Free museums and monuments this Sunday December 5, 2021 in Paris

Published by Cécile D. · Photos by Julie M. · Updated on 15 November 2021 at 09h14 · Published on 12 November 2021 at 19h46
Which museum can you visit for free on the 1st Sunday of the month, namely Sunday December 5, 2021 in Paris? Centre Pompidou, Musée du Quai Branly, Musée de l'Orangerie, Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, here are many discoveries to enjoy!

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 December 5, 2021, and this is the perfect occasion to freely discover the museums' current exhibitions!

Museums and Monuments open for free in Paris on Sunday December 5, 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.

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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! Currently exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay the "Enfin le Cinéma!" exhibition.
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9:30 to 6 p.m.

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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… 
Free on 1st Sunday of the month, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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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 "Désir d'humanité" and "Ultimate Combat. Asian Martial Arts" exhibitions.
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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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 "Soutine/de Kooning" exhibition.
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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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. The museum's permanent collections are closed until Fall 2022 for renovations. But you can still enjoy temporary exhibitions such as "Picasso l'étranger".
Free on 1st Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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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.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers:
The Musée des Arts et Métiers can be seen as one of the most playful museums in Paris. Set in the special setting of the former Medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs, the museum keeps over 3,000 inventions that made our daily lives easier. The Foucault's pendulum, Louis Lumière's Cinematograph, Clément Ader's flying machine, incredible creations are gathered in the 10,000sqm venue. To make your tour easier, workshops and demonstrations are held for free every day! A small surprise expects you: a replica of the Statue of Liberty welcomes us in the garden of the museum open to all!
Free on the 1st Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Musée Guimet - the National Asian Art Museum:
The Musée Guimet takes to Asia to discover civilizations and their arts, in a space displaying over 10,000 items from Asia and the Middle-East; this museum was wished by Emile Guimet who traveled a lot and bequeathed the treasures he brought back. Therefore, among the collections: furniture, clothes, ceramics, sculptures, manuscripts and more. After visiting the Museum, you will be surprised by the Hôtel Heidelbach making you forget you are in Paris! Come and enjoy the "Tadjikistan, au pays des fleuves d'or" exhibition.
Free on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Musée national Picasso :
At the hôtel Salé, discover an exceptional collection including over 5,000 works by Picasso. The museum shines a light on the richness of Pablo Picasso's work and presents many archive pieces enabling us to grasp the artist's creative process. The "Picasso-Rodin" exhibition is to be seen as soon as possible.
Free on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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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.

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Musée Rodin
Devoted to one of the world's greatest sculptors, the Musée Rodin houses about a hundred works of art, bronzes, and moldings in a very beautiful private mansion in the heart of Paris. Gardens around the museum are filled with sculptures and provide visitors with a very splendid walk.
Free on the 1st Sunday of the month from October to March, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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The Cité de la Céramique de Sèvres:
The Cité de la Céramique de Sèvres, famous for its ceramics manufacture shines a light on china production factories through guided tours and collections of china from Sèvres, including the Liono de Nevers à crinière bleue, the Chien qui danse de Sèvresand the Singe du Danemark. 
Free on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace
The first plane, the space conquest, the great heroes of aviation... Walk around impressive machines that made history. Dream about skies and stars with this wonderful story told through the museum's permanent tour.
Free on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Musée français de la Carte à Jouer
This museum fascinates children as much as adults: discover the impressive collection of cards in the museum set in Issy-les-Moulineaux. Old or recent cards, tarot or long-forgotten playing cards, cards from Europe or Asia... Gladly walk around the 11,000 sets included in the museum's collection. And walk through the Pavillon Conti telling you more about the history of the city.
Free on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Arc de Triomphe
It is one of the most iconic flagships in Paris, and it recently made the news after being wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. (Re)discover the Arc de Triomphe and discover the capital city from the top!
Free on the 1st Sunday from November to March, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Conciergerie
Do visit this remnant of the French History, this former gothic palace that housed the Kings of France before being turned into a law court, and then into a revolutionary prison. From Jean le Bon to Marie-Antoinette, discover the famous characters who inhabited this magnificent place.
Free on the 1st Sundays from November to March, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Panthéon
Iconic monument in the 5th arrondissement, the Panthéon is an uncommon historic center. From its architecture to the noble residents it protects to its history, this monument is a must-see.
Free on the 1st Sundays from November to March, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Sainte-Chapelle
It is one of Paris' gothic gems: the Sainte-Chapelle is lit by over 1,000 colorful stained-glass windows. This monument is packed with history and hosues the precious reliques purchased by Saint-Louis, including the Christ' Crown of Thornes
Free on the 1st Sundays from November to March, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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.

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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

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Musée Carnavalet
After closing for years, the Musée Carnavalet reopens. Come and discover the history of Paris, from the Antiquity to the 20th century through the 610,000 pieces displayed in the recently renovated rooms of the museum! The tour of the permanent collections covers 1.5km and revolves in a chronological order with immersive stagings especially thanks to reconstructed décors
Free every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays

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

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On 5 December 2021

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