The Picasso Museum of Paris is one of the largest museums of painting in the world. Inaugurated in 1985 by the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, it is set in the magnificent Hotel Salé at the heart of the Marais district, and is entirely filled by an extraordinary collection of works by the Spanish master.
This museum has a refined style and is chronologically laid out around a magnificent staircase. Visitors travel through the 20th century, starting in 1895 and concluding in 1972, following the master artist step by step, and charting the progress of the founding father of the great currents of modern art. The diverse collection of Picasso's works is unparalleled worldwide, and features an extremely high level of quality.
Tuesday to Friday : from 10.30 am to 6 pm
Saturdays and Sundays : from 9.30 am to 6 pm
Holidays (except Mondays) : from 9.30 am to 6 pm
Please note: Final admission is at 5.15pm. Luggage (suitcases of all sizes and bags of large capacity) is prohibited.
The museum is closed on the following days: every Monday, December 25, January 1 and May 1.
Take the line for ticket holders and present your ticket on your smartphone at the entrance.
Admission is free for the following groups, upon presentation of a valid proof of identity:
In the aftermath of Picasso's death in 1973, it was decided to convert a Hotel in Paris into a museum dedicated to his life and work. The Hotel Salé stands in the Marais district and dates from the 17th century. It is a splendid structure, and is ideal for hosting the masterpieces of the founder of Cubism. After extensive construction work, the museum was inaugurated by François Mitterrand in 1985. Nowadays, it is a wonderful museum, and certainly the most extraordinary collection of Picasso's work anywhere in the world. Comprising works acquired by the state following a settlement after Picasso's death and supplemented by donations by his heirs, the collection gathers more than 200 paintings, 150 sculptures, 100 ceramic pieces and 3,000 drawings and prints. It is a collection of exceptional quality that the artist had always refused to sell in order to one day offer it to a French museum.
It is said that Picasso spent a whole night alone in the Louvre to compare his paintings with those of the great masters. He came out satisfied with the results of the examination, and he knew that there might one day be a Picasso museum. He once said: "Give me a museum and I will fill it". With the Picasso National Museum, he succeeded.