What are some famous museums in Paris

Unusual Paris museums

We know all the famous museums in Paris: The Louvre Museum and the Musée d'Orsay are among the attractions that every tourist must see on vacation in France. Why not discover other, unusual or unfamiliar places? Here is our selection of institutions and attractions that you can access with the Paris Museum Pass.

Cluny Museum

Dedicated to the Middle Ages, the Cluny Museum is located in a private residence from the late Middle Ages. It is a famous institution known for its collections of statues, liturgical objects, textiles, illuminations and jewelry from the Middle Ages. Exceptional collections and an exceptional setting to house and present them: a museum that history buffs and the curious in Paris simply cannot miss.

Address: 6, place Paul-Painlevé, 75005 Paris

Musée des Plans-Reliefs (relief map museum)

How could you study national defense facilities before Google Maps existed? By creating very precise models of fortresses, fortified cities and their immediate surroundings! The Musée des Plans-Reliefs, located in the Hôtel National des Invalides, has an amazing collection of models of fortified cities dating from the reign of Louis XIV to the Second Empire under Napoleon III. pass.

Address: Hôtel national des Invalides, 75007 Paris

Musée Nissim de Camondo

The Musée Nissim de Camondo is located in a former private estate that was built at the beginning of the 20th century, between 1911 and 1914, and houses a fascinating collection of objects and furniture from the 18th century. The name of the institution goes back to the banking family who participated in prestigious auctions and collected many extraordinary pieces and true masterpieces. If you are passionate about furniture and decorative arts from the 18th century, this museum is a must-see for you.

Address: 63, rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris

Atonement Chapel

The Atonement Chapel on Square Louis XVI was rebuilt during the Restoration under the reign of Louis XVIII. Erected in a carefully chosen location - a place that had once been a revolutionary cemetery. Here were Louis XVI. and Marie-Antoinette, the last rulers of the Ancien Régime, but also upright royalists like Charlotte Corday are buried. What awaits you here is more than an unusual Paris museum - it is a place of remembrance.

Address: 29, rue Pasquier, 75008 Paris

Eugène Delacroix Museum

Immerse yourself in the everyday life of the gifted artist Eugène Delacroix: The museum named after him is located in his former home. You can study the artist's drawings and paintings, discover some objects that once belonged to him, and admire his studio in a secluded garden.

Address: 6, rue de Furstenberg, 75006 Paris

Aviation and Space Museum

Are you fascinated by the epic history of aviation and the conquest of space? The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace is the place for you! On the premises of Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the first business airport in Europe, there is an extraordinary collection of flying machines, prototypes and legendary aircraft. You can admire the now legendary civilian supersonic Concorde, the Mirage fighter, Ariane rockets and other spacecraft. A play area has been set up for children aged 6 to 12 so that the whole family can enjoy exploring.

Address: Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget, 93 350 Le Bourget (Seine-Saint Denis).

Villa Savoye

Are you interested in contemporary architecture? The Villa Savoye is one of the masterpieces by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. It was built in the interwar period and is a teaching example that can be used to understand the five points of the new architecture. It is based on the extraordinary advances in reinforced concrete technology, which made it possible to revolutionize shapes and spans.

Address: 82, rue de Villiers, 78 300 Poissy

Renaissance Museum

In Ecouen, north of Paris, in a magnificent castle from the 16th century, a golden century of the Renaissance, the Musée National de la Renaissance has many surprises in store for you. Visit great collections and learn more about a time when Versailles was created.

Address: Rue Jean Bullant, 95440 Écouen

Musée des égouts de Paris (Sewer Museum)

Another unusual facility little known to tourists and even Parisians themselves: a tour of the Paris sewer system on an extraordinary museum tour that is both picturesque and authentic. Unless you are claustrophobic, you will enjoy learning the secrets of this city beneath the city. Reopening in early 2020.

Address: face au 93, quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris

Saint-Denis basilica

The tomb of Saint Denis, who suffered martyrdom around 250, became a monument to a very strong faith with the construction of a monastery and a church. Several dozen kings of France are buried within the walls of the Saint-Denis basilica, which has grown from a pilgrimage site to a tourist attraction without breaking its Catholic vocation.

Address: 1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 93 200 Saint-Denis

Other unusual museums in Paris

Do you fancy something exotic? You can also discover Parisian museums that put cultures from all over the world in the spotlight, such as the Guimet Museum (Musée National des Arts Asiatiques) or the Institut du Monde Arabe.