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Musee du Louvre

Louvre / Palais-Royal 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Few art galleries are as prized or daunting as the Musée du Louvre, Paris’ pièce de résistance no first-time visitor to the city can resist. — Lonely Planet

There are literally thousands of things to see, such as paintings by Renaissance masters, Egyptian sarcophagi, and the building itself. — Condé Nast Traveler

The world's largest museum is also its most visited, with an incredible 8.8 million visitors in 2011. — Time Out

The museum is a never-ending labyrinth with thousands of art collections, paintings, sculptures from all time periods and varying art genres. — Afar Magazine

The most recognized symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel, but the ultimate traveler's prize is the Louvre. — Fodor's

Musee d'Orsay

Tour Eiffel / Invalides 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Originally a train station, the museum is fairly large and is best seen over several visits so you don’t become art-ed out. — Let's Go

The Orsay boasts an astounding collection devoted to the watershed years 1848 to 1914, with a treasure-trove by the big names plus all the lesser-known groups. — Frommer's

Paris's premier museum of Impressionism. — Travel + Leisure

Top of every visitor’s must-see list is the museum’s painting collections, centred on the world’s largest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art. — Lonely Planet

Since opening in 1986, the Musée d'Orsay has become one of the most successful and beloved museums in the world. — Concierge

Notre Dame Cathedral

Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although it's one of Paris's most consistently popular tourist sites, this Gothic cathedral still has the power to stun. — Condé Nast Traveler

Though many disagree, we feel Notre-Dame is more interesting outside than in, and you'll want to walk all around it to fully appreciate this "vast symphony of stone". — Frommer's

Looming above Place du Parvis on the Ile de la Cité is the iconic Cathédrale de Notre-Dame. — Fodor's

This site has been a place of worship for 2,000 years: a Gallo-Roman temple, Christian basilica and Romanesque church all preceded the current building. — Michelin Guide

Paris' most visited unticketed site with upwards of 14 million visitors... a year, is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture. — Lonely Planet

Arc de Triomphe

Champs-Elysees 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This colossal, 164-foot triumphal arch was ordered by Napoléon to celebrate his military successes. — Fodor's

Located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe was inspired by Rome's Arch of Titus and commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. — Afar Magazine

Probably the second most iconic structure in the whole city, the Arc de Triomphe dominates the Champs-Élysées and remains strikingly powerful even when viewed from a distance. — Let's Go

If anything rivals the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of Paris, it’s this magnificent 1836 monument to Napoleon’s 1805 victory at Austerlitz, which he commissioned the following year. — Lonely Planet

Situated at the top of the Champs-Élysées, this arch occupies the centre of the Place Charles-de-Gaulle, which opens out onto 12 wide avenues. — Michelin Guide

Sainte-Chapelle

Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This jewel of Gothic art was built upon the order of Saint Louis to house the relics of Christ and the Virgin Mary. — Michelin Guide

Built by the obsessively pious Louis IX (1226–70), this Gothic jewel is home to the oldest stained-glass windows in Paris. — Fodor's

The Lower Chapel has a blue, vaulted ceiling dotted with the golden symbol of the French monarchy, the fleurs-de-lis, and contains a few “treasures” (i.e., platter-sized portraits of saints). — Let's Go

Try to save Ste-Chapelle for a sunny day, when Paris’ oldest, finest stained glass is at its dazzling best. — Lonely Planet

Countless writers have called this tiny chapel a jewel box, yet that hardly suffices. — Frommer's

Centre Pompidou

Les Halles 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A museum, library and research center located in the 4th arrondissement near Les Halles and the Marais.This high-tech structure is variably loved and hated for its unique character. — Afar Magazine

Located in the center of Paris in a building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, Centre Pompidou is the brainchild of President Georges Pompidou. — Travel + Leisure

Nearly 40 years after its unveiling, the capital’s main contemporary art hub is still a showstopper thanks to its revolutionary tube–festooned exterior by Renzo Piano. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Pompidou is as famous for its postmodern architecture as it is for what’s inside: an impressive collection of 20th and 21st-century art. — Departures

Paris’ premier cultural centre has amazed visitors since it was inaugurated in 1977. — Lonely Planet

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

Belleville / Pere Lachaise 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bring a red rose for "the Little Sparrow" Edith Piaf when you visit the cobblestone avenues and towering trees that make this 118-acre oasis of green perhaps the world's most famous cemetery. — Fodor's

When it comes to name-dropping, this cemetery knows no peer; it has been called the "grandest address in Paris". — Frommer's

The most famous cemetery in Paris, and one of the most recognizable in the world, Pere Lachaise is the final resting place for many celebrities. — Travel + Leisure

This cemetery is the largest in Paris. The uneven ground and the abundant willows, maples and cypress mitigate the funerary character of the place. — Michelin Guide

Beautiful and quiet place. Very quiet... — Not For Tourists

Musee Carnavalet

Le Marais 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This enormous museum, subtitled Histoire de Paris (History of Paris), is housed in two hôtels particuliers. — Lonely Planet

If it has to do with Parisian history, it's here. A fascinating hodgepodge of artifacts and art. — Fodor's

Highlights include the famous The Tennis Court Oath, Marcel Proust’s fully reconstructed bedroom, and a piece of the Bastille prison wall. — Let's Go

The entire history of Paris in an outstanding architectural ensemble. — Not For Tourists

A museum on the history of Paris, including a set of Napoleon's toiletries, Proust's room, and relics of the Revolution.  — Atlas Obscura

Musee Rodin

Tour Eiffel / Invalides 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the Hôtel Biron, the most expressive works by Rodin are displayed in rooms with fine wood panelling. — Michelin Guide

The stately Hôtel Biron, built in 1732, has been home to Musée Rodin since 1919. — Condé Nast Traveler

Rodin's powerful bronze and stone sculptures would be stunning even if they were displayed in a parking lot, but here, they're housed in a 1728 private mansion. — Concierge

Here in three planes is the original design by Eiffel for the Tower, Rodin's Thinker, and mid ground with the Eiffel Tower in the background. The gardens were just perfect. — Afar Magazine

This museum houses three of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, Le Penseur (The Thinker), La Porte de L’Enfer, and Le Baiser. — Let's Go

Place des Vosges

Le Marais 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Inaugurated in 1612 as place Royale and thus the oldest square in Paris, place des Vosges is a strikingly elegant ensemble of 36 symmetrical houses with ground-floor arcades. — Lonely Planet

Paris’s oldest and perhaps snootiest public square has served many generations of residents, from the knights who clashed swords in medieval tournaments to the hipsters who tan and swap bottles. — Let's Go

The exquisite Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV and inaugurated in 1612 to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII to Anne of Austria. — Frommer's

This vast square, probably conceived by Métezeau, was the wish of Henri IV. When completed in 1612, the Place Royale became the centre of elegant life, with carrousels and pleasure. — Michelin Guide

The royal place, perfectly symetrical, simply magnificent. — Not For Tourists

Eiffel Tower

Tour Eiffel / Invalides 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

No building better symbolises Paris than the Tour Eiffel. — Time Out

At 324m—just a tad shorter than New York City’s Chrysler Building—the tower is a tremendous feat of design and engineering, though wind does cause it to occasionally sway 6 to 7cm (nobody’s perfect). — Let's Go

The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is London: the ultimate civic emblem. — Fodor's

Gustave Eiffel probably never imagined that the tower he built for the 1889 World’s Fair would become the ultimate symbol of Paris and, for many, of France. — Frommer's

It's hard to imagine just how avant-garde this tower of cast-iron girders was when it was built in 1889 to celebrate the World's Fair and the centenary of the French Revolution. — Concierge

Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris

Opera / Bourse 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

During the renovations of Paris in the late 1800s, few monuments constructed could equal the grandeur of the palatial Opera Garnier. — Travel + Leisure

Designed in 1860 by Charles Garnier, the sumptuous façade of this opera house is adorned with numerous sculptures. — Michelin Guide

The subterranean "lake" below the Paris opera house inspired the Phantom of the Opera's lair.  — Atlas Obscura

The Palais Garnier, the national opera house of Paris, is a magnificent building dripping in ornate details and glittering with gold. — Afar Magazine

For a unique, behind-the-scenes visit, luxury concierge Your Paris Experience can arrange a tour of the rehearsal room where the dancers stretch and warm up before performances. — Departures

Musee Marmottan

Passy 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Containing collections from the Renaissance and the Napoleonic era, which have been enriched by a number of donations of impressionist works, in particular by Claude Monet. — Michelin Guide

A few years ago the underrated Marmottan tacked "Monet" onto its official name—and justly so, as this is the largest collection of the artist's works anywhere. — Fodor's

This museum is a bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort to find. It’s a former hunting lodge of a duke who was an avid collector of impressionist works and upon his death,... — Atlas Obscura

This museum, two blocks east of the Bois de Boulogne between Porte de la Muette and Porte de Passy, has the world’s largest collection of works by impressionist painter Claude Monet. — Lonely Planet

Musée Marmottan Monet is free from crowds and filled with over 100 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, from Claude Monet’s Water Lilies and other pieces from his personal collection. — Let's Go

The Catacombs

Montparnasse 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Not for the claustrophobic or faint of heart, this 45min. excursion leads visitors down a winding spiral staircase to a welcoming sign: “Stop! Here is the Empire of Death.” — Let's Go

Paris’ most gruesome and macabre sight is its series of underground tunnels lined with skulls and bones exhumed from the city’s overflowing cemeteries. — Lonely Planet

The underground of the three Parisian mounts (Montparnasse, Montrouge, Montsouris) has been exploited since Gallo-Roman times. — Michelin Guide

Every year, about 50,000 visitors explore some 910m (2,986 ft.) of tunnel in these dank catacombs to look at six million ghoulishly arranged, skull-and-crossbones skeletons. — Frommer's

The bones of more than 6 million Parisians, including Rabelais, Robespierre and Danton, are buried in the network of tunnels that underlies most of the city. — Afar Magazine

Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Tour Eiffel / Invalides 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Non-western tribal art is showcased in this quirky modern building by Jean Nouvel, with colourful boxes protuding out of the facade, planted wall and a wild garden by Gilles Clément — The Telegraph

During these days the museum is holding a Maori exposition. This artifact, that resembles a spy aircraft, is supposed to improve the crops by its power over climate (well, at least that... — Afar Magazine

Quai Branly is a provocative architectural and cultural statement, and the city's latest must-see. — Concierge

Pieces are presented according to their geographical zone of origin: Oceania, America, Africa and Asia. — Michelin Guide

Exhibits mix artifacts from antiquity to the modern age, such as funeral masks from Melanesia, Siberian shaman drums, Indonesian textiles, and African statuary. — Fodor's

Musee Picasso Paris

Le Marais 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Housed in the stunning Hôtel Salé, a 17th-century mansion, this unique institution valliantly strives to make sense of the incredibly diverse output of this prolific genius. — Frommer's

One of Paris’ most beloved art collections opened its doors again after massive renovation works in summer 2013. — Lonely Planet

The 17C Hôtel Salé is the setting for this impressive collection of paintings which follows the development of this great master from Málaga in southern Spain. — Michelin Guide

The collection of more than 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, documents, and other archival materials... spans the artist's entire career. — Fodor's

More than 5,000 pieces by Pablo Picasso are part of this museum's collection. A recent renovation expanded the museum by about double the size. — Condé Nast Traveler

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Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet

Trocadero 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The outstanding Musée Guimet boasts the western world's biggest collection of Asian art, thanks to the 19th-century wanderings of Lyonnaise industrialist Émile Guimet. — Fodor's

France’s foremost Asian art museum has a superb collection of sculptures, paintings and religious articles that originated in the vast stretch of land between Afghanistan and Japan. — Lonely Planet

This is one of the most beautiful Asian museums in the world, and it houses one of the world's finest collections of Asian art. — Frommer's

The «Louvre of Oriental Art» is how the Guimet Museum has been described. It has probably the world's collection of Asiatic art. — Michelin Guide

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Musee Jacquemart-Andre

Paris 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This sumptuous residence built in 1875 for the banker Edouard André houses the collection he made with his wife, Nélie Jacquemart, a painter. — Michelin Guide

The Jacquemart-André Museum, founded by collector Édouard André and his portraitist wife Nélie Jacquemart, is in an opulent mid-19th-century residence on one of Paris’ posher avenues. — Lonely Planet

Perhaps the city's best small museum, the opulent Musée Jacquemart-André is home to a huge collection of art and furnishings lovingly assembled in the late 19th century. — Fodor's

This public museum, just a 15-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe, was once the home of art collector Édouard André and his wife, painter Nélie Jacquemart. — Travel + Leisure

This is the finest museum of its type in Paris... devoted to 18th-century French paintings and furnishings, 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, and Italian Renaissance works. — Frommer's

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Sacré-Cœur Basilica

Montmartre 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sacred Heart Basilica was built from contributions pledged by Parisian Catholics as an act of contrition after the humiliating Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71. — Lonely Planet

If you choose to approach the church from below, it's around 100 steps, and if you want to climb up into the dome, it's another 270. Your reward for all that exercise is a stunning view of Paris. — Afar Magazine

After the catastrophe of 1870, a number of Catholics vowed to build a church consecrated to the Heart of Christ on the hill of Montmartre. — Michelin Guide

Sacré-Coeur is one of Paris's most characteristic landmarks and has been the subject of much controversy. One Parisian called it "a lunatic's confectionery dream". — Frommer's

It's hard to not feel as though you're ascending to heaven when you visit Sacred Heart Basilica, the white castle in the sky, perched atop Montmartre — Fodor's

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Jardin des Plantes

Quartier Latin 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Jardin des Plantes, one of the most renowned botanical gardens in Paris, was founded as a medicinal garden by King Louis XIII in 1635. — Travel + Leisure

Opened in 1640 and once known as the Jardin du Roi (or King's Garden), this sprawling patch of greenery is a neighborhood gem. — Fodor's

A zoo with a reptile house, a natural history museum, greenhouses, a merry-go-round peopled by endangered and extinct animals...and a brontosaurus-shaped jungle gym. — Condé Nast Traveler

Founded in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden for Louis XIII, Paris’ 24-hectare botanical gardens are a serious institute rather than a leisure destination. — Lonely Planet

This delightful botanical garden, tucked between the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and the Seine, is one of my favorite picnic spots. — Frommer's

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