A listing of free museums, reductions, and museum passes

Louvre exterior
The Louvre is free on “first Sundays” from October to March. Picture: Brandon

Paris is so saturated with museums, monuments and historic landmarks that it’s troublesome to know the place to start planning. However when you’ve booked your airfare and secured a superb worth on a Paris resort, it’s time to start out fascinated by the enjoyable stuff.

For these wanting to avoid wasting euros, one place to start your analysis is by Paris’ free museums and points of interest (or these with decreased admission).

It’s potential, in any case, to soak up a number of the town’s tradition with out forking over an excessive amount of money. Right here’s a fast information to a couple of our favourite free museums and ideas for locating discounted admission.

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All the time free museums in Paris

Some museums and lots of public monuments are free day by day — additionally nice to know whenever you get caught within the rain and don’t wish to kill time in a café.

Notice that a few of these have a (typically strongly) beneficial “donation ticket.” Whereas giving one thing isn’t required, it’s actually a pleasant gesture.

Free museums embody:

Bastille Day

Together with free fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, Bastille Day means free admission to most of the metropolis’s museums. Picture: Yann Caradec

Generally free museums in Paris

In case you’re planning your journey like a Cheapo, come to Paris on a weekend for the primary Sunday of the month when many nationwide museums are open totally free, just like the Pompidou and Musee d’Orsay.

Understand that some museums will solely supply the free first Sunday per thirty days within the low season. Check out the “sensible info” part of the museum web site that you simply’ve bought your eye on, and it ought to inform you.

To have fun the nationwide vacation, Bastille Day, nationwide museums, just like the Louvre, are additionally open totally free on July 14 yearly. (This may be to distract the revolutionary-minded from storming any extra prisons.)

Discounted with a Paris Museum Go

Buying a Paris Museum Pass (obtainable for two, 4 or 6 days) will present entrance to most nationwide museums and monuments, together with the Palace at Versailles and the Arc de Triomphe.

In case you are a historical past and artwork buff, the cross will simply pay for itself should you plan your visits prematurely.

For instance, a two-day museum cross prices €55. In case you plan on visiting each the Conciergerie prison (the place Marie Antoinette was imprisoned) and the adjoining Sainte Chapelle church, admission will price a complete of €30, if bought independently. Throw in a ticket to the Louvre (€17), the Rodin Museum (€13), and the Centre Pompidou (€15), and in two days you saved fairly a bit of money.

We don’t imply to oversell the cross. Nonetheless, if you’re devoted to utilizing it and to visiting a number of museums, the cross generally is a excellent deal.

Free for guests beneath 26 years previous

  • EU residents beneath 26: All everlasting collections of nationwide museums and monuments are free for EU cardholders beneath 26 years of age.
  • Different residents beneath 26 (with carte de sejour): Many Individuals and Canadians might imagine this regulation passes them up, however wait! The 1000’s of research overseas college students, au pairs, and English assistants who’ve authorized residency in France or elsewhere in Europe are additionally coated by this regulation. So, should you’re beneath 26, head to the Musée d’Orsay or the Natural History Museum, wave your passport and carte de séjour, and also you’ll get a free ticket.
  • Youngsters: Additionally, kids usually get into locations totally free, however ages differ significantly, so be sure you ask on the ticket window.

And do not forget that free entry often solely applies to a museum’s everlasting collections and sometimes doesn’t cowl particular displays. Nonetheless, these particular exhibitions usually supply discounted youth tickets.

Hotel des Invalides

Lodge des Invalides presents every day decreased admission charges late within the day. Picture: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Reductions and different offers

If a museum’s entrance shouldn’t be free, you’ll be able to usually discover numerous reductions if you understand the place to look, so work up the braveness to ask if the worth appears steep. Youth and “beneath 18” guests can often get reductions even should you don’t have EU paperwork, so guests can nonetheless profit from reductions.

Additionally, museums usually work in tandem to supply reductions. For instance, should you current your ticket to the Musée d’Orsay whenever you go to the Palais Garnier, you’ll obtain a reduction (should you go to inside 14 days). Clearly, proper? Take a look at the presents posted on the ticket sales space.

Extra data

The Paris Tourism Workplace has a website in English that may be helpful for locating up-to-date info for any museum in Paris. Search by museum title and shortly you’ll understand how a lot cash it can save you (and what number of Mona Lisa mugs you’ll lastly be capable to purchase on the Louvre reward store!). They even have an extremely complete listing of all free and reduced admission museums and instances.

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