Free Museums and Monuments
in Paris

It is often said that museums and monuments in Paris are priceless because they hide such a treasure of French heritage ... Enjoy the most beautiful works of art and exhibitions in Paris for free.

Discover below the list of museums and monuments in Paris and Ile-de-France open for free!

Free museums all year round

On a budget and want to see the sights in Paris? There are plenty of free or cheap things to see and do in Paris if you know where to look! Why not start with the multitude of museums and other monuments open to the public for free? A word of warning however: while some museums offer free access to all their collections and temporary exhibitions, others only offer free entry to their permanent collections. See below for more detailed information about free museums and monuments in Paris all year round.



Free entry with unlimited access Permanent collections only

  • Arènes de Lutèce
  • Atelier Brancusi
  • CESE - Conseil économique social et environnemental
  • Mémorial de la Shoah
  • Musée-Librairie du Compagnonnage
  • Musée Curie (Institut du radium)
  • Musée d'Ennery (entrée gratuite sur réservation le samedi)
  • Musée national de la Légion d'honneur et des ordres de chevalerie
  • Musée national de l'Air et de l'Espace
  • Musée du Parfum Fragonard
  • Musée de la Préfecture de Police
  • Musée Zadkine (outside temporary exhibition period)
  • Le Plateau - Centre d’art contemporain

  • Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison de Balzac (outside temporary exhibition period)
  • Musée Bourdelle (partly in temporary exhibition period)
  • Musée Carnavalet Histoire de Paris (closed for work until the end of 2019)
  • Musée Cernuschi
  • Musée Cognacq-Jay (partly in temporary exhibition period)
  • Petit Palais - Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris
  • Maison de Victor Hugo
  • Musée de la Vie Romantique
  • Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace

Free museums and monuments on the first Sunday of every month

The table below allows you to check which museums and monuments are free on the first Sunday of the month and to which months these apply in Paris Ile-de-France.

x : museum open

A Paris Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Déc
Arc de Triomphe x x x x x
Centre Pompidou (permanent collection) x x x x x x x x x x x x
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine x x x x x x x x x x x x
Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration x x x x x x x x x x x x
Conciergerie x x x x x
Musée des Arts et Métiers x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national Gustave Moreau x x x x x x x x x x x x
The Louvre x x x x x x
Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national Eugène Delacroix x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national du Moyen Âge - Thermes de Cluny x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national de l'Orangerie x x x x x x x x x x x x
Picasso Museum x x x x x x x x x x x x
Orsay Museum x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée Rodin x x x x x x
Pantheon x x x x x
Sainte-Chapelle x x x x x
Notre-Dame Towers x x x x x
In Paris Region Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Château de Champs-sur-Marne x x x x x x x
Château de Maisons-Laffitte x x x x x x x
Château de Rambouillet, Laiterie et Chaumière des Coquillages  x x x x x x x
Mac/Val - Musée d'Art contemporain du Val-de-Marne x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée des années 30 x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée départemental Albert-Kahn x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée départemental Maurice Denis x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée français de la Carte à Jouer x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée franco-américain du Château de Blérancourt x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national du Château de Compiègne x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen x x x x x x x x x x x x
Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs x x x x x x x x x x x x
Sèvres - Cité de la Céramique x x x x x x x x x x x x
Villa Savoye x x x x x x x

Free museums for teachers and under 26s

Since 2009, all museums and national monuments in France have been free for those under 26 and for school teachers. So if that is you, or you are a parent hoping to introduce history and culture to your children, make your way down to one of the many affiliated centres and enjoy feeding your passion for discovery for free! Several other Parisien institutions have also opened up in line with current trends to encourage young people to visit museums.


In Paris In Paris Region
  • Basilica of Saint-Denis
  • Château de Champs-sur-Marne
  • Château de Maisons-Laffitte
  • Château de Pierrefonds
  • Château de Rambouillet, Laiterie et Chaumière des Coquillages
  • Château de Versailles
  • Château de Vincennes
  • Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon
  • Maison des Jardies à Sèvres
  • Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
  • Musée départemental Maurice Denis
  • Musée Fragonard de l’Ecole nationale de vétérinaire
  • Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen
  • Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs
  • Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau
  • Musée national du Château de Compiègne
  • Musée national du Château de Fontainebleau
  • Sèvres - Cité de la Céramique
  • Villa Savoye

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