18 Art Galleries in France that you should visit - With photos & details

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18 Art Galleries to explore in France

France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with a total of 12 time zones. France has long been a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.

Arts Museum of Nantes10 Rue Georges Clemenceau, 44000 Nantes, France

The Fine Arts Museum of Nantes is one of the largest museums in the region. The museum exhibits a summary of all the main French and European art movements which includes paintings from the 13th century to modern art.

Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier DebréJardin François 1er, 37000 Tours, France

It is Neither museum nor foundation. With a total area of ​​4,500 square meters, the CCC OD has three exhibition spaces: the nave has monumental installations permanently visible from the outside, the black gallery is dedicated to artists of our time and the white gallery is regularly devoted to the work of Olivier Debré. The CCC OD also has a bookstore and a restaurant. One of the nice location where you can understand the history.

Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary ArtPassage du Marquis de, Passage de Geoffre, 49730 Montsoreau, France

The château de Montsoreau is s a Renaissance-style castle and a museum entirely dedicated to contemporary art.It located in the Loire valley, a UNESCO world heritage site.Numerous activities are coordinated during the year by the Art museum which includes temporary exhibits, conferences, and symposiums.

Fondation MaeghtFondation Maeght, 623 Chemin des Gardettes, 06570 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

The Maeght Foundation is a modern art museum located on a beautiful hill overlooking Saint-Paul de Vence in the southeast of France. The museum has a set of 12000 items of art that includes paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics, and all kinds of recent art.

Hall of MirrorsPlace d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles, France was constructed on what was once a terrace designed by Le Vau. This is a grand Baroque style gallery and one of the most emblematic rooms in the Royal Palace The Hall of Mirrors, the most famous room in the Palace, was built to replace this large terrace designed by the architect Louis Le Vau, which opened onto the garden.  This hall has been the scene of events of great historic significance, including the Proclamation of the German Empire

Hotel Sandelin Museum14 Rue Carnot, 62500 Saint-Omer, France

The museum of the Sandelin hotel is a museum in the city of Saint-Omer.  It is both a museum of fine arts and a museum of the history of the city. It is installed since 1904 in a beautiful mansion of the xviii th  century. Part of it was classified as a historical monument in 1955 and another part inscribed in 1957. It has a lot of collections and also it gives information about the history of the city and so more.

Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art1 Allée du Musée, 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France

A beautiful museum which was dedicated to modern art in the Hauts-de-France region. The museum was renowned for its iconic building and also the collections of 20th and 21st century in4000 sq m exhibition space. It also has a library, workshops, education rooms, a cafe, and a remarkable sculpture park too.  It gives an overview in modern and contemporary art, including drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and so more.

Louis Vuitton Foundation8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France

The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris is a private modern and contemporary art center and museum, whose iconic building was designed by Frank Gehry. Through its exhibitions, the Foundation is committed to promoting modern and contemporary artistic creation and to helping it reach a growing audience in France and internationally. It runs as a legally separate, nonprofit entity as part of LVMH's promotion of art and culture.

Louvre-Lens Museum99 Rue Paul Bert, 62300 Lens, France

The Louvre-Lens is an art museum located in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, Northern France, about 200 kilometers north of Paris. It shows objects from the collections of the Musée du Louvre on loan to the gallery on a medium or long term. The Louvre-Lens annex is part of an effort to provide access to French cultural institutions for people living outside of Paris. Although the museum maintains close institutional ties with the Louvre, it is mainly funded by the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.

Machines of the Isle of NantesParc des Chantiers, Boulevard Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France

Machines of the Isle of Nantes is an extraordinary artistic project and a must-visit tourist destination in Nanes city of France. The project is a blend of the 'invented worlds' of Jules Verne, Leonardo da Vinci's mechanical universe, and Nantes' industrial past.

Marc Chagall National MuseumAvenue Dr Ménard, 06000 Nice, France

The Chagall Museum is located on Cimiez Hill in Nice. The building was designed by French architect André Hermant and opened to the public in 1973. The museum dedicated to the work of famous painter Marc Chagall. It houses the series of seventeen paintings depicting the biblical message, painted by Chagall.

Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MAMAC)Place Yves Klein, 06000 Nice, France

The museum dedicated to modern art and contemporary art. The collections present an overview of the artistic works considered as avant-garde, from the late 1950s to today.

Musée de l'OrangerieJardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France

The Musée de L'Orangerie is an art museum located in Paris. There are works of impressionism  It opened in 1927, and is best known for painting the cycle of Water Lilies by Claude Monet which consists of eight large paintings that cover the walls of two large oval rooms  You can also see works by famous painters like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau and many more.

Musée des Beaux-Arts14 Rue du Musée, 49100 Angers, France

The museum features two different permanent exhibitions. One is the "fine arts" which includes fine arts from 14th- 12th century, paintings, sculptures, etc. The second is the "History of Angers" which encompasses archaeology, and art objects from the Neolithic period to the present day.

Musée des musiques et instruments de l'Océan Indien4 Rue de la Cayenne, Hell-Bourg 97433, Réunion

The Morange house, or museum of music and instruments of the Indian Ocean, is a French museum located in Hell-Bourg, an islet in the town of Salazie. The museum has a collection of 1,500 traditional instruments.

Musée Du Petit PalaisPalais des archevêques, Place du Palais, 84000 Avignon, France

It is a museum and art gallery located in southern France's Avignon city. The Musée Du Petit Palais shows an excellent selection of Renaissance paintings from both the School of Avignon and Italy. It also contains 600 sculptures from the tomb of Antipope Clement VII, including the effigy head.

musée Léon-Dierx21 Rue Sainte-Marie, Saint-Denis 97400, Réunion

Housed in the former bishop's palace, built-in 1845, this museum hosts Réunion's most important collection of modern art. The more high-profile works may include paintings, sculptures, and ceramics.

Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in France and Europe. It is in a magnificent 17th-century building, located in the center of Lyon. Spread across 70 rooms, its collections offer visitors an exceptional journey from classical Antiquity right through to modern art. the Department of Antiquities presents more than 3 millennia of history from the Mediterranean basin. One of the unique locations to visit in this area.