What are the best free museums in Paris?

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Lindsay McCallum

Paris is known for its abundance of cultural activities, including museums and national monuments. If you happen to be visiting Paris on the first Sunday of any month, then all of these places are free! Also, it's important to know that if you are under 26 years old then many museums are also free for you with a student ID or your EU passport. 

Other museums around Paris that are always free are : 

1. Musée de la Vie Romantique : this quaint and romantic museum in the heart of the Northern 9th arrondissement (on your way up to Montmartre) is free for visitors Tuesday-Sunday while temporary exhibitions are just €3.50. Here, you'll find a paved path leading into a vine-covered courtyard and a museum full of literature, sculptures and paintings from the French romanticism movement. 

16 Rue Chaptal
Metro: Pigalle, Blanche

2. Le Petit Palais : Free for the public from Tuesday-Sunday. You have probably passed this building if you've ever walked across Paris' most elaborate bridge, Pont Alexandre III, heading to the Grand Palais. Located just across the street from the Grand Palais is the Petit Palais, built for the World's Fair in 1900 and now a museum housing several different types of art. From Renaissance and Medieval paintings to a collection of 18th century furniture, you'll find some of France's most acclaimed artists' (Gustave Courbet, Eugene Delacrois, Jean Ingres, etc.) works here. And there definitely isn't a line like at the Louvre!

Avenue Winston Churchill
Metro: Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau

3. Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris : The modern art museum of Paris is free to the public from Tuesday to Sunday. Located in the East Wing of the well-known Palais de Tokyo, the museum houses more than 8,000 works from European and international art scenes of the 20th century. 

11 Avenue du Président Wilson
Metro: Alma – Marceau, Iéna

4. Musée Carnavalet : Open Tuesday-Sunday, this is the museum of the history of Paris located in the Marais. The gorgeous gardens in the courtyard are worth a visit themselves, as is their permanent collection of drawings, photographs, paintings and more, following the transformation of the Village of Lutece and the Parisii Tribes to the City of Light we know today. 

23 rue de Sévigné
Metro: Saint-Paul

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