Insiders Guide to the
Paris Museum Pass

Paris Museum Pass. So much to see, so little time — that's why the pass is so handy. 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.

Stand In The Long Lines…

Musee d'Orsay Lineup Here's the ticket line at Musée d'Orsay

Any museum in likely to have long line-us, but you can be certain that it applies particularly to the über-popular museums like the Louvre, d'Orsay, Pompidou. The ones you really want to see!

But don't give up! We're here to help.

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.

…Or Move To The Fast Lane?

Musee d'Orsay Door C Door C is the fast lane – with no line

Not only do you get to skip the lines, the 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 —

The Paris Museum Pass

Free entrance to 60 museums…

Paris City Pass

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.

For fun, here's a list of most of the museums and monuments covered by the museum pass —

Best Way To Get A Paris Museum Pass?

Paris Museum Pass

Our advice is to buy a combined Paris city pass. This gives you better value and you get to ride free on the Metro & buses… as well as other perks.

We also strongly recommend that you order your pass online and have it in yours hands before you leave home. That way you land in Paris ready to go!

If that makes sense to you, here are three recommended ways to get the museum pass —

Buy it as part of the Paris Pass

Buy it as part of the Paris Combo Pass

Buy it on its own

If for some reason you don't think you'll be riding the Metro (although we can't imagine why you wouldn't), and aren't interested in the Palais Garnier Opera House, a free wine tasting, or a Seine river cruise, then buy just the Museum Pass.

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