Welcome to Paris > Places to visit in Paris

There are of course many things to visit in Paris and the official website of the Paris visitors’ bureau (http://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris) is useful for obtaining information on museums, monuments, transports, etc. Below follows a list of our selection of places of archaeological or botanical interest.



Museums with archaeological collections


The Louvre Museum– Le Louvre

Place du Carrousel, 75001 Paris

The Louvre holds some of the richest collections of archaeology and art in the world. Several permanent exhibitions present objects from the Ancient World: the departments of Egyptian antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities; Near Eastern antiquities and the newly renovated department of Islamic art.


The Guimet MuseumLe Musée Guimet

6 place d'Iéna, 75116 Paris

The Guimet Museum is dedicated to the art and archaeology of Asia and has rich collections from India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia, South-East Asia, China, Korea and Japan.


Museum of Mankind - Musée de l’Homme

17 Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris

The newly renovated Musée de l’Homme is part of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and contains several permanent exhibitions among which one entitled “Where do we come from?”. Through palaeoanthropological and archaeological items it retraces human evolution, from the emergence of hominins in the Lower Palaeolithic until recent Prehistory.


The Quai Branly Museum of world cultures - Musée Quai Branly

37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris

The permanent exhibition of Musée Quai Branly presents around 3,500 ethnographic and archaeological pieces divided into geographical areas: Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas.


The Museum of national archaeology - Musée d’archéologie nationale

Château-place Charles de Gaulle, 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

The Museum of national archaeology, situated in the town of Saint-Germain-en Laye west of Paris, has rich collections from French archaeological sites, with for example several highlights from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods.


The Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages Musée de Cluny

6 place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris

The large collection held in the Cluny Museum, located in the Quartier Latin at the crossing of the boulevards Saint-Michel and Saint-Germain, is dedicated to the Middle Ages. The collections are mainly exposed in the 15th century Hôtel des Abbés de Cluny, but part of the museum corresponds to a complex of thermal baths of the Roman city from the late 1st century. Some of the masterpieces displayed here include the Lady and the Unicorn (a tapestry of the well-known fictional story), sculptures of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle. A medieval inspired garden is associated with the museum.


The Carnavalet Museum Musée Carnavalet

16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003 Paris

The majority of archaeological collections come from excavations carried out in Paris from the 19th century. A mammoth’s molar and Neolithic dugout canoes (4800-1800 BC) conjure up activity in the prehistoric era. A surgeon’s instrument case from the 3rd century BC or a painted fragment depicting a stylised male head shed light on the life of the inhabitants of Lutetia, an ordinary provincial town in the Roman Empire.


The archaeological Crypt of Notre-DameCrypte archéologique du Parvis Notre-Dame

7 place Jean-Paul II, Parvis Notre-Dame, 75004 Paris

The Crypt located under the square in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral exhibits in situ the archaeological remains that were excavated in this part of the central Cité Island between 1965-1970. Through the superposition of architectural remains the visitor gets a unique insight into the history of a quarter situated in the very heart of the city from the Roman period until the 20th century.


Les Arènes de Lutèce

49 rue Monge, 75005 Paris

Close to the Botanical Garden the Roman city of Lutèce is still present and visible in several localities, among them the Arènes de Lutèce. Constructed toward the end of the 1st century AD, the Arènes were used as a theatre, circus, and sporting arena.


Gardens and parks


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