Free Museums in Paris TODAY [Bet you Didn’t Know These]

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Did you know there are a ton of free museums in Paris today you can visit for free all year round. For realz. Here’s the full list:

Also don’t miss: Free Museums in Paris for Students, Those under 26, and Teachers

Best Free Museums in Paris

1. Musée Carnavalet (permanent collection):

The Musée Carnavalet dedicated to unraveling the history of Paris.  Housed in mansions it takes you on a journey through the citys past from its medieval origins to its current time. Here you can discover how Paris has evolved over centuries and explore stories of figures.

This is one of my favs. It’s super complete and right at the heart of the Marais. You can see things like Versaille-esque rooms, old store front signs, Marie Antoinette’s hair, and even Napoleon III’s crib. Super fascinating. Plus, it’s free.

Address: 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris. Metro: Saint-Paul (Line 1)

2. Masion de Balzac (permanent collection):

Tucked away the Balzacs House is a gem that was once home to renowned French writer Honoré de Balzac. Step, inside this museum to gain glimpses into Balzacs life and immerse yourself in his world. Don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy their garden with views of the Eiffel Tower.

Address: 47 Rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris, France. Metro: Passy (Line 6)

3. Musée de la Vie Romantique (permanent collection):

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The Museum of Romantic Life, located in the heart of Paris provides visitors with a glimpse, into the era. Set in a 19th century townhouse the museum showcases a collection of art and artifacts that evoke the passions of that time.

Address: 16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris. Metro: Blanche (Line 2) or Saint-Georges (Line 12)

4. Musée Curie:

Situated in the heart of the Curie campus, this museum sheds light on Marie Curies life. Gain insights into Marie Curies life and groundbreaking work well as her familys contributions to science. The Musée Curie offers an exploration into radioactivity and its medical applications.

Address: 1 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris. Metro: Place Monge (Line 7)

5. Petit Palais (permanent collection):

Explore the free permanent collection which houses masterpieces representing periods and styles, within Paris artistic heritage.

The building is absolutely stunning architecturally and def. worth a detour. The 1900 Exposition Universelle built this museum, (I swear every time the Universal Exposition of 1900’s is behind something it does not disappoint.

Address: Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris. Metro: Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau (Lines 1 and 13)

6. Musée de la Préfecture de Police:

Take a captivating journey through the history of the police force from the century, to today at this museum. With over 2,000 artifacts this museum offers insights into law enforcement and crime solving in the city across centuries.

Address: 4 Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris. Metro: Maubert-Mutualité (Line 10)

7. Musée Zadkine:

This museum, situated in his residence from 1928 to 1967 displays a collection of sculptures and provides a glimpse into his life as an artist.

Address: 100 bis Rue d’Assas, 75006 Paris. Metro : Notre-Dame-des-Champs (Line 12)

8. Mémorial de la Shoah:

This museum in Paris invites visitors to remember and gain an understanding of Jewish history particularly during World War II. It offers insights into this period in history.

Address: 17 Rue Geoffroy-l’Asnier, 75004 Paris. Metro : Saint-Paul (Line 1) or Pont Marie (Line 7)

9. Musée de la Légion d’Honneur:

Immerse yourself in the history of honors and decorations, at this museum located in Paris magnificent Hôtel de Salm.

Address: 2 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris. Metro: Solférino (Line 12) or Musée d’Orsay (RER C)

10. Musée Bourdelle (permanent collection):

Dedicated to the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, the Bourdelle Museum, is set to reopen with exhibitions and exciting features. Located in the heart of Paris it offers an opportunity to explore the works of this celebrated artist.

Address: 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris. Metro : Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (Lines 4, 6, 12, and 13)

11. Maison de Victor Hugo:

Tucked away in the Place des Vosges Victor Hugo’s house allows visitors to delve into the life of the French author. Step, inside the apartment where he and his family once resided and be inspired by his legacy.

Address: 6 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris. Metro: Saint-Paul (Line 1) or Chemin Vert (Line 8)

12. Les Arènes de Lutèce:

Did you know Paris has a preserved Gallo amphitheater? It stands as a symbol in the city and Serves as a testament to the citys rich historical heritage.

This isn’t really a museum just an amphitheater you can see and sit on its steps. It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area but I personally wouldn’t go out of my way to see it (unless you’re a history enthusiast).

Address: 49 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris. Metro: Place Monge (Line 7)

13. Musée Cognacq-Jay (permanent collection):

Located in the Marais district The Cognacq Jay Museum showcases a collection of 18th century artworks that beautifully capture the spirit of the Enlightenment era. This museum offers a journey through this period and is open to all visitors free of charge.

Address: 8 Rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris. Metro: Chemin Vert (Line 8) or Saint-Paul (Line 1)

14. Europa Expérience:

Situated in the Place de la Madeleine this place provides an experience centered around the European Union with interactive expositions.

Address: 28 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris. Metro: Madeleine (Lines 8, 12, and 14)

Have you been to these? What was your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

Also don’t miss: Free Museums in Paris for Students, Those under 26, and Teachers

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