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December 12, 2010

Museums of Paris some tips

Museums are wonderful exponents of life in Paris, France. It showcase the culture and way of life of its people and often of others interelations with France. It is one of the main attractions for visitors to Paris. I would like to discuss some of them in general and later on will start detailing them here.

First, there is the Paris Museum Pass, for general info about it see the official webpage at www.parismuseumpass.fr

With the pass you can enter for free without waiting in line and as many times as you wish in more than 60 museums and monuments in the Paris region. You may have to go thru security lines on them but they go quickly and certainly more quicker than buying individual tickets for them.

The trick is to decide what museums to see and how many to see, this as in anything in travel needs planning ahead of time. The above link and the individual museum sites as well as the Paris tourist office and the regional Ile de France tourist office can help in this planning process. It is a good idea to involved all members of a family in decision and planning processeses.

The Paris tourist office in English is http://en.parisinfo.com/ , then the regional tourist council for Ile de France is at http://www.new-paris-ile-de-france.co.uk/

You have choices of 2, 4 or 6 days passes, with the prices correspondingly of 32€, 48€, and 64€ . You can purchase the pass at the museum and monuments included in the pass (see site above) ,at the tourist office of the city of Paris, 25 rue des Pyramides 75001, the tourist desks at the airports CDG Terminals 1 gate 4 ,2C gate 5 ,2D gate 5 ,2E gate 2 ,and 2F gate 11 ; Orly Terminals Sud gate L  , and FNAC stores such as Champs-Elysées,Saint-Lazare, Ternes, and Forum Les Halles, as well at Disneyland Paris main entrance. Versailles at tourist office on 2bis Avenue de Paris. Paid attention museums and monuments are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Usually there are individual discounts for the under 18 and residents of the UE under 26 yrs old. There are free on the first Sunday of every month; see individual museum or monument for latest details. Some museums are closed wholly or partially for renovation, such as the Picasso museum. You can know the constraint by deciding and checking sites to verify the latest details.

Some of the museums included with the pass are the Louvre, Armée(army),Centre Pompidou,Arc de Triomphe,quai Branly, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie at Villette, Conciergerie,Egouts or sewers of Paris,Marine museum,Cluny, Crypte de Notre Dame,Tours or towers of Notre Dame,Orangerie,Orsay,Panthéon, Rodin,Sainte Chapelle, and on the outskirst of Paris, the museum of air and space at Le Bourget,Arqueology museum of antiquities at Saint Germain en Laye, Ceramics and porcelain at Sévres,Compiégne, Chantilly,Fontainebleau, Maisons-Laffitte, Malmaison, Pierrefonds, Rambouillet, Ecouen,Saint Denis basilica, Villa Savoye, Versailles and Trianons, Vincennes, etc.

Of course these are not all the museums of Paris, there are over 300 of them, the pass is a tourist effort to regroup the best known generally speaking.

Hope it helps your planning. Cheers!

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