19th century collections

Discover the best museums for French impressionism and art nouveau from the 1800s



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Whether you’re into the gracious curves of art nouveau masters Gallé and Guimard, or you prefer the blurry sweeps of Monet and the figurative detail of Gustave Moreau, you won't be disappointed in Paris’s museums. 19th century art and architecture is everywhere – inside world class establishments like the Musée d’Orsay, and in lesser-known gems like the Musée Marmottan, a gorgeous stately home on the edge of town that holds the largest Monet collection in the world.

Musée National Gustave Moreau

This wonderful museum combines the small private apartment of Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau (1826-98) with the vast gallery he built to display his work - set out as a museum by the painter

  1. 14 rue de La Rochefoucauld, 9e
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La Collection 1900

Couturier Pierre Cardin has owned belle époque restaurant Maxim's since 1981, and now he has added a museum of art nouveau, which he has been collecting since the age of 18. There are rooms and

  1. Maxim's, 3 rue Royale, 8e
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Musée de l'Orangerie

The reopening of this Monet showcase a few years ago means the Orangerie is now firmly back on the tourist radar: expect long queues. The look is utilitarian and fuss-free, with the museum's eight,

  1. Jardin des Tuileries, 1er
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Musée Marmottan-Monet

Originally a museum of the Empire period left to the state by collector Paul Marmottan, this old hunting pavilion has become a famed holder of Impressionist art thanks to two bequests: the first by

  1. 2 rue Louis Boilly, 16e
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Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay, originally a train station designed by Victor Laloux in 1900, houses a huge collection spanning the period between 1848 and 1914, and is home to a profusion of works by Delacroix,

  1. 62 rue de Lille, 7e
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Petit Palais

Despite it’s elegant, Belle Époque allure the ‘Little Palace’ is overshadowed by its big brother, Le Grand Palais, just across the road. But ignore it and you’ll miss out on one of Paris’s

  1. avenue Winston-Churchill, 8e
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Musée Bourdelle

The sculptor Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), a pupil of Rodin, produced a number of monumental works including the modernist relief friezes at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, inspired by Isadora

  1. 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 15e
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Musée de la Vie Romantique

When Dutch artist Ary Scheffer lived in this small villa, the area teemed with composers, writers and artists. Aurore Dupin, Baronne Dudevant (George Sand) was a guest at Scheffer's soirées, along

  1. Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16 rue Chaptal, 9e
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Musée National Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix moved to this apartment and studio in 1857 in order to be near the Eglise St-Sulpice, where he was painting murals. This collection includes small oil paintings, free pastel studies

  1. 6 rue de Furstenberg, 6e
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Musée de Montmartre

At the back of a garden, this 17th-century manor displays the history of the hilltop, with rooms devoted to composer Gustave Charpentier and a tribute to the Lapin Agile cabaret, with original

  1. 12-14 rue Cortot, 18e
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Musée de l'Opéra

The Palais Garnier houses temporary exhibitions relating to current opera or ballet productions, along with a permanent collection of paintings, scores and bijou opera sets housed in period cases.

  1. Palais Garnier, 1 place de l'Opéra, 9e
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Maison de Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848, and today the house is a museum devoted to the life and work of the great man. On display are his first editions, nearly 500 drawings and, more bizarrely,

  1. Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, 6 place des Vosges, 4e
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