Hey you students and free riders!
You are in Paris and interested in art, design, history, heritage, museums and exhibitions but want to save your money for more worldly matters?
Here’s a list of museums and collections in Paris that you can visit without spending a single European cent.
Museums with free admission:
1) Petit Palais
Smaller sibling of the Grand Palais, this gorgeous building features a very impressive collection of French art from different periods. Besides it has a beautiful café under the majestic arcade of its courtyard.
2) La Maison de Victor Hugo
Maison de Victor Hugo, which simply translates as Victor Hugo’s house, is not just a fantastic place with its beautiful interiors and art works made by Hugo himself but it is also situated in Place Vosges, one of the most beautiful squares in Paris which also happens to be in Marais, the hippest neighborhood in town.
3) Musée Carnavalet
One of the most beautiful museums in Paris is sadly closed for renovation until 2019. See you until then.
4) Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Neighbor of the famous Palais de Tokyo, Musée d’art moderne (or Museum of modern art) offers modern art exhibitions (obviously) and is a recommended visit for those who are bored of Centre Pompidou and who like modern art. Besides, it has a very chill café from which you can sip your beer while glancing at the Eiffel Tower.
5) Musée Cognacq-Jay
Okay, this is another museum in Marais, so do not hesitate to make your way into this charming building if you are already in the neighborhood. Rooms bustling with art and design from the 18th century will be hosting you.
6) Musée de la vie Romantique
This museum which presents a collection of 19th century romantic artists, is situated on the border of the 18th arrondissement, home to Pigalle and Sacre Coeur. The museum building offers a glance at a Parisian house from the 19th century, secluded from the chaos and tumult of the metropolis.
7) Maison de Balzac
Though this place is considered to be in city limits today, back in Honoré de Balzac’s time, it was well away from the city as well as from his creditors from whom Balzac sought refuge in this modest demure. If you like literature or interested in a 19th century French writer’s life (who wouldn’t now?) don’t hesitate to come and discover this cabin.
8) Musée Bourdelle
Its very understandable that you have not heard of the artist Antoine Bourdelle for whom this museum is dedicated to. The appartement, workshop and gardens where he once lived now hosts a collection of his beautiful sculptures which are not famous but definitely awesome. If you are passing by Montparnasse, remember this place!
9) Musée Zadkine
Right, just like Bourdelle you have not heard of Zadkine who was a brilliant sculptor. His ancient workshop was turned into a museum and is a recommended visit for those who are visiting the stunning Luxembourg Garden.
Happy Sunday Museums:
Some museums offer free admission on the first Sunday of each month. Here’s the list:
1) Louvre (only between October and March)
Yes, the grand Louvre offers a free day each month. But only between October and March. Visiting in spring or summer? You’ve missed the happy Sundays.
2) Musée Cluny
This is one of the most beautiful museums in Paris, free or not, DON’T MISS IT!
3) Quai Branly
Quai Branly offers a collection of tribal art and artefacts gathered from lands colonized by France and other European countries. Definitely well worth a visit for those interested in tribal art.
4) Musée de l’Orangerie
A temple of Monet’s epic sized waterlilies. A must-see for Monet and impressionism fans.
5) Musée Picasso
Well, not much to say. Museum of one of the most famous artists of all time. Plus it’s in Marais!
6) Musée d’Orsay
This fantastic museum presents a collection of painting from only the second half of the 19th century. But of my god, what a collection and what a setting. Voila, one of the greatest museums in Paris.
7) Centre Pompidou
This controversial building houses one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world. Plus, its building itself is a work of art.