Musée du Luxembourg
The first French museum to open to the public in 1750, the Musée du Luxembourg became the first contemporary art museum in 1818. Initially set up in the Palais du Luxembourg, it closed between 1937 and 1979 after the Museum of Modern Art was built, before later reopening to the public.
Although it does not have any permanent collections, the building often hosts highly-anticipated exhibitions. The programme focuses on three main topics, relating to the history of its location: “The Renaissance in Europe”, “Art and Power” and “Palace, Gardens and Museum: the Luxembourg in the heart of Paris, capital of the arts”.
Its renovation, completed in autumn 2012 and steered by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, architects of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, gave rise to a new interior layout and a series of furniture made of tubes of recycled cardboard. After the exhibition, treat yourself to tea in the Angelina café/restaurant/tea room before strolling through the magnificent gardens.
Access and contact
RER: line B, stop Luxembourg (exit Jardin du Luxembourg)
Metro: line 4, Saint Sulpice stop; line 10, Mabillon stop; line 12, Rennes stop
Bus: lines 58, 84, 89, Musée du Luxembourg stop; lines 63, 70, 86, 96, Église Saint Sulpice stop
Days and opening hours
All year round, daily between 10.30 am and 7.30 pm. During the exhibition period, the Musée du Luxembourg is open every day from Monday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 7 pm Nocturne on Monday until 10pm Open on all public holidays except 1 May and 25 December Open from 10.30 am to 6 pm on 24 and 31 December
Last admission 45 minutes before closing time - evacuation of the exhibition rooms 15 minutes before closing time.
Live waiting time
- Full price: 13 € Reduced price: 9 € (Reduced rate: (16-25 years old included, unemployed and large families)).
Free entry for children < 16 years.
- Children's entertainment
Guided tour languages
Single mean time tour60 mins
Single services tour
- Unguided individual tours available permanently
- Guided individual tours available permanently
- Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
- Reception staff trained in the French Sign Language