Musee Boleslaw Biegas museum in Paris
The Musee Boleslaw Biegas is a small museum that was initially instigated by the artist and sculptor himself, and this Polish painter assigned his art collection to the Societe Historique et Litteraire Polonaise in 1950 for the museum to be set up and dedicated to his works.
About the Musee Boleslaw Biegas Museum
Boleslaw Biegas was a Polish artist who expressed a wish to have a permanent museum in Paris set up dedicated to his works of art, and this was instigated in 1950 with a written testament where he offered the Societe Historique et Litteraire Polonaise all of his paintings and sculptures.
The Musee Boleslaw Biegas, often just known as the Musee Biegas, was set up in one room within the Bibliotheque Polonaise Polish Library and contains sculptures in plaster, terracotta and bronze, along with numerous paintings and drawings that he produced.
You will also find lots of other items on display as well, including photographs and artistic documentation and even works of art from other artists that he knew such as Olga Boznanska, however, due to the size and richness of the collection and being such a small museum, not all of the works or collections are on permanent display within the Musee Boleslaw Biegas.
The art works of Boleslaw Biegas have often been referred to as equal in their merit as those of the famous artist Auguste Rodin, and today there are works of his presented in several museums in Paris, but the Musee Boleslaw Biegas provides a greater insight into the life and creativity of this Polish artist.
Visiting the Boleslaw Biegas
The Musee Boleslaw Biegas is located on the Ile Saint Louis island right by the River Seine on the Quai d’Orleans within the Bibliotheque Polonaise Polish library, along with two other small museums in Paris called the Musee Chopin and the Musee Adam Mickiewicz.
It is open from 2:15pm through to 6pm on a Wednesday to Saturday, yet is closed on all other days including National French holidays, and the cost of entry is €5 for adults as of 2018. However those up to the ages of 18 have free admission, yet students and old age pensioners get a reduction in cost down to only €2, plus groups of up to 12 people pay a total of only €25.
Guided tours are also available by booking prior, and are an additional cost of €2 per person on top of the rates mentioned above, although we would like to point out that at present these are only conducted in either French or Polish.
Access to Musee Biegas
Now when it comes to public transport in Paris, there is not actually a Metro station on the Ile Saint Louis, so the nearest station is the Pont Marie stop via line 7 and you would then have to cross the Pont Marie bridge and go over to the opposite side of the island to access the museum.
Yet, the bus line 67 will get you very close by and the bus lines 86 and 87 also stop on this island, plus there are several other public transport options within walking distance of the Musee Biegas and numerous other tourist attractions in this area of Paris.
To start with you have the Batobus, which is the water bus that has a dock on the bank opposite Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de Cite, which is the island next to the Ile Saint-Louis in the River Seine. A little further walk and you will be at the RER train station called the Saint-Michel - Notre Dame stop that serves the RER B and C lines.
Alternatively, additional Metro stations include the Sully-Morland stop serving line 7, the Saint-Paul stop serving line 1, the Cite stop, which is located on the Ile de la Cite serving line 4, plus the Maubert - Mutualite stop on the left bank of the River Seine that serves line 10.
In addition to these options you also have the bus lines 24, 47, 63 and 89 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N15 and N22, which will get you within walking distance of this museum that is located at the Bibliotheque Polonaise.
Address and contact details
Musee Boleslaw Biegas, Societe Historique et Litteraire Polonaise - Bibliotheque Polonaise de Paris, 6 Quai d’Orleans, 75004, Paris, Ile de France, France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 42 83 83
Fax: +33 (0) 1 46 33 36 31
Bibliotheque Polonaise de Paris
Musee Adam Mickiewicz
Paris Metro lines 1, 4, 7, 10
Bus line 24
Bus line 47
Bus lines 63, 67
Bus lines 86, 87, 89
Night bus line N15
Night bus line N22
RER Train lines B, C
Water bus service
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Pont de la Tournelle
Pont de Sully
Petit Musee de la Table de La Tour d’Argent
Musee de l’Institut du Monde Arabe
Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation
Square Jean XXIII
Pont de l'Archeveche
Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral
Musee de Notre Dame
Jardin Tino Rossi
Jardin des Plantes
Square Paul Langevin
Musee de la Prefecture de Police
Pavillon de l’Arsenal
Colonne de Juillet