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Seeing Paris with the ‘Paris Museum Pass’

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If you’re in Paris and looking to maximize your travel spending, consider purchasing the Paris Museum Pass. The card offers free admission to many of the city’s major museums and attractions, with a few notable exceptions being the Eiffel Tower, Catacombs, Grand Palais, and Paris Opera (Palais Garnier).

With most places charging 8.00€ or more for admission, the savings can be considerable, especially if you’ll be in Paris for at least 48 hours and plan to visit as many sites as you can.

We’ve found that when we pay the full cost for entrance to museums with a steep admission price, we feel the need to spend a huge chunk of time there to get our money’s worth. But, with the Paris Museum Pass, it’s possible to see a number of places, spending as much or as little time as you like in each, and not feel like you’re wasting money. And, an added benefit, depending on the museum or attraction, is that cardholders can sometimes skip the line to get in.

To get an idea of the savings you might enjoy, here’s a sample agenda for 2 days in Paris:

Day 1: Price of Admission (euros)

Sainte Chapelle Paris France
La Sainte-Chapelle 8.50, La Conciergerie 8.50, Towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral 8.50,

Crypte Archéologique Notre Dame Paris France

Archaeological Crypt of Notre-Dame 6.00,

Pompidou Center Paris France

Le Centre Pompidou 13.00.

Day 2:

Louvre Entrance Paris France

Musée du Louvre 12.00,

L'Orangerie Paris France

Musée National de l’Orangerie 7.50,

Musee Dorsay Paris France

Musée d’Orsay  11.00

Total Cost of Admission = 75.00
Cost of 2-day Paris Museum Pass = 42.00
Savings = 33.00€

Some of the major museums and attractions covered by the Paris Museum Pass are:

Arc de Triomphe
Musée de l’Armée – Tomb of Napoleon
Centre Pompidou
Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Espace Mode et Textile
Espaces Publicité
Musée Nissim de Camondo
Musée des Arts et Métiers
Musée d’Orsay
Musée du Quai Branly
Chapelle Expiatoire
La Cinémathèque Francaise – Musée du Cinéma
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
Musée national Eugène Delacroix
Visite publique des Égouts de Paris (Sewers)
Musée de l’Institut du Monde arabe
Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
Musée du Louvre
Musée national de la Marine
Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine – Musée des Monuments Français
Musée Gustave Moreau
Musée Cluny – Museum of the Middle Ages
Cité de la Musique – Musée de la Musique
Crypte archéologique du Parvis Notre-Dame
Tours de Notre-Dame (Towers)
Musée National de l’Orangerie
Palais de la Découverte
Musée Rodin
Musée des Plans-reliefs
Sainte Chapelle

The Paris Museum Pass also offers free admission to sights and attractions outside of Paris. Four notable regional attractions covered by the pass are:

Chateau de Versailles France

Château de Versailles & Trianon Estate

Chateau de Vincennes Paris France
Château de Vincennes
Château de Fontainebleau
Condé Museum – Château of Chantilly

The card can be purchased online via the Paris Museum Pass website and at various locations throughout Paris, including the Tourist Offices at CDG and Orly Airports. Note: We purchased ours late in the evening at Centre Pompidou and didn’t have to wait in line.

How much does it cost:
Paris Museum Pass for 2 days = 48€
Paris Museum Pass for 4 days = 62€
Paris Museum Pass for 6 days = 74€

How to validate and use your Paris Museum Pass:

To validate your museum pass, write your name and the date of first use on the back of the card. To use the museum pass, just present it at the point of entrance at designated museums and attractions. Note: There’s no need to stand in the ticket purchase line; however, you may still need to stand in line for security check depending on the sight. Your Paris Museum Pass allows unlimited visits to the designated museums and attractions.

Maximize the benefits of your museum pass by validating it on the morning of the first day of use. Plan to use your pass on consecutive days.

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