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The cultural wonders of Paris, from the major galleries to the smallest museums

Bearer of an illustrious artistic and literary pedigree, Paris has big-hitting museums, scores of smaller collections, plus literary addresses to pay homage to.

Cultural Paris

The Louvre and its see-through pyramid
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Literature

MAISON DE VICTOR HUGO 1

Following the 1831 publication of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the novelist and poet Victor Hugo lived in this house on one of Paris’s prettiest squares. It’s now a small museum with an impressive collection of his personal drawings and portraits (maisonsvictorhugo.paris.fr; 6 Place des Vosges; reopens 30 Apr; 10am–6pm Tue–Sun; free).

LATIN QUARTER 2

The Latin Quarter is steeped in literary history. James Joyce finished editing Ulysses in a flat down the passageway at 71 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine. Ernest Hemingway lived a few doors along at number 74: the club downstairs was the inspiration for the one where Jake Barnes meets Brett Asley in The Sun Also Rises. George Orwell boarded above 6 Rue du Pot de Fer, while working as a dishwasher.

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