The 7th arrondissement is home to some of the most outstanding cultural sites Paris has to offer, including the Musée d’Orsay, the Hôtel des Invalides, the Rodin Museum and the Musée du Quai Branly.
The Musée d’Orsay, occupying the imposing building that was once the Orsay rail terminal, features mainly Western painting and sculpture from the 1848 – 1914 period. It houses masterpieces by such masters such as van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Klimt...
The Hôtel des Invalides, built on the orders of Louis XIV to house army pensioners, is easily recognised by the golden dome of the Cathedral of Saint-Louis-des-Invalides. Here lie the ashes of Napoleon Bonaparte, in a monumental sarcophagus.
A short distance from the Hôtel des Invalides, the Rodin Museum occupies the former Hôtel Biron and its gardens, exhibiting an impressive collection of the works of sculptor Auguste Rodin. The collection includes such legendary works as "The Kiss" and "The Thinker".
The Musée du Quai Branly (Museum of the Arts and Civilisations of Asia, Oceania and the Americas) was opened in 2006 by Jacques Chirac. It occupies four buildings designed by architect Jean Nouvel, one of which is covered by an 800m² "green wall" of vegetation.