Paris is home to some of the greatest museums and monuments in the world, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and Musée 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 tourist card that lets you visit more than 50 Paris attractions for a discounted cost: the Paris Museum Pass.
To find out if the Paris Museum Pass is worth it for you, keep reading for my comprehensive review and tips.
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What is the Paris Museum Pass?
The Paris Museum Pass provides entry to select attractions in and around Paris, France. The pass can be purchased for 2, 4, or 6 consecutive days of entry.
For some attractions, you can also skip the line or get access to a VIP line, which is sometimes shorter than the regular line.
Not all attractions include the skip-the-line 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 pass activates the first time it is scanned at an attraction, with a date written on the pass. So if you don’t have an itinerary in mind before you buy it, you can wait until the day you want to start using it to activate the pass.
For example, let’s say you’re visiting Paris from April 4-11. You have a 2 day pass and start using it on April 6. The pass would then be valid for use between April 6-8.
TIP: Yes, the pass is checked for your name and start date, so forget about trying to share passes amongst friends or trying to use it after expires.
What’s does the Paris Museum Pass include?
The Paris Museum Pass includes entrance to more than 50 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area.
Entrance to the following popular attractions are included:
- Arc de Triomphe: Open every day, with the exception of holidays.
- The Army Museum (includes Tomb of Napoleon) / Musée de l’Armée: Open every day, with the exception of holidays.
- Centre Pompidou National Museum of Modern Art / Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne: Closed on Tuesdays and holidays.
- Louvre Museum / Musée du Louvre: Closed on Tuesdays and holidays. Also, the Louvre requires advance reservations for all visitors using a Paris Museum Pass.
- Musée de l’Orangerie: Closed on Tuesdays and holidays.
- Musée d’Orsay: Closed on Mondays and holidays.
- Palace of Fontainebleau / Château de Fontainebleau: Closed on Tuesdays and holidays.
- Palace of Versailles and Trianon / Château de Versailles et Trianon: Closed on Mondays and holidays. Gardens open every day, with the exception of holidays.
- Picasso Museum / Musée Picasso: Closed on Mondays and holidays.
- Rodin Museum / Musée Rodin: Closed on Mondays and holidays.
- Sainte-Chapelle: Open every day, with the exception of holidays.
- Tours of Notre Dame Cathedral / Tours de Cathédrale Notre-Dame: The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is temporarily closed due to severe damage from a fire.
Visit the Paris Convention & Visitors’ Bureau website to see a full list of attractions that are included with the pass.
Does the Paris Museum Pass include entry to the Eiffel Tower or Catacombs?
No, the Paris Museum Pass does not include entry to the Eiffel Tower or Catacombs. In addition, the pass does not offer a discount or skip-the-line access to either attraction.
In addition, the pass does not offer a discount or skip-the-line access to either attraction.
Are there any blackout dates?
Technically, no, there aren’t any direct blackout dates for people using the pass.
However, museums and attractions have the right to deny entry to the museum, even if you have a tourist card that permits entry.
This typically only happens if the museum has reached capacity or if there is a special event that is closed to the public or that requires a separate entry fee.
Some attractions are not open everyday, too. For example, state-owned museums across France are closed on Tuesdays. In Paris, city-owned museums are closed on Mondays.
Overall, if you’re planning to visit an attraction on specific date and/or time, call ahead of time or visit their website to ensure they are open.
Do any museums require visitors with a Paris Museum Pass to reserve their spot?
As of now, the Louvre is the only museum that requires people with a Paris Museum Pass to reserve their visit time in advance. You can reserve your time at the Louvre on the PMP reservation page.
Radio France International (RFI) recently reported that the Louvre is looking into expanding this system for all visitors, not just those with a tourist pass.
Therefore I don’t see this reservation system as a reason to avoid purchasing this pass. In fact, I see it as a positive change, as it helps attractions manage crowds and assists visitors in planning their day.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see other popular museums follow the Louvre’s lead in implementing a reservation system for visitors using a tourist pass!
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 prices for the pass are as follows:
- 2 day pass: €48
- 4 day pass: €62
- 6 day pass: €74
All prices above are valid as of August 2019 and do not include taxes or other fees, such as shipping and delivery.
On my most recent visit to Paris, I purchased the 4 day pass. Between all of the attractions 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 an inexpensive meal!
In the end, I got the pass for free by using points from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
Where to buy the Paris Museum Pass
The Paris Museum Pass can be purchased online, at both Paris airports, Paris tourism offices, and a variety of popular tourist spots and stores.
When purchased online, the Paris Museum Pass can be delivered to your home or your hotel in Paris. Or you can opt to pick it up at a ticket office. How easy is that?
You can also purchase the pass on Viator, one of my favorite tour booking sites.
When I purchased the pass, I chose to have it delivered to my hotel in Paris. The pass was waiting for me at the concierge desk when I checked in. So. Easy.
This option was so much better than running around Paris to pick up the pass or worrying about the pass 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 the Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris Orly airports.
At CDG airport, the pass can be purchased at the Tourist Information Desk in the following terminals:
- Terminal 1
- Terminal 2C
- Terminal 2D
- Terminal 2E
- Terminal 2F
At Orly airport, the pass can be purchased at the Tourist Information Desk in Terminals Sud or Ouest.
Tourist spots and stores in Paris
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 some 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:
- Arc de Triomphe
- Musée D’Orsay
- Musée du Louvre
- Palace of Versailles
- Tours de Notre Dame (temporarily closed)
Lastly, a few tourism offices outside of France sell the Paris Museum Pass. The offices that sell the 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
What is the difference between the Paris Pass and the Paris Museum Pass?
The Paris Pass is similar to the Paris Museum Pass. However, the Paris Pass includes access to different attractions, such as a hop-on/hop-off bus tour and a cruise on the Seine river, in addition to dozens of museums.
The Paris Pass includes a Paris Visite Travelcard for use on the Paris Metro transportation system.
A transportation card is not included with the Paris Museum Pass. However, you can get around the city easily and affordably using the tips in my guide about the Paris Metro.
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 possible to do in a single trip, making the pass a waste of money.
Free museum entry days
Many museums in Paris offer free entry on the 1st Sunday of each month, as well as 1-2 evenings per month.
In addition to the monthly free admission days, entry to museums in Paris is free for the following people:
- People under the age of 18
- European Union residents under the age of 26
- Disabled people and a companion
Is the Paris Museum Pass worth it?
Yes, the Paris Museum Pass is worth it for most visitors.
Not only will this pass help you save money, but it can also save you time via skip-the-line or VIP access to attractions.
This post was originally published on February 11, 2017. It was last updated on August 7, 2019.