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Museum Pass Paris: which museums, costs and tips

by Jeanine

Paris is known worldwide for its rich cultural heritage, with a wide range of museums housing some of the world’s most valuable (art) collections. If you are in Paris for a few days and want to visit several museums in this enchanting city, the Museum Pass Paris is a good option. We tell you everything you need to know about the Museum Pass in Paris, including the museums you can visit, the costs and useful tips for an unforgettable museum adventure.

Museum Pass Paris: how does it work?

Visiting museums in Paris becomes a lot cheaper and more interesting thanks to the Museum Pass. This card gives you access to various museums and monuments throughout the city for a duration of 2, 4 or 6 days. Please note that access to permanent collections is free, but you sometimes have to pay extra for temporary exhibitions, as well as for extras such as a tour or (audio) guide. Some museums require a time slot to be reserved in advance.

  • Free entry to 50+ museums and monuments in Paris
  • Permanent collections are included, temporary exhibitions may incur additional costs
  • Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles included
  • Interesting from 26 years (for residents within the EU)
  • Activated from the first visit

How much does the museum card cost in Paris?

The museum pass can be purchased for 2, 4 or 6 days. This allows you to save a lot of money if you want to visit several museums or monuments during your stay. The prices (2024 price level) are as follows:

  • 2 days (48 hours): €62 per person – you save from 4 visits
  • 4 days (96 hours): €77 per person – you save from 5 visits
  • 6 days (144 hours): €92 per person – you save from 6 visits

Which locations are included?

The nicest and most special museums in Paris are included in the Paris museum card. For a precise overview you can consult the website, but we offer a list of the most popular options here:

Louvre museum pass

The most famous museum in Paris and perhaps France. With the museum card you get free access to this museum where you can admire Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Oriental art and more 6 days a week. You are required to book a time slot in advance via the website.

Musée Picasso

Discover the works of world-famous painter Picasso at this museum in Paris. The museum is located in the Le Marais district and the building alone is beautiful to admire. You do not need to make a reservation when visiting, but keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays.

Arc de Triomphe

During your trip to Paris, a visit to the Arc de Triomphe should not be missed. Did you know that from the top of the arch you have a fantastic view of the city, including the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur and Champs-Élysées? A nice addition to your day to visit this for free thanks to the museum card in Paris.
Some other locations that you can visit with a Paris museum card are:

  • Center Pompidou
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe
  • Musée de l’Orangerie
  • Musée du Quai Branly
  • Musée Rodin
  • Pantheon
  • Sainte Chapelle

Where can you buy a museum card?

You can buy the museum card in Paris in two ways: online or at one of the participating locations or other sellers. You can go online to the official website and make your own choice for 2, 4 or 6 days. You must pay by credit card and within a few minutes you will receive a confirmation email with a link to download your museum card. The pass is currently not yet available for your Apple or Google Wallet, so you can only download and save a PDF file. As soon as you visit one of the participating locations, you can show your museum card on your smartphone or printed it out, after which you will be granted access.

Do you not have a credit card or would you rather buy the museum card in a store? Then you can go to most participating museums and monuments. You can also buy a museum pass at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris-Orly Airport, Galeries Lafayette and Disneyland Paris. Please note that the museum card does not give access to Disneyland Paris, but that you can only purchase the museum card there.

Good to know

With the museum card in Paris you can enter once for free per location and the pass is activated as soon as you make your first visit. Please note: it is not necessary to purchase a museum ticket in Paris for children under 18 years old. Most museums are free for children up to 18 years old or for EU residents up to 26 years old.

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