Free Museums in Paris, Episode 80


Tired of opening your wallet every hour while on vacation? Paris has some OUTSTANDING free museums that most visitors never think of trying. In this episode I list most of them and tell you why you should try them!

People who are not comfortable visiting museums generally speaking should also give those a try. After all, what do they have to lose? They didn't get charged anything to enter. If they enjoy it they'll be happily surprised, and if they don't they can leave having lost only a little bit of time possibly.

And if you walk by one of those museums by chance, definitely walk in! You'll be pleasantly surprised most of the time, and you'll learn something new.

Free Museums in Paris Are World-Class

Get out and see more without paying a dime. And remember that in Paris even free municipal museums are world-class, so give your credit card a rest and enjoy some amazing hidden museums in Paris for free.

Most museums in London are free, which is wonderful. Paris is not quite that generous. But even for the museums you have to pay for, they usually cost between 9€ and 15€ and people under 18 get in free. Compare that to New York where you'll pay $30 and up and kids pay full fare.

What Are Some Free Museums in Paris?

  • Museum of modern Art of the city of Paris / Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison de Balzac
  • Musée Bourdelle
  • Musée Carnavalet
  • Maison Victor Hugo
  • Musee de la Vie Romantique
  • Musée de la Préfecture de Police
  • Arènes de Lutèce
  • Mémorial de la Shoah

All French Museums Open for Free Occasionally

All public French museums are free on the first Sunday of each month. They also open for free on the week-end du Patrimoine each year in early September. These are times of high attendance, but still worth it if you happen to be in France at those times.

Minors Get in Public Museums for Free

Children under 18 do not pay to enter museums in France. Make sure they bring their student ID or a photocopy of their passport to prove their date of birth. I've never been given a hard time anywhere about this even though my daughter is 17 and looks a few years older.

Minors do not have to line up for a "free ticket". If the adults in the group have their tickets, have your children follow you, they need nothing more but their youthful smiles 🙂

Best Way to Pay for Museums

If you want to see other museums that are not free, we recommend that you get the Museum Pass. It will save you a ton of time for the museums you do have to pay for because you won't have to line up for tickets anywhere. You will still have to go through the security line.

The Museum Pass is not the same as the Paris Pass. While we think the Museum Pass is a great deal, the Paris Pass is not as good a deal. Do the math, folks!

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France How To, Museums in Paris

What are some great museums you can see for free in Paris? What will you see when you get there? Which ones are worth it? It's all in today's episode of the podcast.

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Just went to MusĂ©e Bourdelle this summer. Worth the visit. Hard to find. Check on a map. Nice garden to sit too. And this summer to the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris / MusĂ©e d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Go see the Musee de la Vie Romantique – if not interested in Sand or Chopin”s hand – see the house interior, cafe and garden or easy access to the bathrooms outside the house at entrance! MusĂ©e Carnavalet and Maison Victor Hugo worth visiting. *** Legion of Honneur museum across from Orsay is FREE with… Read more »


Thanks for sharing this list! I wish I had known about the Modern Art museum when I lived in Paris I would love to see that. I have been to the MusĂ©e Carnavalet and it is one of my favorite Museums in Paris. The Museum is beautiful and really interesting all about the history of Paris. I have also been to the Arènes de Lutèce, admittedly I was a bit disappointed in this. Its not very easy to find and there’s not much to see when you get there it seems like these days it’s mainly used as a court… Read more »