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Musée Rodin
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Sculpture Museums

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


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….

Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine

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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, and interactive screens place the models in context. Upstairs, darkened rooms house full-scale copies of medieval and Renaissance murals and stained-glass windows. The highlight of the modern architecture section is the walk-in replica of an apartment from Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse in Marseille
It makes for a fascinating visit for children of all ages; to help them understand the exhibits, colourful interactive games are dotted around the permanent displays, so they can try their hand at architecture and learn the concepts of Romanesque and Gothic as they create fantastical animal heads, design stained-glass windows or build a Romanesque arch. On Saturdays at 2pm, three- to seven-year-olds can have a go at doing some building themselves with wooden blocks. Entry is €8 and you don't need to reserve (just turn up about 30 minutes beforehand).

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

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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 briefly closed in May 2010 after the theft of five masterpieces. The €100-million haul netted paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Modigliani and Léger.


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