3 Almost Off the Radar Places to Visit in Paris

Go Beyond the Obvious in Paris

Author: The Traveling Professor/Sunday, May 12, 2019/Categories: Paris

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Here are 3 a places to visit in Paris that are just a little bit off the beaten path.  Enjoy!

Musée Carnavalet
Métro: St-Paul or Chemin Vert.  Bus: 29, 69, 76, 96.
Museum Pass:  Not needed – no admission charge. Closed:  Monday.
A worthwhile stop while meandering through the Marais, it is the museum of the history of Paris.  The collection here is quite varied.  For instance, there are dioramas of the long-gone Bastille, paintings of the construction of the Statue of Liberty, and personal effects of Marie Antoinette. I enjoy viewing the uniquely crafted Parisian shopkeeper signs.   1-1 ½ hours.  Website:  www.carnavalet.paris.fr.

Musée National du Moyen Âge-Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny (Cluny Museum)
Métro:  Cluny La Sorbonne, Saint Michel, or Odéon.  Bus: 21, 27, 38, 85, 87.
Museum Pass: Yes.  Closed: Tuesday.
This recently renovated museum of medieval art is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter at the intersection of boulevards Saint-Germain and Saint-Michel.  It is on the site of ancient Gallo-Roman baths.  Visitors get up close to unforgettable works of art from the Middle Ages like stained glass from Sainte Chapelle or the famous tapestry of The Lady and the Unicorn.  This is one of my favorite hidden gems.  Have a take-out lunch in the beautiful Roman gardens outside.  I think it is one of the most under-rated museums in Paris.  1-2 hours.  Website: www.musee-moyenage.fr.

Musée Marmottan
Métro: Muette.  Bus: 32.
Museum Pass: No – admission is €10.  Closed:  Monday.  Open late Thursday (7:30 p.m.). 
A museum containing some fabulous works of Impressionists, especially Monet, featuring his early works.  One of the best kept secrets in Paris.  A comprehensive collection of Monet’s paintings are displayed in a relaxing atmosphere, quite different from what is found at the Orsay.  Impressionist art lovers should not miss this museum.  A little bit out of the way.  No photos.  About 90 minutes to 2 hours. Website: www.marmottan.fr.

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