Choose Your Muse: Match Your Personality to a Paris Museum

Choose Your Muse: Match Your Personality to a Paris Museum
Paris is one of the great museum cities of the world. But an all-day visit to an imposing structure full of thousands of artworks can seem challenging. So, how to find a collection that speaks to you, but that will not take up your whole day? Voilà! Choose one of Paris’s specially curated smaller museums for a memorable connection. What sort of museum-goer are you? Well, think about what draws you to others, and to special objects you have seen in the past and have been inspired by. So much depends on your own character, your career and artistic interests, as well as those of your companions. Here are some suggestions: Even if you don’t have front row seats to the Paris Fashion Week catwalks, you will enjoy: Musée Galliera – A museum of fashion and history in the 16th, currently hosting a special exhibit of Frida Kahlo’s possessions (until March 5, 2023). 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16th Coco Chanel exhibit in 2020. The vaulted galleries at Palais Galliera. Photo © Sarah Bartesaghi Truong 1. For fans of high fashion and big personalities Musée des Arts Decoratifs (MAD) – The permanent collection on rue de Rivoli focuses on interior design and furniture over centuries, along with buzzy temporary exhibits showcasing designers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Thierry Mugler. Currently showing is an exhibit on fashion and design in the 1980s (until April 16, 2023). La Galerie Dior – Just opened in 2022, La Galerie’s spectacular staircase and rooms tell the story of designer Christian Dior and display a number of the couture house’s most memorable designs. There is also a somewhat pricey café for hungry fashionistas. 11, bis rue Francois 1er, 8th YSL MuseumYves Saint Laurent’s former workshops in the 16th showcase his life and designs, with special exhibits devoted to themes such as the current one called “Gold” (until May 14, 2023). 5 ave Marceau, 16th YSL in his studio (C) Sarah Bartesaghi Truong 2. For science and engineering enthusiasts: Musée des Arts et Metiers – Audioguides available in seven languages will inform you about the wondrous contraptions and scientific concepts demonstrated here, including early photographic equipment, automobiles, computers, and flying machines. 60 Rue Réaumur, 3rd

Lead photo credit : Musée Jacquemart-André, exterior, Photo: Michele Kurlander

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Following a long and fulfilling career as a government attorney in California, Ellen retired to France several years ago with her husband, a novelist. They are enjoying a second life here in Paris with their unruly Cairn terrier, and make frequent visits to Normandy, where they are restoring a small village house.