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Paris Museum Pass
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Paris Museum Pass

Direct access to 60 of Paris’s most iconic sights, and allows you to skip past the long ticket queues.

Late-night museum and gallery openings in Paris
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Late-night museum and gallery openings in Paris

Fed up of the weekend queues? Head to one of these after-work openings instead.

Free museums and galleries
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Free museums and galleries

The Paris Museum Pass and the ‘free museums on the first Sunday of every month’ scheme are good ways of cramming the best of the Parisian museum and gallery scenes into one or two days’ holiday. But if you don’t fancy shelling out for the pass, and aren't around for the second initiative, there are also plenty of museums offering free entry all the time.Two of the best are secret sculpture museum the Musée Zadkine and anonymous photography hub the Galerie Lumière des Roses. Equally impressive permanent collections can be visited for free at the likes of the Musée Carnavalet and the converted houses of Balzac and Victor Hugo.

Free museums on the first Sunday of the month
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Free museums on the first Sunday of the month

Mark a star in your diaries for every first Sunday of the month in Paris – since 2000, the city's national museums (with the exception of the Grand Palais, but including such behemoths as the Louvre and the Orsay and offbeat treasures like the Musée Albert Kahn) have opened their doors to the public for absolutely no charge. As you can imagine, the intiative has been enormously popular, and it's wise to start queueing early. All the museums below participate in the free opening scheme, so you can plan endless hours of cultural viewing without spending a single euro. 

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Musée Camille Claudel
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Musée Camille Claudel

2017 marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin's death and a new museum dedicated to the work of Camille Claudel (the muse and mistress of Rodin), opened its doors on 26 March, far from the hubbub of Paris. There are several good reseasons to visit Musée Camille Claudel in Nogent-sur-Seine. Firstly, because it’s about time we celebrated the outstanding talent of this female artist, rather than with a seasonal exhibition. And secondly, because the enormous 2,600m2 space offers a very complete retrospective of sculpture, a field under-represented in most institutions.  

Le Nouveau Musée du Parfum
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Le Nouveau Musée du Parfum

Perfume makers Fragonard dedicate a museum to the smelly stuff.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Opened in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris’s second largest public park, in October 2014. 

Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

The extravagant new venue aims to democratise classical music.

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The best Paris museums

15 unmissable alternative museums
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15 unmissable alternative museums

Discover those neglected by the public...

Open air museums
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Open air museums

For a dose of fresh air AND culture.

Modern & contemporary art museums
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Modern & contemporary art museums

From hard-hitting photography exhibitions to offbeat multi-media installations.

Art deco museums
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Art deco museums

Rich collections of art deco art, artefacts and furniture.

Quirky museums
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Quirky museums

Weird and wonderful little-known gems – all well worth an hour of your time.

Paris museums by area

Central Paris
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Central Paris

Montmartre
Art

Montmartre

The Marais
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The Marais

Left Bank
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Left Bank

Beyond the péripherique
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Beyond the péripherique