Say hello to a wonderful new way of enjoying the museums of Paris without wasting precious time standing in long-winded queues. With the Paris Museum Pass that gives you free and immediate access to over 60 museums and monuments of Paris. Does this include the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Versailles as well? You bet it does!
You can purchase the pass at any of the participating museums, in the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau welcome centres and online on PARISINFO.com.
Most museums and monuments are closed on one day of the week, usually Monday or Tuesday, as well as 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.
The number of museums and monuments that you can see with this pass is phenomenal. Here’s a list of the places in Paris that will open their doors to you with this pass in hand:
- Musée du Louvre
- Musée d'Orsay
- Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
- Tours de Notre-Dame de Paris
- Crypte archéologique du parvis Notre-Dame
- Arc de Triomphe
- Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er
- Centre Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
- Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet
- Musée des Arts décoratifs
- Musée des Arts et Métiers
- Musée du quai Branly
- Chapelle Expiatoire
- La Cinémathèque française
- Musée national Eugène Delacroix
- Musée des Égouts de Paris
- Institut du Monde Arabe
- Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme
- Musée national de l'Orangerie
- Musée Rodin
- Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
- Musée de Cluny - le monde médiéval
- Musée des plans-reliefs
- Musée de la musique
- Musée Nissim de Camondo
- Les Arts décoratifs - Collection Mode et Textile
- Les Arts décoratifs - Collection Publicité et Graphisme
- Musée national Gustave Moreau
- Palais de la découverte
- Musée Picasso
- Palais de la Porte Dorée - Musée national de l'histoire de l'Immigration
- Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération
Hold on, there’s more. The pass also gives you unfettered access to places around Paris. Those include:
- Château de Versailles et Trianon
- Château de Vincennes
- Musée d'Archéologie nationale et Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
- Abbaye royale de Chaalis
- Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace
- Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly
- Château de Fontainebleau
- Château de Maisons-Laffitte
- Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs
- Château de Rambouillet, Laiterie de la Reine et Chaumière aux Coquillages
- Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d’Ecouen
- Maison Rodin - Meudon
- Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis,
- Villa Savoye
- Sèvres, Cité de la céramique
- Musée et domaine nationaux du Palais impérial de Compiègne
- Musée départemental Maurice Denis
- Château de Pierrefonds
- Musée national du Château de Malmaison
- Château de Champs-sur-Marne
While the pass gives you general admission to over 60 museums and monuments, it does not cover special exhibits or events, and audioguides. Additionally, there are several popular attractions in Paris that are NOT included with the Paris Museum Pass.
- Eiffel Tower
- Opéra Garnier
- Grand Palais
- The catacombs
- Espace Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)
- Jacquemart-André Museum
- Luxembourg Museum
- Musée Marmottan Monet
- Montmartre Museum
- Elevator at La Défense
- Treasury at Notre-Dame
- The dome at Sacré Coeur
All Paris Museum Passes offer you access to exactly the same attractions; all that differs is the duration. The passes are currently available as:
|2-day (48 hours)
|4-day (96 hours)
|6-day (144 hours)
Irrespective of when you buy the pass, it gets activated after your first usage and has to be used on consecutive days.
The pass is ideal for adults (above the age of 18) who are planning to spend a few days at least in Paris. Do not purchase a pass for children under 18 as most attractions do not require an admission fee for them.
Interesting facts about Paris Museum Pass
Here’s how you can get the most out of your pass.
- Plan in advance. Spend a little time doing research to figure out which of the included attractions interest you the most. This way you can make an informed decision about purchasing the pass or not.
- If you are in Paris for several days, plan carefully when you wish to use the pass. Many museums have a free admission day, including some really popular attractions.
- Disabled people and their companion are allowed free inside several museums. Simply carry along proof of disability.
- Some attractions that you wish to see might be closed for long periods of time renovations and restorations. Check ahead to ensure those attractions are open when you are in Paris.
- A Paris Museum Pass does not always guarantee priority access. Some places with high security could still require you to wait in the same security line as others. The best way to beat the lines would be to get to the attraction as close to the opening time.
- The pass allows you just one entry per attraction. If you wish to spend more time at a place, plan it accordingly. You cannot visit it twice on the same pass even within the pass validity.
- You will need to pay extra if there is a special event or if you wish to watch the musical fountains.
- Many people believe that they can squeeze in all the attractions on the pass in one visit. Understandably you wish to see it all, but doing so will only exhaust you and you will not be able to really enjoy the sights since you will constantly be on a clock. Instead, slow down and also try and see those parts of Paris that are not on the list.