Are you planning to visit two or more Paris museums during your next trip to the city of light? If so, you should consider purchasing a Paris Museum Pass. It could help save you time, money, or both, but a note of caution: you have to really use it to its full potential to reap those benefits.
Advantages of the Pass:
Available for 2, 4, or 6 days, the Paris Museum Pass gives you free and unlimited access to over 60 museums and major monuments in Paris and the Paris region, including The Louvre, the the Musee d'Orsay, the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou, the Rodin Museum or the Notre Dame Cathedral Towers. The card provides priority entry, which means you won't have to wait in any long lines.
It's reasonably priced.
Many tourists will find the past to offer decent value, especially if you know you're going to want to visit several museums. Currently, prices are as follows:
- 2-day pass: 48 Euros
- 4-day pass: 62 Euros
- 6-day pass: 74 Euros
Please note: These prices were accurate at the time this article was published, but may change at any time.
The pass has a one-year use-by date.
This means you can purchase the card well before you intend to use it. For example, if you buy a card in June of one year, you can use it for the period of our choice through May of the following year.
It comes with a handy and informative pamphlet.
The attached print guide gives you detailed information on the museums and monuments covered by the pass, making it easy to enjoy the collections and sights to the fullest (without having to rely on your phone battery or carry around bulky maps and pamphlets provided by the museums themselves).
Now for the Disadvantages...
We must admit now that this pass isn't for everyone. If you're unsure about how you wish to spend your time in Paris and don't want to hash out a detailed itinerary for your sojourn, we'd advise against purchasing this pass, for the simple reason that you have to see a lot of museums and monuments to make it financially worth your while.
Those on a tight budget might find the price too high.
As we mentioned earlier, this pass is good value if you see a whole lot-- but otherwise, you'd likely be better off paying full price for two or three of the city's most popular museums with entry fees, and tempering the price by taking advantage of Paris' many free museums and free attractions. For instance, the pass gives you access to Notre Dame's towers (with panoramic views of Paris); but without the pass, you can still see the main areas of the cathedral for free. It's a question of weighing your budget, your preferences, and deciding whether it's likely to be worthwhile.
Okay, It's Settled. Where to Buy the Pass?
You can buy the pass online at the official website. Alternately, there are several official vendors around the city who offer the pass, including these ones:
Paris Tourist Office
25, Rue des Pyramides, 1st arrondissement
Metro: Pyramides or Opera
(also available at all Paris Tourist Office branches around the city)
Tel.: 08 92 68 30 00
Espace du Tourisme Ile de France
At the Carrousel du Louvre shopping centre
99, Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre
Participating Museums and Monuments
You can see what museums, monuments and other attractions are covered by the pass by visiting the official website. Click here for a complete and updated list.