The Paris Museum Pass – A Useful Tool For Savvy Travelers

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 museum passes are beneficial. The Paris Museum Pass lets you skip the lines at virtually all of the museums in the City of Light. The museum pass is included with the Paris Pass. Let's take a look at the what the museum pass offers.

Do You Want To Stand In The Long Lines?…

Musee d'Orsay Lineup

Any museum or monument in Paris is going to have a line-up 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 the 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 a long time. We hate waiting in lines, especially when it's wasting our precious time in Paris. So we do whatever we can to avoid it.

…Or Move To The Fast Lane?

Musee d'Orsay Door C

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 we used. See those poor souls at the other end of the building, at Door A? They don't have a Museum Pass.

The best way to get the Paris Museum Pass is as part of the Paris Pass package. Not only do you get the museum pass, but you get other perks, like a Seine River Cruise and rides on the open-top buses. Here are a few of the museums and monuments that the Paris Museum Pass covers.

Free Entry to Dozens of Museums & Monuments

Paris Museum Pass

With the Paris Museum Pass you get free admission to dozens of museums, monuments, and other attractions. The pass is a one-time purchase — 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, just to give you an idea of what's included with the museum pass. (Please note that the details of this list can change from time to time.) Click on the links to read our reviews —

How to Buy a Paris Museum Pass

Paris Museum Pass

Get it by buying the Paris Pass — it includes the Museum Pass as well as a Seine River cruise and a hop-on-hop-off bus pass.

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