Best Paris Hidden Gem Attractions

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Best Paris Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA35,808 contributions
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    Musèe Marmottan is a smaller museum but its elegant interior is a real treasure. What a mansion! The collection mostly consists of works of the well-known impressionists.

    It didn’t matter too much for me that some of Monet’s paintings were not there temporarily - I have seen a lot of his landscapes in my life.. His famous “Impressions. Sunlight” is at the Musée D’Orsay now as well as several of his other paintings. Some of them are at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC now. His lovely view of Giverny is in the Musée Marmottan as well as excellent paintings by Sisley. One room is dedicated to Berthe Morisot’s art (I am not a big fan of her and Marie Cassat’s paintings, but it is just me). In the Berte Morisot’s room I spotted one delightful small painting by Edgar Degas: his portrait of D’Henri Rouart… one more proof that a picture size doesn’t matter.

    Overall, I had a delightful visit and would highly recommend this wonderful museum. Pre-booking is not required.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, DC1,108 contributions
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    One of the most famous, if not the most famous, cemeteries in Paris. Worth a visit. Hours vary and it's a large place to visit. Great views over the city and a place stooped in history beyond just the burial of many. Known as the final resting place for many famous people including Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, etc.. Be respectful as there are many locals and family members who come to pay tribute to their own families and it remains very much an active cemetery. Thus, don't consider it a tourist attraction by any stretch - it's a burial ground and should be respected as such. No fee for entry. There are bathrooms at the western entrance/exit. Take your time, read about it ahead of time and you'll find there's more than meets the eye. Highly recommend taking one of the organized tours to get a truly solid grasp of it all.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Deb
    Birmingham, AL223 contributions
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    While in Paris, I took the Metro out to this museum. I'd been so excited to go! When I arrived, they turned me away saying it had been reserved for a private party and I needed a reservation if I wanted to enter. I was extremely disappointed, especially since nothing I could find online prior to my trip mentioned this. I am including a photo that has the reservation number on it so others don't can make a reservation and not waste a trip out there like I did. We only had a single day in Paris because we were leaving on a Rhone river cruise.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA35,808 contributions
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    One of the most important sights on my recent trip was my visit to the Musée Nissim de Camondo. I was there 10 minutes before its opening (my ticket was booked for 10:00am) and it was the best possible time I could have wished for: the gorgeous mansion was all mine for at least 30 minutes. I was slowly moving from one magnificent room to another savoring their exquisite decor, which is opulent, but harmonious and not overwhelming. The kitchen, the elevator with wooden walls and two spacious well equipped bathrooms should not be missed.

    There are no traces of the Camondo family left: Moïse de Camondo, the owner of the mansion, has no heirs: his two daughters and his second wife were killed in Auschwitz and his beloved son, Nissim, the war hero and the aviator, perished during the WWI (the museum bears his name).

    Overall, my expectations were vastly exceeded and everything I knew about the Camondo family from the wonderful book by Edmund de Waal “Letters to Camondo” has come to life. I spent almost two hours admiring every detail of the decor and admiring the views of the immaculate French garden from the windows.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Steve P
    Southampton, UK793 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A well laid out and attractive art gallery. Free to enter, and with free luggage storage on the lower floor. The collections are not essential or important, but are interesting to look at, and generally well displayed, though there are some poor lighting options in places.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Tin
    Paris, France2 contributions
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    I loved this museum ! It was recently renovated and clean. Lots of interesting sculptures and exhibition to see. The museum isn’t all that big so I did not become tired after hahah
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,796 contributions
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    An enjoyable green space with mature landscape, ideal for that stroll to clear the mind. Well-lit at night too.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,586 contributions
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    We were expecting a history of the deportations during World War Ii. The museum and memorials are much more more... here is an exhaustive history of antisemitism and pogroms... from the days of the Roman Empire through contemporary times. The World War I experience is emphasized but there is a deep and long history that is not overlooked. Remarkable presentations. The exhibition of the photographs of Julia Pirotte, a French resistance fighter, was beautifully curated -- on exhibit until January 7, 2024. So go soon if you have the chance! A free museum that is beautifully designed and deeply moving.
    Written November 20, 2023
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  • Laura H
    San Francisco, CA70 contributions
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    I really enjoyed my visit! It is a house tour that is a little off the beaten path of the Paris museums. Not far from Arc de Triomphe. Interesting architectural details and a perhaps slightly oddball but interesting collection of pieces.
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • R. K. V.
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,633 contributions
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    beautiful spot with wonderful history and lots of spiritual character. Well worth a visit to contemplate and pray. Enjoyed going
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, DC1,108 contributions
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    Very interesting museum covering the history of measurements, clocks, mechanical machinery, clocks, nautical science, etc.. Highly recommend getting the audio guide (available in French, English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Japanese, and Italian). Museum is on three floors - accessible via lift or stairs. There's also a cafe on site with some light foodfare options. The displays are interesting and the ending portion inside the former church which now houses some vehicles, has a swing pendulum which is great to see. Very small giftshop - mostly books - at the end of the tour. An informative visit.
    Written March 17, 2024
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  • George H
    Toronto30 contributions
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    A fabulous opportunity to learn and even "feel" the history of one of Europe's great capitals. Make sure you set aside some time to soak it all up. And it is free!
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • 749David
    New York City, NY727 contributions
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    Wow! Who new? Wonderful church, overlooked by most, close to the Sorbonne and literally next-door to the Pantheon. The most amazing stained-glass and it houses the Tomb of St. Genevieve, put here at the request of King Clovis where he originally was buried (now elsewhere). So much to see and truly a hidden gem. Oh yes, Genevieve is the Patron Saint of Paris.
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA17,035 contributions
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    One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to take a long walk in this elevated park. It used to be a railroad line stretching out to the suburbs, long abandaoned, but then turned into a lovely linear park. It connects up with a couple of other much wider parks further east and one can walk all the way out to the Peripherique. Some clever planting along the way.
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA17,035 contributions
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    Come and hang out here like Louis XIV did when he was a kid. He played in the fountains. You should sit in one of the garden chairs and gaze at the fountains. Or you can imagine yourself as Colette in an apartment on this pretty square protecting her husband from the Nazis during WWII. This is a gorgeous part of the city, at least a walk through.
    Written January 25, 2024
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