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.
What was formerly a railway station has today become one of the most visited museums in the world, the Musée d’Orsay. Besides being an ever-changing venue for some of the city's hottest exhibitions, it also has a fine permanent collection of sculptures, furniture, photography and French paintings between 1848 and 1915. It houses some of the finest displays of impressionist as well as post-impressionist works from Degas, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Seurat.
Musée Edith Piaf
A privately run apartment museum where the singer lived when she was 18 and performing on the streets of Ménilmontant, the Musée Edith Piaf houses memorabilia such as costumes, letters, photos, framed discs and personal objects that belonged to her. This immense icon of French culture – known for songs such as "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" and "La Vie en Rose" – was born Riovanna Gassion, daughter of a circus performer, and later assumed the name Piaf, which means "little sparrow". This museum pays homage to her in two rooms stuffed with curios from her life. By appointment only, and visitors must phone ahead of time to obtain a security code for the front door.
Musee d'Art Modern de la Ville Paris
Opened in 1961, The Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), hosts exhibitions by cutting edge contemporary artists, and houses a permanent collection featuring: The Dance by Matisse; Nude in the bath and The Garden by Bonnard; The Cardiff Team by Robert Delaunay; The River by Derain; Discs by Léger; The Stopover by Lhote; The Blue Bird by de Metzinger; four Artists’ Portraits by Vuillard; furniture by Pierre Chareau, André Arbus, Jacques Emile Ruhlmann, which still number among the museum’s masterpieces; and large murals by Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Albert Gleizes and Jacques Villon.
Pompidou Centre - Musée national d’art moderne
The Centre Pompidou -- also known as the Beaubourg -- is one of the premier cultural centers in Paris, and there is no other museum in the world where you can immerse yourself in so much 20th and 21st century art. It contains exhibits from Picasso, Duchamp, Matisse, Ernst, Warhol and many other founding fathers of modern art. The museum, housed in a building which itself is a controversial work of art, also showcases the work of many of today's cutting-edge artists.