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The National Picasso Museum is located in the 3rd district of Paris , in the historic Marais neighborhood. It was set up in the Hôtel Salé, a lovely private palace classified as an historic monument since 1968. Built between 1656 and 1659 for Count Pierre Aubert de Fontenay and his wife, Marie Chastelain, the Hôtel Salé was entirely restored in order to house the Picasso Museum .
By transferring some of the painter's works to the government in order to pay the estate tax, Picasso's inheritors allowed the museum to come to life in 1985 and thus offer for public viewing more than 200 paintings, 158 sculptures, relief works and ceramics, along with 1,500 drawings and 1,600 engravings. The Picasso Museum is home to the finest collection of the artist's work in the world. Once can also find there certain works from the artist's personal collection, such as paintings by Cézanne, Matisse or Renoir.
From the Hôtel du Louvre , one can reach the Marais district via Rue du Temple and then follow along Rue de Rivoli. From there, the oldest street in the neighborhood takes visitors into its center via the Rue des Quatre Fils, and then on to the Picasso Museum , at the corner of Rue Thorigny and Rue de la Perle.
1st April to 30 September: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm everyday 1st October to 31st March: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm everyday