Luxembourg Museum

  • Museum
  • Fine Arts
  • Modern/contemporary art

Although it does not have permanent collections, the Musée du Luxembourg, located in the heart of the 6th arrondissement on the edge of the Luxembourg Gardens, presents two exhibitions per year, of national and international level, on the themes of 20th century modernity, photography and women artists.

The first French museum to open to the public in 1750, the Musée du Luxembourg became, in 1818, the first museum of contemporary art. First installed at the Palais du Luxembourg, it was closed between 1937 and 1979 after the construction of the Musée d’Art Moderne.

The renovation, completed in the autumn of 2012 was led by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, architects of the Pompidou Centre in Metz, who created new interiors and furniture made from recycled cardboard tubes.

In addition, two new structures now house the Angelina café, restaurant and tea room and theeducational workshops of the museum. They can also accommodate private events in their modular spaces.

Opening and closing times

All year round, daily between 10.30 am and 7 pm. Closed exceptionally on May 1st and December 25th. Nocturne on Monday until 10pm

Open on all public holidays except 1 May and 25 December

Open from 10.30 am to 6 pm on 24 and 31 December

Last admission 45 minutes before closing time -

evacuation of the exhibition rooms 15 minutes before closing time.


For all group visits, with or without a tour guide, booking is required. The visit can only be booked online on the Museum's website. The purchase of tickets for the participants is done on site in the exact number of participants at the individual rate.

Visit with a Museum lecturer: 180 €.
Visit with your own lecturer: 42 €.
Free visit without speaking rights: 40 €.

Pre-sale ticketing :
Purchase of a minimum of 10 tickets Individual tickets Open not time-stamped valid for the exhibition
Professionals: tour operators, concierge services, companies (€16/ticket)
Local authorities, works councils and similar (€12/ticket) - write to [email protected]

Full price: 14 €
Reduced price: 10 € (Reduced rate: (16-25 years old included, unemployed and large families)).

Free entry for children < 16 years.


Additional information

  • The Mademoiselle Angelina tea room, on the Museum forecourt, welcomes visitors at the same times as the Museum. A new concept, it offers a pastry creation and an exclusive salad for each new exhibition..
  • Contact : +33 (0)1 46 34 31 19
  • A free Luxembourg Museum application is available in French and English


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently

Average length of visit

  • 60 minutes (individual)
  • 90 minutes (groups)

Services and facilities


  • Lift
  • Restaurant


  • Children's entertainment


Spoken languages

  • French

Visit languages

  • French

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French

Additional information

A guided tour in French is available every day for individual visitors.
A guided family tour is available every Sunday and on certain school holidays. It is in English on some Saturdays.
A workshop for children aged 6 and over (2 hours) is organised on some Sundays and school holidays.

An audioguide is available on site for an adult tour in French or English or for a children's tour in French (5€)


  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Reception staff trained in the French Sign Language


RER: line B, stop Luxembourg (exit Jardin du Luxembourg)

Metro: line 4, Saint Sulpice stop; line 10, Mabillon stop; line 12, Rennes stop

Bus: lines 58, 84, 89, Musée du Luxembourg stop; lines 63, 70, 86, 96, Église Saint Sulpice stop

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