The Musée du Louvre is perhaps the most famous museum in the world. In fact, many visit Paris just to see it and the Eiffel Tower, the two not-to-be missed sites on every tourists' radar. This reputation is not without merit; the Musée du Louvre is so huge that it can take you several days to see all the displays. The most popular attraction is of course Mona Lisa, but there’s plenty more you could see such as the Egyptian antiquities; near eastern antiquities; displays from the Etruscan, Greek and Roman periods; decorative arts; and paintings among others.
Musée Cluny - Musée national du Moyen Âge
This hidden gem is located in the heart of the Latin quarter of the city. If you want to view Europe in the Middle Ages, this is where you should go. There are two important sites here. The first is the Gothic mansion from the 15th century that stores medieval art and tapestries. Next to this are the Gallic-Roman baths from the 3rd century. Plan on spending a few hours here.
Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme
The Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme is traces the history of Jews living in France, North Africa and Europe, from the Middle Ages to modern times. Learn about Jewish culture and the unique diversity of its different communities through the exhibitions and cultural events held here. You can see 20th century art from Michel Kikoine, Modigliani, Soutine and Chagall, and there are also rare manuscripts and textiles on display.
Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe
The Musée de l’Institut du Monde arabe showcases some of the best aesthetic and intellectual achievements of the Arab world. During a visit to the museum you can learn about France’s relationship with its colonies in North Africa, and also about the trade links during the time of the Crusades. Also on display are calligraphy works of the Koran, contemporary Arab art and miniatures.
Nissim de Camondo, Musée
Want to see a medieval mansion in all its glory, a former aristocrat's home that has been maintained just as it was before? Head to the Musée Nissim de Camondon, where three floors are open to the public, containing some of the finest paintings, carpets, table settings, silver dining sets, crystal chandeliers, Chinese vases and more.