The Luxembourg Museum (Musée du Luxembourg) is the first museum in France to open its doors to the public back in the 18th century. Its ideal location in the Latin quarter makes it a popular stop in our Paris sightseeing list. As a specialist in hotels in the heart of Paris, we suggest reserving your stay in the Latin quarter, close to the Luxembourg Museum and other must-see attractions such as the Panthéon, Notre Dame Cathedral and Arènes de Lutèce, one of the few Gallo-Roman architectures in the French capital.
The Luxembourg Museum is part of the Luxembourg Palace, which was built in the 17th century for the second wife of King Henry IV of France, Marie de Médicis. Its first public opening exhibited 24 paintings created by artist Rubens in honour of Marie de Médicis as well as close to 100 other masterpieces in the Royal collection. Famous painters like da Vinci, Rembrandt and Raphael were featured at the museum during this time.
Today, the museum dedicates its space solely for the exhibition of art following three themes: “Renaissance in Europe”, “Art and Power” and “Palace, Gardens & Museum: the Luxembourg in the heart of Paris, capital of the arts”. Every year, the museum holds nearly 40 art exhibitions and is also a much sought-after venue for hosting prestigious events. Its exterior, the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens is a serene haven for leisurely walks by those who wish to take a short breather from urban life.
The Luxembourg Museum and its Gardens are not to be missed for any visitor in Paris. Heart of Paris Hotels proposes several quality rooms in the 5th and 6th arrondissements, some of which are within walking distance of the Luxembourg Museum and other attractions in the Latin and Saint-Germain-des-Près quarters.
19 Rue de Vaugirard
Paris 6th arrondissement
Tel : 33 (0)1 40 13 62 00
Metro station "Saint-Sulpice" 450 metres
Train RER B station "Luxembourg" 650 metres