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5 reasons why you need to visit the Picasso museum in Paris

The Picasso Museum in Paris

Picasso museum in Paris is found in the 3rd arrondissement, in the heart of the Marais.

We all know that Paris has no shortage of museums to visit. There’s the Louvre – the most visited museum in the world. The iconic Centre Pompidou which hosts the city’s modern art collections and Musée d’Orsay which is one of the largest art museums in Europe – just to name a few.

Yet whenever I have visitors to show around Paris, I always jump at the chance to take them to the Musée Picasso. So what makes the Picasso museum in Paris so special?

1. The art

It’s the Picasso museum in Paris. Need I say more?

I needn’t – but probably should anyway. The Musée Picasso has over 5,000 works of art by Picasso! Not to mention tens of thousands of archived pieces. It’s the only collection in the world to hold Picasso’s painted, sculpted, engraved and illustrated works of art alongside a look into how these pieces came to be. You can see his sketches, drafts, notebooks, photos, books and different stages of etching, giving you insight into his entire creative process.

As well as his own art, the top floor of the museum also houses artwork from Picasso’s personal collection of other artists including Cézanne, Degas, Rousseau and Matisse.

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2. The temporary exhibitions

On the second floor of the Musée Picasso you’ll find a special area for temporary exhibitions and prints. Be sure to check out the museum’s website to see what’s on when you’re visiting. At time of writing, the museum is hosting an exhibition about Guernica – one of the most famous paintings in the world. The Guernica exhibition ends on 29th July 2018.

From 4th September 2018 – 13th January 2019, the Picasso museum in Paris will be hosting the ‘Masterpieces’ exhibition. It’ll bring together some of Picasso’s greatest works, including some that will be showing for the first time in Paris.

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3. The interiors

The Picasso museum in Paris is in the Hôtel Salé, which was built between 1656 and 1659. Achitect Jean Boullier designed the mansion, which is considered one of the most beautiful historic houses in the Marais. It’s easy to see why from the second you walk into the grand courtyard. The staircase you have to climb to get to the first floor of the museum is stunning (and super Instagram-friendly, as you can see above). Though in my opinion, you’ll find the real beauty on the attic floor where these views keep my eyes firmly glued to the windows…

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4. The area

You can find the Picasso museum in Paris in the heart of the Marais district. The area is well known amongst locals and tourists as one of the liveliest, oldest, most creative areas in Paris. There’s more trendy bars, restaurants, cafés, hotels and shops than you can poke a stick at. The area is also known as the heart of Paris’s gay community, as well as the historic hub of Jewish life. You could easily spend your entire trip to Paris in the Marais neighbourhood – there’s that much to see, do and eat. 

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5. The air conditioning

You laugh now, but come summer when you’re sweltering in 35-degree heat and the concrete jungle outside can bring you no relief, you’ll feel very smug having read this tip. The Picasso museum in Paris is my favourite place to escape the hot, sticky chaos of Parisian summers. The air conditioning in this building is next-level cold.

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Details: Picasso Museum in Paris

To avoid the ticket queues, buy your tickets online. You don’t need a printer and can simply add the ticket to you phones ‘wallet’ or download the pdf to your phone.

Regular Price: €12.50

Opening times:

  • Tuesday – Friday: 10.30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays : 9.30 am – 6 pm
  • Closed on Mondays, December 25, January 1 and May 1

Last admission is at 5.15 pm. Staff clear the rooms 20 minutes before the museum closes.

Address: 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris

Metro stations:

  • 1 – Saint-Paul
  • 8 – Saint-Sébastien-Froissart
  • 8 – Chemin Vert

Have you ever been to the Picasso museum in Paris, or to any of his other museums in the world? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

Kamila x
New Girl in Paris


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