What is the Museum Pass, a must for sightseeing in Paris? How to buy and use it

A museum pass is essential for sightseeing in Paris. The Museum Pass is a free pass that allows you to enter several tourist attractions in Paris.

But at 48 euros for two days, it’s not cheap. Should I really buy it? You may be wondering, “Should I really buy it?”

The truth is that the Museum Pass not only saves you money on sightseeing, but also has many other advantages.
In this article, we have summarized the advantages of buying a museum pass, the places you can enter with a museum pass, and where to buy one.

If you are planning to visit Paris in the future, please take a look at this article.

“Museum Pass” is a common ticket for museums in Paris


The Museum Pass is a common ticket that allows access to museums and tourist attractions in Paris. It allows you to visit the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, and other tourist sites with a single ticket.

The price is 48 Euros for two days, but once you buy a museum pass, you can visit all the major sites in Paris without having to buy more than one ticket.

Prices

There are three types of museum passes available: 2-day, 4-day, and 6-day. They can be used for consecutive days.
2-day pass: 48€
4-day pass: 62€
6-day pass: 74€

Museum Pass is valid at major tourist attractions

Here is a list of major tourist attractions that can be accessed with the Museum Pass, which is a convenient way to get in with just one ticket.
The list of places you can enter is in the latter half of this article.

・Louvre Museum (15 Euros)
・Orsay Museum (12 euros)
・Palace of Versailles (€18) *The gardens are extra.
・Arc de Triomphe (€12)
・Center Georges Pompidou / National Museum of Modern Art (€14)
・Musee de l’Orangerie (9 euros)
・Picasso Museum (12.50€)
・Rodin Museum (€10)

The Eiffel Tower and the Opera House are not accessible with a museum pass.

Where to buy it

・Paris airport
・Major sightseeing spots in Paris.
・You can also buy it online in Japan.
・Detailed information on how to purchase is given in the second half of the article.

How to use

・Fill in your name and date of use.

The date you purchase the pass and the date you start using it can be different.

・Line up at the entrance with your Museum Pass.
The barcode on your museum pass will be scanned and you will be allowed to enter.

Advantages of purchasing a Paris Museum Pass

Merit 1: Unlimited access to all facilities that accept the Museum Pass

The most important advantage is that you can enter as many as you want. Sightseeing in Paris can be very expensive. However, if you have a Museum Pass, you can visit all the facilities that are available.

For example, you can visit the Arc de Triomphe by day and by night.

For example, you can climb the Arc de Triomphe in the daytime and at night, or visit the Louvre twice on different days without worrying about the cost.

The Eiffel Tower can be seen from the Arc de Triomphe, so it is recommended both during the day and at night.

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Merit 2: Cheaper depending on the number of times and places you visit

Depending on the number of places you visit and the number of times you use your museum pass, you may be able to save more money than if you bought a regular ticket.

If you buy a 2-day pass (48€) and visit the following places, you will save 9€.

Louvre: €15
Musee d’Orsay: €12
Palace of Versailles: €18
Arc de Triomphe: €12

Merit 3: No need to wait in line to buy tickets.


Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You may have to wait in line for an hour or so to buy a ticket for a famous museum.

Once you buy a museum pass, you don’t need to buy any more tickets.

The Louvre usually has a line of 30 minutes or more to purchase tickets. Not having to stand in line to buy tickets is a big advantage.

Merit 4: Some places have a special entrance for museum passes

In addition to not having to wait in line to buy tickets, some museums have special Museum Pass entrances that allow you to get in faster than you would normally.

The Louvre has a special entrance for museum passes.

Merit 5: Easy access to restrooms and breaks

The Museum Pass allows you to enter museums all over Paris. It’s a great way to stop by a museum on a whim, or just to use the restroom or take a break.

Should you really buy one? Who should and shouldn’t buy a museum pass

If you are planning to visit 4 museums in 2 days, you should buy it without hesitation

If any of the following apply to you, you should buy a museum pass.

If you plan to visit many of the places covered by the Museum Pass

If you are planning to visit 4 places with a 2-day ticket, you should buy a Museum Pass without hesitation; if you are planning to visit 3 places with a 2-day ticket, it may not be worth the price. If you’re planning to visit three places with a two-day ticket, you may not get the best price, but if you’re planning to visit three places with a two-day ticket, you may as well buy the ticket.

People who don’t want to wait in line to buy tickets and want to make the most of their time in Paris

If you don’t have much time to spend in Paris and want to make the most of your time, I would also recommend purchasing a museum pass.

All the tourist attractions in Paris are crowded and it is often difficult to visit them as you wish. A museum pass can help you save time.

If you are only going to visit one or two places covered by the museum pass, you don’t need to buy one

If any of the following apply to you, you may not need to buy a museum pass.

If you only visit one or two places covered by the Museum Pass

If you are only going to visit one or two places covered by the Museum Pass, you may as well buy a regular ticket since it is not so profitable.

If you plan to spend a day visiting museums in Paris

If you are planning to visit museums in Paris for one day

You should buy a museum pass.

How to buy a Paris Museum Pass

There are two ways to buy a museum pass in Paris: in Japan or locally.

Two-day and four-day passes are more expensive but can be purchased in Japan

They are about $10 more expensive, but you can buy them online in Japan. You can buy them by accessing the following website.

Paris Museum Pass

Please make sure to apply by 7 working days (not counting weekends and holidays) before your departure. If you are not sure about buying a museum pass locally, you can buy one in Japan in advance.

Prices for buying online

・2-day ticket: $68
・4-day ticket: $87
It costs about $5 to $8 in addition to the above prices.

The cheapest way is to buy locally. List of places where you can buy a museum pass in Paris

Museum passes in Paris can be purchased at major museums. They are also sold at some kiosks near tourist attractions.

The following are the main places where you can buy museum passes.

・Charles de Gaulle Airport Tourist Office Information Center
・Paris City Tourist Office Information Center
・Ticket offices for museums that accept the Museum Pass
・Ticket offices in Paris.

If you are coming to Paris by plane and the information center is open, you can buy tickets at the airport.

If you are flying into Paris and the information center is open, you may want to buy your museum pass at the airport. At the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay, you may have to wait in line for an hour to buy a ticket, so it is better to buy your museum pass elsewhere.

Where to buy museum passes at Charles de Gaulle Airport

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・TERMINAL 1 TOURIST INFORMATION DESK (7:15 – 20:45)
・TERMINAL 2C TOURIST INFORMATION DESK (7:30am – 2:30pm)
・TERMINAL 2D TOURIST INFORMATION DESK (7:30 – 20:30)
・TERMINAL 2E TOURIST INFORMATION DESK (7:15 – 20:45)
・TERMINAL 2F TOURIST INFORMATION DESK(7:15~20:45) ・TERMINAL 2D TOURIST INFORMATION DESK(7:30~20:30
https://en.parismuseumpass.com/rub-t-points-of-sale-3.htm?cat=6&type=3

Where to buy a museum pass at Orly Airport

・TERMINAL SUD TOURIST INFORMATION DESK (7:15 – 20:30)
・TERMINAL OUEST TOURIST INFORMATION DESK (7:15am – 8:30pm)

Where to buy a museum pass at major tourist attractions in Paris

・Louvre Museum
・Musee d’Orsay
・Rodin Museum
・Arc de Triomphe
・Sainte-Chapelle
・Center Georges Pompidou
・Notre Dame Cathedral
・Cinema Museum
・Museum of Decorative Arts
・The Conciergerie
・Orangery Museum
・Museum of Arts and Crafts
・Medieval Museum of Cluny
・The Pantheon
・Delacroix Memorial Museum
・The Ambarides
・Museum of Nichem Camondo
・Musée Guimet / Musée d’Orient
・Jacques Chirac
・Museum of Jewish Art and History
・Nichem de Camondo Museum

The Japanese site does not show where to buy in Paris, so please go to the following site and translate the information into Japanese.

Some kiosks around major tourist attractions also sell them. We bought a 6-day pass at a kiosk near the ticket office of the Musee d’Orsay. I think this is a good place to buy tickets as there was no line at all.

Where you can and can’t go with the Paris Museum Pass

List of museums and tourist attractions that are accessible with the Museum Pass

Museums that accept the Museum Pass

Louvre (Closed Tuesday)
Musee d’Orsay (Closed: Monday)
Center Georges Pompidou / National Museum of Modern Art (Closed Tuesday)
Orangerie Museum (Closed Tuesday)
Picasso Museum (Closed Mon)
Rodin Museum (Closed Mon)
Cluny Museum of Medieval Art (Closed Tuesday)
Gustave Moreau Museum (Closed Tuesday)
Delacroix Memorial Museum (Closed Tuesday)
Musee Nicime de Camondo (Closed Mon-Tue)
Musee du Quai Branly (Closed Mon)
Guimet Museum and Museum of Oriental Art (Closed Tue)
Arab World Institute (Closed Mon)
Museum of Jewish Art and History (closed Mon)
Fashion and decorative arts are also “art
Museum of Fashion and Textiles (closed irregularly)
Museum of Decorative Arts (Closed: Mon)

Buildings in Paris that are accessible with a museum pass

Arc de Triomphe
Notre Dame’s tower (Notre Dame itself is free to enter)
The Crypt of Notre Dame (closed Mon.)
Pantheon
Conciergerie
Church of Sainte-Chapelle
Church of the Atonement (closed: irregular)
Sewers (Closed: Thursday and Friday)

Museums accessible with a museum pass

Military Museum / Napoleon’s Tomb
Museum of Relief Maps (closed on the first Monday of the month)
Museum of Architecture and Cultural Heritage (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Museum of the Liberation of the Resistance (closed on the first Monday of the month)
Museum of Migration History (closed Mon)
Museum of Science and Industry / La Villette (closed Mon)
Music Museum (closed Mon)
Museum of Cinema (closed Tue)
Advertising Museum (closed Mon)
Museum of Arts and Crafts (closed Mon)
Palais de la Découverte (closed Mon)

Place outside Paris with museum pass

Palace of Versailles and Trianon (closed Mon)
Château de Fontainebleau (closed Tuesday)
Malmaison Castle (closed Tuesday)
Château de Rambouillet (closed Tuesday)
Compiègne Castle
Conde Museum/Château de Chantilly (Tuesdays, every January).
Castle of Vincennes
Archaeological Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (closed Tuesday).
Château de Chantilly (closed Tuesdays)
Maurice Denis Museum in Yvelines (Closed Mon].
Château de la Maison Lafayette (Closed Tuesday)
Pierrepont Castle
Abbey of Chaali
Museum of the Renaissance / Château d’Ecouen (Closed: Tuesday)
Sèvres Museum of Ceramics (Closed: Tuesday)
Saint-Denis Abbey
Paul Royale Museum (Closed Tuesday)
Meudon Rodin Memorial Museum (Closed Mon-Thu)
Savoie House (Closed Mon)
Air and Space Museum (closed Mon)

A list of facilities that accept the Museum Pass can also be found at the following website.
List of facilities that accept the Paris Museum Pass

Museum Pass does not allow entry to Eiffel Tower and Opera House

The Museum Pass allows you to visit most of the major tourist attractions in Paris, but not the Eiffel Tower or the Opera House.

Please note that there is an extra charge.

The Eiffel Tower is crowded during the day, but if you go there first thing in the morning, you can climb it without much of a line.

How to use the Paris Museum Pass.Using the museum pass is very easy.

1) Fill in your name and date


Fill in your name and the date you will start using it.

It doesn’t matter if the date of purchase and the date you start using it are different, so it’s best to fill in the date you start using it.

2) Have the barcode of your museum pass scanned

Don’t get in line to buy tickets, but get in line at the entrance. In the case of the Louvre, there is a special line for museum passes, so check carefully.
Please check carefully.

Show your museum pass and they will scan the barcode.

Points to keep in mind when using your museum pass

Caveat 1: It saves you the trouble of buying a ticket and gets you in faster, but you still have to wait in line

The Museum Pass saves you time by eliminating the hassle of buying tickets. However, except for the Louvre, there is no special entrance for Museum Passes, and you may have to wait in line to get in…

For the Louvre, Orsay, and Versailles, even if you have a museum pass, it is recommended to go early in the morning.

The Palace of Versailles does not have a dedicated line for museum passes, and we had to wait in line for about 40 minutes to get in.

Caveat 2: The same facilities may have different prices

Even if you can use your museum pass, there are places within the facility that charge extra.

At the Palace of Versailles, we were able to use our museum pass to enter the palace itself, but we were not allowed to enter the gardens, and we had to pay extra.

Caveat 3: You can’t visit that many museums in one day

When you hear that you can enter as many museums as you want, you will want to visit as many as you can. However, the museums in Paris are very large and you cannot visit that many in one day.
It depends on where you are, but I think you can only visit about two museums in a day.

If you don’t plan to visit more than four museums in two days, you will lose out on the price, so if you don’t plan to visit that many, you may not want to buy a museum pass.
If you don’t want to buy a museum pass, go early in the morning and you won’t have to wait in line so long.

Credit cards are recommended for shopping in Paris


When shopping for museum passes, tickets, souvenirs, etc. in Paris, credit cards are recommended rather than cash.

If you have a lot of cash on you, you will be more vulnerable to pickpockets.

You can stop a credit card right away with a phone call, so it is recommended to pay with a card basically. In France, there are many stores where you can pay by card, and you can also pay for monoprix by card. .

Make good use of your museum pass

The Museum Pass is a great deal if you make good use of it.

If you are planning to go to Paris, don’t worry too much because you can easily get a museum pass in Paris.

Have a nice trip!

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