Luxembourg Museum

Musée du Luxembourg

19, rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75009
Admission: Free
((price vary depending on exhibitions))
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening
Has Temporary Exhibitions
 

Opening Times

Monday: 1000 - 2200
Tuesday: 1000 - 1930
Wednesday: 1000 - 1930
Thursday: 1000 - 1930
Friday: 1000 - 2200
Saturday: 1000 - 1930
Sunday: 1000 - 1930
Closed on 1st of May.
Opening times and days may vary please check their program and schedule.
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RER B : Luxembourg. Tube : Saint Sulpice (4); Mabillon (10).

After a rich history as museum, the Musée du Luxembourg has now become established as one of the leading exhibition spaces in Paris, enabling its numerous visitors to enjoy the masterpieces of international renowned artists such as: Botticelli, Raphaël, Titian, Arcimboldo, Veronese, Gauguin, Matisse, Vlaminck, Modigliani and many more.

The Musée du Luxembourg was the first French museum to be opened to the public, in 1750. It was initially housed in the Palais du Luxembourg that Marie de Medici had built between 1615 and 1630. At that time, visitors could admire 24 paintings by Rubens celebrating Marie de Medici and around a hundred paintings from the Royal collection (Cabinet du Roi) by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Veronese, Titian, Poussin, Van Dyck and Rembrandt.

After these works were transferred to the Louvre, the Musée du Luxembourg was designated in 1818 a “museum for living artists”, or in other words, a museum of contemporary art. David, Ingres and Delacroix, among others, were exhibited there. The first Impressionist exhibition to be held in a national museum took place here, thanks to the Caillebotte request, comprising works by Pissarro, Manet, Cézanne, Sisley, Monet, Renoir, etc. This collection is now in the Musée d’Orsay.

The Musée du Luxembourg was closed after a national museum of modern art was built in the Palais de Tokyo in 1937, and only reopened its doors to the public in 1979. The Ministry of Culture put on exhibitions there highlighting France’s regional heritage and collections from provincial museums.

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Past exhibitions at Luxembourg Museum - now closed:
Fragonard lover. Galant and libertine 16th Sep 2015 - 24th Jan 2016
Paul Durand-Ruel, the gamble of the Impressionists 9th Oct 2014 - 8th Feb 2015
The Renaissance and Dreams: Bosch, Veronese, El Greco 9th Oct 2013 - 26th Jan 2014
The Tudors 18th Mar 2015 - 19th Jul 2015