Monday, January 2, 2012

Paris Museum Pass

I thought I'd start the new year off with a few tips on travelling and tourism in Paris.  One of the many reasons people visit Paris is to visit the iconic museums found within the city.  A great way to visit all of these locations, whether on a budget or just looking to save some money, is with the Paris Museum Pass.

The museum pass allows for entrance into over 60 museums located in or around Paris without dealing with the hassle of queues*.  Passes can be bought in 2, 4 or 6 day denominations (days must be consecutive), which allow for unlimited (and repeat) access to some of Paris' well-known museums.  The passes can be purchased online, at the airport or at various locations within Paris***.

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The Paris Museum Pass allows access to various museums and monuments which includes, but is not limited to:

Centre Pompidou
Musée du Louvre
Crypte Archéologique de Parvis Notre-Dame
Tours Notre Dame
Musée d'Orsay
Château de Fontainebleau
Musée National des Château de Malmaison et Bois-Préau

For a complete list, click here.

How the pass works:

Present the pass at one of the listed museums or monuments for quick and easy access to some of Paris' well-known landmarks.  It's as easy as that!

Stay tuned for more travel tips later this week :)

xo Ceilidh

*Note that there are some exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, you avoid queues associated with paying an entrance fee.  You may still have to wait in line to enter the museum if it is over-crowded or if there are any additional fees brought on by temporary exhibits taking place.

**Please note that prices are valid as of January 1st, 2012 and are subject to change.  Visit the Paris Museum Pass website for updated information, if necessary.

*** There is nothing worse than waiting in a line-up, only to find out you are in the wrong line! If you are purchasing a Paris Museum Pass, ensure that the queue you are waiting in is the appropriate one.  For example, if you were to buy your pass in the Louvre, it is not purchased at the same kiosk as standard admission tickets.  At the Louvre, Paris Museum Passes must be purchased at the Membership Office (see #1 on the floor plan below).

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