Paris: Culture and Arts
The City of Lights
Paris is abundant with culture and is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for art lovers. It possesses an enormous cultural richness which it owes, not only to its history, but also to its formidable heritage. It is a city for art of every form, and has hundreds of art boutiques, art and antique dealers, art galleries, special art exhibits, the symphony, the ballet, cinema and the theatre (including the cabarets).
You will not be at a loss as far as the arts are concerned, and be sure to plan ahead and make reservations before you leave home. Paris is home to more than 150 museums, from the art giants like the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Centre Pompidou, to the Musée Rodin where you can see the sculptor's work in situ in his garden. A museum pass (Carte Musées et Monuments) gives you access to 70 of these museums and helps to avoid the queues at museum entrances. It costs from €15 for one day to €45 for five days and is available from the tourist office, RER and métro stations, and museums.