Museums of Paris, pass info and recommended tours
Museums of 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 first. The city is so big that there is an attraction for every type of person.
- 1 Paris Museum Pass
- 2 Louvre, Museums of Paris
- 3 Louvre museum, how to get there and opening hours
- 4 Louvre Museum skip-the-line ticket
- 5 Grevin Museum
- 6 Grevin Museum, how to go there, opening hours, tickets
- 7 Orsay Museum and Orangerie
- 8 Orsay and Orangerie, how to get there and opening hours
- 9 Cruise from Musée d’Orsay
- 10 Garnier Opera House in Paris
- 11 Garnier Opera House, ticket and how to get there
- 12 Napoleon’s Tomb and Les Invalides complex
- 13 Les Invalides, Napoleon’s Tomb and more. Info and ticket
- 14 Stade de France Museum
- 15 How to go to the Stade de France
- 16 Read also:
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 of 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 centre… 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 travelling 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 at 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 of 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 the 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 of 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 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 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 of 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 are 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 a 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 line 1, line 8 or line 12 and 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 of 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 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!
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 of 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 of Paris. If you love baroque you will be amazed by such an artwork. Anyway, it is a wonder for the eyes for 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.
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 the 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 of Paris. But, if you are into soccer, you can’t miss the possibility to join a very special tour in the Stade de France. It is one of the most famous stadiums of 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.