If there's one truth about Paris it's this — there's so much to see, so little time. Paris museums and monuments 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 — long lines and long waiting times. That's why we say that museum passes are so beneficial. The official Paris Museum Pass lets you skip the lines at virtually all of the museums and monuments in the City of Light. The museum pass is included with the city pass we recommend — called, appropriately, The Paris Pass. Let's take a look at the what the museum pass offers and then determine if it's worth it.
Any museum or monument in Paris is going 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, Versailles. The ones you really want to see!
We took the above photo of a typical ticket lineup at Door A of Musée d'Orsay. This was the lineup of people waiting to buy tickets on a normal weekday. Those people are going to be waiting for maybe two hours. We hate waiting in lines, especially when it's wasting our precious time in Paris. So we do whatever we can to avoid it.
Door C is the fast lane, for those with a Museum Pass – and there's no line!
This photo shows Door C at Musée d'Orsay on the same day. This is the entrance you use when you have a museum pass, and it's the door that we used. See those poor souls at the other end of the building, at Door A? They don't have a pass.
In our review of the Paris Pass we calculate that you can expect to save around about $100 with a 4-day pass. (The savings on a Metro Pass, also included with the Paris Pass, are calculated in that total.) So, you save money and you save time. That's what we call a win-win.
The best way to get a Paris Museum Pass is as part of the Paris Pass package. Not only do you get the museum pass, but you get the Metro pass for unlimited rides on the Metro and buses, the Paris Attractions Card, and other perks. And, as you'll read below, we've wrangled an additional 10% discount for our readers.
Let's take a look at the museums and monuments that the Paris Museum Pass gives you free entrance to.
With the pass you get free admission to about 60 museums, monuments, and other attractions. The Paris Museum Pass is a one-time purchase and once you have it 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 lesser-known museums — Museum of Air and Space, Paris Fashion Museum, Château de Vincennes. That's another benefit, having the opportunity to visit the fascinating small museums of Paris that you might not even had known about were it not for your pass.
Here's a partial list of the museums and monuments covered by the museum pass. Click on the links to read our reviews —
We conclude that the best way to get a museum pass is to order a Paris Pass, because every Paris Pass includes the Museum Pass. 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, like a free Seine River cruise, a wine tasting class, and a hop-on-hop-off bus pass.
We recommend 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. Otherwise, here's the link to buy the 4-day Paris Museum Pass —
We've been able to arrange an additional 10% discount on 4-day and 6-day Paris Passes. Use this code when you place your order, exclusive to our readers — INGUIDE10.
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