It is a measure we love a lot: every first Sunday of the month is free in musuems. Everytime, we make the best of it to improve our knowledge and rediscover Paris in a new light. After closing for many long months, we are absolutely delighted to meet with beautiful museums again thanks to free tours! Next time it happens? Sunday August 1, 2021, and this is the perfect occasion to freely discover the museums' current exhibitions!
Museums and Monuments open for free in Paris on Sunday August 1, 2021:
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 8 p.m.
It is mandatory to download a free ticket before coming to the museum in order to regulate the number of people. Centre Pompidou tickets.
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! Currently exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay the "The Origins of the World", "Swiss Modernities", and "Girault de Prangey" exhibitions.
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9:30 to 6 p.m.
It is mandatory to download a free ticket before coming to the museum in order to regulate the number of people. Musée d'Orsay tickets.
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… Currently exhibited at the museum, the "Requiem pour les Barthélémy" and "Georges Bruyer" exhibitions
Free on 1st Sunday of the month, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
You must book a ticket online ahead of your visit.
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… Currently exhibited, the "Ex Africa", "Désir d'humanité", "The African Shed Laboratory", and "The Olmecs" exhibitions.
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It is mandatory to download a free ticket before coming to the museum in order to regulate the number of people. Musée du Quai Branly tickets.
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. Do not miss the "Magritte in full sun" exhibition.
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It is mandatory to download a free ticket before coming to the museum in order to regulate the number of people. For now, only the Water Lilies rooms are open. Musée de l'Orangerie tickets.
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. Currently exhibited, the "Ce qui s'oublie et ce qui reste" exhibition.
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It is mandatory to download a free ticket before coming to the museum in order to regulate the number of people. Musée de l'Histoire de l'Immigration tickets.
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! The "Kinshasa" exhibition is still running.
Free on 1st Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It is mandatory to download a free ticket before coming to the museum in order to regulate the number of people. Cité de l'Architecture tickets.
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.
Call +33(0)144418650 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to book a free ticket.
To these museums are added Museums and Monuments free of charge all the time in Paris:
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 Mondays.
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 were wrong!
Dates and Opening Time
On 1 August 2021
Paris - Ile de France
75001 Paris 1