Save the Louvre! Check out 5 alternative museums in Paris to avoid...

Save the Louvre! Check out 5 alternative museums in Paris to avoid the crowd

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On 29th May 2019 an unexpected thing happened in Paris. The world-famous Louvre Museum of Paris shut its door to thousands of admirers and travellers. The world’s richest museum that boasts of famous works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Nike of Samothrace, is facing the brunt of over-tourism. Finally, the over-worked museum staff decided to go on a strike over the conditions. And the unthinkable happened – the world’s most visited museum, one of the great cultural institution of Paris, Louvre museum decided to shut down, leaving behind a long line of unhappy and sad tourists!

Paris is one of the many, popular European cities that are facing problems due to mass tourism.

 

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What tourists visiting Paris don’t realize is that there are other, equally impressive museums in the city that they can explore, instead of just the Louvre. So if you’re heading to Paris in the summer months, avoid the long lines of the Louvre and instead visit any of these five museums:

5 alternatives to the Louvre museum in Paris:

1. Musee Rodin

 

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Musee Rodin celebrates the life and works of famous French sculptor Francois Auguste Rene Rodin. It has two locations – Hotel Biron (it served as his personal work studio) in central Paris and Musee Rodin in Meudon (a Louis XIII-style house), just outside Paris. The 18th century mansion and its sprawling garden features key masterpieces by Rodin including The Kiss and The Thinker. The villa Biron also offers a rich experience of French countryside right in the heart of Paris. Hotel Biron contains the work of Rodin plus many notable works by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri Matisse.

2. Musse Marmottan Monet

 

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Located on 2 Rue Louis Boilly in Paris is Musse Marmottan Monet that displays the largest Monet collection – over 300 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Oscar Monet! Oscar-Claude Monet was the founder of the French Impressionist Art movement and is one of the most studied and admired painters in the world. The museum is housed in a 19th century villa and a former hunting lodge with an impressive collection of furniture. The museum also features numerous works by legendary painters like Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro.

3. Musse de I’Orangerie

 

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Located in the west corner of Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde, this museum is built in a former 19th century Orangerie (a greenhouse for orange and citrus trees). The museum is dedicated to artworks of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movement. The key artworks include the likes of eight large permanent Water Lillies by Claude Monet, The Embrace by Pablo Picasso, and Le Divan by Henri Matisse. Often overlooked, this museum is ideal to enjoy some of the best artworks without worrying about long lines.

4. Le Petit Palais

 

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Designed and constructed for the 1900 Universal Exposition, Le Petit Palais houses the official Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris (the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts). The museum offers free entry to all visitors and is one of the best fine art museums that is lit entirely by natural light. The museum houses fine art and objects from the Renaissance Period and displays paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Oscar-Claude Monet, Eugene Delacroix, Camille Pissarro, and many more.

5. Musee de Montmartre

 

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Located in Montmartre in Paris, Musee de Montmartre is part of the Musee de France (Museum of France), the official state museum of France. This pastel-hued museum is the perfect place to escape the touristy crowd of Paris and spend some time in three beautiful gardens. The museum is dedicated to Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a pioneer of the Impressionist style. The museum also displays Montmartre’s bohemian artworks and documents the art of the world famous Parisian cabarets of the Moulin Rouge. The buildings have seen many eminent painters like Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo (son of Suzanne Valdon) and Andre Utter (partner of Suzanne Valdon).

 

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We would recommend that you add these museums of Paris to your check-list and save the Louvre from the effects of mass tourism. Always buy tickets from the official website and select a time of the year that’s free from overcrowding. Bring your best behaviour, be polite with the security and reception staff, and always cherish art responsibly. Mona Lisa’s smile must be preserved for our future generations.

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