Visiting Paris museums and monuments are the things you most want to do here. However, they can be crowded, overwhelming, and expensive. Here are 10 insider tips to make it smooth,efficient, and sometimes cheaper.

1. Go at Night
Some of the larger museums are open at night.
• The Louvre- Wednesday & Friday till 10PM( but they start chasing you out by 9:30PM)
• D’Orsay- Thursday till 9:45
• Quai de Branly- Thursday till 9:30PM
• Palais de Tokio- 11:30PM every night except Monday

2. Go Early
The Louvre opens at 9AM, so be an early bird and catch the Mona Lisa first. Be careful thought because Toursit groups are likely to go to the museum in the morning.     

3. Buy Advance Tickets or a Museum Pass
You can buy advanced tickets in person or on the internet for most museums, monuments, and exhibits at Fnac. 

Museum Pass-If you plan on going to at least 2 museums a day, than a pass is a no-brainer and you cut through the lines.
Passes are good at over 60 museums & monuments in Paris & surrounding areas.
2 day Pass- 42 euros
4 Day Pass-56 euros
6 day Pass-69 euros
Available at most museums.  Also available at the Tourist Information desk at the airport.
Click here for official site

You can also order in advance and have passes delivered to your home or hotel for an additional cost.

4. Fast Louvre Tickets
Inside the Carrousel de Louvre (the shopping mall in the Louvre) there is a Tabac that sells tickets.Closed on Tuesdays.

5. Metro Stop for the Louvre
The metro stop is Palais Royal-Musee de Louvre off the 1 & 9 lines, not the Louvre-Rivoli stop.

6. Free Admission
Many Paris museums are free on the first Sunday of the month. Click here for the list.

It is also possible to have free admission for some museum if you enter in some criterias such as:

-Being under 25 years old and from the European Union

- Being under 18 years old

7. Small Museums with Free Admission
Some of the best Paris museums are small gems with free admission.
Click here for list-

8. Fastest Entry to Eiffel Tower
The fastest way to get into the Eiffel Tower and by pass the lines, is to make reservations at Restaurant 58 Eiffel Tower on the first floor.
• Call Restaurant +33 (0) 176 64 14 64 // or from France 08 25 56 66 62 and make reservations as far in advance as possible .Ask for window seats. Quite expensive, for further details check 

• When you arrive, go to kiosk on the left between the legs of the tower, when you are facing the front.

9. Guided Tours of Louvre, D’Orsay, & Versailles
The most informative and efficient way to see The Louvre, D’Orsay, & Versailles is to go on a private or group tour.

Group Tours Given by the Museum
Louvre- Tours are in English and last 90 minutes.
Times: 11AM, 2PM, & 3:45PM everyday except Sundays & Tuesdays.
Cost: 5 euros in addition to entry fee.

Musee D’Orsay- Tours are in English and last 90 minutes.
Times: 11:30AM &2:30PM everyday except Monday.
Cost: 7.50 euros in addition to entry fee.

Versailles- Tours of private rooms are in English and last 90 minutes.
Times: 11AM, 1PM, 2PM, & 3:45PM everyday.
Cost: 7.50 euros in addition to entry fee.

10. Best View of Paris-Bell Tower at Notre Dame
Climb 250 steps up the bell tower and see where Quasimodo rang those bells. Most experts and historians say this is the best view of Paris, showing mostly the older part of the city.

Hungry? One of the most beautiful lunch spots in all of Paris is the restaurant at the Musee D'Orsay. The setting is elegant and the food is delicious, reservations aren't required. Even if you don't want to visit the museum, guards will grant restaurant visitors access at the entrance of the museum. It is a short walk from the Louvre and the Orangerie.


Not far from the Pompidou and Picasso museums is the Musee de la Chasse which is dedicated to hunting in France. Housed in a three story mansion, the staff is particulary welcoming, the collection eclectic and sumptuous. More off-the-beaten path museums can be found at

You can also find private tour of areas with which you can have a cut-the-line ticket to museum, like the Impressionist Tour of Montmartrewith a ticket for Orsay Museum or a Marais Tour with cut-the-line tickets for the newly opened Picasso Museum. This is really intersting because you can earn lot of time by doing so, for the line can be very long, especially during holidays or week-end!