Musée du Luxembourg Tours
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When it was founded in 1750, the Musée du Luxembourg was the first museum to be open to the French public. Back then, it was housed in a wing of the Palais du Luxembourg. Today, it occupies an adjacent, standalone building in the Jardin du Luxembourg. It has no permanent collection, but showcases several temporary exhibitions each year.
When the Musée du Luxembourg first opened to the public in 1750, it showcased masterpieces by artists including Rubens, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. Later, that collection was transferred to the Louvre, and in 1818 the Musée du Luxembourg was reborn as a contemporary art institution. It moved to its current home in the Palais du Luxembourg’s former orangery in the late 19th century, and held the first Impressionist art exhibition ever in a national museum. After a long period of closure (1937–1979), the museum is now one of Paris’ leading exhibition spaces. In lieu of a permanent collection, it displays several temporary exhibits each year.
The Musée du Luxembourg can be seen on select hop-on hop-off bus tours. It is also easy to explore independently; a visit is a nice complement to a stroll in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum hosts an outpost of Paris’ celebrated Angelina tea room, which is famous for its hot chocolate and signature Mont-Blanc pastry.
- The Musée du Luxembourg is fully accessible for visitors with reduced mobility; free admission for disabled visitors is also offered.
- Audio guides are available via a smartphone app that can be downloaded for a small additional fee.
How to Get There
The Musée du Luxembourg is located on the edge of the Jardin du Luxembourg, in Paris’ sixth arrondissement. Take Métro Line 4 to Saint-Sulpice, or ride the RER B to the Gare du Luxembourg. The museum is served by bus routes 58, 84, and 89. It is also easily accessible on foot, by Vélib’ bike, or by car or taxi.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily, from 10:30am to 7pm, though extended hours are offered Monday and Friday. Note that the Musée du Luxembourg is closed between exhibitions and on Christmas Day.
Address: 19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris, France
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Musée du Luxembourg
Renew your wedding vows in the Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg) and have this romantic experience photographed with this 78-minute package of services. Located between the Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Garden provides a beautiful backdrop for your special occasion. A wedding celebrant conducts the ceremony, and a professional photographer will take you on a walking photo-shoot. Receive 25 touched-up photos the same day and the remaining pictures the following day.
Want to try some of the best local food in Paris? Head over to the Saint Germain district and try the food that the locals eat day to day - plus some treats that they save for special occasions. With a Parisian foodie at your side try 10 delicious tastings chosen by a local food expert. Explore a lively neighborhood where the Parisian upper class and students both live. The area is full of classic little epiceries, luxury shops, traditional bakeries and of course the local market. From traditional foie gras products to wine, cheese, and meat, this area is a foodie's paradise and is the perfect place to try traditional French food. Peek into the life of the Parisians at an epicerie. These local grocery stores are where the locals pick up their favorite local products and it is the perfect chance for you to get your favorite treats to take home with you.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Paris has been home to artists and writers for centuries, and with this self-guided audio tour, you can learn about the vibrant years in the 1920s when the Montparnasse neighborhood was a creative hotbed and home to the likes of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and Man Ray. Visit the streets and cafés they frequented while listening to the story of how the lives of these luminaries intersected in 20th-century Paris.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Musée du Luxembourg?
The best ways to experience Musée du Luxembourg are:
- Paris Luxembourg Garden Wedding Vows Renewal Ceremony with Photo Shoot
- Gourmet Saint Germain: 10 Tastings Private Food Tour with a Local
- Finding the Lost Generation in Montparnasse Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap
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