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Museums in France

Museums in France

France’s capital is Paris, its other large cities are Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux. During the Iron Age, France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people and Ancient Rome annexed the area in 51 BCE. France emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would be the second-largest in the world.

France has long been a global centre of art, science, and philosophy and French culture have had a significant influence on many other cultures.  There are many famous museums in France.

A Tour of Museums in France

  • Nice Museums
    • Musée Marc Chagall
    • Musée Matisse
    • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
    • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice
    • Palais Lascaris
    • Natural History Museum of Nice
  • Marseille Museums
    • Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations
    • Marseille History Museum
    • Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille
    • Musée Cantini
    • Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Marseille
    • La Vieille Charité
  • Rouen Museums
    • Museum of Fine Arts of Rouen
    • Museum of Natural History of Rouen
    • Maritime, Fluvial and Harbor Museum of Rouen
    • National Museum of Education
    • Museum of Ceramics
    • Secq des Tournelles Museum
    • Flaubert Museum of History of Medicine
    • Corderie Vallois Museum
    • Historial Jeanne d’Arc
  • Lyon Museums
    • Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
    • Confluence Museum
    • Confluence Museum
    • Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourviere
    • Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art
    • Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts
    • Museum of Cinema Miniature
    • Center for the History of the Resistance and Deportation
    • Musée de l’Imprimerie
    • African Museum of Lyon


  • Country:                            French Republic
  • French:                              République française
  • Capital:                              Paris
  • Official languages:          French
  • Population                        67 million

French Proverbs and Quotes

A Tour of European Museums


“Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.”
– French Proverb


Photo Credit: By Thomas Depenbusch (Flickr: Paris, France March 28th 2009) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons