Musée du Luxembourg, Paris

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Initially housed in the Palais du Luxembourg, Musée du Luxembourg was the first French art museum to be opened to the public--in 1750. As one of the leading exhibit spaces in Paris, it houses the masterpieces of Botticelli, Raphaël, Titian, Arcimboldo, Veronese, Gauguin, Matisse, Vlaminck, Modigliani, and Lucas Cranach. Much of the work first shown here has found its way into other museums of Paris, including the Jeu de Paume, the Orangerie, and ultimately the Musée National d'Art Moderne and the Musée d'Orsay. Plan my trip to Paris with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • I had always loved this little museum - always something interesting on in its very small exhibition rooms, crowded with lots of people, locals and tourists alike. Recently I visited during the Pissar...  more »
  • We sort of accidentally saw this by walking in an open door to the Gardens. We thought it connected to the Palace. Anyways enjoyed the paintings but soon walked back out. Great setting for an art muse...  more »
  • Beautiful exhibition in the Museum. I knew little about Pissaro before seeing this show. It is organized so that we can understand man, his family, his convictions and his painting. A close painter of nature. Today it would be an amazing photographer. I really liked this ability to painter the same scene at different times of the day, of the year and under different skies.
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  • I'm crazy about this museum. It's just the right size... and for the most part, they have very interesting expos of many wonderful artists. It's also a pleasure visiting the Luxembourg Gardens!
  • Came here for Pissario's exhibition. Wonderful museum. Nicely layout rooms. Great gift shop. We also ate at the museum restaurant. Not bad for a late lunch. Food was pretty good. I would highly recommend seeing an exhibition here.
  • I've visited several times since the late 1990's, Luxembourg consistently hosts among the very best fine arts exhibitions in Paris at any given time. For several years, with a small child, I'd plan at least half a day for my child and myself to enjoy the gardens, playgrounds, fountain, marionettes, garden cafe and fine art. Beautiful in every season
  • We went to Musee du Luxembourg on our recent Paris trip and I was delightfully surprised. My wife likes still lifes. I'm usually agnostic. But the exhibit by Henri Fantin-Latour was excellent. I hd never heard of this artist and I was quite impressed by the range of his talent. Highly recommend that you go see this exhibit.
  • It's garden is very nice, but I just don't understand art enough to appreciate it all that well.

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