Free museums and monuments in Paris and Ile de France

Looking for a free museum in Paris? Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée de l’Aviation, Musée des Arts Asiatiques, over 20 museums are free of charge, all year round, so, discover them!

When we think about museums in Paris, we think about Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Fondation Louis Vuitton and the collections open for 10 or 15euros… or we think about the museums open for free on the first Sunday of every month and their long queue. But we easily forget the other: museums open for free every day.

Free Museums and Monuments in Paris:

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Musée Carnavalet – the museum of the history of Paris:
the Musée Carnavalet is the museum devoted to the history of Paris and its inhabitants, through a wonderful collection of works of art, models, books and memorabilia telling us all about the life in the French capital at different time periods. We love the rooms recreating the inside of homes as they were in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

 

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on public holidays.

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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!

 

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, closed on public holidays.

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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.

 

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, closed on public holidays.

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Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris – Paris Museum of Modern Art:
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.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on public holidays.

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Musée Bourdelle – Bourdelle Museum:
The Bourdelle museum is set in artist Antoine Bourdelle’s (1861-1929) former living place, donated by his wife and his daughter to the city of Paris to present his work and private collections. So, over 2000 works – paintings, sculptures and drawings by the artist – are displayed within the Montparnasse building!

 

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on public holidays.
Free if no temporary exhibition.

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Musée de la Vie Romantique – Museum of the Romantic Life:
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 tearoom and its hidden garden!

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on public holidays.

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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!

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on public holidays.

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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!

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on public holidays.

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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.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on public holidays.

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Musée Curie – Curie Museum:
Set where Marie Curie used to live, at the same place where she studied and taught radioactivity over a century ago, the Curie Museum offers several teaching tours and activities to discover with your family.
You can visit the scientist’s office, the chemistry lab kept as it was and the amphitheater where she used to teach.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Musée d’Art et d’histoire de l’Hôpital Sainte-Anne – Sainte-Anne Hospital Museum of art and history:
In the museum, you have tracks of all the medical disciplinary practiced in psychiatry and brain diseases. Are represented the different steps of research and movements that created the bases of the modern psychiatry and avant-garde brain surgery.

Open from Wednesday to Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., only when exhibitions displayed.

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Musée de la Légion d’Honneur – Legion of Honor museum:
The Legion of Honor museum brings together official texts, period documents as well as sketches of the medal, photographs and video clips of the ceremony, returning to the story of the Order of Merit.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Free Museums and monuments in Ile de France:

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The Coach Gallery at the Palace of Versailles:
The Coach Gallery of the Palace of Versailles is set in the Royal Stables, across the Palace, and houses the most beautiful coaches in Versailles, vestige of past Royalties. You can see up close these ceremonial cars and grasp the luxury of Napoleon I’s wedding luxury Berline, Charles X’s coronation coach without forgetting Louis XVIII’s funeral carriage and discover for the first time sedan chairs, Marie-Antoinette’s children’s small coaches and a surprising collection of fantasy sleighs created under the reign of Louis XV.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace – Air and Space Museum:
With the Concorde, the Ariane 1 and 5 rockets, its Boeing 747 and its airplanes from the early century, the Musée du Bourget has a beautiful display of all these flying machines. Permanent collections are free of charge, you better make the most of them!

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 1 to March 30
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 31 to September 30

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Musée Aéronautique et Spatial Safran – Safran Aeronautic and Space Museum:
The Safran Aeronautic and Space Museum houses a unique collection of over 100 plane, rocket and helicopter engines, most of them have been restored by the Association des Amis du Musée Safran (plane engines) or by former SEP (rocket engines).

Open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On the 2nd and last Saturday of the month, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Ecomusée de Savigny-le-Temple – Savigny-le-Temple eco-museum (closed due to inventory):
Savigny-le-Temple eco-museum is set in the heart of a privileged area, the Ferme du Coulevrain and keeps town planning plans, 1500 diapositives as well as 500 objects, a specialized documentary funds and many remarkable farming building, without forgetting hundred year old trees in the orchard to make sure the Ile de France heritage doesn’t disappear.

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Musée Robert Dubois-Corneau – Robert Dubois-Corneau Museum in Brunoy (91):
The museum is named after a historian, Robert Dubois-Corneau, who has been interested in the story of Brunoy and the Vallée de l’Yerres all his life. When he died in 1951, he gave a big collection to the city. A collection that highlights the story of Brunoy and the Vallée de l’Yerres starting from the 18th century.

Open Wednesday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (May 2 to October 31)
Open Wednesday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (November 2 to April 30)

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Maison-atelier Foujita – Foujita house-studio, Villiers-le-Bâcle (77):
Set in Villiers-le-Bâcle, the Maison-atelier Foujita is the last house of the artist. Bought in October 1960, this house has been entirely renovated by Foujita who has carried out massive works to give it a design and modern aspect. This house will be his studio, a studio you can still visit today.

Open on weekends, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If you thought you have to blow up your budget to access culture, you were wrong.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 5 April 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
From 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019

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    1er Arrondissement
    75001 Paris 1

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    Free

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