As the reigning French capital of art and culture, it isn’t surprising that Paris houses some of the world’s best museums. From the Louvre to the Musee d’Orsay, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Grand Palais, many of the year’s most-attended exhibits– and revered fine-art collections– are held in Paris. Whether you wish to take in Degas’ sublime pastel dancers, bask in Monet’s water lilies or admire oddly beautiful, albeit alien, portraits from Modigliani, the city is a treasure trove for art lovers. Architecture fans will also be fascinated with recent arrivals such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton: its magnificent, boldly contemporary structure from celebrated architect Frank Gehry certainly counts as a work of art in its own right.
Interested in more than the art? Some museums– including the aforementioned newcomer to the Parisian arts scene — offer visitors much more than world-class collections and exhibits. They boast luxurious amenities and services that greatly enhance any high-end getaway to the metropolis. Whether you’re interested in browsing luxury boutiques before or after catching an exhibit, dining in an acclaimed gastronomic restaurant with views of the city, taking high tea on a rooftop or renting the breathtaking premises of a prestigious museum for your private event, these 18 Paris museums offer so much more than paintings, photos and sculptures. Read on to learn how to make the most of these exceptional places in the capital.