Don’t Want to Wait in Line? Here Are Paris’s Best Museums That Aren’t the Louvre

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Okay, yes, we all know that a visit to Paris isn’t complete without seeing what is probably one of the world’s most famous museums if not the most famous—the Louvre. But Paris has so much more to offer in the way of art museums than just the home of the Mona Lisa. Here are some other options well worth checking out.

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Located in a former hotel at the foot of Montmartre in Paris’s 9th arrondissement, this small museum is a great escape when Paris becomes overwhelming. It’s one of Paris’s three literary museums, home of the possessions of French writer George Sand, paintings by Ary Scheffer, and sculptures from Bartholdi and James Pradier.

Petit Palais

Also called the Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, the Petit Palais isn’t actually as small as the name would suggest. Built for Paris’ 1900 World Fair Plus, the Petit Palais holds art dating from the Middle Ages through the Modern Art movement, and the building itself is a work of art. Plus, best of all, it’s free!

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

One of Paris’s most unique museum’s name translates to Museum of Hunting and Nature. Its roof is made of owl feathers and that’s just the beginning of what makes it so special.