National Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) – Paris

National Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) – ParisNational Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) – ParisNational Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) – ParisNational Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) – ParisNational Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) – ParisNational Picasso Museum (Musée National Picasso) – Paris

The most celebrated and influential artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso proclaimed himself the very greatest collector of his own work. Upon his death, much of his personal collection was transferred to the French government to cover inheritance taxes and became the nucleus of the permanent collection of this museum, opened in 1985 and located in an elegant and historic 17th century mansion in the fascinating Marais neighborhood of Paris.

Now totaling 5,000 different works of art in a variety of mediums including 260 paintings, 1,700 drawings, 200 sculptures, 30 collages and 100 ceramics by Picasso himself, the collection captures every phase of his extraordinarily prolific career covering his Blue, Rose, Cubist, Primitive, Neoclassical and Expressionist periods.  Picasso’s own work is complimented by the work of other artists he collected including tableaux by Cézanne, de Chirico, Degas, Matisse, Rousseau and Seurat as well as selections from his collection of Iberian bronzes and indigenous primitive art.

Displayed chronologically, visitors are able to follow the remarkable trajectory of Picasso’s career as he innovated and his style continuously evolved.  From “The Death of Casagemas” painted in 1901 and one of the first works he completed in Paris to 1904’s “La Celestina” from his Blue Period to “Two Brothers” from 1906 in his Rose Period to his iconic “Self Portrait” from the same year, the museum features a treasure trove of early masterpieces.

Groundbreaking explorations in Cubism are well represented with the seminal “Man with a Guitar” from 1911 and “Violin” from 1915. “Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race)” from 1922 and his Neoclassical period, and 1925’s “The Kiss”, from his Surrealist period are standouts as are a series of sculptures created during the Second World War including 1942’s “Bull’s Head” and 1943’s “Death’s Head”.  Post war bronzes such as 1950’s “The Goat” and “The Bathers” from 1956 are also particularly impressive in scale, scope and ambition.

The museum also boasts a large number of works which Picasso painted after his seventieth birthday including “The Matador”, a renowned self-portrait painted in 1970, just three years before his death at the age of 91. Explore numerous famed depictions of his muses, wives and mistresses as well including 1918’s “Portrait of Olga in an Armchair” a depiction of his first wife, a Russian ballerina, 1937’s “Portrait of Marie-Thérèse” depicting his dreamy young lover, “Portrait of Dora Maar” also from 1937 who inspired the moving “Weeping Woman” series and the 1954 work portraying his second wife, “Jacqueline with Crossed Hands”.

Other items on display include photographs, manuscripts and newspaper clippings that provide additional contextual information.  There is also a special area set aside for temporary exhibitions, a library and a lovely square just adjacent ideal for a picnic lunch.

Picasso – “Two Women Running on the Beach” – 1922

Picasso – “Man with a Guitar” – 1911 and “Violin” – 1915

Picasso – “Portrait of Dora Maar” – 1937 and “Weeping Woman” – 1937

Picasso – “The Kiss” – 1925

Picasso – “Matador” – 1970

Picasso Museum Paris

Official Museum Site


National Picasso Museum

(Musée national Picasso)

Hôtel Salé

5, rue de Thorigny

75003 Paris, France



Current Exhibitions:

No special exhibitions currently on view.


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Picasso – Giacometti

October 4, 2016 through February 5, 2017


Must See in the Permanent Collection:

  • “The Death of Casagemas” – 1901

  •  “La Celestina” – 1904

  •  “Two Brothers” – 1906

  • “Self Portrait” – 1906

  • “Man with a Guitar” – 1911

  • “Violin” – 1915

  • “Portrait of Olga in an Armchair” – 1918

  • “Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race)” – 1922

  •  “The Kiss” – 1925

  • “Portrait of Marie-Thérèse” – 1937

  • “Portrait of Dora Maar” – 1937

  •  “Bull’s Head” – 1942

  • “Death’s Head” 1943

  •  “The Goat” – 1950

  • “Jacqueline with Crossed Hands” – 1954

  • “The Bathers” – 1956

  •  “The Matador” – 1970


Visiting Hours:

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (No tickets sold after 5:15 p.m.)

Open until 9:00 p.m. every third Friday of the month. (No tickets sold after 8:15 p.m.)

Closed on Mondays.

Closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25.



€12.50€ for an adult ticket.

€11 for a student or senior ticket.

Free for all 17 years of age and under.

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