Musée Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Housed in a building originally intended for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology in 1937, Paris’ City Museum of Modern Art shares its home with the Palais de Tokyo. Located just over the Seine from the Eiffel Tower in the building’s East Wing, it holds a fine, refined collection of Modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Smaller and more intimate than the likes of the Pompidou, this museum punches above its weight with a collection that covers every major movement from Impressionism to the latest contemporary works. Classics are numerous, but Matisse’s The Dance and Derain’s The River are among our favourites.
A burgeoning temporary exhibition programme offers well-curated events from international artists new and established, with a particular leaning toward ‘the next big thing’. Time your visit for the late afternoon and you’ll get the chance to see the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower from the Jardins du Trocadero as the sun goes down.
A true gem for those seeking a quiet terrace and a healthy meal, the cafeteria-style cafe is open during museum hours. Combinations of quiche, lasagna, soups, and salads are offered under names like ‘the Matisse’ and ‘Dufy’.
This museum has two stands offering books and gifts, open during museum hours. The first is located at the entrance of the museum and the second is downstairs near the permanent collection. The selection is limited, but you will always find books and leaflets pertaining to the featured and permanent exhibitions, as well as a small selection of postcards and collectables.
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du President Wilson
+33 (0) 1 53 67 40 00
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
Metro: Alma-Marceau (M9), Ienna (M9)