Every international city has its iconic landmarks and cultural institutions. In Paris, most travelers would cite the Louvre as the must-visit art stop, but curious visitors should look beyond the usual suspects and explore the less-familiar names. The Musée de la Vie Romantique, the Jewish Art and History Museum, the Cinémathèque Française, and the Fondation Cartier are all distinct cultural highlights worth adding to your itinerary.

Given the Parisians’ well-documented penchant for celebrating art, culture, and design in all its forms, you can count on a schedule of festivals and events that is packed year-round. From neighborhood street parades to larger-scale happenings like Paris Plage or Nuit Blanche, it’s worth planning your vacation around the city’s celebratory timetable.