Free museums and monuments in Paris this Sunday April 7, 2019

Visiting a monument for free in Paris this Sunday April 7, 2019? Discovering a museum when being on a budget? Sortiraparis gives you the best permanent and temporary deals and tricks so you can make the most of Paris cultural side!

In addition to the exceptional days on which most of Parisians buildings are open to all and for free, including European Heritage Days in September, the Nuit Blanche in October or Museums Night in May, we do not always recall the best deals to visit museums and monuments for free in Paris.

And since the first 4 arrondissements of Paris go car-free this Sunday April 7, 2019, we make the best of it to get your fill of culture and rediscover Paris in a new light.

To help you out, Sortiraparis investigated on the monuments and museums open for free and for all, with or without conditions, so that you can treat yourself, your family or your friends at low cost…

Museums and Monuments open for free in Paris on Sunday April 7, 2019:

  • Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou:
    Whilst the Centre Pompidou is known worldwide for its large temporary exhibitions, we would almost forget that the Musée national d’Art Moderne, located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Centre Pompidou hosts the second largest collection of modern art in the world… Over 75,000 works are featured and they are naturally displayed in shifts in the museum’s rooms, following a chronological order so that we can better understand the last century’s artistic evolutions: we would never be done discovering the extent of the museum’s collections! Let's add that Centre Pompidou temporary exhibitions remain charged, the museum itself is free!
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Musée d’Orsay:
    Located in Orsay former railway station, the building houses the museum built for the universal and world exhibition in Paris, 1900. The Musée d’Orsay should be visited for its architecture and then for the masterworks it houses… You will discover creations from the 19th century, the museum’s collection goes from 1848 to 1914 including The Gleaners by Millet, Olympia by Manet as well as Van Gogh’s room in Arles!
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9:30 to 6 p.m.

  • Musée de la Grande Guerre:
    If the subject does not give rise to smiles, families can find at the Musée de la Grande Guerre the explanations children seek after a lesson about war: reproductions of dressed soldiers, horses, trenches reconstituted with odors and sounds immerse us in this unimaginable state of war that we have not experienced ourselves. Through a very-well documented tour, we learn how war has been triggered, why men had to leave, what weapons were used on the battle field and how they do to have a wash… questions among others that everyone one day or another.
    Free on 1st Sunday of the month, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Musée des Arts et Métiers:
    The Musée des Arts et Métiers can be seen as one of the most playful museums in Paris thanks to the two Universcience areas. In a particular setting, those of the former medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, the museum showcases over 3000 inventions which lead us to facilitate our daily lives: Foucault’s pendulum, Louis Lumière’s movie projector, Clément Ader’s flying machine… incredible machines are scattered across the 10,000-square-meter place. To make the visit easier, workshops and demonstrations are organized for free and on a daily basis! A small surprise awaits you: a replica of the Statue of Liberty welcomes us in the museum’s garden which is open to all!
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Musée du Quai Branly:
    The Musée du Quai Branly, on the initiative of former French President Jacques Chirac, brings primitive and ethnic arts back to former glory. Evolving around 3,500 items from all over the world, the Musée du Quai Branly’s collection invites us to travel Oceania, Africa, Asia and its long-lost peoples or current peoples so that you can discover their ways of life, their customs, their civilizations…
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Musée de l’Orangerie:
    Located in the heart of the Tuileries, the Musée de l’Orangerie houses numerous temporary exhibitions, each one more interesting than the last. Nonetheless, the Musée de l’Orangerie is famous for its various donations made by artists and collectors. Whereas Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume bequeathed their private collections to the museum, Monet offered to leave the Water Lilies so that the general public can enjoy the series.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Musée Guimet – Musée national des Arts Asiatiques:
    The Musée Guimet leads you to Asia on the lookout for civilizations and their arts, in an area showcasing over 10,000 objects from Asia and Middle-East. This museum has been wished by Emile Guimet who spent a long time traveling and bequeathed the treasures he used to bring back. Among the collections, you will discover furniture, clothes, ceramics, sculptures, manuscripts… After visiting the museum, you will be surprised by the Buddhist pantheon and its Japanese garden making us forget the French capital!
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration:
    Built for the universal and world exhibition in Paris, 1931, the Palais de la Porte Dorée was to house the Musée des colonies, hence the wonderful architecture based on bas-reliefs and frescoes praising the French Empire. Long after the decolonization, in 2007, a call has been made and a museum dedicated to French and strangers immigrated in France after Wars in their countries has seen the light of day… The numerous pictures and stories immerse us in France as seen as a land of asylum and allow us to understand the history of immigration.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine:
    As a vestige of the Art Deco style in Paris, the Cité Chaillot offers about 22,000 square meters dedicated to French and global heritage: separated into three parts, the collection of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine houses full sections of buildings from all times, models, recreations or even photographs of diverse cities from the 18th century. The Cité de l’Architecture stand outs against the Parisian landscape by overlooking the champs de Mars, a stone’s throw from the Trocadero!
    Free on 1st Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Musée Cluny – the Middle-Age museum:
    The Musée Cluny located in the former house of the Cluny abbots invites us to discore Roman and Gothic art: we discover thus a hidden heritage, within the building’s thermae housing the ancient collections from the institution. Moreover, you will pleasantly head to the museum’s garden open to all and nearby the ruins visible from the boulevard Saint-Michel…
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Musée Delacroix:
    The Musée national Eugène Delacroix is well hidden! Located in the last flat the artist occupied as well as in the painter’s workshop, the museum hosts a small part of the artist’s works while allowing a chronological tour retelling Delacroix’s entire career. Depiste the museums being hidden within a flat Rue Furstenberg, it shows the intimacy of the artist who decided to settle down to finish the Saint-Sulpice chapel as soon as possible.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Galerie des Gobelins:
    Within the former premises of the Manufacture Royale des Gobelins from the 17th century, the Galerie des Gobelins shows us various tapestries and hangings from all eras. Open only on temporary exhibitions, the Galerie des Gobelins only unveils masterworks following a thematic tour.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature:
    Fondation François Sommer offers us two places, two private mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries dedicated to the relationships men have with Nature. Through works by known artists such as Cranach, Corot or Koons we go all over the evolution of “wild animals from the Antiquity to the present day” whereas another space of the museum is dedicated to the various game techniques used men have always used.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Château de Champs-sur-Marne: 
    Characteristic of the mansions built in the 18th century in the countryside, the Château de Champs-sur-Marne presents a new art de vivre. Built between 1703 and 1708 at the behest of Louis XIV’s financial advisor Paul Poisson de Bourvallais, it features splendid rococo decors as well as painted Chinoiseries decors from the mid-18th century by Christophe Huet.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., then 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Domaine national de Rambouillet: 
    The Domaine de Rambouillet saw with time princes and kings came to rest, changing into a royal pleasure estate with annex buildings devoted to queens’ and princesses’ pleasures such as the Queen Marie-Antoinette’s dairy and the Princesse de Lamballe’s shell thatched cottage.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Maison des Jardies, Sèvres:
    In Sèvres, don’t miss the Maison des Jardies, Rousseau’s and Gambetta’s former house, a wine-maker’s house built in the late 17th century on the south side of the Domaine de Saint-Cloud in Ile-de-France.
    Free on 1st Sunday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To these musuems are added Museums and Monuments free of charge all the time in Paris:

  • Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris:
    The MAM’s collection retells all the artistic creation of the 20th century including: Fauvism, surrealism, cubism, art brut, contemporary art. About 8000 works are chronologically displayed with small inserts on various major artists, icons of a movement: Dubuffet, Dada, Marcel Duchamp and so much more. In June 2013, the venue unveiled a new scenography promoting the building’s beauty.
    Schedules: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on public holidays.

  • Petit Palais – City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts:
    The Petit Palais is a wonderful setting for Paris Beaux-Arts collections – from ancient art to works from the 19th century: items conserved within the museum’s collections come from donations or acquisition by the city. In addition to its collections, the Petit Palais is an architectural gem like its big brother. Created to house the works of art for the universal and world exhibition in Paris, 1900, it became a museum in 1902!
    Schedules: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on public holidays.

  • Musée Cernuschi – City of Paris Museum of Asian arts:
    Musée Cernuschi houses Asian works of art including 5000 items purchased by Henri Cernuschi in the 19th century. We go through the history of Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese peoples since the Neolithic Era. The flagship item of the museum is a great bronze Buddha overlooking the huge high-ceiling room where permanent collections are gathered together.
    Schedules: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on public holidays.

  • Musée de la Vie Romantique:
    The Musée de la Vie Romantique is located in the Montmartre neighborhood, in painter Ary Scheffer’s hôtel particulier. Here, the City of Paris wished to recreate the romantic area from the 19th century featuring a focus on artists from this area including George Sand and Frédéric Chopin, the whole showcase in a very charming space that will move you with its tea room and its hidden garden!
    Schedules: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays

  • Musée Cognac-Jay – City of Paris 18th century museum:
    The Musée Cognac-Jay housed in a private mansion the private collection of the Cognac-Jay couple including items and works of art from the 18th century. This couple of entrepreneurs to whom we owe the Samaritaine, and of art enthusiasts bequeathed 1200 items from this century that charmed the couple with their beauty. Works by Fragonard and Watteau are included as well as items of everyday life are to be found in this surprising small museum!
    Schedules: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays

  • Maison de Balzac:
    In the heart of the former village of Passy, Balzac’s house has become a museum dedicated to his work, La Comédie Humaine, he wrote in this very place. You will find Balzac’s touch, manuscripts, original editions of his works, illustrated books from the 19th century as well as sculpted portraits… As a memo, the museum is open for free outside temporary exhibition!
    Schedules: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays

  • Mémorial de la Shoah:
    The Mémorial de la Shoah is open freely all year long. Remembrance place, recollection place, it is a “museum of vigilance created to learn, understand and feel” the Shoah.
    Schedules: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Saturdays

If you thought visiting a museum meant breaking the bank, you're wrong!

Photo credit: Musée du Louvre © Paris Tourist Office - Photographer: Marc Bertrand


Elodie D.
Last updated on 26 March 2019

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On 7 April 2019



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    75001 Paris 1

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