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Free Museum Ideas for Budget Conscious Travelers to Paris

Posted April 13, 2012 by

Visiting Paris’ famous museums are on nearly every traveler’s ‘must-do’ list. However, for those of us that are tightening our belts in these challenging economic times, the cost of entry tickets can quickly add up. The Louvre Museum, home to some of the world’s most legendary pieces of art, entry is 9.5 euro, and can climb even higher depending on what exhibits you want to see. For a family of 4, it’s easy to see how a viewing of the Mona Lisa becomes quite the money-suck. (Maybe now we know what she was smiling about).

However, that does not mean that the budget conscious of us need to fret! There are many exquisite museums that are free of charge every day, and even more that offer free admission on certain days of the month. Here are a free recommendations:

One of the Picasso's stolen in 2010
One of the Picasso's stolen in 2010

Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - Houses over 8,000 pieces of modern art - some of which were stolen (!) in an art heist in 2010.

Musée Rodin - Home to Rodin’s most famous sculptures.

Musée national du Moyen à‚ge - Home to art created in the Middle Ages.

Musée Carnavalet - Dedicated to the history of Paris.

And for those who happen to be in town on the first Sunday of the month, the most famous museums in Paris, such as the Louvre, O’rsay Museum, and Centre de Pompidou offer FREE admission. (Be warned - the crowds can be overwhelming at those museums on that day.)

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