Marais Musee Picasso Paris

Walking in the Marais – Musée Picasso

Most kids love Picasso. This walk focuses on the fabulous Musée Picasso and takes beautiful streets in the Marais.

On rue Saint-Antoine, head away from the Place de la Bastille, turn right onto rue de Birague, and go through the archway into the lovely Place des Vosges (1), with its arced red-brick facades. In the center, Square Louis XII has sandboxes, a small climbing structure, and lovely lawns for picnics or romping in summer.

Exit onto rue des Francs-Bourgeois, turn right onto rue de Sévigné and left onto rue du Parc-Royal, then cross place de Thorigny to the Musée National Picasso (2, 5 rue de Thorigny), housed in a beautifully restored mansion.

Kids tend to like Picasso’s imagination and humor. They will enjoy identifying the artist’s different stylistic periods – ranging from the blue period to Surrealism. Look for bus ticket, wallpaper, and other items in the collages; the contorted lady all folded up in a armchair ; and pots that look like women or owls. The sculpture Little Girl Skipping seems to be held up only by her rope, while Ape has a head made from a toy car.

To recharge afterward, return to rue du Parc-Royal and turn right down rue Payenne. The Centre Culturel Suédois (3, 11 rue Payenne) has a pleasant Swedish café with outdoor tables in summer. Or continue across rue des Francs-Bourgeois and turn right onto rue des Rosiers, the historic heart of Paris’s Jewish community. Stop for North African-style falafel at L’As du Falafel (4, 34 rue des Rosiers) or cheesecake or strudel at Sacha Finkelsztajn (5, 27 rue des Rosiers)

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Metro Station : Saint-Paul (Line 1), Bastille (Line 1, 5, 8)