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Free Paris Museums

Posted February 21, 2012 by

There are world-class museums on (almost) every corner of Paris. Some, like the Louvre, are legendary and filled with some of the world’s most priceless art. Visiting places like the Louvre come at a price, however.  Entry tickets are 10 euro now, the museum itself is vast and the crowds can be overwhelming. There are alternatives to visiting places like the Louvre that will give you a much more intimate Parisian art experience, for free (that’s right – free!). Here are a few of the museums in Paris that never charge an entry fee:

1) Modern Art Museum of Paris – It’s hard to believe that Paris’ modern art museum is free of charge, but it is (at least, to it’s permanent collection.  The museum sometimes charges entry fees for its exhibitions). Home to works by luminaries like Matisse, Derain and Vuillard, and many others, it explores the emergence of modern art in the 20th century.

2) Musée Carnavalet – The Paris museum of history houses and a exquisite collection of art and is a ‘must-see’. Contained in the Hôtel Carnavalet, a breath taking renaissance building in the heart of the Marais, the museum itself is an architectural wonder.

3) The Fine Arts Museum of Paris – The Petit Palais, located on the famed Champs-Elysees was built in 1900 for that year’s World Fair. It is home to an important collection of sculpture and murals created in the early 1900’s.  Works by the likes of Cezanne and Monet are kept here in the permanent collection while the temporary exhibits focus on mediums like photography, modern art and more.

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