Paris is home to some of the most famous museums in the world. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay as they are two of the most popular attractions in Paris. But if you’re a budget traveler like me, admission to these museums can be expensive and most of the free entry are usually only for EU citizens. But what about for those who have a different nationality? Well, fret not because I’m giving you a list of free admission to Paris museums if you’re a non EU citizen under 26 years old!
Note: You need to be under 26 years old and have a long term Schengen visa (3 months or more validity) or a resident card in Europe to avail of the free admission to Paris museums. For other tips on how to travel Paris on a budget, especially for student travelers (or people on student budget), please click here!
1. The Louvre
Ever heard of the painting Mona Lisa? Well, this is her home. You’ve probably seen this pyramid before too, right? It’s the Louvre pyramid and it’s one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris, France. The Louvre Museum is the world’s largest museum and it attracts over 2 million tourists from all over the world every year making it the most visited museum in Paris. One day is not enough to appreciate all the art work inside because of how massive it is. Thankfully, the Louvre Museum is part of the list of the free admission to Paris museums which you can enter if you’re a resident or on a long term visa in the EU!
Take note that the Louvre Museum also offers free entry to ALL after 6 pm every Friday! That includes you, tourist visa holders! (YAY)!
Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: Sat – Mon & Thurs (9 AM – 6 PM); Wed & Fri (9 AM – 10 PM); Closed on Tuesdays
2. Musée Picasso
From the name itself, Musée Picasso is a museum dedicated for the art of the one and only Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Aside from Picasso’s art work, the museum also features work of cartoonists who mocked Picasso in the 1950’s.
When I was at the Musée Picasso, I was the only teenager there. Everyone else was probably 60 years old and I wish more young people appreciated his art. So I hope you visit it since Musée Picasso has free admission for long term visa holders and residents of EU.
Address: 5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France
Hours: Tues – Fri (10:30 AM – 6 PM); Sat – Sun (9:30 AM – 6 PM); Closed on Mondays
3. Musée d’Orsay
Honestly, Musée d’Orsay is my favorite museum in Paris. I think most people’s favorite is the Louvre but I just absolutely loved all the collection of impressionist art in this majestic museum by the river. I especially enjoyed Van Gogh’s and Claude Monet’s collection of art work. Musée d’Orsay houses collection of French art dating from 1814-1914. That’s 100 years worth of French history, all of which you can appreciate for free.
Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: Tues – Sat (9 AM – 6 PM; Thurs 9 AM – 9:45 PM); Closed on Mondays
4. Musée De L’Armee
The Musée de l’Armée or the Army Museum is a national military museum, which showcases the French military history dating from the late Middle Ages until World War II. So you can see weapons, cannons, uniforms, and other artillery related to the French war history. The Army Museum is a really interesting way to learn more about the French history. So even if you’re not a history buff, the Army Museum is an absolute go-to museum among the others included in this list of free admission to Paris museums.
Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Hours: Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM
The Panthéon is a mausoleum that houses the remains of famous French citizens. That includes the famous philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the famous writer, Victor Hugo, and the two Nobel prize laureates, Pierre and Marie Curie (among the many other renowned French citizens). I was absolutely humbled as I walked around the tombs of these people who literally changed the world.
Address: Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France
Hours: Mon to Sat (9 AM – 6 PM); Sun (8:30 AM – 7:30 AM)
6. Musée Du Quai Branly
The Musée Du Quai Branly by Jacques Chirac is a museum that opened in 2006 which features indigenous art from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. It also features a beautiful non-traditional French garden with open streams, hills, pools, and small gardens. Accessible through the garden is the theater designed by Jean Nouvel. And, this museum has a library!!
Address: 37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat (11 AM – 9 PM); Sunday (11 AM – 7 PM); Closed on Mondays
These are the museums that I personally went to and got in for free. I simply queued up in the Accueil or ticket office, showed the Schengen Visa page of my passport, and I’m ushered inside the museum for free! I know it sounds unbelievable that you just need a long term visa or to be an EU citizen under 26 years old to avail the free admission to Paris museums, but trust me, it’s that simple.
If your visa validity is less than 3 months and/or you’re over 26 years old, then you can’t avail this free admission to Paris museums BUT there are other ways to get in Paris museums for free:
National museums which are free only on the first Sunday of every month:
- National Museum of Paris
- Musée National du Moyen Age
- Musée national Eugene Delacroix
- Guiment Museum
- Musée des Arts et Metiers
- National Museum of Modern Art in Paris
Museums open to everybody any day of the month:
- Petit Palais
- Musée Cognacq-Jay
- Maison de Balzac
- Musée Carnavalet
- City of Paris Museum of Modern Art
If there’s a specific museum you’d like to see that isn’t on my list, please let me know by commenting down below. Or if you wish to check it yourself, simply go to that museum’s website and look for Exonerations. See if it states jeunes de 18 à 26 ans, résidants de longue durée dans les pays de l’Union européenne or “youth from 18-26 years, residents of long duration in a European Union country.” Check out this link for a more detailed list!
So there you have it! A list of free admission to Paris museums for both EU and non EU citizens who are under 26 years old. I’m telling you, budget traveling is possible wherever you go. As long as you plan your itinerary and do your research, you’ll save a lot of time and money. Have fun museum-hopping!
Other budget tips:
If planning is not your forte or if you want to score discounted vouxhers, then try using Klook.com. My family and I use this all the time to get discounts for activities and entrances to tourist attractions!
If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, I suggest the following:
If you’re a solo traveler: Book with Hostelworld.com. I always, always use this whenever I travel solo because it’s so easy to make friends when I stay at a hostel. For your bookings, make sure to use my link to get discounts as well; its for free!
If you’re traveling with your family: Booking.com is a great website to look for the best value hotels based on your preferences. You can filter the hotels by location, available dates, number of stars, etc. I use this when traveling with the fam because they do prefer to stay at a more polished accommodation.
If you plan to travel Europe by bus, then make sure to book with Flixbus. They offer the cheapest fares and have the most convenient app to manage all your bookings. I personally used Flixbus when I traveled to Europe for 5 months and it was really easy. Book your trips with my link and get a discount!