How to Explore Paris’s Most Famous Museums

What better way to spend a day in Paris than go museum hopping searching for the most famous art works? Well we did just this on our five day trip to Paris as art and architecture are vital components to understanding and embracing the city. We visited Paris’s most famous museums to learn and understand more of the city. We joined a tour with Babylon Tours which was a Skip the Line Louvre and Musee D’OrsayIt was an eye opening experience as we finally had the chance to see a few famous art works in real life.

The Louvre

The Louvre is most famous for the Mona Lisa, and is was definitely amazing to see it in real life. I don’t go on tours too often but I am so glad we had a guide here because we learnt so much history. I think most people know about the Mona Lisa, but they probably do not know why it was painted, or whys it so famous. Being in a small group tour allowed us the chance to ask questions, and soak in lots of information.

The museum was really busy so it is best to go early to avoid the crowds. Our tour helped guide us to the most famous artworks as it was so hard to navigate inside. We passed the Greek and Roman sculptures as well as some well-known work by Leonardo DaVinci. Our ticket allows you to come back later if you want to explore the rest of the museum as well.

Musee D’Orsay

Next, we headed off to Musee D’Orsay just across the river. This museum was really different than the Louvre in all aspects. It wasn’t as busy as there weren’t massive tour groups. And, the artwork was a different style. Most of the work here ranged from 1800-1900 and focused on realism. It was interesting to see this side of art and learn more about the history behind every painting. Our guide was so informative as she studied art history around the world and was able to discuss with us different art styles and methods used.

We came across many famous pieces such as Monet’s Green Bridge and. What I loved about the tour was the engagement and interaction. Numerous times our guide asked us what we thought about the painting (whether it was controversial), or what style the painting was. Even though we didn’t have all the answers it was really fun to guess and expand our art history knowledge.

We had a great time and definitely took away a lot from this experience. I would 100% recommend taking a tour with Babylon otherwise you’d just be looking at a whole bunch of pictures on the wall. I can’t wait to come back next time and explore more of Paris.


  • Donna Janke September 22, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I love museums. Art in Paris! Perfect!

  • Corinne September 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Simply lovely! I’m a big fan of museums so getting a peek inside thanks to your post is a big thrill!

    • My One Big Planet September 24, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks! I was surprised by how much art work was really inside these two museums!

  • Kaila Yu September 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Paris is the ultimate city of art! A guide is definitely needed to navigate through all the amazingness! Amazing photos in this post

  • Eulanda September 6, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Exploring museums without any prior historical context can be pretty dry unless you’re a history expert. I definitely agree that having a guide can be helpful in many circumstances. Sounds like a super informative tour!


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