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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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9. Musée Grévin: 724,833

Musée Grévin, Paris © French Moments
Musée Grévin, Paris © French Moments

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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

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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

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13. Musée Marmottan: 400,000

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14. Musée du Luxembourg: 358,622

Luxembourg Palace Detail of Pediment © French Moments
Luxembourg Palace, Detail of Pediment © French Moments

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15. Musée Jacquemart-André: 326 126

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


 

About the author

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. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, 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. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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