Museums you should visit this winter in Paris ...
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When the Parisian air turns chill, the city’s museums become even more appealing. Paris is full of fascinating, unusual, and less well-known museums in addition to the major unmissable ones such as the Louvre, Orsay and Quai Branly. Here are the ones that your Hotel de la Motte-Piquet team recommends, all conveniently nearby ...
Two classic museums
Let's start with two museums with well-established reputations: the Musée de l'Homme and the Musée Rodin. The first, an anthropology museum, recently received a makeover and now exhibits its extensive collections illustrating the history and development of humanity in a particularly enthralling way. You will gaze with awe on the skeleton of Lucy, our Australopithecus ancestor, as well as the skull of Descartes, and explore exhibitions devoted to our lifestyles, such as the one currently dedicated to basketball. Moving on from anthropology to art, the Musée Rodin offers a beautiful stroll through the gardens and spaces of the Hôtel de Binon. Here, you can discover the sculptor's finest works, including The Thinker. Auguste Rodin’s own creations can be seen along with many crafted by artists he admired, all from his personal collection.
More intimate museums
In Paris, several museums occupy the very places where writers and artists once created. There is, for example, the Maison de Balzac. Modest and intimate, this small house and its garden with a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower sheltered the author from his creditors and allowed him to devote himself to his masterful work, the Human Comedy. The Musée Bourdelle is another former atelier where, during his lifetime, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle created the works which are now displayed there. Finally, you can dive into the life of the great politician Georges Clémenceau in the ground floor apartment where he lived for over thirty years until his death in 1929. Each of these three museums has a unique atmosphere that evokes the spirit of those who dwelled there.
You may know Paris like the back of your hand, but there will still be museums you have not yet experienced. Take advantage of your stay at the Hôtel de la Motte-Piquet to visit them or rediscover those you have loved in the past ...
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