December 15, 2018

Paris Museum Guide: Free Paris Museums

Museum lovers who come to Paris have their fair share of choices. While famous institutions like the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay tend to get the most attention, attracting millions of visitors each year, Paris boasts a total of 134 museums. From the Romantic Era art of the Musée de la Vie Romantique to the lesser-known Currency (or “monnaie”) Museum, there is likely a museum to suit your interests. But while many Paris museums are worth the visit, multiple museum admissions fees can add up quickly. Fortunately, in many cases, museum visitors can avoid museum fees simply by learning which days, times or special circumstances allow for free admission to their museum of choice.

Free All Year

Many museums in Paris offer free entry all year round for all visitors. If you’re a fan of modern art, you may want to visit the Musée d’Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art), which offers free entry to its permanent collections. Like contemporary art? Try Le Plateau in the 19th district. Want to learn more about the history of Paris? Visit the Musée Carnavalet, a museum dedicated to the history of the city.

Specific Opening Times

Other museums are only free on specific days or periods of the year. The majority of Paris museums offer free entry on the first Sunday of the month either over the course of the entire year or for a selected segment of months. The Louvre, for example, is free on the first Sunday of the month from October to March. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie, on the other hand, offers free entry on Wednesday evenings.

Free for Young People/Teachers Working in France

Lastly, several museums offer free entrance to European visitors under the age of 26. Remember that a valid ID may be required. These museums are often also free for teachers working in France.

>> Complete list of free museum opening times

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