Free Paris Museums


A List Of The Most Popular Museums In Paris Offering Free Entrance

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Paris at night
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Paris Attractions

Paris is filled with incredibly beautiful and interesting museums. For most people, Paris is synonymous with the Louvre, one of the most popular museums in the world. What most people travelling to Paris do not know is that if planned carefully, they can visit the Louvre for free!

But there is more than the Louvre museum that can be visited for free. There are several museums in Paris that can also be visited free of charge or at reduced prices. Some museums and monuments offer one day a month free entrance; others offer a free night opening once a week, free children’s entrance, reduced tariffs for the elderly and handicapped, etc. Inform yourself before you arrive in Paris so you can make the most of your Paris vacation in a budget.


A List Of The Most Popular Museums In Paris Offering Free Entrance

The first Sunday of every month you can have free access to the following museums in Paris:

  • Musée du Louvre.
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Musée national Picasso
  • Musée Rodin
  • Musée national d'art moderne
  • Musée de l'Assistance Publique
  • Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet
  • Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
  • Musée national Eugène Delacroix
  • Musée Gustave Moreau
  • Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner
  • Musée national du Moyen Âge
  • Musée national de l'Orangerie
  • Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
  • Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration
  • Musée du Quai Branly
  • Musée Rodin

Free Paris Museums If You Are Less Than 25 Years Old.

If you are between 18 and 25 years of age, check in advance the Museum you want to visit as some Paris museums offer free admission for people 18 to 25 years old who are residents in the European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein (on presentation of ID).

Plan your visit of Free Paris Museums the First Sunday of Every Month on this map

show route and directions
A markerThe Louvre -
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
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Entrances to the museum: - Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances: open (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m -Passage Richelieu entrance.

B markerMusee d'Orsay -
Musée d'Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
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Entrance A: individual visitors Entrance B: pre-booked adult groups Entrance C: priority access and individual visitors with a ticket

C markerMusée National Picasso -
Musée National Picasso, 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France
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The Musée Picasso Paris will be opening its doors in June 2014

D markerMusee Rodin -
Musée Rodin, 79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
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Museum, temporary exhibition, garden and shop : open from 10am to 5.45pm Last tickets sold at 5.15pm Late night opening on Wednesday until 8.45pm

E markerModern Art Museum -
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France
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From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm (last admission 5.45 pm) PERMANENT COLLECTIONS: Free admition. Tape guide available on the level 2 for 5€

F markerMusée National du Moyen Age -
Musée National du Moyen Age, 6 Place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris, France
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The Louvre is the Most Visited Museum in the World.

Visit The Louvre Museum For Free On The 4th Of July

From October to March: access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.

Please note that From April to September: no free admission on the first Sunday of each month.

Musée du Louvre Free on Sundays

Ordinarily you need to pay €14 for a full-day access to the Louvre Museum –the ticket also gives you access to the Musée Eugène Delacroix.

Visiting the Louvre the first Sunday of the month you can save yourself the entrance fee, rather a saving if you are planning a family trip with children over 12 years of age (children under 12 years of age have free entrance).

Other than the first Sunday of the month, the Louvre is free all the time for:

  • Visitors under the age of 18
  • Visitors between 18-25 year-old residents of the European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein)
  • Disabled visitors and their guest or helper

To make the most of your free visit to the Louvre Museum arrive early in the morning. On Sundays the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Louvre

The Louvre
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Musée d'Orsay

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Musée d'Orsay


On top of offering free entrance for everyone on the first Sunday of every month, the Orsay Museum in Paris offers permanent free access to accompanied, disabled visitors holding a disability card or a "priority" card for the disabled


Centre Pompidou - The National Museum of Modern Art for free

The Pompidou centre offers free access to its museum and permanent exhibitions on the first Sunday of every month. Even if you are not a fan of modern art, the Centre Pompidou is worth a visit just to admire its unique architecture designed as an "evolving spatial diagram" by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. And, if you are a fan of modern art, this is a "must place to see". The Centre Pompidou houses more than 60,000 works of art, the largest collection in Europe of modern and contemporary art. It covers the XX and XXI centuries through artists which artworks had major influence in recent years.

The full price to visit the Centre Pompidou is the 13 euros but there is free entrance to European residents between 18 and 25 years of age.
If you are less than 18 years old, you can benefit of free access to the Centre Pompidou temporary exhibitions.

Disable visitors and their companions also have free access to the Centre.

The Centre Pompidou is open every day, except Tuesdays and 1 May, from 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

If you wish to benefit from the free entrance to the Centre Pompidou you must ask for your FREE ticket at the cash-point the day of your visit.

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Notre Dame

Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris for free
Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris for free | Source

Notre Dame for Free


One of the most well known Parisian landmarks, the Notre Dame Cathedral is open every day of the year from 8:00 am to 6:45 pm. Access to the cathedral is open and free of charge every day of the year, during the opening hours.

What you pay for is for The Notre-Dame's tower visit; a trip through all of the upper parts of the western façade, dating from the 13th century. The entrance for the visit of the tower is located outside of the cathedral and it is open 7 days a week. The normal entrance fee to visit the Notre Dame Tower is €8.50 for adults and free for the under 18s. However, during the months of November to March you can visit the Notre Dame for free the first Sunday of the month. That is; the first Sunday of November, December, January, February and March. During these months those under 26 years old residents in the European Community can also visit the Notre Dame for free.

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The Arc de Triomphe Free Visits

One of the most famous landmarks in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe is another Paris monument that you can visit for free the first Sunday of the month from November to March. This is the perfect viewpoint during the Christmas season to appreciate the illuminations of the Champs Elysees and the other 12 avenues that converge here.

The rest of the year, access to the Arc de Triomphe remains free for the disabled and their assistants, job seekers, children under 18 years of age and those under 26 years old and resident in the European Union.

Champs Elysees and The Arc de Triomphe

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The Carnavalet Museum


The museum Carnavalet is another historic jewel that you can visit free of charge. It houses a fascinating permanent collection for those interested in learning about Paris' complex history from its foundings to the present day.
Even the outside of the museum is fascinating as it is housed within two stunning Renaissance-era buildings, the Hotel Carnavalet and the Hotel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau.
The Carnavalet Museum, closed on Modays, is located in Paris' 3th arrondissement, in the heart of the Marais on 23, rue de Sévigné. The nearest metro stations are Saint-Paul (Line 1) and Chemin Vert (line 8)

Fragonard Musée du Parfum – Museum Of Perfume

Paris is not only known for its history but also for its tradition in Perfume making. Almost everyone who comes to Paris goes back home with a bottle of perfume as a souvenir of the city of love, so why not include in your Paris tour a visit to a museum of perfume?

Fragonart Parfumeur invites you for a free visit to their museum and private mansion from the 19th century, displaying one of the richest collections of perfumery objects in the world, going back 3000 years of history and skills. Here you will discover unusually-shaped perfume bottles, perfume vaporizers, perfume fountains demonstrating the skills of the artisans of this trade today, glass-blowers, glass-designers and craftsmen will remind you that the bottles are an essential component in creating perfume. At the end of your visit, Fragonard perfumer sells perfume products dating back to 1926 at Grasse, the 'perfume village'.

The museum is open from Monday to Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm. Sunday and public holidays: 9 am to 5 pm. This museum is free of charge for everyone.

Perfume Museum in Paris

A markerMusée du Parfum -
9 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
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Free Seasonal Attractions

Free Ice Skating

If you are coming to Paris, it is worth searching for free seasonal attractions. During winter, there are several huge free ice rinks in the city. For children and adults, families, friends and lovers, these temporary ice rinks are hugely popular and have become an essential part of the festive period. The ice rinks are open late, until 10 pm. and are equipped with a new-generation synthetic carpet, giving a better appreciation of the risks and falling and easier learning. For those who have never tried ice skating there is the possibility of free lessons from qualified instructors (familiarization, demonstrations, ice hockey, etc.) Lessons on Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 am to 12-noon, by age group. Places limited.

The Paris town hall also offers several free merry-go-rounds in the city. You will need to check in the Paris Tourist site for the exact addresses.

Ice Skating Rink In Front Of The Eiffel Tower

Ice Skating Rink In Front Of The Eiffel Tower
Ice Skating Rink In Front Of The Eiffel Tower | Source

Sledge Area In Front Of The Eiffel Tower

Sledge Area In Front Of The Eiffel Tower
Sledge Area In Front Of The Eiffel Tower | Source

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Princessa 3 years ago from France Author

prasadjain: Paris can really be an affordable place to visit if you plan it carefully and in advance. There are many free places to visit and discount entries. It is true that some places are very limited on their "free tours" as they only offer access to limited areas, but it is worth doing it if you don't have a lot of time to invest in your visit.


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unvrso 4 years ago from Mexico City

Very interesting and useful information for those who are planning to visit Paris. It is an advantage to let people visit the museums for free.

This should be done on most museums around the world, so people interested in history and art can visit and expand their vision about this world. Voted interesting!


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Princessa 4 years ago from France Author

Deborah: I hope you can come to Paris one day, it is a beautiful city to visit. Thanks for the hub-love :-)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I WISH I could go and visit.. Paris!!.. I love your hub..

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Wow--what a great article! I am bookmarking as we will be there this summer!


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

This is a valuable help to those who can travel to Paris and enjoy the museums. It must be quite difficult to select which museum when time is short on vacation.


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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

The Louvre is absolutely awesome. You could spend days there and never get bored! Thanks for the Hub.


Marion 5 years ago

Hello ! thank you for your article !

I have a question... my boyfriend is Norwegian (im French) and because Norway is not part of the European Union, he was asked to pay... My boyfriend told me that even though they are not part of the EU they have the same rights blablabla and would thus not pay for the entrance ! I'm trying to find a document on the Internet about that but I can't find anything and I thought maybe you could help me...

thank you in advance

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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

dashingscorpio: you are welcome, I hope that you can come back soon to France.

alocsin: Thanks for the link!

whitton: Europe can be very expensive compare to the Estates and other countries, but a little bit of planning before you take off can be very helpful to save money during your trip.


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whitton 5 years ago

Paris is so beautiful! Thanks for the article, very helpful for planning my future trips to Europe!


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

A nice selection of Paris museums. I'm linking this to my Paris hub.


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dashingscorpio 5 years ago

Thanks for publishing this list!

I had a wonderful time in Paris two years ago and I would love to go back. Naturally I went to Notre Dame and the Louvre but I did not fit in any other museums as I was trying to hit the various other tourist spots within 6 days.

Paris is a beautiful and romantic city. I'll keep some of these places in mind!

Thanks again!


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Princessa 5 years ago from France Author

Simone: If you don't have enough time on Sunday and you choose another day for visiting other museums, make sure you ask about special offers. For example, when you buy a ticket for the Orsay Museum you can buy a "ticket jumelé" for the Orsay and Rodin Museum for €12 instead of individual tickets for €14.

RM: I did the same thing in my first visit to Paris. I think Paris is a beautiful city and you can see as much art outside in the streets as you would in a museum. During a sunny day, another great place to visit is the Bois de Boulogne, a beautiful place to spend the day, picnic and just relax with a baguette some cheese and a bottle of wine!

TurtleDog: You are welcome!


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TurtleDog 5 years ago

Very cool Hub! I'm sure a lot of people visiting France for the first time would miss out on these great money saving ideas! Thanks for the info


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rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Wow! That's a great list. The weekend I went to Paris, there was a workers' strike and the Louvre was closed. Funny thing is, since we only had a weekend, and it was great weather, we had decided not to go! We walked along the Seine exploring until we couldn't walk any further, then took the metro back. We saw Notre Dame.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Princessa, this Hub is SO GREAT! I just realized I'll be in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, and I can't wait to cash in on these free museums! Excellent guide - your tips are great and the photos are lovely.

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