It's free and... in Paris it's rare. Let's make the most of it!
In Paris and Ile-de-France, the free museums are more numerous than we think.  Sometimes, free of charge applies only to young people (children, teenagers, students and young adults up to the age of 26). In other cases, some museums are free on a day of the week or month. (like the first Sunday of every month). A number of Parisian museums offer free access to their permanent collection to all. Finally, some museums are simply free, always and for everyone.
Beware, on free days, there may be a little more people than usual. If your objective is to visit a museum with few people, you should prefer the days of nightlife in museums.

FREE MUSEUMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The list is long but a few examples among the biggest Parisian museums where young people will not pay their entrance ticket.
  • Rodin Museum (7th)
  • Orsay Museum (7th)
  • Gustave Moreau Museum (9th)
  • National City of the History of Immigration (12th)
  • National Museum of Asian Arts Guimet (16th)
  • City of Architecture and Heritage (16th)
  • Jean-Jacques Henner Museum (17th)

FREE ACCESS TO PERMANENT COLLECTIONS IN PARISIAN MUSEUMS

You will find below the (not exhaustive) list of the main Parisian museums of which permanent collections are free for all and all year long.

FREE ADMISSION TO MUSEUMS ON THE 1ST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

  • Musée du Quai Branly (7th) (Museum of the primitive arts)
  • Orsay Museum (7th) (Museum of Painting and Sculpture XIXe century until 1914)
  • Gustave Moreau Museum (9th)
  • City of Architecture (16th)
  • Henner Museum (17th)

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE LOUVRE MUSEUM

    • The Louvre Museum (1) is free for all the first Saturday of each month from 6 pmand July 14 all day long
    • The Louvre Museum is also free for young people (under 18 years of age and under 26 years of age for European Union citizens) every day of the year, without restriction.

TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS TO BE SEEN AT THE MOMENT

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The exhibition "We the Commune" (1871-2021)


  • To explain the Commune to children and teenagers
  • With children from 8/10 years old
  • Around the Hôtel de Ville, then Gare de l'Est
  • Free outdoor exhibition


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Photo exhibition "Invitation to travel


  • A work of memory in an unexpected place
  • Free and open air
  • In the Tropical Agronomy Garden (12th)
  • For families, from 10/12 years old


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"The Cat Wanders": Exhibition on the Champs-Elysées


  • Free outdoor exhibition in the gardens of the Champs-Elysées
  • Ideal to discover with your family


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Napoleon, the exhibition

  • Exhibition event of the new cultural season
  • For everyone from 8 years old
  • Great Hall of the Villette (Paris 19th)
  • Reservation required


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The World of Banksy

  • Very strong exhibition on the universe of the mysterious street artist
  • For teens
  • At the Lafayette Drouot space (9th)


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Precious stones

  • Dive into the world of gemstones
  • From 8 years old
  • At the grand Galerie de l'Evolution (Paris 5e)


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Opposite, the toddler expo

  • A sensory and playful wandering
  • For 2 / 7 year olds
  • At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (19th)


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"Artist's figure"

  • How has the status of artist differed over time from that of craftsman?
  • Free for children under 18
  • Ideal from 6 years
  • At the Louvre Museum


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Spies

  • The immersive, stunningly realistic exhibition
  • Reservation required
  • Ideal from 12 years old
  • At the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie


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