In the last blog post I wrote about the merits of getting the “Paris Museum Pass.” For detailed info on why, how to buy, and cost for the pass click, see the previous post.
When I used the “Paris Museum Pass” I saw a few locations I wouldn’t have otherwise, PLUS I visited museums that I have always wanted to and now had the perfect opportunity to do so. The “Paris Museum Pass” will help you skip long lines at the main attractions and it will take you further afield to explore more of the city!
What to see in Paris BEYOND the Main attractions AND with the “Paris Museum Pass”
- The Pantheon is an 18th century mausoleum with stunning murals that illustrate the life of Saint Genevieve (by Pierre Puvis Chavannes) and dramatic sculptures. The interior space is grand and has Foucault’s Pendulum at the center; the French physicist Foucault, suspended a weight from the dome in 1851 to prove his theory of the Earth’s rotation. The mausoleum is also the resting place of major historical figures: Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Marie Curie to name a few. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://www.paris-pantheon.fr/en/
- Museum de Montmartre was another museum I visit because I had the pass; which I found to be a charming house museum and garden. Various artists used the house and you can see an artist’s studio, a small art collection and posters. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://museedemontmartre.fr/en/le-musee/
- Picasso Museum – I did truly want to see this museum, so the fact that it was included on the Pass was fabulous. The Museum is located in a gorgeous building and is full of Picasso’s work from the basement to the top floors. The building also has a tiny garden at one end and a small roof café. Plus the neighborhood (the Marais) is very artsy and full of wonderful cafes and pastry shops. My pass did work for the special exhibition at this museum. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/
- The Decorative Arts Museum (Les Arts Decoratifs) – another nice bonus is to enter this museum if you have time. My pass did not include the special exhibition, but I went to see a fashion exhibit that was well worth it! Plus I skipped an enormous line and over an hour wait to get into the general museum. This museum is rather large and just walking through the rooms to see the architecture is inspiring. As with most museum stores, this museum store is full of wonderfully creative objects and stunning books. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://madparis.fr/en/
- Museum des Arts et Metiers – This Industrial Design Museum is really very interesting, especially if you are interested in engineering, automobiles and planes. The main museum is adjacent to a church which has been repurposed as part of the museum that illustrates the history of the automobile; seeing the vast reverent space with antique planes and cars is a peculiar yet inspiring sight. The surrounding neighborhood is full of shops, wonderful local restaurants, a university and is near the garment district. Find out more about the museum on the official website by clicking here: https://www.arts-et-metiers.net/musee/visitor-information
- Crypte Archeologique Du Parvis Notre Dame – If I did not have the “Paris Museum Pass” I would not have seen this fascinating archeological space right below the park in front of Notre Dame. In this space, you will find out about the urban development of the city! Find out more about the museum on the official website by clicking here: http://www.crypte.paris.fr/en/visit/access-opening-times-accessibility/museum-admission
- Musee de Cluny – This is actually a must-see location that I would not only highly recommend but that I would have seen with or without the “Paris Museum Pass.” The mansion is right in the heart of Paris, not far from the Sorbonne. The Cluny mansion and museum transports you to the 15th century and houses a rich collection of medieval sculptures, art and the famous “lady and a unicorn” tapestries. Find out more about the museum on the official website by clicking here: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/visiter/english.html
- Musee National de l’Orangerie – Since I read “Linnea in Monet’s Garden” as a child, I have always wanted to see the water lily paintings in Paris. On my first visit to Paris the Orangerie was closed for renovations and I was so disappointed that my trip would not include these classics. Fortunately, I was able to visit Paris again and the museum was open! The museum has a small exhibition space downstairs, but the real draw is the water lily paintings and the rooms specially designed to fit the curved paintings. It was just as I imagined! Find out more about the museum on the official website by clicking here: http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en