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
This is a must see for Picasso lovers. The queues are long and so is the wait but well worth it once you’re in. Allow plenty of time to take a look at all the art work as there is quite a lot and you don’t want to miss any of it, the staff were helpful and welcoming. The walk to the museum is also very picturesque and perfect.
Barbara - 5 days ago
Better than the Picasso museum in Barcelona, especially if you're specifically interested in cubism; the one in Barcelona is more of a retrospective with pieces throughout the decades (but with far fewer notable works than in this museum). Not very crowded, and you can see everything in 1-2 hours. Worth visiting especially if you have the Paris Museum Pass. Unfortunately basically nothing is in English.
Anu Haden - 1 month ago
In a city of great museums this is one of my favorites. The outside of the building looks as it has, but the inside is like a different reality. There is far more sculpture than I ever knew existed. From the inside it's difficult to know where you are in relation to outside and that is just enough to help you let go of preconceptions and simply relate to the art.
Hilary Noonan - 1 month ago
Not an easy place to find especially if you are on foot. But you will not regret finding it. Some great works of Picasso is on display. The building itself is magnificent but the interior seems to have been refurbished to reflect a more modern environment. Entry is included in your Paris or Museum Pass but there aren’t that huge a crowd here. Security is tight as per usual practice around Paris. You are also required to leave your bags at the bag counter but again does not seems to be tightly enforced. Great for a 1-2 hour escape into cubism. 🤗🤗🤗
ken ngai-foong - 1 month ago
A fabulous building to visit, and you must visit the rooftop cafe. A simple cafe, but an awesome view. The collection is probably not what you'd expect. It takes you into Picasso's various media. The room of "objects" was pretty amazing. Look, I've twisted the foil from a wine bottle into a bunny.
Pauline Laing - 1 month ago