Should you buy a Paris museum pass?

paris museum pass

If you are planning to visit two or more Paris museums during your trip to Paris – who has hundreds of great ones –  then you should consider purchasing a Paris Museum Pass. Here are some advantages you’ll get when purchasing the pass:

  • Can be purchase in increments of 2, 4, or 6 days
  • Gives you free and unlimited access to over 60 museums and major monuments in Paris and surrounding regions, including but not limited to:  the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou, the Rodin Museum and the Notre Dame Cathedral Towers.
  • You don’t have to wait in any lone lines, of which there can be many, because the pass gives you priority entry.
  • Prices are very reasonable: 2 days = 50 Euros, 4 days = 79 Euros, and 6 days = 109 Euros. (Please note these prices are subject to change at any time, but these are currently accurate as of the writing of this article.)
  • You have a full year to use the card – buy it in Spring when the weather is nice, and wait to use it until December when it’s colder.
  • You get a pamphlet with your pass purchase giving details on each of the museums – great to take along as a reference during your museum visits .

Now, you can buy the museum pass at a few different places. Here are some of the easiest and most common places:

  • Purchase Paris Museum Pass via Rail Europe here
  • Paris Tourist Office:
  • 25, Rue des Pyramides, 1st arrondissementMetro: Pyramides or Opera Tel.: 08 92 68 30 00
  • Espace du Tourisme Ile de France
  • At the Carrousel du Louvre shopping centre 99, Rue de Rivoli, 1st arrondissement
  • Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre

Need further convincing? Here’s some reviews from

“My entire experience with the Museum Pass was positive. One of the keys to maximizing the benefit of the pass was planning which sites we were going to see within the 6 consecutive days the pass could be used. Make sure that planning includes verifying that the site is open on the day that you are planning to visit.

The cost to purchase individual tickets for all of the sites we visited would have been more expensive than the Paris Musuem Pass. We were also able to bypass a few long ticket purchasing lines and get directly in the queue to enter the site.

There are so many sight-seeing options in Paris. The Museum Pass also helped us to narrow the options for a portion of our trip. The Museum Pass provides access to many of the key attractions.”


“I am disabled, so the ONLY thing bad was on MY part. I simply couldn’t do any days in a row.

It would be MUCH better if you could spread out the days!

But with the pass I was able to explore smaller museums at my leisure. For example the Louvre and Versailles were madhouses! But Monet’s water lilies was a quiet and contemplative museum…same with Rodin and others,

vive la pass,

but let me use it on separate days!!”


“We purchased six-day museum passes at Sainte-Chapelle last fall on our first visit to Paris. The passes more than paid for themselves, and what I really liked about having the pass was that we didn’t have to think twice about whether we had enough euros or a credit card handy each time we entered a museum. The pass was a wonderful convenience!”


“We love the museum pass in Paris! It offered us freedom and flexibility to visit more museums, but not feel the obligation to spend an entire day at each one. The only downside was that we did feel like we had to cram the museum visits into the 3 days the pass was purchased for.

We are taking our kids to Paris soon and will be purchasing passes upon arirval. We’ll be able to visit multiple museums without feeling guilty if the kids have had enough.”


Musée d'Orsay

Musée d'Orsay

This spectacularly beautiful museum is located right along the left bank of the Seine river. Formerly the Gare d’Orsay, a railway station built between 1898 and 1900, the museum contains French 19th century art, sculptures, paintings, furniture, and photography. It is most well known for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces – actually the largest in the world.

berth morisot painting musee d'orsay

The museum officially opened in July of 1986, after the initial delivery of its 2000 paintings, 600 sculptures, and other items. Some very important artists’ artwork is featured in the museum, such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. For instance, over 86 paintings by Monet are held here, including the Blue Water Lilies painting. Vincent Van Gogh has 24 paintings here, and Degas 43 paintings.

For more information and ticket prices, please visit Tickets usually run about €5.50