Museums in Paris, galleries, pass, info, tours
Museums in Paris are one of the mandatory stages that an art lover must do. That is why I like to help people collecting information about opening hours, tickets and info about how to go to museums in Paris.
If you don’t have any clue of what to see once you are in Paris, just pay attention to the few info I report about these museums and find out which one attracts you the most. Find out which museum in Paris is the one you want to go to first. The city is so big that there is an attraction for every type of person.
Also, most of them are open on Sunday, and Monday too! Whether you are into architecture, art, and music, you will surely find museums and galleries in Paris to visit. Some of them are also open till late!
If you can’t come to Paris already but you would like to visit its museums anyway, join the virtual tours to visit Paris museums online for free.
Museums in Paris
Paris Museum Pass
Museums in Paris are important attractions and landmarks of the city. Many of them host masterpieces that you have to see at least once in a lifetime.
The best thing to do to be sure of not wasting your time in very long lines is to buy the Paris Museum pass if you can’t take advantage of other reductions such as the under 26. Here I recommend the one that I think is the best for those who are in Paris for the holidays.
The pass that I love lets you visit the main museums in the city. The reasons why I think this is the best-recommended pass for museums in Paris are two:
- the cost: you won’t buy single tickets but just one pass;
- because you will save time by avoiding all the single lines for tickets.
Just think about the most important: Louvre, Versailles, the Orsay museum, the Pompidou center… The full list counts about 60 museums! You can access all of these without doing a single queue!
Paris Museum Pass is for who is traveling on a budget too.
The Pass for museums in Paris can be valid from 2 up to 6 days. You choose. After you bought it, you can print it or show it on your phone. Buy the Paris Museum Pass here!
If you choose to buy this pass, you can book it online and take it to the Tourist Office at Rue d’Aboukir 23. It is 10 minutes walking from the Louvre museum. If you prefer, you can go there by metro getting off at Palais Royal Musèe du Louvre or Louvre – Rivoli metro stations. If you prefer going there by bus, you can take one of the following lines: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69 72, 76, 81 or 95.
Louvre, Museums in Paris
Louvre is one of the most famous art museums in the world. Just think about its pyramid! It truly is one of the symbols of Paris, leaving aside all the artworks. The designer of this architectural masterpiece is Pierre Lescot. After him, there were Jean Goujon and Fontaine.
Louvre museum is practically a sacred place for art lovers. That is why you need a proper dress code to visit it. Even if the outside is very warm, remember that inside you must be respectful.
Louvre museum, how to get there and opening hours
- Where is the museum? Even if you don’t have a map, remember that this museum is in arrondissement 1. The full address is 99 rue de Rivoli. You can go there by metro. Just get off at Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre stop! You can access the museum through the various door. They are in Hall Napoleon (the main one); the Richelieu passage; Porte des Lion and Jardin du Carrousel.
- When is it open? The Louvre museum is open every day. It is closed only on Tuesdays! The opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. When it is open at night – on Wednesday and Friday, it is open till 9.45 p.m. If you need information that is more precise take a look on the official site of the museum too.
- Which are its collections? Once you get there, you will find collections about the art of all times and all places: from Italy to France; from the Netherlands to Spain; from German to England. It is very exciting and emotional seeing all those artworks and masterpieces in such a beautiful place.
Louvre Museum skip-the-line ticket
Buying this, you won’t do the huge line that is outside this beautiful building every day. You will go straight to the Monna Lisa!
The ticket that I propose includes:
- Skipping the line;
- Access ticket at a fixed price;
- a 2 hours tour in English or German language;
If you want to join this tour and take advantage of skipping the line, note down that the meeting point is at 162 Rue de Rivoli, near the souvenir shop.
If you are in Paris and you are looking for a place to have fun, think about going to the Grevin Museum! It is one of the most famous wax museums in the world and it is in Paris. Here you find useful information such as opening hours and how to get there. Plus, you will know how to buy the most convenient ticket. Also, you will know why this museum is so special.
If you are looking for a museum in Paris for kids, Grevin Museum is the place for you.
In the rooms of the Grévin, you can take pictures with Michael Jackson, Monica Bellucci, George Clooney, Barack Obama. The fact is that they all are a perfect copy made in wax! It is impressive how they are so similar to the real people!
As in other wax museums, also the Grevin one has different settings where you can pose. There is a Mirror Room, a Hindu Temple, and a jungle! Plus, you can also join a path about France’s history. It is very fascinating too!
And if you love music, there is a new section dedicated to “The Voice”. The music section includes Mick Jagger, Lang Lang, Katy Perry, and Ranveer Singh!
Grevin Museum, how to go there, opening hours, tickets
Even if attractions as the Grevin Museum are designed for children and teens, it is fascinating and fun for adults too. I like to come back once in a while!
If you want to go there, here the information you need:
- The complete address is 10 Boulevard Montmartre, 75009, Paris.
- If you want to go there by the metro, you can get off at Grand Boulevards or Richelieu – Drouot.
- Grevin Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
I always recommend buying in advance the tickets you need. Buy the ticket for Grevin Museum here. There are three types of ticket in the Grevin Museum:
- You can pay 17 € if you are 2 adults and 2 children;
- If you book at least 5 days before, the ticket costs 20 € per adult and 16 € per child;
- If you don’t know the date of your visit already, you can still book it paying 24,50 € per adult and 18,50 € per child.
I think that to have in advance the control of your money situation, the best solution is to book it before leaving for Paris. You will have direct access to the museum!
Orsay Museum and Orangerie
Orsay Museum and the Orangerie are some of the most interesting museums in Paris for culture and art lovers. Visiting these museums, you can admire the works of the most famous artists in the world. Just think that the Water Lilies cycle of paintings by Monet is in these museums!
But why would you have to choose a special ticket to visit them? Why do I recommend this ticket particularly?
Because it is a skip-the-line ticket thanks to you can access to these attractions without being tired the moment is your turn. Buying this ticket you will access to Orsay Museum, Orangerie Museum in the Tuileries Gardens the moment you get there.
I think that buying a ticket for places like the Orangerie is the perfect solution for those who do not want to waste their time. Especially in a city like Paris! Plus, buying these kinds of ticket, you will be sure of the amount of money you are spending to visit these places.
I have to be precise. Since these skip the line tickets are common, you may find a small line to the skip-the-line access too. Anyway, you will be sure of not making the line to buy the regular ticket and the line you could ever do it is shorter than any other one.
Orsay and Orangerie, how to get there and opening hours
- The Orsay museum timetable is usually from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
- The Orangerie opens at 9.00 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. It is closed on Mondays too. If you want to get there by metro, take metro line 1, or the 8 or 12 ones to get off at Concorde station. You can go there by bus too. If so, you can take the lines 24, 42, 52, 73. Or 72, 84 and 94.
Cruise from Musée d’Orsay
The cruise that I recommend after visiting one of the most fascinating museums in Paris, the museum of Orsay is this one. That is because it does a tour that I like. It comprehends Canal Saint-Martin and a big portion of the Seine River. By participating in this tour, you will see attractions such as Notre Dame cathedral with a different perspective.
I think that it is comfortable that this tour is bookable online. Plus, it lasts 2 hours and a half during you listen to a certificate guide that speaks in English or French.
Another thing that I like about the cruise on the Seine after the museum is that by booking this experience in advance, I know what I am paying for and how much. It is very useful to know information like these when you are abroad!
The Art Modern Museum in Paris is better known as Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris or MaM. It is in the Palace of Tokyo, one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Paris close to the Eiffel Tower.
There, you can admire more than 8000 artworks by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jun Gris, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, and George Braque. They often host temporary exhibitions too! It is such a great place to go even if you just want to stay in the cafeteria.
Paris Modern Art Museum, opening hours, tickets, address
Permanent collections are free for all! Closing times are on Mondays and public holidays. Opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesdays to Sundays. On Thursday it is exceptionally open til 10 for temporary exhibitions!
The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris address is 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris (Arrondissement 16). If you want to get there by metro, get off at Trocadéro or at Passy!
Garnier Opera House in Paris
Garnier Opera is one of the main attractions of Paris. That is because it is the largest opera house of the European continent! It was part of the Opera national de Paris before becoming the Opera Garnier. Since 1923 it is a historical monument of France too.
The palace is an architectural beauty itself. It is also known as Palais Garnier. It is very exciting to attend a show or a concert in the rooms at the Garnier Opera. If you don’t want to do so, you can opt for a visit to the monument. Here I recommend a ticket, this one, that is not so expensive – it costs just 12 euros per person! – and makes you visit lots of rooms in the Palais.
Garnier Opera House, ticket and how to get there
As I already mentioned, Garnier Opera is an architectural masterpiece, one of the most beautiful museums in Paris. If you love baroque you will be amazed by such an artwork. Anyway, it is a wonder for the eyes of everyone. Just think that the ceiling was painted by Chagall! Plus, you can admire also the double stairway of the Grand Escalier. Also, walking in the Grand Foyer is an experience itself.
By booking this ticket, you will be certain to pay in advance a ticket thanks to you will enter without doing any line first. This ticket includes the visit to the Library-Museum of the Opera, Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Plus, you will see the Rotonde des abonnées, the grand staircase, the foyer, the salons dedicated to the Moon and the Sun. Besides, you can also choose to have an audio guide at the price of 5 euros.
If you want to go to Garnier Opera, just remember that it is in the arrondissement 19 of Paris and you can go there by getting off at Opera metro station.
If you are into literature, you can visit two museums about 2 great writers of all time: Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac. The house where Balzac lived is in Passy district, very close to the Bois de Boulogne, one of the biggest parks in Paris. Balzac lived only 7 years in the place you can visit. But, he wrote some of his masterpieces in Paris: La Rabouilleuse, La Cousine Bette…
You can access the house of Honoré de Balzac for free. You will visit 5 rooms, including the library where there are 2 original manuscripts by Balzac. Also, when you visit this museum, you will see some prints of artworks by artists of the 19th century. What is fascinating about this experience is seeing all the objects of the everyday life of Balzac.
The museum of Balzac is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 6 pm. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
La Maison de Balzac’s address is 47 rue Raynouard (arrondissement 16), 75016 Paris. You can go there by metro, getting off at Passy, La Muette or Boulainvilliers. Or you can go there by bus, taking one of the following bus numbers: 32, 50, 70, or 72.
The Museum dedicated to Antoine Bourdelle is the place to be for those who are into sculpture. Antoine Bourdelle’s museum is where Bourdelle lived. The building itself is partially designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc.
Anyway, once you go there, you can admire more than 500 artworks among sculptures and paintings by Bourdelle. Also, you can take a look at his private and fine art collection. There are works by Carrière, Delacroix, Ingres, Monticelli, Puvis, and Rodin!
Antoine Bourdelle museum sometimes hosts temporary exhibitions too.
The access is free, and the opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays; closing time is Monday. The Musée Bourdelle address is 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris (Arrondissement 15). If you want to go there by metro, get off at Falguière or at Montparnasse.
Musée de l’Homme
The Musée de l’Homme is the Museum of Man in Paris. Since 1937, it is the perfect place for who loves anthropology but also for those who just like to go into museums to learn something more about humankind. Also, it is such a great activity to do with kids and children in Paris.
That is because once you go to the Musée de l’Homme, also known as Museum of Man, you can follow 3 paths:
- The man and its evolution;
- Uniqueness and diversity of men;
- Cultural, and social expression of the men.
From pre-history ruins to Le Corbusier’s Modulor, a special graphic scale based on the ideal man, you can learn a lot, and have intellectual motivation!
The aim of the Musée de l’Homme itself is to promote the correct conservation of its collections; promoting the research, and spreading knowledge.
The Musée de l’Homme address is 17 Place du Trocadero et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris (arrondissement 16).
Musée de l’Homme’s timetable is from 11 am to 7 pm, from Wednesdays to Sundays; the closing day is Tuesday.
The Musée Rodin, also known as Rodin Museum, is the place where you can find lots of artworks by Auguste Rodin. What you can’t imagine is that you can find even more art!
Even if this museum is dedicated to the art of Rodin, there you can admire works of other huge artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh.
The museum itself is in such a beautiful place. The Hotel Biron is a kind of a baroque style built by Jean Aubert.
From 1908 to 1917 Rodin lived there. Hosting such an artist was no-new for the building, a place where also Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse, and Isadora Duncan lived too. The year before Auguste Rodin died, he donated all his artworks to France.
The Musée Rodin address is 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris (Arrondissement 7)
The ticket price varies on the exhibitions you want to visit. They often host temporary exhibitions too! It usually is free for Under 26.
The Rodin Museum timetable is from 10 am to 6.30 pm. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, closing day is Monday.
Archaeological Crypt of the Ile de la Cité
The archaeological crypt of the Ile de la Cité is one of the most important archaeological sites to consider in Paris. That is because it is a big crypt since it measures about 120 meters. Also, it is under one of the symbols of Paris, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral!
Both Notre Dame de Paris cathedral and the archaeological crypt are attractions in Paris to visit for free. The best idea is to visit both of them on the same day.
You won’t see “just” Notre Dame but you will admire the ruins of the Gallo-Roman age.
There, you can still see the ancient heating system of an ancient Roman house in Paris!
The archaeological crypt of the Ile de la Cité address is 1 place du Parvis Notre-Dame, 75004 Paris (Arrondissement 4). To go there, you can take the metro line 4 to get off at Cité. Or, you can take the RER B or RER C and get off at Saint-Michel. If you prefer taking a bus, the lines that go to the crypt are 21, 38, 85, and 96.
What about archaeological crypt of the Ile the la Cité hours and tickets? Timetables are from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesdays to Sundays. The closing day is Monday. As I mentioned, the access is free whether you are under 26 or not!
Leclerc Moulin Museum
The Leclerc Moulin Museum in Paris is dedicated to World War II. It is not just a museum but also a research center about this complex topic.
The name of the museum is a memorial of Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque and Jean Moulin, both two important men for Resistance movement who fought Nazism.
There, you can visit the permanent collection for free, whether you are under 26 or not since there are not special discounts.
Letters, pictures, and videos are located in a space to make people learn about Worl War II from many original sources.
The General Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris, and the Musée Jean Moulin both are right on the top of Montparnasse station. You can even go to the museum from the TGV platform 3! Or, you can take one of the two elevators:
- at no. 4 Cdt Mouchotte;
- at no. 25 Boulevard Vaugirard.
Once you are at this museum, don’t forget to visit the garden too. You can access to it from the place des cinq Martyres du Lycée Buffon.
Leclerc Moulin museum address is allée de la 2e D.B. Jardin Atlantique, 75015, Paris (arrondissement 14).
To get there, you can take the Metro lines 4, 6, 12 or 13 and get off at Montparnasse-Bienvenue. Or, you can take the metro line 13 and get off at Gaité. Also, take the metro line 6 or 12 to get off at Pasteur. If you prefer to take the bus, the number of lines that go there are 28, 58, 88, 91, 92, 94, 95, and 96.
Leclerc Moulin museum opening hours from 10 am to 6 pm. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. The closing day is Monday!
Palais Galliéra Museum of Fashion in Paris
Gallièra Museum is the Mecca of fashion victims. That is because it is the museum of fashion in Paris!
Galliéra Museum is also known as the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, and it is stunning from the outside too. Palais Galliéra is a majestic building where you can find temporary exhibitions about fashion at every time of the year. Many huge Maisons finance this museum, such as Yves St-Laurent, and Dior. Even if this is an Institution of Fashion, the museum only reopened in 2013 after long renewal works.
Galliéra Museum’s address is 10 Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, 75016 Paris (Arrondissement 8). If you want to go to the Museum of Fashion, I suggest taking the metro to get off at Alma-Marceau, or at Bossière. If you prefer taking the RER C, get off at Pont de l’Alma. Bus lines that go there are no. 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 82, 92.
Galliéra Museum opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesdays to Mondays. On Thursdays, it is open until 9 pm. Palais Galliéra’s closing day is Monday. Also, it is closed during all French holidays. If you want to visit the temporary exhibitions, the ticket cost varies between 6 and 9 euros. This museum is in the list of the ones discounted for under 26.
Petit Palais, Paris Fine Art Museum
The Petit Palais is a very important palace in Paris because it was designed by Charles Girault for the 1900 Expo. Nowadays, it hosts the Fine Art Museum of Paris, also known as Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. It has been recently renewed but it still hosts artworks by the most incredible artists of all time.
There, you can admire works by Rembrand, Delacroix, Courbet, Cézanne. As in other museums, you can also admire some Art Nouveau objects.
The Petit Palais address is Avenue Winston Churchill 75008 Paris (Arrondissement 8). To get there, I suggest taking the metro line 1, and 13 to get off at Champs-Elysées Clémenceau. Or, if you want to take the RER C, you can get off at Invalides station. If you are exploring Paris by bus, lines no. 28, 42, 72, 73, 80, 83, and 93 go there too.
The opening hours of the Fine Art Museums of Paris are from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesdays to Sundays. Also, it is open until 9 pm on Thursday! The closing day is Monday. But, the museum also closes during French holidays such as May 1, July 14, August 15, and December 25.
The access to Fine Art museums of Paris is free for everyone!
Napoleon’s Tomb and Les Invalides complex
Napoleon’s Tomb is one of the attractions of Paris to visit. It is in one of the most beautiful hotels in the city.
In Paris, the Hotel is a great Palace. They all are architectural masterpieces and this is not an exception.
This place has been founded by Louis XIV. It is one of the most visited museums for its beauty and its value.
The Hotel National des Invalides is the place where you can visit Napoleon’s Tomb and the Army Museum. Going there means also admire the permanent collection and the Dome Church. In the same building, there are other museums such as the Plans-Reliefs and the Ordre de la Libération Museum. Plus, you might also have the chance to visit the temporary exhibitions. Just think that this year, there is the one about Picasso and The War! It will last until Sunday 28 July 2019.
But now, let’s see what you really need to know about Napoleon’s Tomb museum.
Les Invalides, Napoleon’s Tomb and more. Info and ticket
If you want to spend half a day in the magnificent Hotel National des Invalides, where the Napoleon’s Tomb is, note down this information:
- The full address of Napoleon complex is Hotel National des Invalides 129, rue de Grenelle 75007, Paris.
- If you want to go there by metro, get off at La Tour-Maubourg or Ecole Militaire.
- Opening hours usually are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other information you need to know before to go:
- Charles de Gaulle monument is closed on Mondays;
- Admission is free for under 18 people and for EU citizens under 26.
- On the 1st Monday of every month, you can visit only Napoleon’s Tomb and the Dome Church Saint-Louis des Invalides Cathedral and the Artillery Trail.
Buy here your ticket in advance. You will pay a fixed price and you will already know how much you have spent to visit the Paris museums!
Stade de France Museum
You might be not always in the mood to visit one of the museums in Paris. But, if you are into soccer, you can’t miss the possibility to join a very special tour in Stade de France. It is one of the most famous stadiums in the nation and if you go to Paris you have the chance to visit it!
You may remember the Stade de France if you remember the World Cup of 1998 or the 2016 Europeans. Its capacity is huge! Just think that the seats are 81.338!
Even if you do not are into soccer, I think that the tour of this stadium may be very interesting. You can visit a very peculiar architecture designed by Aymeric Zublena, Michel Regembal, and Michel Macary.
The tour that I recommend doing lasts about 90 minutes, just like a soccer match! It costs around 16 dollars and the tour is in the English language too.
What I like about this tour is that by joining this, you can access to private areas such as the lockers room. You will know everything about the history of the Stadium and about the main events that took place there.
The ticket that you can buy here includes access to the Museum of the Stade of France too.
How to go to the Stade de France
If you want to join this Stade de France tour or you just need to go there, you have different options.
First of all, you need to know the complete address of this attraction in Paris. It is Stade of France 93200 Saint-Denis.
You can choose one of the following options to get there:
– Take the metro line 13 and get off at Saint-Denis Porte de Paris station;
– Go to La Plaine Stade de France stop by taking RER B;
– Take the RER D and get off at Saint-Denis La Plaine.
Musée de la vie Romantique
The Musée de la Vie Romantique is a tribute to the culture of the late 19 century. The building itself is a great example of the architecture of those times.
There, you can admire many objects that are the memory of George Sand and his family. The relics you can admire are memory about Ernest Renan, Chopin, Charles Dickens and other important masters of arts. It is one of the most important museums about the literature of the city, along with the houses where Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balcaz lived.
The Musée de la Vie Romantique is in arrondissement 9. To get there, you can get off tat Pigalle station. Since the opening hour is from 10 am to 6 pm, a good idea might be to go there and have dinner later! Pigalle is one of the districts to go at night. There are lots of lovely bistros in the area! The Musée de la vie Romantique closing day is on Monday. You can still go there from Tuesday to Sunday!
The Zadkine Museum is defined as an atelier-museum. It once was the studio of the Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine. Now, you can admire sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and even tapestries! It is a peculiar way to explore the history of Paris from an uncommon point of view.
The Zadkine Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 6 pm. The closing day is Monday. To go there by metro, I recommend getting off at Port Royal or Vavin station. But, if you take the RER, you can get off at Luxembourg. You will go to the immediate neighborhoods of the Luxembourg garden! It is one of the most famous gardens in the world and once you are in Paris you can visit it! Usually, parks in Paris are free but you might want to join a special tour, so it depends on what you are going to do.
The Zadkine Museum is usually free, unless special temporary exhibitions.
The Guimet Museum, known as Musée Guimet, is about Asian arts. There, you can admire objects and artworks of the most ancient eras. Artworks are from all over the world. That is why you can see objects from Japan, China, Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
The museum owes its name to Emile Etienne Guimet, who founded this institution in 1879. It is still a reference for who is into this specific type of art. There, you can find lots of photographs, and sound archives too!
The Guimet Museum is in arrondissement 16. Once you get there, you can also visit the Palais de Tokyo, where the modern art museum in Paris is. To get there, I suggest taking the metro and get off at Iéna. When planning your visit to the Guimet Museum, consider that opening hour is from 10 am to 6 pm. The closing day is Tuesday.
Guimet museum ticket price is around 6 or 12 euros but there are special discounts. For example, Guimet Museum is in the list of free museums for people under 26!
Cité Nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration
When you are in Paris, you immediately understand that immigrants are very well integrated into French culture. That is because, in the late 20th century, many people wanted to be an active part of the integration process.
The Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, along with museums such as the Guimet, are places to visit to understand how this happened. The Cité Nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration is the perfect narration of what immigrants had given to the world of art, not only in Europe and not only in France!!!
You can learn something by looking at the artworks and objects exhibited. Or, you can learn also through the photography of masters as Eugène Atget, Gérald Bloncourt, Robert Capa…
To go to the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, you need to go to arrondissement 12, in avenue Daumesnil. If you want to take the metro, get off at Porte Dorée station! The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. From Tuesday to Friday, opening hour is from 10 am to 5.30 pm. On Weekends, it is open till 7 pm.
The ticket price is around 7 euros but it is free for many people, such as children, people under 26, people who work in tourism…
Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine
The Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine is the mandatory stage for those who are into architecture, design, and anthropology!
The Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine is close to the Musée de l’Homme and I recommend visiting both. That is because you can learn a lot about humanity and its history. Plus, history is connected to the power to create art while doing something functional, as it happens with architecture.
What I love the most about the Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine is the reproduction of the Hunité d’Habitation by Le Corbusier and the area dedicated to the renewal of Notre-Dame cathedral by Viollet le Duc.
This museum dedicated to architecture is in Trocadero. If you are not in the very center of Paris, you can get off at that metro station. Opening hour is from 11 am to 7 pm, and the closing day is Tuesday. Ticket prices may vary but there are price reductions or free access for people under 26, and professionals as journalists or tourism workers.
Nissim de Camondo museum
Nissim de Camondo museum is both a house and a museum. In the early 1900s, it has been the house of Moise the Camondo and his wife. Both were Jewish and that is why the house is a gate to Jewish culture.
At Nissim de Camondo Museum, you can admire the beautiful interiors of the house with artworks and very well-designed furniture. Among the most important artworks you can see there, the Salon Doré; the chinaware by Sévres, and painting by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun.
The museum is in arrondissement 8. Its location is a great opportunity to visit another of the best attractions in Paris, Parc Monceau. A walk in the park might be the treatest break while visiting a huge city. If you don’t want to walk, I suggest getting to Monceau metro station.
The information to consider If you want to visit Nissim de Camondo museum is various. The opening hours are from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Nissim de Camondo museum closing day is Tuesday.
The ticket price usually is around 6 or 9 euros. But, there are special discounts for people just like the under 26.
Hotel de Soubise (National Archives of France)
The Hotel de Soubise is also known as the National Archive of France. That is because along with the Hotel de Rohan, it is part of the Musée de l’Histoire de France, i.e. the museum dedicated to the history of the nation.
Since 1381, the Hotel de Soubise is the place where you can find everything about the history of France. The big palace hosts rooms for everything. The rooms I love the most are the Salon de la Musique, dedicated to music, and the room of the princess of Soubise.
The Hotel de Soubise is in one of my favorite districts in Paris, Le Marais! Going to this museum is an opportunity to explore one of the most authentic areas of the city. The Hotel de Soubise is in arrondissement 3. To go there by metro you can get off at Rambuteau or Hotel de Ville metro stations. The opening hours are from 9 am to 4.45 pm, from Mondays to Saturdays.
Ticket price may vary but what’s good to know is that the Hotel Soubise museum is in the list of the free entrance museums for under 26.
Musée des Arts et Metiers
The Musée des Arts et Métiers is in the very heart of Paris, in Le Marais, and it collects witnesses of the greatest successes of humans in so many fields.
The museums hosts exhibitions about mechanical sciences, technologies, design, sciences, gaming, transports, and inventions of all times. It is the place to go if you are looking for a great archive about these fields too. That is why it really is one of the places to go even if you are in Paris with kids or with a group of people with different interests.
The Musée des Arts et Métiers is in arrondissement 3. You can go there on foot since it is in the lovely Marais district. Or, you can go there by metro, getting off at Arts et Métiers.
Museum opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesdays to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays but it is exceptionally open until 9.30 pm on Thursdays. Ticket prices may vary but it is in the list of the museums that are free for under 26. You may take advantage of other price reductions!
Institute du Monde Arabe
The Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris is famous for the building itself since Jean Nouvel and Architecture Studio designed a project to represents both Eastern and Western cultures. The façade is unique: its changes depending on the sunlight! In the Institute, you can find a library, a restaurant, artisan shops, bookstores, audio and video archives, and a smoking area!
The Institut du Monde Arabe is in arrondissement 5, close to Pont de Sully, one of the most famous bridges in Paris!
To go there by metro, get off at Sully-Morland station and cross the bridge. If seeing the building is not enough, you can enter by paying a ticket of 6 or 8 euros. But, there are many price reductions and discounts, such as for under 26.
The Institute du Monde Arabe is open from Tuesdays to Sundays; opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. On Weekends, it is open from 10 am to 7 pm. The closing day is Monday.
Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée
The Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée is a museum dedicated to paleontology and Anatomy. It is a wing of the museum of Natural History in Paris. It is an important museum since it has been opened on the occasion of the 1900 Expo. There, you can find a lot about animals and plants from all over the world!
There is also an area dedicated to anatomy too, as you can guess by the name of the area. Consider visiting this museum if you are in Paris with kids: sciences are fascinating at all ages.
To visit the Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée, I suggest taking the metro to get off at the Gare d’Austerlitz. The museum opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, from Mondays to Sundays. The closing day is Tuesday. Ticket prices may vary on the areas you want to go to. But, this specific one, may be accessible with a discount. Plus, it is on the list of free entry museums for under 26!
Hotel de Cluny, Musée du Moyen Age de Paris
The Hotel de Cluny is a historical palace in Paris where you can visit the Moyen Age museum of the city. Also, you can visit the thermes, i.e. the ancient version of the SPA!
The palace itself is a true gothic-style beauty since it was built in the 15th century. Once you get there, I suggest visiting the garden too. It is a very special garden because its design it’s based on the permanent exhibition of the museum.
This destination is perfect for people who love architecture, art, and history. Also, it is an attraction suitable for families too, since the garden is stunning for people of all ages!
The Hotel de Cluny address is 28 rue du Sommerard, arrondissement 4. It is in the very heart of Paris and you can get there by getting off at Maubert – Mutualité metro station. The Musée National du Moyen Age, i.e. Middle age museum in Paris, opening hours are 9.15 am -5.45 pm. It is open from Monday to Sunday and the closing day is Tuesday.
Hotel de Cluny ticket cost is around 9 euros but there are many discounts and reductions! For example, the museum is free for people under 26.
Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Arts premiers
The Musée du Quai Branly is also known as Musée des Arts premiers or arts et civilizations d’Afrique, d’Asie, d’Oceanié et des Ameriques. As you might have already guessed, it is a museum about ancient arts from all over the world. It is a huge museum: just think that the main hall is 200 meters long! The Branly museum hosts also a library, and a media library.
The Musée du Quai Branly address is 37 Quai Branly, arrondissement 7. It is very close to some of the most important landmarks of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, and the Seine. To get there, you can get off at Alma Marceau metro station. But, the real plus might be going there after a cruise on the Seine, a peculiar way to know the city better.
The Quai du Branly museum opening hours are from 10.30 am to 7 pm, and its closing day is Monday. Ticket price may vary but usually, it is free for people Under 26, and you might find other special reductions!
Eugene Delacroix Museum
The Eugene Delacroix museum is the mandatory stage for those who want to know more about Eugène Delacroix, one of the greatest French artists. Also, it is the chance to know a very important character of Romanticism. Once you go there, you will not visit just a museum about Eugène Delacroix but you will see the place where he lived during the last years of its life.
In the Eugene Delacroix museum, there are many paths to follow. The collections are about paintings; prints and lithographies; writings. There even is a library of the museum that is open to the public. What you might not already know is that Delacroix was not “just” a painter: he was a very good writer too.
Eugene Delacroix museum address is 6 rue de Furstenberg, arr. 7. If you want to get there by the metro, I suggest getting off at Mabillon station.
The Delacroix Museum in Paris opening hours are from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. Its closing day is Tuesday. Ticket cost usually is around 7 euros, but it is on the list of free museums for Under 26!
Jean-Jacques Henner museum
The Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner is an art museum dedicated to the Alsatian painter. There, you can admire around 1000 sketches, documents and, of course, paintings by Henner.
The main subjects of art by Henner are portraits and dreamy landscapes. If you love Symbolism, this may be the museum for you. A unique feature of this museum is in the writings it hosts. Once you are there, you can read many writings of art critics about Jean-Jaques Henner.
The Musée Jean Jacques Henner address is 43 Avenue de Villiers, arrondissement 17. If you don’t stay in the neighborhoods of this museum, I suggest going there by metro. The museum is really close to two metro stations, Wagram, and Malesherbes.
Jean Jacques Henner museum opening hours are from 11 am to 6 pm, and its closing day is Tuesday. The museum is open ’till 9 pm on the second Thursday of each month. Ticket costs may vary from 4 to 6 euros, but there might be free admissions for people under 26 and other special categories.
Gustave Moreau Museum
The Gustave Moreau museum in Paris is a special one for many reasons. The first is that the museum has been thought and designed by the artist itself. The second one is that the Gustave Moreau museum is the chance to know a precursor of French Symbolism, one of the most important art movements of the last century. In the rooms of this house-museum, you can see paintings and sketches made in all the different times of the life of Gustave Moreau.
The Gustave Moreau museum address is 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld, arrondissement 9. If you want to get there by the metro, you can get off at Trinité d’Estienne d’Orves metro station. You will be very close to attractions such as the Casino de Paris, le Theatre de Paris, and the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette church.
The opening hours of the Gustave Moreau museum are from 10 am to 5.15 pm, and the closing day it’s Tuesday. Ticket cost varies: it usually is around 5-7 euros, but there are special discounts or reductions for some people, just as the under 26.
The Conciergerie is one of the most important historical palaces of Paris. It originally was the Palais de la Cité, a residence for the kings of France, from the 10th century to the 14th. It still is part of the Palace of Justice of the city. But why visiting the Conciergerie?
Conciergerie palace is beauty itself. It is a gothic architecture artwork, as you can see in rooms such as the Salle des Gens d’Armes. Once you decide to visit it, I suggest paying attention to great details, such as the 1370 clock. The Conciergerie is also an important piece of French revolution history. You can still visit the reconstruction of the cell where Marie Antoinette stayed.
The Conciergerie address is 2 Boulevard du Palais, arrondissement 4. It is in the Ile de la Cité, and if you are not already there – since it is in the very heart of the city – I suggest going there by RER or Metro, getting off at Cité station.
Conciergerie opening hours are from 9.30 am to 6 pm, and there is no closing day. Ticket prices may vary – they usually are around 10 euros – but there also are special reductions!
The Carnavalet Museum
The Carnavalet Museum is the place to go when you want to know more about the history of Paris, and of the history of France. In this museum, you will go through many rooms that host ruins, artworks, and furniture about the history of Paris, from the origins to nowadays.
The museum itself is very interesting to explore. That is because the museum is composed of two buildings. Both are historical palaces. One is the Hotel Carnavalet, and the other one is the hotel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. The last one used to host the Library of history of Paris. This museum hosts many exhibitions. Note down the keys of the Bastille, the grotesques, and the Trompe-l’oils.
The Carnavalet Museum is in Le Marais, at 16 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, arrondissement 3. The easiest way to go there by the metro is to get off at Chemin Vert metro station. Or, you can get off at Hotel de Ville, or Saint-Paul and have a walk to the museum!
The Carnavalet museum is free. Temporary exhibitions cost around 7 euros. Usually, it is open from Tuesday to Monday but now it is temporarily closed.
The Cognacq-Jay Museum
The Cognacq-Jay museum in Paris collects artworks from the 18th century. There are so many collections and exhibitions to see. Also, they often plan special events. For example, they planned a season of free concerts dedicated to 18th-century music. What is so special about this museum is that it exists thanks to a private collection of the Cognacq-Jay family. They were a rich family and founders of the Samaritaine department stores. As for many museums in Paris, the building is beauty itself, since it is an ancient palace in Le Marais. Plus, the museum was renewed by Christian Lacroix in 2015.
The Cognacq-Jay museum address is 8 rue Elzevir. The closest metro stations are Saint Paul, Chemin Vert, and Rambuteau. The opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. This is another great museum you can access for free in Paris. Whether you are under 26 or not!
Museum of Hunting and Nature
As you can guess by its name, the museum of hunting and nature in Paris collects weapons, paintings, and contemporary artworks about hunting and its context, nature. Even if the museum opened just in 1967, some of the oldest ruins date back to the 16th century! The collections are about three main themes:
- Weapons and accessories for hunting;
- Trophies and hunted stuffed animals;
- Paintings and sculptures about hunting by artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Lucas Cranach, Frans Snyders, and Jean-Baptiste Oudry.
The Hunting and Nature Museum is in Paris arrondissement 3, at 62 Rue des Archives. The closest metro station is Rambuteau. Its opening hours are from 11 am to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday. Now the museum is temporarily closed but usually, the ticket cost vary from 6 to 8 euros.
Picasso Museum in Paris
Even if museums dedicated to Picasso are a lot all over the world, here you can see about 5000 artworks by Picasso. Also, the Parisian Picasso Museum hosts lots of artworks of artists that worked with Picasso. That means that you can see many artworks by Corot, Cezanne, Gaugin, Matisse, Rousseau, Renoir, Braque, Modigliani, Miro, Degas, De Chirico, Giacometti…
In the same building, there is a huge archive dedicated to Picasso, and to his collaborations. That is why even if there are so many museums dedicated to the Spanish artist, this is one of the landmarks for those who want to know more about him and his art. The Picasso Museum in Le Marais is considered one of the most important museums in Paris. Also, it is considered one of the most important museums about Picasso from many experts.
Picasso Museum is at 5 rue de Thorigny. The closest metro stations are Saint-Paul, Saint-Sébastien-Froissart, and Chemin Vert. The Picasso Museum opening hours are from 9.30 am to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Friday. It is closed on Mondays.
The Picasso museum is free for Under 26. Also, it is free for disabled people, teachers. If you want to go there for free anyway, you can do it by going to the museum on the first Sunday of the month. Usually, the ticket costs 12.50 €.
Museum of Art and History of Judaism
The museum dedicated to the art and the history of Judaism is one of the most visited places in the city. That is because it is a unique place to learn about Jewish culture. It is in the part of Le Marais usually inhabited by Jewish people. That is because going there you can admire Jewish architectures, and maybe even taste the greatest Jewish recipes at the restaurants in the neighborhoods.
This museum is the place to go to admire artworks by Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine, and Kikoine. That’s where you can see how Jewish culture influenced art during the 20th century. The museum of Judaism in Paris also hosts a collection about contemporary Jewish, a library, a video store, and an auditorium.
The Museum of Art and History of Judaism in Paris ticket cost is 8 euros. It is in 71 rue du Temple, and you can easily get there by metro getting off at Rambuteau or at Chatelet Les Halles. Its opening hours are from 11 am to 6 pm, from Monday to Friday, except for Saturdays.
Victor Hugo House Museum
The Victor Hugo house museum in Paris is where the important and world-famous writer lived. It is extremely close to Place des Vosges, one of the must-sees of Le Marais district. Victor Hugo used to live here from 1832 to 1848. In his Parisian house, he composed artworks such as Ruy Bias and Les Voix Interiors.
The museum collection is based around three moments of the life of Victor Hugo: before, during and after the exile. The Maison de Victor Hugo hosts old objects of the writer, its furniture, portraits, and drawings.
Victor Hugo Museum access is free when there are no temporary exhibitions. When the access is on payment, ticket cost varies from 5 to 10 euros. The address is 6 Place des Vosges. The closest metro stations are Bastille, Saint-Paul, and Chemin Vert. Victor Hugo Maison’s opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday, excluding Mondays.
The Jeu de Paume museum
The Jeu de Paume museum is a must-see for contemporary art and photography lovers. Even if it is not a huge building, it develops on many floors. Every floor of this museum hosts a different exhibition.
As in many museums in Paris, the level is extremely high! And, as for many museums, the building itself is an attraction of Paris. The palace that hosts the Jeu de Paume museum is a Napoleonic palace. Usually, the Jeu de Paume Museum hosts individual exhibitions and collective exhibitions. Every room is a proposal to be amazed by photography, and selected contemporary artworks.
The access to the Jeu de Paume museum is free for under 26 that are EU citizens. Also, it is free for under 18, and for disabled people. Usually, the ticket costs 8.50 €.
The Jeu de Paume opening hours are from 11 am to 7 pm, from Wednesday to Sunday. But on Tuesdays, the Jeu de Paume closes at 9 pm! The museum is in one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, the Tuileries garden. To go there, I suggest getting off at Concorde metro station.