High culture is a quintessential part of Paris’ personality, and nowhere is that better expressed than in the city’s wealth of world-class museums. From art-world heavyweights to modernist stylings, here are six of the City of Light’s top museums.
Paris Wine Museum (Musée du Vin Paris)
5 Square Charles Dickens, Paris, 75016
Descend into the vaulted cellars of the Wine Museum, and explore the various exhibition areas on a self- or audio-guided tour. The standard entrance fee includes a glass of wine or grape juice. Wine lovers can add on different options, such as an expert-led AOC wine tasting, or a sampling of wines paired with regional cheeses or pastries. Alternatively, reserve a table at Les Echansons restaurant—all bookings include entrance to the museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Wine Museum is open to all ages, but alcohol is served only to those over age 18.
Audio guides are available in multiple languages, including English.
The museum has a restaurant (open for lunch only), gift shop, and temporary exhibition area.
The museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Located on Charles Dickens Square, the Wine Museum is across the river from the Eiffel Tower. Look for the signs as you approach—the museum entrance can be a little tricky to find. The closest metro station is Passy (Line 6).
When to Get There
The museum is usually open Tuesday through Saturday, and is rarely overcrowded. Saturday morning is generally the quietest time to visit. For the full experience, time your visit to enjoy lunch at Les Echansons, or expand your knowledge of wine by signing up for one of the museum’s master classes, held most Friday and Saturday evenings.
Highlights of the Wine Museum
More than 2,000 artifacts are on display at the Wine Museum, including winemaking equipment spanning the ages and waxwork displays offering a glimpse into the historic winemaking process. Learn how cognac and Champagne are made; admire the sizable collection of bottles, corkscrews, and wine glasses; see artifacts dedicated to Bacchus, the god of wine; and find out what Napoleon’s favorite wine was.
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