Sculpture Museums

From rudimentary figurines to classical masterpieces, follow this guide to the best sculpture museums in Paris...



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Musée Rodin

Musée Rodin Jean-Charles Godet/Time Out

Some sculpture museums, like Musée Bourdelle and Musée Paul Belmondo, are entirely dedicated to a single sculptor; others like the Louvre and Petit Palais devote just part of their collections to the art form. Whether you fancy seeing star statues like Rodin’s ‘Kiss’ (Musée Rodin) and Milo’s Venus (in the Louvre), or want to discover the flowing contours or jagged angles of works you’ve never heard of before, follow this guide….

Musée Paul-Belmondo

For most people in France, the name Belmondo is associated with Nouvelle Vague actor Jean-Paul Belmodo; that sexy, thick-lipped heart-throb, with a distinguished boxer’s nose, who shot to stardom

  1. 14 rue de l'Abreuvoir, 92100
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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 National Rodin

The Rodin museum occupies the hôtel particulier where the sculptor lived in the final years of his life. The Kiss, the Cathedral, the Walking Man, portrait busts and early terracottas are exhibited

  1. Hôtel Biron, 79 rue de Varenne, 7e
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Musée du Quai Branly

Surrounded by trees on the banks of the Seine, this museum, housed in an extraordinary building by Jean Nouvel, is a vast showcase for non-European cultures. Dedicated to the ethnic art of Africa,

  1. 37 quai Branly, 7e
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Musée Bourdelle

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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 Cernuschi

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Since the banker Henri Cernuschi built a hôtel particulier by the Parc Monceau for the treasures he found in the Far East in 1871, this collection of Chinese art has grown steadily. The fabulous

  1. 7 avenue Vélasquez, 8e
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Musée Maillol

Dina Vierny was 15 when she met Aristide Maillol and became his principal model for the next decade, idealised in such sculptures as Spring, Air and Harmony. In 1995 she opened this delightful

  1. 61 rue de Grenelle, 7e
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Atelier Brancusi

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When Constantin Brancusi died in 1957, he left his studio and its contents to the state, and it was later moved and rebuilt by the Centre Pompidou. His fragile works in wood and plaster, the endless

  1. Place Beaubourg, 4e
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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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The Louvre

The world's largest museum is also its most visited, with an incredible 8.5 million visitors in 2009. It is a city within the city, a vast, multi-level maze of galleries, passageways, staircases and

  1. Rue de Rivoli
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Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

Opened in 2007, this architecture and heritage museum impresses principally by its scale. The expansive ground floor is filled with life-size mock-ups of cathedral façades and heritage buildings,

  1. Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro, 16e
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Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

This monumental 1930s building, housing the city's modern art collection, is strong on the Cubists, Fauves, the Delaunays, Rouault and Ecole de Paris artists Soutine and van Dongen. The museum was

  1. 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 16e
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