After 5 years of extensive renovations, Musée Picasso in Paris continues its longstanding tradition of focusing on the prolific works of Picasso.
Picasso, who passed away in 1973, had amassed a vast collection of his own work along with the work of numerous other artists. In fact he is known to have said "give me a museum and I will fill it" and indeed he has done all of that and much more. The Picasso Museum opened in 1985 and included a large representation of his works from throughout his career — not only paintings, but also wood and metal suculptures, ceramics and drawings. The overall collection exceeds 5000 works of art by Picasso himself as well as a number of works by other artists that he collected himself. Anyone interested in contemporary art and especially the contributions of Picasso to this genre will immensely enjoy this museum.
The Musée Picasso is housed with the very old Hotel Salé which was originally completed back in 1659. The age of the building as necessitated a major renovation to bring the building up to current safety and accessibility standards This renovation projected proved challanging from both a time and cost perspective and took a total of 5 years from start to finish. The museum reopened to the public on October 25th, 2014 and interesting date in that it was also Picasso's date of birth. If he was still alive he would have turned 134.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France
Phone: 01 85 56 00 36
Official Website: Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso)
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M8||Saint-Sébastien - Froissart||8 minutes|
How to get to Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) by Metro / RER
Note that the entrance to Musée Picasso is located on Rue Vieille-du-Temple, not on Rue de Thorigny even though that is its address
By Metro: From Metro Line 8 exit at Saint-Sébastien - Froissart Station; cross at the marked crosswalk and head west along Rue du Pon aux Chous to Rue Vieille-du-Temple and go left. Continue on Rue Vieille-du-Temple to the entrance on which is one your left. From Metro Line 2 exit Saint-Paul Station to your right (east) on Rue de Rivoli, then cross the street and walk north on Rue Malher continuing on Rue Payenne, then left on Rue du Parc Royal continue on Rue de la Perle and go right on Rue Vieille-du-Temple to the courtyard and entrance on your right.
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Ratedout of 5
A very enjoyable couple of hours here at a museum dedicated to the one artist and his life / influences. Went for the 1932 exhibition- outlining the life and works of Picasso over the course of one year. Highly recommend- very interestingly put together and brings a lot of context to him as an artist.
David Rose - 8 days ago
Really nice renovated building. Not too much art per room, so the rooms don't get overcrowded. There is just enough art to keep interested. There is also a small place for a lunch, but when the roof terrace is closed, there is not much room to sit unfortunately. I'd then recommend to go to one of the restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Maxime Classens - 12 days ago
Beautiful museum and building. I was there for the erotic paintings exhibition from 1932. I got the audio guide - it was certainly worth the 4€ because there was otherwise very little information available in English(and French really). Also the museum shop was great with a lot of prints on offer and many other gifts from scarfs to mugs to children's paint like Picasso books. (There was another store for the museum right outside the entrance but I didn't find any prints there.)
Maria Vilya - 14 days ago
So much information about the Spanish artist under one spectacular roof. Great to see his work in real life. The building itself is a masterpiece. Staff are extremely informed and helpful. I'd definitely recommend the audio tour. There's one for children and adults. Children's tour 3pm Sundays.
Pwincess Ahsatan - 1 month ago
This museum was excellent. When we were there, it was themed to highlight a specific year in Picasso's life - 1932 - and focused on his development as an artist during this period, and particularly as it concerned the erotic. The audio addition is a must, and was exhaustive. A highlight was seeing the preparatory paintings/sketches before the large, complete paintings. Picasso was a genius, and this museum serves him well.
Damian Kelleher - 1 month ago