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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.
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.
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 —
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 —
Our advice is to buy a a Paris Pass — every Paris Pass includes the Museum Pass. Overall, this gives you better much value since you also get to ride free on the Metro & buses, as well as many other perks. (Free Seine river cruise, anyone?)
We also strongly 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!
Here are the links you need to get started —
And save 10% with this code, exclusive to you, our readers: INSIDERGUIDE.
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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