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Im going to Paris in March and Im looking for some good restaurants (not too expensive) to go to and suggestions on which museum (besides the Louvre) I should go to. I will only be there for 3 days and Im having trouble deciding which one to go to, I was thinking Musee D’Orsay, does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Hi Brooksy,
    Which museums you should go depends on what kind of museums you like.
    Here I have gathered some info on museum divided by category, from top museums you should see.

    The Big & Most Popular Three Museums in Paris you should not miss are
    The Louvre, the Mus?e d'Orsay,and Centre Georges Pompidou.
    The Louvre's collection spans from about 7,000 BC until 1848, and has its own Big Three:
    the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory.
    The d'Orsay's collection picks up where the Louvre's leaves off and continues until 1914. The Pompidou has art from the early 20th century to the present.

    In three days I do not thinkg you will have time to see more than those 3 Museums.
    However if those 3 days you are staying in Paris, will allow you to see more museums I also suggest
    you pick your favorite by your interest.

    One-Man Shows
    Mus?e Rodin,with its lovely sculpture garden; Mus?e Picasso; and Mus?e Marmottan-Claude Monet. There's also Mus?e Gustave Moreau,Mus?e Delacroix,and Mus?e Maillol. Dali enthusiasts will appreciate Espace Salvador Dali.

    New & Improved
    The Mus?e de l'Orangerie 's recent renovations make Monet's stunning Water Lilies even more stunning. The newly redone Mus?e des Arts Decoratifs inside Les Arts D?coratifs (which includes Mus?e de la Publicit? and Mus?e de la Mode) has one of the world's greatest decorative art collections. The new Mus?e du Quai Branly features African, Asian, and Oceanic art.

    House Museums
    A house museum is two treats in one: the art, and the house itself.
    Maison de Victor Hugo and Maison de Balzac are the former homes of writers.
    Maison de Baccarat has gorgeous glass creations, and Maison de Radio France presents the history of French radio. Mus?e Jacquemart-Andr? has an intriguing collection of Italian art, and Mus?e Nissim de Camondo has decorative art, mostly from the 18th century. Mus?e de la Vie Romantique was the elegant town house of Dutch-born painter Ary Scheffer, and Mus?e Cognacq-Jay was the home of Ernest Cognacq, founder of the now closed La Samaritaine department store. The Palais Galliera opens for exhibits on costume and clothing design.

    Contemporary Art
    Excellent venues for modern art include the Palais de Tokyo and Mus?e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. There's also Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain to see emerging artists' work, and La Maison Rouge,which shows private collections.

    French History
    Mus?e National des Arts et Traditions Populaires has everything from beautifully carved marionettes to 18th-century waffle irons. Mus?e National du Moyen-Age has the well-known tapestry Lady and the Unicorn. Mus?e d'Art et d'Histoire du Juda?sme documents Jewish history in France. For Parisian history, don't miss Mus?e Carnevalet. Montmartre has its own museum,
    Mus?e de Montmartre,while the history of one of Paris's most-visited churches can be absorbed at Mus?e de Notre Dame (although the church's archaeological crypt is more interesting). The new Cit? de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine presents a history of French architecture, while maritime history is the subject of the Mus?e de la Marine (both are in the Palais Chaillot). The Mus?e de la L?gion d'Honneur is an exploration of French and foreign military decoration and the Mus?e de l'Arm?e,at the Hotel des Invalides, is a phenomenal military museum. There's also the Mus?e Jea-Moulin in the Jardin Atlantique, focusing on the life of the famous leader of the French Resistance. The Mus?e de la Monnaies,in the H?tel des Monnais (the mint), is impressive for its coin collection.

    If you have kids…  … Here are some Museums which are best for them:

    Best for Kids
    Kids will love the hands-on science and technology displays at Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie,as well as learning about music at Mus?e de la Music,both in Parc de la Villette. The Grande Galerie d'Evolution and Mus?e de la Chasse et de la Nature have stuffed animals in their natural surrounds. The Palais de la D?couverte,a planetarium, and Mus?e Gr?vin,a wax museum, are perennial favorites. The fabulous Mus?e des Art et Metiers,has neat scientific instruments and inventions. For doll lovers, there's the Mus?e de la Poup?e.

    Photography & Design
    For a mix of photographs from different artists, your best bet is the Maison Europ?enne de la Photographie. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson features works by the well-known French photographer in a building that was also his atelier. The Mus?e du Jeu de Paume, in the Tuileries, showcases modern photography exhibits. For modern design, the Fondation Le Corbusier is well worth the trip to the western edge of the city. The Fondation Pierre Berg?-Yves Saint Laurent is the designer's atelier as well as an archive and gallery of his work. For architecture, sit in on a workshop (in French) at the Maison de l'architecture d'Ile de France-Les Recollets.

    African, Asian & Islamic Art
    There's really only one place in town to see Asian art, but what a place it is:
    The Mus?e Guimet is not to be missed. For Arab and Islamic art and architecture, visit the impressive Institut du Monde Arabe,and for African art, try Mus?e Dapper.

    Other Museums, I do not know hot wo classify
    There are some museums that can't easily be classified. The Mus?e de l'Erotisme is a seven-story building dedicated to everything associated with erotic fantasy, the Manufacture des Gobelins traces the history of weaving and tapestry, and the Mus?e de l'Art Na?f Max-Fourny,inside Halle St-Pierre, focuses on outside, folk, and raw art. The Mus?e des Collections Historique de la Prefecture de Police is, you guessed it, a museum of the Paris police.

    Art Galleries Museums
    You'll find several contemporary art galleries near the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Mus?e Picasso, and the Bastille Op?ra. The city's hottest avant-garde art scene is on and around the rue Louise Weiss near the Biblioth?que Fran?ois-Mitterrand in the 13 e. Around St-Germain and the place des Vosges the galleries are more traditional; works by old masters and established modern artists dominate the galleries around rue du Faubourg St-Honor? and avenue Matignon. Carr? Rive Gauche, around rue du Bac in St-Germain, has dozens of art and antiques galleries on its narrow streets.

    As you can see there are a whole lof of Museums to see in Paris, In only 3 days it is really hard to choose which one to see, it dependts on what you like. But that is all right, at least you will have a reason to comeback   

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