If you are a modern art enthusiast planning to visit Paris, you probably already heard of the Centre Pompidou (which is also a great relaxation site), this multidisciplinary cultural centre that, among other things, hosts the National Museum of Modern Art and organizes really interesting exhibitions.
But what you may not know is that the city of Paris also has its own modern art museum, and that its collections have no reason to be jealous of Centre Pompidou’s.
Immediately after the entrance hall, you can visit the impressive room dedicated to Raoul Dufy’s La Fée Electricité, one of the biggest paintings in the world, which retraces the history of electricity through the ages. Collections are downstairs (free of charge, like in other municipal museums), and exhibitions on the main floor.
The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (full name!) is located in the East wing of the Palais de Tokyo, near Chaillot hill, in the aristocratic 16th district. Mostly visited for the Eiffel Tower, this area is also full of museums, some of which are part of Colline des Musées discount programme:
– the West wing of the same building hosts the Palais de Tokyo centre for contemporary art (and a cool trendy restaurant: Tokyo Eat)
– Musée du Quai Branly: primitive arts, on the other bank of the river, next to Eiffel Tower
– Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (architecture and town planning museum).
And also (not included in the programme):
– Musée Guimet: Asian arts