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Cultural Sites - museums in France
Great museums of France
 
Paris / Ile-de-France
   
 

The Museums of the city of Paris are open every day except Mondays, from 10:00am to 5:40pm (Information: Tel: +33 1 42 76 67 00).
The National Museums are closed on Tuesdays, except Versailles, the Trianon, the Rodin Museum and the Orsay Museum which are closed on Mondays Information: Tel: +33 1 40 13 48 00.
On sale at all Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau offices:
- The Museums and Monuments Guide of Paris-Ile de France in English and French
- The Museum & Monument Pass gives a free and direct access to the permanent collections housed in 70 museums and monuments in Paris and the Ile-de-France region.

Grand Palais
All exhibitions booking system setting up.
Important news for tour operators and private tourists : from September 1997, the Grand Palais will offer advance booking for all the exhibitions.
Those booked visits will be every morning except Tuesday, from 10.00 to 11.30 am. You are allowed a 30-minute time to get in from the time written on your ticket.

Musée de L'Armée / War Museum
6, place Vauban, 75007 Paris. Tel: 01 44 42 37 72.
RER: line C Invalides. Metro: Varenne, Invalides.
Summer: 10am-5pm. Winter: 10am-6pm. Closed on Public Holidays.
Collection of arms and armors, historic uniforms and souvenirs.
Napoleonic relics.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée National D'Art Moderne / Museum of Modern Art
Centre d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, 75191 Paris Cedex 04.
Tel: 01 42 78 12 33.
RER: lines A-B-D- Châtelet-Les-Halles. Metro: Rambuteau.
12 noon-10pm. Saturdays and Sundays: 10am-10pm.
Closed on Tuesdays and May 1.
National collections from 1905 to the present day.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée D'art Décoratif / Museum of Decorative Art
Union des Arts Décoratifs-Palais du Louvre. 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001
Paris. Tel: 01 42 60 32 14. Metro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre, Tuileries.
12:30pm-6pm. Sundays: 12am-6pm. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and
Public Holidays.
French dwellings museum from the Middle Ages to the present day
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée National Des Arts et Traditions Populaires / Museum of Folk Art and Traditions
6, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75016 Paris. Tel: 01 44 17 60 00.
Metro: Les Sablons. 9:45am-5:15pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Public Holidays. French ethnography.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Maison Honoré de Balzac / Balzac House
47, rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris. Metro: Passy, La Muette.
10am-5:40pm.
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
Drawings, portraits, letters and manuscripts by the writer.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée de Cluny / Cluny Museum
Musée National des Thermes et de l'Hôtel de Cluny.
6, place Paul Painlevé, 75005 Paris. Tel: 01 43 25 62 00.
RER: lines B-C Saint-Michel, Notre-Dame. Metro: Cluny, Saint-Michel.
9:30am-5:15pm.
Winter: 9:30am-12:30pm--2pm-5:15pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Medieval collections. A tapestry masterpiece: the Lady of the Unicorn, in a flamboyant style town house. Thermal bath of Lutèce.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée National Des Arts Asiatiques Guimet / Asian Art Museum
6, place d'Iéna, 75016 Paris. Tel: 01 47 23 61 65.
Metro: Iéna. 9:45am-6pm. Closed on Tuesdays and May 1.
National collections of Asian Arts from Afghanistan to Japan.
Continuation of the visit at the Galerie du Panthéon Bouddhique du Japon et de la Chine, 19, avenue d'Iéna, 75116 Paris.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée Grévin / Grevin Wax Museum
10, boulevard Montmartre, 75009 Paris. Tel: 01 47 70 85 05.
RER: line A Auber. Metro: Rue Montmartre. 1pm-7pm. School holidays: 10am-7pm.
500 waxwork models of famous people bring French history and present-day events to life.

Musée Grévin Forum / Grevin Forum Wax Museum
Forum des Halles, 75001 Paris. Tel: 01.47.70.85.05 - Fax: 01.47.70.06.53
RER: lines A-B-D Châtelet-Les-Halles. Metro: Les Halles. 10:30am-6:45pm. Sundays and Public Holidays: 1pm-6:30pm.  The "Belle Epoque: from 1885 to 1900 (sound and light - waxwork models).

Musée Carnavalet / Carnavalet Museum
Musée Historique de La Ville de Paris / Museum of Paris History
23 rue de Sévigné, 75003 Paris. Tel: 01 42 72 21 13.
Metro: Saint-Paul, Chemin Vert. 10am-5:40pm. Closed on Mondays.
History of Paris, archaeology.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Maison Victor Hugo / Victor Hugo House
Hôtel de Rohan Guéménée. 6, place des Vosges, 75004 Paris
Tel: 01 42 72 10 16.
Metro: Bastille, Saint-Paul, Chemin Vert. 10am-5:40pm.
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
Victor Hugo lived here from 1832 to 1848. Souvenirs of and works by the writer.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Institut du monde Arabe / Arab World Institute
Rue des Fosses Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris. Tel: 01 40 51 38 38.
Metro: Jussieu, Cardinal Lemoine, Sully Morland. 10am-6pm.
Closed on Mondays.
Presentation of arab-islamic civilization as a whole (8th - 19th centuries), in a building symbolic of arab civilization. (Architects: Jean Nouvel-Architecture Studio).
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume
Place de la Concorde-Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris. Tel: 01 47 03 12 50.
Metro: Concorde. Gallery for the exhibition of contemporary art.

Musée National du Louvre / Louvre Museum
Cour Napoléon, 75001 Paris. Tel: 01.40.20.51.51 (general information in 5 languages)  - 01.40.20.53.17 (reception desk)  - 01.40.20.52.09 (guided tours for individuals)
Metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre. 9am-6pm.
Open: From 9 am to 6 pm, Until 9.45 pm on Mondays (partially opened) and Wednesdays (the whole museum).
Closed : Tuesdays and certain bank holidays
Full price until 3pm - Reduced price after 3 pm and on Sundays
Free entrance : under 18's and for everyone the first Sunday of each month.
Purchase of entrance tickets in advance possible - Carte Musées et Monuments accepted - Tickets valid all day, re-entry allowed.
Encyclopedic museum divided into 7 departments, from ancient times to the middle of the 19th century. The pyramid, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, marks the new entrance of the museum (1989). Part of the redevelopment of the Louvre: inauguration of the new Richelieu Wing (Nov. 1993), new exhibition area. The Grand Louvre was completed in 1997.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée de la Monnaie / Money Museum
11, quai de Conti, 75006 Paris. Tel: 01 40 46 55 33.
Metro: Pont-Neuf. 1pm-6pm. Late night opening: 9pm. Closed on
Mondays, January 1 and December 25.
The history of French currency since its origins in the prestigious Hôtel
de la Monnaie (13th century).
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée Montmartre / Montmartre Museum
12, rue Cortot, 75018 Paris. Tel: 01 46 06 61 11.
Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Anvers + Funicular railway. 11am-6pm.
Closed on Mondays.
History of Montmartre. Folklore.

Musée National des Monuments Français / French Monuments Museum
Palais de Chaillot-Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris. Tel: 01 44 05 39 10.

Musée Nissim de Camondo
63, rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris. Tel: 01 45 63 26 32.
Metro: Villiers, Monceau. 10am-12noon, 2pm-5pm. Closed on Mondays
and Tuesdays.
Town house recreating the interiors of a Parisian aristocratic residence in the 18th century. 
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée de l'Orangeries des Tuileries / Orangerie Museum (Monet's Water Lilies Museum)
Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris. Tel: 01 42 97 48 16.
Metro: Concorde. RER: Line C Invalides, Musée d'Orsay.
9:45am-5:15pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Public Holidays.
Walter Guillaume collection. Impressionism, modern art, Claude
Monet's Les Grands Nymphéas. Temporary displays.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée d'Orsay / Orsay Museum
1, rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris. Tel: 01 40 49 48 14.
RER: line C Musée d'Orsay. Metro: Solferino.
Open : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm (opening at 9 am from June 20th to September 20th) Thursdays from 10 am to 9.45 pm. Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm.
Closed : Mondays. January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
Facilities : bookshop, restaurant, cafe, gift shop and information centre.
Reduced price for all on Sundays; Free under 18
Collections from the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, in a building which had been a railway station and railway hotel (Architects Gae Aulenti and ACT).
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Palais de la Decouverte / Museum of Discoveries-Sciences
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 75008 Paris. Tel: 01 40 74 80 00.
RER: line C Invalides. Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau, Franklin
Roosevelt. 9:30am-6pm. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
Scientific experiments, exhibitions, planetarium.

Musée du Petit Palais / Petit Palace Museum
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris. Tel: 01 42 65 12 73.
Metro: Champs-Elysées/ Clemenceau. 10am-5:40pm. Closed on
Mondays and Public Holidays. Artistic trends from ancient times to the beginning of the 20th century.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée Picasso / Picasso Museum
Hôtel de Juigné-Salé, 5, rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris. Tel: 01 42 71 25 21.
Metro: Saint-Paul, Chemin Vert. Summer: 9:30am-6pm. Winter:
9:30am-5:30 am. Closed on Tuesdays, January 1 and December 25.  An exceptional collection of Picasso's works in a superb town house in the Marais.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Musée National Auguste Rodin / Rodin Museum
Hôtel Biron, 77, rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris. Tel: 01 47 05 01 34.
RER: line C Invalides. Metro: Varenne.
Summer: 9:30am-5:45pm. Winter: 9:30am-4:45pm. Closed on Mondays,
January 1, May 1, and December 25. The sculptor's works and his personal collection.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie / Science and Industry Museum
30, avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris. Tel: 01 36 68 29 30
Metro: Porte de la Villette.10am-6pm. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
Exhibition, documentation and communications center. The Cité presents major present-day technical innovations. In the park: Geodome, Cinaxe (Simulator), the Argonaut.
Included in Paris Museum & Monument Pass; click for more info

Pavillon de l'Arsenal / Arsenal Pavilion
21, boulevard Morland, 75004 Paris. Tel: 01 42 76 33 97.
Metro: Sully-Morland. From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30am-6:30pm.
Sunday 11am-7pm. Closed on Mondays.
Information and documentation center, exhibition of architecture and town-planning for the City of Paris.

NOTES:

Free Museums and Monuments

Museums and Monuments
The
Louvre museum is free on the first Sunday of every month
Le Centre Georges Pompidou (except M.A.M.) -
La Cité de la Musique
Les Arènes de Lutèce
Le Musée de la sculpture en plein-air
Musée Adzak
Musée Arménien de France
Musée d'Ennery
Musée de la Bible et de la Terre sainte
Chapelle Expiatoire
Musée du Compagnonnage
Musées Fragonard
Musée du Grand Orient de France et de la Franc-Maçonnerie
Musée Valentin Haüy
Eglise de la Madeleine
Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération
Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Musée des Collections Historiques de la Préfecture de Police
Musée-Bibliothèque de la Société de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Français
Puiforcat Orfèvrerie
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
Institut Tessin.

Museums and Monuments Free By Appointment
Musée Anatomie Delmas Orfila et Rouvière
Musée Edouard Branly
Musée Placard Erik Satie
Musée Fauchard
Musée Lénine
Musée des Matériaux du Centre de Recherche sur les Monuments Historiques
Musée Moissan
Musée Edith Piaf

Visits Institutional Buildings Free
Assemblée Nationale / National House of Representatives
Palais Brongniart
Bibliothèque Nationale de France / National Library
Salle des Traditions de la Garde Républicaine
Mairie de Paris / Paris City Hall
Maison de l'Unesco.

Sale of Museum & Monument Passes

-online at www.eurotourpass.com
-at participating museums and monuments  at major metro stations  at Tourist Information Bureau (Carrousel du Louvre)
- at the Paris Tourist Bureau
- at railway stations' Information-Tourist Bureaus; they are located in the following stations: Montparnasse, Nord, Est, Lyon, and Austerlitz;
-at FNAC's shops ticket counters

   
Aquitaine - Bordeaux Area, Southwestern France
   
 

Museum of the Château de Pau
Tel. +33 (0) 5 59 82 38 19
Museum of the Préhistoire
Tel. +33 (0) 5 53 06 97 03

   
Burgundy/Bourgogne - Between Paris and Lyon, Eastern France  
   
 

Museum Magnin
Tel. +33 (0) 3 80 67 11 10

   
Corsica  -  Island Southeast of France, in the Mediterranean Sea, Home of Napoleon I
   
 

Museum of the Bonaparte House
Tel. +33 (0) 4 95 21 43 89

   
Loire Valley and Western Loire - Southwest of Paris
   
 

Le Clos-Lucé House of Léonardo di Vinci
House of Georges Clemenceau in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard - Tel. +33 (0) 2 51 33 40 32
Museum of the Two Victories - Tel. +33 (0) 2 51 00 31 49

   
Limousin, Central France
   
 

Museum of Adrien Dubouché
Tel. +33 (0) 5 55 77 45 58

   
Lorraine - Eastern France
   
 

World Peace Center

   
Midi-Pyrenees  - Toulouse Area, Extends from Center France to Border of Spain Southwestern France
   
 

Tarbes: Native House of the Maréchal Foch - Tel. +33 (0) 3 62 93 19 02

   
Normandy - North West of Paris
   
 

War Memorial of Caen

   
Picardy - Northern France, by the Border of Belgium
   
 

Château of Chantilly - Museum Condé
National Tapestry Museum in Beauvais - Tel. +33 (0) 3 44 05 14 28
Museum of Compiègne - Tel. +33 (0) 3 44 38 47 00
Museum of the French-American Cooperation - Tel. +33 (0) 3 23 39 60 16

   
Poitou-Charentes - Western France
   
 

Museums of the Island of Aix - Tel. +33 (0) 5 46 84 66 40

   
Riviera  - Nice - Cannes - Monaco Areas, Southwestern France, on the Mediterranean Sea, by the Border of Italy
   
 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Tel. +33 (0) 4 93 01 33 09
Museum Fernand Léger - Tel. +33 (0) 4 92 91 50 30
Museum Message biblique - Marc Chagall - Tel. +33 (0) 4 93 81 75 75
Museum océanographique de Monaco
Museum Picasso “La Guerre et la Paix” - Tel. +33 (0) 4 93 64 16 05
Museum  Matisse
Museum Renoir
65 museums, monuments, and gardens (inc. those listed above) included in French Riviera Museum Pass; click for more info