The best art galleries in France 

The best art museums in France - Paris and elsewhere - the connoisseur's guide to France

The best art galleries in France by area
Star rating, area
Three stars


  • The Louvre,
  • the Musée d'Orsay,  19th century art, Impressionists
  • Centre Pompidou,  Modern art
  • Musée Marmottan - Monet
  • Musée de l'Orangerie - Monet and others
  • Musée Picasso
Lille (59 - northern France)
  • Musée d'art moderne,
  • Palais des Beaux Arts
Two stars

  • Musée d'Art Moderne ( Palais de Tokyo),
  • Musée Carnavalet,
  • Musée Delacroix,
  • Musée Rodin,
  • Musée du Petit Palais. (free)
  • Fondation Louis Vuitton (opened  2014) - impressive new contemporary art gallery, designed by Frank Gehry
Northern France
Mediterranean France
West and Southwest France

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Photo top of page. Renoir - Chemin montant dans les hautes herbes. Paris - Musée d'Orsay

Defining the "best" art galleries in France is a matter of taste; but all the art galleries listed on this page present high quality collections of old masters or modern art. Some of the art galleries listed below are centered round the works of a single artist, others have more general collections; some, like the Louvre, are big, others are relatively small; but all are top quality galleries, and all are worth a visit

photo by Edwin.11
Cézanne - Maison du Dr. Gachet -
Paris, Musée d'Orsay art gallery

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