orsay Museum © French Moments

Public clocks in Paris

Clock at the Orsay Museum © French Moments

Rouen Cathedral painted by Claude Monet on display at the Orsay Museum Photo by French Moments

Rouen Cathedral painted by Claude Monet on display at the Orsay Museum. Photo by French Moments


3. Musée national d’Art moderne (Centre Pompidou): 3,450,000

Pompidou Centre Paris

Pompidou Centre seen from St Jacques Tower © French Moments

Pompidou Centre Paris

The pipes seen from rue Beaubourg © French Moments

Pompidou Centre Paris

Centre Pompidou, Paris © French Moments

Pompidou Centre Paris

The escalators at Centre Pompidou © French Moments

Pompidou Centre Paris

The view from the panoramic terrace © French Moments


4. Musée de l’Armée: 1,525,030

The Dome church of Les Invalides © French Moments

The Dome church of Les Invalides seen from avenue de Tourville © French Moments

Visit of Louis XIV to Les Invalides in 1706. Painting by Pierre-Denis Martin

Visit of Louis XIV to Les Invalides in 1706. Painting by Pierre-Denis Martin

Crypt of the Dome church, Les Invalides © French Moments

In the crypt of the Dome church, Les Invalides © French Moments

Napoleon's sarcophagus, Dome church of Les Invalides © French Moments

Napoleon’s sarcophagus, Dome church of Les Invalides © French Moments


5. Musée du Quai Branly: 1,495,817

Quai Branly from above © French Moments

Quai Branly from above © French Moments

Musée du Quai Branly Océanie © French Moments

Musée du Quai Branly Océanie © French Moments


6. Petit Palais, Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris: 996,469

Paris' most beautiful doors © French Moments

The gilded door of Petit-Palais, Paris © French Moments

Garden of the Petit-Palais

The central dome of the Petit-Palais © French Moments

Garden of the Petit-Palais

Painted ceilings of the covered walkway © French Moments

Garden of the Petit-Palais

Porcelain of Sèvres © French Moments

Garden of the Petit-Palais

Cherubs © French Moments


7. Musée national de l’Orangerie: 800,000

Nymphéas Claude Monet Orangerie © French Moments

Les Nymphéas by Claude Monet on display at the Orangerie Museum © French Moments

Walter-Guillaume Collection, Musée de l'Orangerie © French Moments

Walter-Guillaume Collection, Musée de l’Orangerie © French Moments

Painting by Maurice Utrillo, Musée de l'Orangerie © French Moments

Painting by Maurice Utrillo, Musée de l’Orangerie © French Moments


8. Grande Galerie de l’Évolutionalmost 800,000

Jardin des Plantes, Paris © French Moments

Jardin des Plantes, Paris © French Moments

Grand Gallery of Evolution © French Moments

Grand Gallery of Evolution © French Moments

Grand Gallery of Evolution 28 copyright French Moments

© French Moments

Grand Gallery of Evolution © French Moments

Grand Gallery of Evolution © French Moments


9. Musée Grévin: 724,833

Musée Grévin, Paris © French Moments

Musée Grévin, Paris © French Moments


10. Musée national Auguste-Rodin: 687,257

Musée Rodin © Pierre Lannes - licence [CC BY-SA 2.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Musée Rodin © Pierre Lannes – licence [CC BY-SA 2.0] from Wikimedia Commons

And the list goes on…

11. Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris: 588,725


12. Musée Carnavalet, Paris: 433,421

The Carnavalet Mansion, Paris © French Moments

The Carnavalet Mansion, Paris © French Moments

Carnavalet Paris Marais © French Moments

Musée Carnavalet, Paris © French Moments

Inner courtyard Hotel Carnavalet © French Moments

Inner courtyard of Hotel Carnavalet © French Moments

Museum of Hôtel Carnavalet © French Moments

Museum of Hôtel Carnavalet © French Moments


13. Musée Marmottan: 400,000


14. Musée du Luxembourg: 358,622

Luxembourg Palace Detail of Pediment © French Moments

Luxembourg Palace, Detail of Pediment © French Moments


15. Musée Jacquemart-André: 326 126


Source: Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris, figures based on statistics from 2014.


 

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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