3 Paris museums the whole family will love

By Theo Panagopoulos, Jan 2020

Paris is famous for its impressive history, exquisite culture and phenomenal museums. And even though a visit to Disneyland is more or less obligatory when you're traveling with the kids, the City of Light also features many family-friendly museums with great exhibitions and educational activities for kids, teens and adults alike.

Here are three Paris museums that the whole family will love.

aerial view of beaubourg area with the pompidou center museum cityscape of Paris in france

Paris' Centre Pompidou pops among the city's classic architecture.

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou is one of Paris' most iconic museums and one of the city's best-known landmarks. This modern art institution looks like it's inside out, with large colorful tubes, pipes and escalators climbing its walls to the rooftop.

The museum features several impressive exhibitions, workshops tailored to kids, a children's cinema and the popular interactive Galerie des Enfants, which is both educational and entertaining. Make sure to spend some time in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, which occupies the museum's 4th and 5th floors; there, you can spot the famous artwork that depicts the fables of Jean de La Fontaine. To finish off a perfect day, head to George, the museum's rooftop restaurant, where kids can enjoy a refreshing milkshake while you take in magnificent panoramic views.

Centre Pompidou is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (except for Tuesdays), and it's just a few minutes' walk from the Rambuteau Métro station.

Musée Grevin

The Musée Grevin might not be one of Paris' better-known, but it's certainly one of the most entertaining. The quirky wax museum, the French answer to Madame Tussauds, is bound to provide a day of laughter for the whole family, and it's a must-visit if you're looking for fun family-friendly activities in Paris.

Inside Musée Grevin's magnificent halls, you and your family can rub shoulders with queens and kings, Hollywood celebrities and famous artists while watching history come to life before your eyes. The museum is divided into thematic sections, which it calls universes: Tours begin from the Palais des Mirages, where you can enjoy a cutting-edge light show with astonishing visual effects.

Next up is The Spirit of Paris, which features a theater stage where some of the most prominent Parisian figures, such as fashion designer Christian Dior and actor Jean Reno, meet. The World of Children is filled with some of the kids' all-time favorite characters, including comic and cartoon characters like Obelix and Spiderman. Then witness scenes of some of the most significant events of the 20th century, such as Neil Armstrong landing on the moon or the fall of the Berlin Wall, and spend some time taking photos of your young ones posing next to showbiz stars such as George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

Musée Grevin is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. It's easily accessible on foot from the Grands Boulevards Métro station.

architecture detail of the facade of the Palace of Discovery (Palais de la decouverte) in Paris, France

Paris' Palais de la Découverte offers young minds fun experimentation with math and science.

Palais de la Découverte

As its name suggests, the Palais de la Découverte (Palace of Discovery) is one of the most exciting and mind-bending Paris museums for kids. The French capital might also be home to the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the largest science museum in Europe, but if you're traveling with children, the Palais de la Découverte is the ideal choice for kids with a flair for science.

The museum is tailored to younger crowds, with intriguing exhibits that educate in a fun and experiential way. The themes focus mostly on biology, math, chemistry, physics and astronomy. There's a planetarium, an electrostatic room, a light room, an acoustics room and a hydrogen area, each of which is filled with interactive displays and experiments guaranteed to put a smile on your kids' faces.

The Palais de la Découverte is located in the very heart of Paris, near the Champs-Elysées and just a few minutes away from the Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau Métro station. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Whichever Paris museum you end up choosing, an unforgettable day of family fun in Paris awaits.

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