If there's one true adage about Paris it's this — So much to see, so little time. Paris museums are some of the most popular in the world, and for good reason. They're loaded with the treasures of art and history and culture.
But being popular has it price. In this case, it's long lines and long waiting times. That's why Paris city passes and museum passes are so beneficial. The official Paris Museum Pass lets you skip the lines at almost all of the museums and monument sin the City of Light. The museum pass is included with the city pass we recommend called, appropriately, The Paris Pass.
Any museum in Paris is likely to have a lineup of people waiting to buy a ticket, but you can be certain that applies particularly to the über-popular museums like the Louvre, d'Orsay, Pompidou. The ones you really want to see!
The photo shows a typical ticket lineup at Door A of Musée d'Orsay.
The Paris Insiders secret way to bypass the lines is to have a Paris Museum Pass in your pocket, and to get ahold of one before you leave home.
Door C is the fast lane – with no line
This photo shows Door C at Musée d'Orsay, the entrance you use when you have a museum pass. See those poor souls at the other end of the building, at Door A? They don't have a pass.
Not only do you get to skip the lines, the Paris Museum Pass gets you free entrance to the top 60 museums in the City of Art & History.
There are a couple of ways to get a Paris Museum Pass. We recommend you buy a combination Paris city pass that includes the museum pass as well as a Metro Pass for unlimited rides on the Metro and buses.
There are two Paris city passes that include everything. There's The Paris Pass and then there's the Paris Combo Pass Premium. We review them in these articles —
As we mentioned, with this pass you get free admission to 60 museums and monuments. More importantly, to us at least, is that there is no waiting in the ticket line. You can visit any museum – or all museums – as many times as you like.
The museums covered by the Pass include the biggies — The Louvre, La Conciergerie, d'Orsay, etc — as well as the fascinating but lesser-known museums — Museum of Air and Space, Paris Fashion Museum. More than 60 in total.
For fun, here's a list of most of the museums and monuments covered by the museum pass —
Buy a a Paris Pass — every Paris Pass includes the Museum Pass.
There's no doubt about it — this gives you better much value because you also get to ride free on the Metro & buses, as well as many other perks that come with the Paris Pass. (Free Seine river cruise, anyone?)
It's important that you order your Paris Pass online and have it in your hands before you leave home. That way you land in Paris ready to go!
Here are the links you need to get started —
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