If France is next on your holiday agenda, you probably know what awaits you. If you need a reminder, stunning architectural monuments, and lively, gorgeous cities that are all steeped in history and culture. And what is a better place to learn history and culture than in a museum? Unfortunately, however, choosing the right ones can get highly overwhelming since there are so many great ones. So, we have picked the top 7 museums in France that will hopefully meet your expectations!
The Louvre Museum
Naturally, the Louvre is, at many times, the main reason people go to Paris. And it makes perfect sense! Standing as the world’s largest museum, it has some of the most impressive collections in the history of art.
Initially, it was built as a fortress in the 12th century. About 400 years later, it was reconstructed into a royal palace and eventually the museum.
The museum has several departments: Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Greek/Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Paintings, Drawings, and others.
As one of France’s most prominent historical landmarks, the museum attacks crowds of tourists. That said, the wait to get in is absolutely worth it! Not only will you see the most famous artworks in the world, but you will get to know more about the history and culture of various civilizations and countries!
On the same note, check out everything else the capital city, Paris, has to offer!
Located on the left bank of the Seine, Paris, is yet another striking museum of primarily French art. It displays the most extensive collections of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world. Painters include Berthe Morisot, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Sisley, and Van Gogh. Though it mainly holds artworks from 1846 to 1914, it is still one of the most prominent museums globally.
Do not miss the chance to visit! Musee d’Orsay is one of the best places to get acquainted with impressionism!
Musee de L’Armee
Established in 1905, Musee de L’Arme is the national military museum of France. It is located at Les Invalides in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. This is the perfect place for every history buff and enthusiast since you will be able to see and learn about many important artefacts of the French military.
Armours, weapons, private uniforms, crown collections, marshals, ceremonial swords, and paintings are all settled into several exhibitions with the most accurate representation of French war history.
It is home to 24 aesthetic, technical, and symbolic treasures of the French military, dating from the Middle Ages to World War II. So, settle in for an important tour and leave France more knowledgeable than ever before!
Palace of Versailles
Yet another hugely significant monument in the country, the one that almost always ends up on any tours to France, is the magnificent Palace of Versailles.
The fortress of a perfect representation of the essence and spirit of medieval times and the renaissance; it is often the main reason travelers choose this part of Europe. It holds numerous important artifacts and landmarks, such as art, paintings, and sculptures of the rulers of France.
Initially, the home of Kings from 1662 to 1789, Versailles depicts what the country was like in the olden days perfectly, creating an atmosphere of rich culture and French charm!
Settled in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Airborne Museum is the most important establishment of paratroopers and aircraft in France. While are many artefacts of the general importance of flying and aircraft, initially, the museum was to remember the paratroopers of the 82nd and the 101st Airborne Divisions of the United States Army, who parachuted into Normandy on the night of June 5-6th, 1944.
Here, you will see some fantastic pieces of ammunition and vehicles of the military, including the authentic Waco CG-4 glider, the only example in France.
Now, if you end up in Paris and have already seen all the most important monuments in the country, we suggest you get to know the city a bit more. While you can do that by walking around and getting lost between the charming narrow streets, and finding fascinating stuff impromptu, for the actual experience, you should visit Musee Carnavalet. This museum is solely about the history of the city.
Opened to the public in the 1880s, the museum houses numerous vital pieces of art, going from Renaissance to modern days. And all of it is related to the extraordinary, magnificent Paris!
There are collections perfectly depicting the development and history of the capital city of France, so do not miss a chance to feel as knowledgeable as a true Parisian!
Museum of the Great War
While most museums of art and history are more focused on World War II, the Museum of Great War, located in the town of Peronne, France, is the biggest and likely, most important one, dedicated to remembering the events of the first World War, aka the Great War.
The city of Peronne was under German occupation during the War, leaving a clear imprint on the surroundings. However, that only makes the experience much more authentic.
Regardless of what you might expect, the museum is not filled with art representing the struggles of the war. Actually, it is so that people nowadays can see the everyday life of Parisian soldiers, their daily routines, and the actions they had to take.
Established with the help of many historians, the Museu of the Great War displays two very important collections. Prisoners of the War and Children in World War I. The former deals with every true nuance of the time, the struggles of captivity, illnesses, and lack of food. The latter is for you to see the reality of kids during the time. Also, how they were learning about the war and what it meant for their futures.
Now that you have an idea of what to expect from the museums, all that is left is to pick which to visit! If possible, it would be fantastic if you got to them all! Think it over, and we hope you have some great, unforgettable experiences here in France!