Paris is a museum-lover’s dream. It is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, such as the Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and Musee d’Orsay.
As tempting as it can be to try to visit them all, the cost and time to do so adds up.
Luckily there’s a solution that lets you museum-hop your way around Paris and the ‘burbs for a discounted cost: the Paris Museum Pass.
To find out if the Paris Museum Pass is worth it for you, read on for my Paris Museum Pass review and guide.
What is the Paris Museum Pass?
OK, let’s back up a bit and go over what the Paris Museum Pass is.
The Paris Museum Pass provides entry into select museums in and around Paris, France. The pass can be purchased for 2, 4, or 6 consecutive days.
For some museums, you can also skip the line or get access to a VIP line, which is almost always shorter than the regular line.
Not all museums include this perk, such as the Palace of Versailles, where you’ll be stuck in line forever unless you get there before it opens. Not that I’m still salty about waiting in that line or anything.
The Paris Museum Pass is activated once a date is written on it. So if you don’t have an itinerary in mind before you buy a pass, you can wait until the day you want to start using the pass to activate it.
TIP: Yes, the pass will be checked for your name and start date, so forget about trying to share cards amongst friends or use a pass after it has expired.
Which monuments and museums are included?
The Paris Museum Pass includes entrance to more than 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris, France.
Entrance to the following popular museums and monuments is included in the Paris Museum Pass:
- Arc de Triomphe
- The Army Museum
- Musée de l’Orangerie
- Musée d’Orsay
- Musée du Louvre
- Tours of Notre Dame Cathedral
- Palace of Fontainebleau
- Palace of Versailles
- Picasso Museum
Visit the Museums & Monuments section [of the Paris Museum Pass website to see a full list of attractions included as part of the Paris Museum Pass.
Are there any popular museums and monuments that aren’t included?
The Paris Museum Pass does not include access to the Eiffel Tower. It does not offer a discount or skip the line access to the Eiffel Tower either.
The Catacombs is another popular site in Paris that is not included.
How much does the Paris Museum Pass cost?
The Paris Museum Pass price is based on the number of days you need a pass for. The pass is available for 2, 4, or 6 days.
The 2 day Paris Museum pass costs €48. The 4 day Paris Museum pass costs €62. The 6 day Paris Museum pass costs €74.
On my last visit to Paris, I was there for a week and chose the 4 day pass. It was just enough to visit all the museums my brother and I wanted, but not take up the entire trip with museum hopping.
All costs above are valid as of January 2019 and do not include taxes or other fees, such as shipping and delivery.
Where to buy the Paris Museum Pass
With the Paris Museum Pass, it’s super easy to get your Paris museum tickets in advance by purchasing them online via the Paris Museum Pass website. The pass is delivered to your home or even your hotel in Paris. How easy is that?
When I got the Paris Museum Pass, I chose to have it delivered to my hotel in Paris. When I checked in, the pass was waiting for me with concierge.
There was no running around to pick up the pass or worrying about it getting lost in the mail. Needless to say, having the pass delivered to my hotel saved a lot of time and stress!
If you’re already in Paris or don’t want to deal with shipping costs, you can also buy the Paris Museum Pass at both of Paris’ airports, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport and Orly airport.
At CDG airport, the Paris Museum Pass can be purchased at the Tourist Information Desk in Terminals 1, 2C, 2D, 2E, and 2F. At Orly airport, the Paris Museum Pass can be purchased at the Tourist Information Desk in Terminals Sud and Ouest.
Other options for purchasing the Paris Museum Pass once you get to Paris include select ticket kiosks and souvenir shops across the city, as well as many of the museums and monuments that the pass includes entrance to.
For example, the Tourist Information Desk at Disneyland Paris sells the Paris Museum Pass. Another option is the Visitor Centre near terminals 7-9 at the Gare du Nord train station.
A few of the museums and monuments that sell the Paris Museum Pass include the Arc de Triomphe, Musée D’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and Tours de Notre Dame.
Lastly, a few Paris tourism offices outside of France sell the Paris Museum Pass. The offices that sell the Paris Museum Pass are:
- Atout France in Barcelona, Spain
- Atout France in Madrid, Spain
- Hello Paris LTD in Basingstoke, England
- Paris Tourisme Inc in Tokyo, Japan
- Socuri Pass in Seoul, South Korea
For even more locations where the Paris Museum Pass can be purchased, visit the Points of Sale section of the Paris Museum Pass website.
Paris Pass vs. Paris Museum Pass
The Paris Pass is similar to the Paris Museum Pass, but it includes access to different Paris attractions, such as a hop-on/hop-off bus tour of Paris and a Seine river cruise, in addition to dozens of museums.
The Paris Pass also includes a Paris Visite Travelcard, which can be used on the Paris metro trains and buses.
Basically, the Paris Pass is an amped-up version of the Paris Museum Pass.
But…sometimes more isn’t always better.
For some, the Paris Pass might include more than what’s needed or can be done in a single trip, making it waste of money. This is why I chose to go with the Paris Museum Pass.
Is the Paris Museum Pass worth it?
For most Paris visitors, yes! If you plan to visit more than a few museums while in Paris, the Paris Museum Pass it absolutely worth it. Not only will this pass save you money, but it can also save you time (ie, skip the line or VIP line access).
On my most recent visit to Paris, I purchased the 4-day pass. Between all of the museums I visited, separate entry fees totaled €75.
Since the 4 day pass only costs €62, using the pass resulted in saving €13. While that’s not a huge amount of money, it’s enough for a tasty treat or even a cheap meal!
In the end though, I got the pass for free by using points from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
The only time the Paris Museum Pass isn’t worth it is if you aren’t interested in visiting enough museums on the list to work out a savings in entry fees.