Musee d' Orsay: If you're a fan of Impressionism then this museum is a no-brainer. From Van Gogh to Monet, you'll see plenty of your favorites. The museum itself is also spectacular -- housed in an old train station, there's a huge clock on the top floor that you can see through for a great view of the Louvre and Sacre Coeur in the distance. Entry is 12 euro for adults but is free the first Sunday of the month.
|These sculptures are outside of the museum; you'll have plenty of time to admire them as you wait in the long lines to get in. This is one of the most popular museums so expect a large crowd. You can purchase tickets in advance and skip the longest lines if you know the day you want to go. You can also couple your ticket with Monet's Water Lilies exhibit at Musee de l'Orangerie for a discounted rate for the two.|
|One of Monet's Water Lilies paintings. The best place to see these famous works is at another Paris museum, though, Musee de l'Orangerie.|
|You an see Sacre Coeur way out there in the distance.|
|The Eiffel Tower and Napolean's Tomb at Les Invalides peek out over the hedges.|
|The Three Shades|
Musee de Cluny: We didn't make it here on our trip, but it tops my list for
|Not scandalized yet? This tapestry is an illustration of desire. Is she denouncing the necklace and the temptation of riches or lusting after it? We'll never know. via|
Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature: I saw this one on my favorite Paris travel blog, Messy Nessy Chic. My stomach for taxidermy is quite touchy after seeing a really horrific siamese calf in New Harmony last year, but I might be able to work up a tolerance for a place as quirky and curious as this. The collection is a odd combination of royal hunting party's collections and modern art; perfect for the person who thinks they've seen everything a museum could possibly deliver.
|Want to sit inside a taxidermy bear? Nope, me neither. But this is the kind of weird Paris stuff you can do here. via|