5 Art Museums to Visit in Paris

Who doesn’t love art? Kids are easily amazed by the unusual things art and history have to offer and not only does exposing your kids to different evidences of early art and history entertain them, it also helps them grow. Instead of busying yourself with arcade games, video games, and toys, take your children to an educational road trip which they will never forget. Paris has all the right museums and attractions which will surely bring out the Picasso or Michelangelo in your kids.

Musée de la Poupée – Paris
28, rue Beaubourg Impasse Berthaud
75003 PARIS

What you’ll see: art and toys such as authentic, little French dolls, wood-crafted toys, accessories, furniture, and other small toys for boys. Musée de la Poupée – Paris keeps track of the history of toys. If you are interested in finding out who enjoyed what in a certain year, this museum keeps track of it all.

This museum is open from 10 AM to 6PM daily, Mondays through Fridays, only. For adults, the entrance fee is 8 Euros but for children aged 3 to 11, the rates are at 4 Euros. For students, the entrance fee is 6 Euros.

Grévin
10 boulevard Montmartre
75009 PARIS

Like Madame Tussaids, Grevin is a museum that showcases the most stunning wax work images of many popular people, including the President of France, celebrities, royals, and other popular personalities. Philippe Starck and Barack Obama are the museum’s latest exhibits.

This museum is open from Mondays through Fridays, at 10 AM until 6:30 PM; however, over the weekends, you may drop by at 9:30 AM until 7:00 PM. The entrance fee is fixed at 21.50 Euros but students may pay 18.50 Euros, which is a discounted rate.

Musée de la magie – Musée des automates
11, rue Saint-Paul
75004 PARIS

If you are fond of magic or anything involves fancy tricks, cards, and a little magic dust, the best place to go is to Musée de la magie – Musée des automates. This museum showcases different tools used for executing different magic tricks.

The musuem is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM while the entrance rates are at 7 Euros for adults and 5 Euros for children aged 12 and below.

Palais de Tokyo – Site de Création Contemporaine
13, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 PARIS

Everything about this museum is art: the east wing houses modern art while the left wing is where you can find contemporary art creations. This museum is very popular among Parisians but don’t let that put you down, there are so many surprises in this museum intended for tourists, as well.

The museum is open from Tuesdays through Sundays and the entrance fee is at 6 Euros for adults.

Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la ville de Paris
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 PARIS

Our last stop for the day is where you can find fancy items used by the French royals of the previous centuries. Everything here is fancy and fragile so make sure to watch your step wherever you go. The Petits Palais also showcases paintings and different works of art.

The admission rates have changed over the years in this museum so make sure to ask before visiting. It is also open from Tuesdays until Sundays.

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5 Reasons Why Getting Lost in Paris is a Good Thing

Paris is a fairly large city and the city which is made of over 20 districts has so many treasures and amazing scenes to offer. Many who go to Paris already know where to find the Eiffel Tower, what bus to take to get to a certain district and how much time to spend to walk to a certain landmark. Google Maps and other interactive smart phone apps have actually made traveling easier but if you want to make your Paris more memorable, why don’t you leave all your maps and apps in your luggage and simply, get lost.

Dare to do what no other tourist has done before: leave your travel guides behind and face Paris boldly without a map.

1. Learn time management.

Before you start with your trek, you need to prepare a few things: make sure to bring a watch with you or set your smart phone to alert you a few hours before it gets too dark. Set a curfew for yourself so you don’t spend the entire night walking around in, heaven forbid, an unsafe location. Paris is generally safe as a city but who knows who you’ll meet in the city and what their intentions are.

Getting lost in Paris simply means going around the city without a specific destination in mind and without the assistance of a travel guide so you get to see the city in a way that’s never been seen before. Getting lost in Paris doesn’t mean losing your sense of time though, so make sure to set a curfew for yourself and stick with that schedule.

2. See Paris differently.

Tourists who come to Paris with a travel guide pretty much know what to expect. The travel guide is making their trip easy for them, but if you had gone to Paris without any help from a map or guide, you will see Paris in a very different way. To locals, Paris is a mega-city where culture and commerce meet and mix harmoniously. To tourists, Paris is a city where you can find beautiful sights and sceneries, but to a lost tourist, Paris is a large strange place with so much to offer and so many treasures to share, but first, you have to find out where these treasures are.

Make your trip to Paris a personal experience and get to know Paris in a very honest way.

3. Know landmarks and tourist attractions faster.

Without a map, you will have to rely heavily on landmarks to find out where you are and where to go next. It would be a very exciting experience to see Paris without any guide and if you want to remember streets and landmarks faster, do so without a map.

4. Learn to speak to the locals.

A map is often used to show you directions but what do you do if you don’t have one? You will have to leave all your inhibitions behind and learn to converse with locals. Simply put, you will have to ask around. You will need to ask where you are and how to get to a certain location; most importantly, you will have to do all these to find out how to get back to your apartment.

map of paris5. Discover streets and locations rarely mentioned in travel guides.

The best thing about getting lost in Paris is that you get to discover streets and locations that are rarely mentioned in travel guides. On your trek, you might stumble upon unusual museums, statues and structures. For example, there are several copies of the Statue of Liberty throughout Paris, there’s one near the Grenelle bridge, Pont de l’Alma, and Musee des Arts et Metiers. Where are these places? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

The Different Paris’s of the World

When we think of Paris, the first image that probably comes to mind is that special city in France where one may find the Arc d’Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower; however, there are actually several Paris’s on Earth, some of which are located in North America while another is in the Pacific Ocean.

It has often been said that the beauty of Paris has been used as the inspiration of other people, and from what we’ll discover later on, even governments. Shakespeare, for one, named the dashing antagonist of his play Romeo and Juliet as Paris. Michael Jackson and Richard Hilton of the Hilton Hotel fame, have also named their beautiful daughters after the city.

Another European country that boasts a town named Paris is Denmark; however, unlike France’s Paris which is a mega-city inhabited by millions of French and foreigners, Denmark’s Paris is a rural town with only 200 residents. Unlike the French Paris, the Danish Paris is a farming village and not exactly where you can find fashionable districts.

Canada, which has millions of French-speaking nationals, boasts two Paris’s: one in the Yukon region and another in Ontario. The United States of America; however, boasts not just one but twenty-six (26) Paris’s — that pretty much means half of the states of the USA has a county, town, or city named after the French ‘capital’.

The most unusual place to find another Paris is in the Pacific, specifically in the islands of Kiribati. Although Kiribati was discovered by French explorers, the archipelago was once a colony of the United Kingdom until they became independent in 1979. The Paris of Kiribati is much different than its North American and European counterparts since the commune itself has been abandoned for years now and is pretty much an empty lot.

Just when you thought that the unusual discoveries about Paris ends there, there’s actually more: the name ‘Paris’ has also been used to name a genus of flowers, a ship, an aircraft, a computer chip, and a type of plaster.

Surprisingly enough, the City of Paris which we all love and cherish is actually NOT France’s capital. According to historical documents, Paris is the de facto capital of France because it is the most popular city and the center of commerce, but the Congress of France is actually housed in Versailles.