Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5 Rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris, France
01 44 78 75 00
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Note: Paris is the birthplace of photography as we know and love it, and the MEP houses some of the most important photographs, and film reels, in the history of their respective mediums – over 20,000 of them, to be exact. They also have a lovely cafe set up in an 18th century vault…

Nuke Gallery
11 Rue Sainte-Anastase
75003 Paris, France
01 42 71 52 38
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Note:  Known for their racy yet well curated shows, Nuke Gallery is run by a former New Yorker with an eye for all things edgy. They’re currently showing A killer Robert Montgomery installation, and Ann Grim’s Vodka & Caviar exhibition – check it out.

Galerie Du Jour – Agnès B.
44 Rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris, France
01 44 54 55 90
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Patron to all things exceptionally cool, Agnès B. has made her mark on the world as one of the preeminent tastemakers of our generation. She’s currently exhibiting a collection of famed NYC graffiti artist Jim Joe’s work, you know you love the mystery man.

Musée Rodin
77 Rue de Varenne
75007 Paris, France

01 44 18 61 10
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Note: Spanned over two sites, one in Paris and one in Meudon, the Musée Rodin comprises the largest known collection of Rodin’s work in the world. The Hotel Biron, which houses the majority of the collection is situated on some of the most beautiful grounds in Paris – perfect for an afternoon date.

Musée National Du Moyen Age
6 Place Paul Painlevé
75005 Paris, France
01 53 73 78 16
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Note: In the equivalent of New York’s Cloisters they’ve amassed some of the most important works of the Middle Ages, and they’re housed in one of the most important buildings in Paris: Hôtel Cluny, perhaps one of the most perfect examples of medieval architecture in the city.

Musée Carnavalet
23 Rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris, France
01 42 72 22 62
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Note: Housing more than 475,000 pieces of art ranging in age from the Leutitian period all the way through the 20th century, it’s no surprise that Musée Carnavalet is often considered “The” museum of Paris. Not to mention the courtyard is to die for.

Centre Georges Pompidou
19 Rue Beaubourg  
75004 Paris, France
01 44 78 47 99
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Note: If you’re looking for contemporary art, look no further. Centre Georges Pompidou was designed in the veign of ultra-contemporary tubular architecture, appropriate considering it houses some of the most important pieces of modern art in the city.

Palais de Tokyo
13 Avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris, France
01 81 97 35 88
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Note: Home to contemporary and street art, the Palais de Tokyo is one of the few museums on this list that was built in the 20th century. The Pavillion also serves as an incubator to young and developing artists, subsequently becoming the de facto home of graffiti in Paris.

Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain
261 Boulevard Raspail  
75014 Paris, France
01 42 18 56 50
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Note: A non-profit wing of the distinctly for-profit French jeweler, the foundation exists to further the bond between Paris and the contemporary art world. The foundation offers a chance for young artists to have their work displayed alongside established names in the game, and it’s working.

Musée d’Orsay
5 Quai Anatole France  
75007 Paris, France
01 40 49 48 14
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Note: Housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, the museum is home to some of the most important impressionist paintings in Paris. Redon, Renoir, Munch, Klimt, and Whistler all call Musée d’Orsay home, so it goes without saying that this spot is not to be missed.

Musée Du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly  
75007 Paris, France
01 56 61 70 00
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Note: Built by Parisian star Architect Jean Nouvel, this museum houses some of the most important indiginous art from nearly every continent, including the Americas. La Tour Eiffel is a stones throw, which makes this museum an easy stop on your inevitable pilgrimage to the tower.

Musée Marmottan Monet
2 Rue Louis Boilly  
75016 Paris, France
01 44 96 50 33
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Note: It should come as no surprise that the museum with his name in the title would house the single largest collection of Monet’s paintings in the world, but what might catch you off guard is that you’ll find some of the best Pissaros, Sisleys, and Renoirs there as well.

Musée Du Louvre
Place du Louvre  
75058 Paris, France
01 40 20 50 50
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Note: Ahh yes, the best for last. The museum that needs no introduction certainly won’t receive one here – you know why you have to go here, and if you miss it you’ll be sorry. Give them our best, won’t you?