Attractions in Paris – all the information about museums, monuments, cruise on the Seine, and more

Attractions in Paris: The Louvre museum. Picture taken by Yoel Themanlis

Introduction, or: what do you need to know when searching information on attractions in Paris?

Paris attraction map

Cruise on the Seine, tourist bus, and more

Attractions in the 1st Arrondissement

Attractions in the 2nd Arrondissement

Attractions in the 3rd Arrondissement (Marais)

Attractions in the 4th Arrondissement (Marais and Île de la Cité)

Attractions in the 5th Arrondissement (the Latin quarter)

Attractions in the 6th Arrondissement (Saint Germain)

Attractions in the 7th Arrondissement (Faubourg Saint Germain)

Attractions in the 8th Arrondissement (Champs-Élysées)

Attractions in the 9th Arrondissement (Opera and the bottom of the Montmartre)

Attractions in the 10th Arrondissement (République)

Attractions in the 11th Arrondissement (Bastille area)

Attractions in the 12th Arrondissement (Bercy and Gare de Lyon train station)

Attractions in the 13th Arrondissement

Attractions in the 14th Arrondissement (Montparnasse)

Attractions in the 15th Arrondissement

Attractions in the 16th Arrondissement

Attractions in the 17th Arrondissement (Parc Monceau area)

Attractions in the 18th Arrondissement (Montmartre)

Attractions in the 19th Arrondissement

Attractions in the 20th Arrondissement (Père Lachaise)

Attractions near Paris

Looking for additional information to help you plan your trip to Paris?

Whether this is your first time in Paris, and whether if, like me, you have already visited the City of Lights dozens of times, there will always be attractions in Paris you haven’t tried yet, or alternatively, ones you enjoyed and would like to repeat. Since there are so many attractions in Paris – some more famous than others – I decided to concentrate all the main attractions of the City of Lights in a single place, so that you can plan your trip with ease. Before we move forward, here are some comments and tips:

  • There are quite a few free attractions in Paris, take advantage of them – the French government invests a fortune in subsidising museums and monuments, and the entrance to a fair amount of them is completely free. This is a wonderful way to save money during your trip, without reducing from the experience of your vacation, and by the way experience a bit of French culture. Also, please note that that many attractions in Paris offer free entrance on the first Sunday of every month, and this is an excellent way of saving a little more month (but it will come at the expense of your time, because the lines on these days are long, accordingly).
  • If you’re planning on visiting several paid monuments, you should order the Museum Pass – this card allows you to enter, without having to wait in line, to several dozens of monuments in Paris and Ile de France, such as the Louvre museum, Arc de Triomphe, Versailles castle, and more. In my opinion, this is a must-have card, especially for those travelling to Paris for the first time, and wish to get to as many places as they can, because it saves a lot of time and money. There are a few versions of the pass (for two, four, and six days), and you can buy it right here.
  • It is recommended to pre-order attraction tickets – there is one thing on your trip that is even more precious than your money, and this is your time. After all, how long are you going to be in Paris? Several days, perhaps a week? Do you really want to waste your precious time standing in infinite lines? If you buy your ticket in advance, you will be free from all that bother, and you can enter the museum or the monument via a special entrance, and without standing in line.
  • And finally, full disclosure – any ticket to an attraction (or the museum pass) you purchase via the links on this website will grant me with a little commission. The income from these purchases will be reinvested in this website, and if I manage to generate enough income, I promise to move to Paris, and dedicate 100% of my time to writing in Francophiles Anonymous.

You’re welcome to search the attractions in this map (each attraction contains a link to a page with more information, and allows you to book a ticket). Alternatively, you can scroll down and read about each of the attraction on this very page.

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VEDETTES DU PONT NEUF

Address: 1 Square du Vert Galant (by the Pont Neuf)

Metro: Pont Neuf (line 7)

Attraction type: Paid

Opening days and hours: 10:00-22:30, every day except Tuesday

A few words about this attraction: This is my favorite Seine cruise company. Not because it reaches different destinations (after all, the Seine is the same Seine and the French are the same French), but because of its wonderful location in which you can get on the boat – in the center of Paris, under the Pont Neuf bridge. And if you decide to propose to your loved one there, this cruise will give you yet another thing to celebrate.

Buy a ticket to the cruise

BATEAUX-MOUCHES CRUISE TOUR

Address: Pont de l’Alma

Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9)

Attraction type: Paid

Opening days and hours: 10:15-22:30, every day except Tuesday

A few words about this attraction: this is the company that got the franchise of the brand Bateau Mouche, those river boats that were invented in Lyon for the Paris grand exhibition of 1867. The course of those boats is similar to that of the Vedettes du Pont Neuf, but you go on the boat near Pont de l’Alma (where Princess Diana was killed), located not far from the Eiffel Tower. On the other hand, you can buy on the website combined tickets for the Bateaux Mouches and to other attractions (such as Montparnasse tower), so if you wish to benefit from both attractions at the same time, you might prefer the Bateaux Mouches.

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Cruise on Canal Saint Martin

Address: Bassin de La Villette or Musée d’Orsay

Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5) for those who wish to sail from La Villette to Musée d’Orsay, or Solférino (line 12) for those who wish to take the other direction

Attraction type: Paid

Opening days and hours: Every day on 9:45 (depart from Musée d’Orsay) and 14:30 (depart from La Villette). The trip takes about 2.5 hours.

A few words about this attraction: if you’ve already tried a cruise on the Seine and you wish to try something new, why don’t you take a cruise on Canal Saint Martin? This is a slow and delightful cruise, accompanied by historical explanations of the history of the canal, which Napoleon ordered to be dug to connect between the northern and southern parts of the Seine.

Buy a ticket for the cruise

HOP ON HOP OFF

Address: There are 9 stations where you can get on and off the bus

Metro: Irrelevant

Attraction type: Paid

Opening days and hours: Every day

A few words about this attraction: Let’s say you came to Paris for a single day, or even for a few hours, and you’re interested to quickly take a look at all of the central attractions. The Hop On Hop Off bus was created just for you, as well as for people who are simply not interested in experience Paris by foot. This is a double decker bus that stops at 9 different stations and goes between all the central monuments in the city. This bus also acts as sort of an organized tour, because there you can listen to explanations about each of the attractions. If you want to stretch your legs a little, you can always get off the bus, walk around, and catch it again in one of the next stations.

Buy a ticket for the bus

History Bus

Address: Place de la Concorde

Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8, 12)

Attraction type: Paid

Opening days and hours: Every day

A few words about this attraction: This is a very nice options for all you history lovers who don’t wish to walk hours and hours by foot. This is a combination of driving between the major monuments in Paris and films that are projected on the bus windows, and tell you, in a very interactive manner, about the history of Paris.

Buy a ticket for the bus

A tour in Paris with a Citroen 2CV

Address: Irrelevant

Metro: Irrelevant

Attraction type: Paid

Opening days and hours: Every day

A few words about this attraction: Citroen 2CV is, without a doubt, the most iconic vehicle ever created in France, and although about 70 years have passed since its launch, many people still love it and miss it. So if you’re looking for a special and amusing way to get to know Paris, try this guided tour, which will take you to any corner you’d like in the City of Lights, a la French style.

Day tour | Night tour

A helicopter flight over Paris and Versailles

Address: Irrelevant

Metro: Irrelevant

Attraction type: Paid

Opening days and hours: Every day

A few words about this attraction: After having seen Paris by foot, by bus, by boat or by car, the time has come to see it from above! If you’re looking for a very special way to see the western part of Paris and Versailles, you’re welcome to take this tour, that takes place in a helicopter, and includes a detailed explanation about the flight, a fly-over above the Eiffel tower and additional attractions, and even a drink along the way.

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The Louvre museum

Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (lines 1, 7)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: 9:00-18:00 every day except Tuesday. On Wednesday and Friday, the museum is open until 21:45

A few words about this attraction: The Louvre is the largest museum in the world, and without a doubt the most important museum in Paris. Don’t even try to see it all in a single day (or even in several days), because there is no chance that you will succeed to do so, and all you’ll get is “art poisoning”. Instead, I recommend determining in advance in which wings of the museum you will visit, according to your artistic preferences, and try to do those in a single day. If you purchased the Museum Pass, this makes your life a little easier, because you can exit and enter the Louvre an unlimited number of times in the validity period of the pass, and refresh yourselves between one visit and the next.

Additional information and ticket purchase | Guided tour in the Louvre (English)

Musée de l’Orangerie

Address: Jardin des Tuileries

Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8, 12)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: 9:00-18:00 every day except Tuesday

A few words about this attraction: This is a must-see sight for impressionism lovers, especially if you like Monet, because this is the place that exhibits his painting Water Lilies. In addition to Monet’s artworks, you can also find here paintings by <a>Matisse</a>, Renoir, and <a>Picasso</a>.

Additional information and ticket purchase

The Conciergerie

Address: 2 Boulevard du Palais

Metro: Cité (line 4)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day, 9:30-18:00

A few words about this attraction: The Conciergerie was built in the middle ages, and over the years it became a famous jail, in which Marie Antoinette spent her last months. In my opinion, this is a fascinating place, and a must-see sight for those touring in Île de la Cité. The reason is not only the history of its prisoners, but also because this is one of the only examples left from the architectural style of the middle ages. The website has two main options: either buy a ticket to the Conciergerie alone, or buy a combined ticket with Sainte Chapelle, which I highly recommend to complete your travel through time into the middle ages.

Additional information and ticket purchase

Sainte Chapelle church

Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais

Metro: Cité (line 4)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the <a>Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day, 9:00-17:00. In the summer, Sainte Chapelle closes at 18:00

A few words about this attraction: The church of Sainte Chapelle was built by King Louis the 9th to house his acquisition, which he believed to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus. He church was renovated in the 19th century, and today it houses the most beautiful stained-glass windows in Paris. Without a doubt, this is a must-see sight, especially for fans of gothic architecture. To make the most out of your visit, I recommend coming here in hours of good lighting.

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Centre Pompidou

Address: 39 Boulevard de Sébastopol

Metro: Rambuteau (line 11)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: 11:00-21:00 except Tuesday. On Thursday the museum is open until 23:00

A few words about this attraction: I am not a great lover of modern art, but after a guided tour at Centre Pompidou I actually started to like the place. Modern art lovers will find here an abundance of permanent and temporary exhibitions of artists from the 20th and 21th century, and those who don’t connect to it as much are welcome to go to the roof of the museum, have a cup of coffee, and enjoy a great view of Paris.

Additional information and ticket purchase

Tour Jean Sans Peur

Address: 20 Rue Étienne Marcel

Metro: Étienne Marcel (line 4)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: 13:30-18:00 on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

A few words about this attraction: This is one of the last remnants of middle-age Paris. This tower used to be a part of the palace of “Fearless Jean”, duke of Burgundy, who was responsible to the breakout of a bloody civil war in 15th century France. Today, the tower serves as a museum of the history of the dukes of Burgundy, and is one of the more charming and less famous museums in the City of Lights.

Additional information and ticket purchase

Musée Picasso

Address: 5 Rue de Thorigny

Metro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart; Filles du Calvaire (line 8)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: On Tuesday-Friday the museum is open at 10:30-18:00, and on Saturday and Sunday – 9:30-18:00. Closed on Monday.

A few words about this attraction: This museum is located in an impressive palace from the 17th century, of which you can <a>read here</a>, and it constitutes a must-see sight for modern art lovers in general and <a>Picasso</a> lovers in particular. The museum is known for its long lines, and therefore it is highly recommended to buy your ticket in advance. I also recommend you to combine a visit to this museum if you choose to take the <a>tour route in the footsteps of Picasso</a>.

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Musée Carnavalet

Address: 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois

Metro: Saint Paul (line 1)

Museum type: Free

Opening days and hours: This museum is currently closed for renovations until the end of 2019. As soon as it reopens, I will add its opening days and hours

A few words about this attraction: This is my favourite museum in Paris. If you want to know why, read this article.

The museum site

Musée Cognacq-Jay

Address: 8 Rue Elzevir

Metro: Saint Paul (line 1)

Museum type: Free

Opening days and hours: 10:00-18:00, every day except Monday.

A few words about this attraction: A free and relatively unfamiliar museum at the heart of the Marais neighbourhood, which contains quite a few works of art from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The museum website

Victor Hugo’s House (Maison Victor Hugo)

Address: 6 Place des Vosges

Metro: Saint Paul (line 1)

Museum type: Free

Opening days and hours: 10:00-18:00, every day except Monday

A few words about this attraction: A free museum dedicated entirely to the life of the author Victor Hugo. The museum is located at the lovely Place des Vosges, and is an inseparable part of those who tour Paris in the footsteps of this amazing author.

The museum website

The Panthéon

Address: Place du Panthéon

Metro: Cardinal-Lemoine, Maubert-Mutualité (line 10), Luxembourg (RER B)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00. Between April and September, the Panthéon is open until 18:30

A few words about this attraction: This is a must-see sight for the lovers of French history, because all the great men of the French nation are buried (Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, and more). It is highly recommended to visit here if you’re taking the tour route in Paris in the footsteps of Hemingway, and if you’re already in the area, don’t miss out on the beautiful Saint Étienne du Mont church.

Musée de Cluny

Address: 6 Place Paul Painlevé

Metro: Maubert-Mutualité (line 10), Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame (RER B)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: 10:00-17:45 except Tuesday

A few words about this attraction: This museum is located at Hôtel de Cluny, the second most ancient building in Paris, and it is all about art from the middle ages. The most famous exhibits there are the wall tapestry The Lady and the Unicorn and the original statue of the Judean kings from the Notre Dame cathedral, which were thought to have been destroyed during the French revolution, and were found a few decades ago in a Parisian apartment in the 9th Arrondissement. I find this museum to be a lovely one, which is very suitable for history lovers and advanced Francophiles.

Musée de la préfecture de police de Paris

Address: 4 Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève

Metro: Maubert-Mutualité (line 10)

Museum type: Free

Opening days and hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00-17:00.

A few words about this attraction: One of my “secret” museums that tell the story of the Parisian police and its crime fighting. Here you can find quite a few interesting things, such as the blade of the first guillotine, police uniforms from the 18th century, as well as the greatest crime stories in Paris. It is recommended to combine this free museum on your tour at the Latin Quarter.

The museum website

Musée national Eugène Delacroix

Address: 6 Rue de Furstenberg

Metro: Saint Germain des Prés (line 4)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the <a>Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day, 9:30-17:00

A few words about this attraction: Eugène Delacroix is one of the most famous romantic painters, and he is most known to us thanks to his painting Liberty Leading the People. Here, in charming Furstenberg square, where his last studio resided, there is a lovely little museum dedicated to his life and his creations, included his home, his studio, and a small garden designed by him. Please note that if you buy a ticket to the Louvre, you can also visit this museum without extra charge (on the same day as your visit to the Louvre). In addition, you can visit here with the Museum Pass.

Additional information and ticket purchase

מגדל אייפל (TOUR EIFFEL)

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France

Metro: Bir-Hakeim (line 6), La Motte Picquet-Grenelle (lines 6, 8, 10), Trocadéro (lines 6, 9), Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel (RER C)

Attraction type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day, 9:30-23:00

A few words about this attraction: Without a doubt, this is the “mother of all attractions” in Paris, the attraction without which no trip to the City of Lights is complete. How ever did I manage to visit Paris more than 20 times without climbing up this tower even once, and does it mean that I’ve never actually been to the City of Lights? God knows!

Ticket purchase to the Eiffel Tower

Musée d’Orsay

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur

Metro: Solférino (line 12), Musée d’Orsay (RER C)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day except Monday, 9:30-18:00. On Thursday, the museum closes at 21:45

A few words about this attraction: Most people come here to view the impressionists’ creations, but I like to come here to enjoy the artworks of their predecessors, such as Ingres and Courbet. This is, without a doubt, one of the museum where you almost have to <a>buy tickets in advance</a>, otherwise you can get stuck in line for a very long time.

Additional information and ticket purchase | Guided tour at the museumGuided tour + a gourmet meal at the museum

Musée de la Légion d’honneur

Address: 2 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur

Metro: Solférino (line 12), Musée d’Orsay (RER C)

Museum type: Free

Opening days and hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 13:30-18:00.

A few words about this attraction: In my opinion, this is one of the hidden gems of the City of Lights. This free museum, located in an 18th century palace, hides in the shadows of the Musée d’Orsay, and so it is disregarded by most people, and what a shame. If you dedicate one or two hours of your time to this museum, you will find fascinating history of orders of knights, as well as of the Légion d’honneur order, created by Napoleon. Highly recommended.

The museum website

The Invalides Palace, the French Army museum and Napoleon’s tomb

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle

Metro: La Tour-Maubourg (line 8), Varenne (line 13)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00, and in the winter 10:00-17:00

A few words about this attraction: The Invalides (war wounded) palace was built by Louis the 14th to house soldiers that were wounded in his wars. Today this complex houses several museums, including the war museum and the maps museum. The splendid church with the golden dome is the burial place of Napoleon. This is, without a doubt, a must-see sight for military history lovers and for those who visit Paris for the first time.

Additional information and ticket purchase

Musée Rodin

Address: 77 Rue de Varenne

Metro: Varenne (line 13)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00, and in the winter 10:00-17:00

A few words about this attraction: This is one of the Parisians’ favorite museums, thanks to both the artworks it houses and the charming palace and garden. It wasn’t a coincidence that Yoel Tamanelis chose the museum garden, by the Thinking Man statue, as one of the best places to propose marriage in Paris.

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Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

Address: 37 Quai Branly

Metro: Iéna,  Alma-Marceau (line 9)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day except Monday, 11:00-19:00. On Thursday-Saturday, the museum closes at 21:00

A few words about this attraction: The museum, located not far from the Eiffel Tower, contains the largest collection in France of non-European art from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America.

Additional information and ticket purchase

Attractions in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris 

Arc de Triomphe

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle – Etoile

Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Etoile (lines 1, 2, 6, RER A)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the <a>Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Between April and the end of September, the Arc de Triomphe is open for visits between 10:00-23:00. During the rest of the year, it is open until 22:30

A few words about this attraction: The victory arch, the most famous project of Napoleon I, is one of the most famous monuments in the City of Lights. Buying the ticket will allow you to climb it up via elevator and not by stairs, enjoy the little museum at the top floor, and of course, rejoice in the amazing view seen from the top.

Additional information and ticket purchase

Musée Jacquemart-André

Address: 158 Boulevard Haussmann

Metro: Miromesnil (lines 9, 13)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the <a>Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00. On Monday, the museum is open until 20:30

A few words about this attraction: This is a charming, little unfamiliar museum hiding in a 19th century palace in Boulevard Haussmann. Here you can find artworks from the 16th, 17th and 18th century, as well as temporary exhibitions.

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Le Grand Musée du Parfum

Address: 73 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Metro: Miromesnil (lines 9, 13), Saint-Philippe du Roule (line 9)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day except Monday, 10:30-19:00. On Friday, the museum is open until 22:00

A few words about this attraction: The perfume museum is located in a palace (Hôtel Particulier) in one of the chicest neighbourhoods of Paris, Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Unlike other museums, where you are not allowed to touch the exhibits, this is quite an interactive museum that will activate all of your senses, especially your sense of smell.

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Paris Opera (Palais Garnier)

Address: Corner of the streets Scribe and Auber

Metro: Opera (lines 3, 7, 8), Auber (RER A)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-16:30

A few words about this attraction: To me, this is one of the must-see sights. The glorious grandeur and neo-baroque splendor will leave you speechless. Please note: before you come here, you should check if a rehearsal takes place on the planned time of your visit. If so, try to come another time, because during a rehearsal you cannot enter the main hall, and you will have to peek inside via a hole in the wall (not a very exciting experience).

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Musée Grévin (wax museum)

https://youtu.be/ZiR5eJGpN5s

Address: 10 Boulevard Montmartre

Metro: Richelieu-Drouot, Grands Boulevards (lines 8, 9)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00. On weekends, the museum is open until 19:00

A few words about this attraction: 50 years after Madame Tussauds exhibited her wax statues in London, Monsieur Grévin opened his own wax museum in Boulevard Montmartre, where it is located to this day. You can find there about 2,000 wax statues of all of the French and international celebrities from the past and the present, such as Edith Piaf, Einstein, De Gaulle and Brad Pitt. Highly recommended for a visit with children or combined with a passage tour in the area.

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Musée du Parfum Fragonard

Address: 3-5 Square Louis Jouve

Metro: Opera (lines 3, 7, 8), Auber (RER A)

Museum type: Free

Opening days and hours: 9:00-18:00, every day except Sunday (last visit starts at 17:00)

A few words about this attraction: The place is called the Fragonard perfume museum, but it serves more as a factory shop in which tries (quite successfully, too) to sell you perfumes. Despite that, this is a recommended experience, both because the structure itself is very beautiful (it is a structure from the era of Napoleon III, where the singer Maria Callas used to live), and because you can still learn here quite a lot about perfumes. And the most important part: it’s a free museum!

Musée de la Vie RomantiqueAddress:</b> 16 Rue Chaptal

Metro: Pigalle (lines 2, 12)

Museum type: Free

Opening days and hours: This museum is currently closed for renovations. As soon as it reopens, I will add its opening days and hours

A few words about this attraction: A small and charming museum, not far from Pigalle and the Montmartre area. This museum is devoted to the painter Harry Schefer and the writer Georges Sand.

The museum website

Choco-Story (the chocolate museum)

https://youtu.be/CfWqyLfbWyc

Address: 28 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle

Metro: Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8, 9)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00

A few words about this attraction: A museum dedicated to chocolate. Beginning with its history, through its various production and preparation methods, advertisements for chocolate, and – of course – don’t forget tastings!

Musée Édith Piaf

Address: 5 rue Crespin du Gast

Metro: Paramentier (line 3)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Monday-Wednesday 13:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-12:00

A few words about this attraction: A must-see place for lovers of Edith Piaf and her singing. This is a small apartment run by Bernard Marchois, who knew Edith Piaf in her lifetime and turned the place into a shrine in the memory of the famous singer.

The cinema museum at the Cinémathèque française

Address: 51 rue de Bercy

Metro: Gare de Lyon (lines 1, 14, RER A, RER D)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Monday-Wednesday 12:00-18:00

A few words about this attraction: This museum is dedicated entirely to French cinema, and exhibits its history, starting from the films of the Lumière brothers and to this day. It also houses temporary exhibitions, at times.

Manufacture des Gobelins Paris

Address: 42 Avenue des Gobelins

Metro: Les Gobelins (line 7)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day except Monday, 11:00-18:00

A few words about this attraction: Gobelins are spectacular wall tapestries that were created from the end of the 15th century and reached the top of their popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries. In this museum you can find examples of gobelins created in France over the years, as well as explanations of how such tapestries are produced, to this day, by hand.

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Paris Catacombs

Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy

Metro: Denfert–Rocherau (lines 4, 6, RER B)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Every day except Monday, 10:00-20:00

A few words about this attraction: The catacombs is a network of underground tunnels that were dug underneath Paris, and at the 18th century have become the burial place of millions of skeletons transferred to there from the various cemeteries in Paris. Today you can walk through some of the catacombs, watch pyramids made out of bones, and listen to the bizarre stories that took place there. Not for the faint hearted and claustrophobics!

Additional information and ticket purchase | Guided tour in the catacombs

Tour Montparnasse

Address: 33 Avenue du Maine

Metro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue (lines 4, 6, 12, 13)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day, 9:30-23:00

A few words about this attraction: Montparnasse tower is undoubtedly one of the ugliest buildings in Paris (some argue that it may even win first prize in the category of ugliness). Therefore, climbing up the Montparnasse tower has two significant advantages. The first advantage is the fact that when on top of the building, you can’t see it! The second, which is no less important, is the amazing view of Paris you can see from there.

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Yves Saint Laurent Museum

Address: 5 Avenue Marceau

Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day except Monday, 11:00-18:00, on Fridays the museum is open until 21:00

A few words about this attraction: This museum is located in a very elegant building dedicated to the genius designer Yves Saint Laurent. In this museum you will find more than 50 models of the most famous dresses and accessories created by him, and you can also visit the studio he used to work in. A must-see museum for fashion lovers.

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Musée de l’Homme (museum of man)

Address: 17 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre

Metro: Trocadéro (lines 6, 9)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day except Thursday, 10:00-18:00

A few words about this attraction: A museum located in one of the most beautiful places in Paris, right in front of the Eiffel tower, and presents to you the history of evolvement of man. This is an excellent museum for science loving children, because of its various exhibitions on a large number of topics, including genetics, culture, anthropology, and more.

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Musée du Vin

Address: 5 Square Charles Dickens

Metro: Passy (lines 6)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00-18:00

A few words about this attraction: This tiny museum is hidden in a wine cellar the Passy monastery monks in the 16th Arrondissement. The museum deals with the history of wine production, and contains about 2,200 exhibits. At the end of the tour, you are invited to join a wine tasting.

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

Address: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi

Metro: Les Sablons (line 1)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00-20:00, Friday, 11:00-21:00, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00-21:00. Closed on Tuesday

A few words about this attraction: A modern art museum that was opened a few years ago, and since then has become one of the must-see sights in the city (especially for advanced Francophiles). I haven’t visited there myself, so it is a little difficult for me to write about it, but I received recommendations from many Francophiles.

Musée Henner

Address: 43 Avenue de Villiers

Metro: Malsherbes (line 3)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes

Opening days and hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:00-18:00

A few words about this attraction: This museum resides in an impressive building from the 19th century, not far from Parc Monceau, and exhibits the creations of the painter Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905), which, in his time, was considered one of the most important painters of the 19th century.

Espace Dalí

Address: 11 Rue Poulbot

Metro: Abbesses (line 12)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00. In July and August the museum closes at 20:00

A few words about this attraction: Salvador Dali is, without a doubt, the most important and famous surrealist artist in the world. In this museum, which is located merely steps away from the famous Place du Tertre in Montmartre, you will find the largest collection of Dali’s creation in France.

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Musée de Montmartre

Address: 12-14 Rue Cortot

Metro: Abbesses (line 12)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00-18:00

A few words about this attraction: The Montmartre museum, which tells the story of the place that became the centre of French bohemians, is located in a building that in the past housed Renoir, as well as other prominent painters in 19th century Paris. You can find there artworks of Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others, along with posters and other items that tell the story of those fascinating people. A must-see sight for art lovers.

מידע נוסף וקניית כרטיס

A visit to the music museum and the building of the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra

Address: 221 Avenue Jean-Jaurès

Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Saturday-Sunday

A few words about this attraction: The building of the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, and since it was opened to the public in 2015, it is considered one of the most intriguing modern structures in Paris. If you wish, you can visit it, hear the “behind the scenes” stories of its construction, and finally, also visit the music museum, which contains approximately 1,000 different musical instruments. A must-see museum for music lovers.

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This is the only Arrondissement in Paris in which I couldn’t find even a single worthy museum. The only attraction in the area is the Père Lachaise Cemetery, which is free and very recommended.

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Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis

Metro: Basilique de Saint-Denis (line 13)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes (a standard visit, not a guided tour)

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:15 in the summer, 10:00-17:15 in the winter

A few words about this attraction: Saint Denis is not only a very impressive cathedral, but also the burial place of most of the French kings from the 7th century until 1824, when Louis the 18th was buried in it. As such, this is a must-see spot for every history and art lover. The problem is that the area in which the cathedral is located is not very sympathetic, and as a result, many fear to go there by themselves. Therefore, especially for you, I found a guided tour to Saint Denis that takes you straight from the centre of Paris and returns you to there, and by the way provides you all the information about this fascinating place.

For those who do decide to head to this cathedral by themselves: please note that metro line 13 splits to two on the way north, in the station La Fourche (the fork, how surprising). To get to the cathedral, you have to make sure that you are on the train headed to Saint Denis, and not to Asnieres-Gennevilliers. This will save you a lot of troubles getting lost in the metro maze.

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Château de Vincennes

Address: Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes

Metro: Château de Vincennes (line 1)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: Yes (a standard visit, not a guided tour)

Opening days and hours: Every day, 10:00-18:00 from May 21 until September 21, 10:00-17:00 in the rest of the year. You can enter the church between 10:00-13:00, and between 14:00-17:30 (between May 21 and September 21) or until 17:00 (in the rest of the year)

A few words about this attraction: A splendid medieval castle that was built in the 14th century. Inside the castle complex you will also find a beautiful church, a palace from the 17th century, and a prison where quite a few famous people spent some time as prisoners. After visiting the castle, it is highly recommended to go visit the nearby Vincennes forest, one of the most beautiful and lesser-known parks in Paris.

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STADE DE FRANCE

Address: 93200 Saint-Denis

Metro: Stade de France – Saint-Denis (RER D)

Museum type: Paid

Included in the Museum Pass: No

Opening days and hours: Changes according to the football (soccer) games held in it

A few words about this attraction: This is the national stadium of France, which hosted the 1998 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship. As part of a guided tour, you can visit behind the scenes of this museum, and hear of the great football players that played in it. A must-see location for football lovers.

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