Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Paris

THE 10 BEST Paris Rainy-Day Activities

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Paris

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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,808 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went this week when there was a special impressionist exhibition - which was well over-crowded so I avoided that and instead went to the top floor to see impressionist paintings which are not normally on show.

    The sculpture gallery is superb too !
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Angkor Silver Tour
    Siem Reap, Cambodia23 contributions
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    The Louvre Museum, a beacon of art and culture, houses a treasure trove of masterpieces spanning millennia. From the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa to the majestic Winged Victory of Samothrace, each exhibit tells a story of human creativity and history. A journey through its halls is an unforgettable immersion in beauty and wonder.
    Written April 20, 2024
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  • Julia Sztuczkowska
    Warsaw, Poland102 contributions
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    The most famous of the Notre Damme churches. We also saw it in Brussels and Luxembourg.
    The museum here is truly magnificent. Movies were made in his name.
    An important church of the Catholic world.
    However, there was a fire last year. Even the crown of Jesus was here. I watched a documentary about an attempt to save him.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Andrea
    Columbus, OH74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared for potential neck strain from all the looking up! And around. And down to the ground. WOW!
    There aren't sufficient words for the architecture, art, marble carving and all the rest. Unforgettable!
    Tip: across the street from the front steps, and off to the left, is the "fancy" Starbucks with its ornate decor. Enjoy!
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA35,898 contributions
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    It was a great idea to pre-book my combined ticket (Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie) for 9AM: After my brisk morning walk, I reached the entrance at 8:30am and was #6 in line. Waited for thirty minutes, looked back and realized that the line has grown exponentially.

    I had been to Sainte-Chapelle back in 1997 on our first trip to Paris, so I knew what to expect, but my breath was taken away yet again. The chapel’s magnificent stained glass windows revive the Book of Genesis, every window has its own tale to tell…The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the windows of Sainte-Chapelle are the best in delivering the story - the Book of Genesis comes to life and not just for devoted believers. It took me about an hour to enjoy the bright colors and intricate etchings of the stained glass windows and take pictures. The first ten minutes inside were the best: there were no crowds at all.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Andrea
    Columbus, OH74 contributions
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    This is my favorite museum in Paris. There are always new exhibits + Monet's Waterlilies = one of the most relaxing wanders while experiencing such a variety of pieces.
    The gift shop is packed with goodies, sharing space with the Cafe and its ample seating. A must-see never miss!
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Marina
    Sorocaba, SP108 contributions
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    The museum is less known than others in Paris, and the visit was a great surprise! The museum itself is beautiful, mas it has an amazing collection of Monet’s paintings.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Deb
    Birmingham, AL223 contributions
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    While in Paris, I took the Metro out to this museum. I'd been so excited to go! When I arrived, they turned me away saying it had been reserved for a private party and I needed a reservation if I wanted to enter. I was extremely disappointed, especially since nothing I could find online prior to my trip mentioned this. I am including a photo that has the reservation number on it so others don't can make a reservation and not waste a trip out there like I did. We only had a single day in Paris because we were leaving on a Rhone river cruise.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • Paul L
    Christchurch, UK39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been to Paris many times but not here before.. is fantastic and well worth a visit.. helped that it was open on a Monday when other sites are not.. maybe felt i was trespassing on a hidden French shrine… great to see Napoleon’s tomb as well as the great display about the Free French and the resistance.. quite quiet for Paris so very pleasant
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Jessamine-Poppy
    Suzhou, China79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gorgeous gem of a private collection- beautiful XVIII century furniture (chairs, writing desks, screens, paintings...) as well as bird-decorated crockery. The video about the family is informative (and a bit sad). Not too crowded and well-lit. Everything has been organized to show the pieces at their best!
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,808 contributions
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    The architecture of the facade is just stunning and small it is not. There are a variety of sculptures & paintings on display though my personal favourite was a bronze of Ugolino and his sons on the ground floor.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA35,898 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is always nice to see the latest creations of famous fashion designers and Galeries Lafayette is a perfect place to do that.. I didn’t buy anything but did enjoy boundless fantasy, ingenuity and variety of the haute couture outfits on display. The crowds are overwhelming and it certainly didn’t add to my experience. There are several cafes, wine bars and coffee shops, but I can’t say anything about them because I didn’t eat or drink there.

    The view from the roof was beautiful and surprisingly the terrace wasn’t crowded, maybe because it was late in the evening.

    I also went to La Maison Le Gourmet to buy a couple of slices of my favorite cheese, Comté, a small Chez Meunier baguette, and yogurt. La Maison Le Gourmet is fabulous as always.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Joyman L
    Perth, Australia1,522 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited in January 2024

    The construction works are still ongoing an there is no entry into the interior but there are a lot of information of the restoration works and history about the cathedral scattered around the front of the cathedral. It is free to stop by and appreciate the exterior. The side and back are unfortunately blocked off at the time of visit.
    Written April 3, 2024
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  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, MA35,898 contributions
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    I went to the Musée Cluny on April 7th , which was the first Sunday of the month, so it was free, but luckily was no line at all.

    I started with the exhibit at the Frigidarium or the Thermes de Cluny. The walls are behind the exhibits now, so I wasn’t able to see the ruins of the Gallo-Roman thermal baths discovered right in the heart of Paris. I have no regrets though because the exhibit“The Art of France at the time of Charles VII” was spectacular. It was fascinating to see how the paintings, objects of art, stained glass windows, tapestries have changed from static and expressionless to lively and meaningful over the course of 39 years, from 1422 to 1461.

    Then I continued to the permanent collection where elaborate craftsmanship of the medieval time was presented in the best possible way. Intricate carvings of wooden, silver and ivory objects, brightly colored stained glass (you can get a close look at the examples of stained glass from the Sainte-Chapelle), opulent religious objects, original statuary from the Notre Dame Cathedral, etc. And stunning tapestries… not just The Lady and the Unicorn, which is just beyond any reasonable imagination. I don’t even know how much time I spent looking at these six stunning tapestries. Five of them depict the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch. The sixth displays the words "À mon seul désir" (to my only/sole desire). Once in your life you have to see this treasure… really…

    Practical note: the earlier you come on a free Sunday of the month the better: when I exited the museum around 2pm, the line to enter was very long.
    Written April 20, 2024
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,586 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were expecting a history of the deportations during World War Ii. The museum and memorials are much more more... here is an exhaustive history of antisemitism and pogroms... from the days of the Roman Empire through contemporary times. The World War I experience is emphasized but there is a deep and long history that is not overlooked. Remarkable presentations. The exhibition of the photographs of Julia Pirotte, a French resistance fighter, was beautifully curated -- on exhibit until January 7, 2024. So go soon if you have the chance! A free museum that is beautifully designed and deeply moving.
    Written November 20, 2023
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