What’s on in Paris?
Each museum operates according to its own timetable and opening hours, its own admission fees, etc. However it is helpful to know:
Access to the permanent collections in the national museums is free for all visitors every first Sunday of the month (except the Aquarium Tropical at the Porte Dorée in Paris).
- Most national museums are free for under 26 year-olds.
- Most of them have late night opening one day a week.
- Museums are usually closed on Monday or Tuesday, as well as on certain public holidays.
Visit Paris Region
Museum and monuments
To visit Paris is to immerse yourself in centuries-old history: the remains of the former Roman settlement of Lutetia, great medieval abbeys, Gothic splendours, classical architecture, Napoleonic collections, Haussmann perspectives etc.
An outstanding concentration of art treasures and culture is available to you at every visit! Museums and monuments await you: discover internationally renowned painting, sculpture and decorative art collections, go and visit the great emblematic monuments symbolic of different eras or prepare to be surprised by the contemporary heritage: they combine to make Paris a capital of the arts, both past and present.
- 250 museums
- 3,800 historic monuments
- 4 UNESCO world heritage sites
- 400 châteaux, half of which are listed in the directory of historic monuments
The Paris Museum Pass
This pass gives you free admission as often as you want, without having to queue, to more than 60 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding region. It provides admission to permanent museum collections, with three options available: 2 days, 4 days or 6 days.
Paris offers a programme of top-class cultural and festive events all year long, demonstrating its constantly evolving vitality and creativity!
- 212 theatres and cafe-theatres
- 3 operas
- More than 340 cinemas showcasing the film industry
Paris is internationally famous as a capital of gastronomy. French cuisine is included in UNESCO’s world heritage list: it brings together culinary talent and knowledge with the finest of French produce. So that you can enjoy the wonders of French traditional cuisine you can choose from a huge range of restaurants and cafes which offer an ambience as warm and welcoming as it is varied. Restaurants, bars, brasseries, tea rooms, ice-cream parlours, cafes and pubs invite gourmets from around the world to indulge!
- 15,000 bars and restaurants
- 80 restaurants starred in the 2009 Michelin guide
In Paris creativity is a way of life, reinvented every day. Here the first sketches are drawn for designs which tomorrow will feature in streets of the world. Come and discover the thousands of shops to be found in Paris; you will enjoy the diversity of the luxurious, ethical, vintage or cosmopolitan ranges on offer. There are fashion and shopping highlights in Paris throughout the year: prêt-à-porter and haute couture shows, the home and fashion shows, the winter and summer sales...
While some people sleep, Paris is wide awake - and buzzing: in all corners of the capital, both inside and out, there is plenty of choice for night owls!
Mention “Music” and we can suggest a list of bars where you can enjoy live music: from prestige jazz clubs to old-time music halls, from Latin cafes to karaokes and music bistros.
Mention “Dance” and you can choose between hip-hop, contemporary or classical ballets, salsa...and the “French cancan” cabarets with their dazzling dancers.
For a fevered night of clubbing on one of the hundred dance floors in the capital, dance the night away to wild and pulsating rhythms. There is something for everyone: rock, afro, techno, zouk, hip-hop, salsa, rap, or samba...
Travel in Paris
Metro - Bus - RER - TER - Transilien
A Transilien Leisure Travel Card combines one return SCNF journey in Ile de France with admission to the relevant tourist site. Tickets are sold for the châteaux at Versailles, Fontainebleau and Auvers-sur-Oise all year round.
The Paris Visite Travel Card gives you the freedom to move around Paris at will. This travel card gives you access to the entire Ile de France transportation network: metro, RER, bus, tramway, SNCF commuter trains, Montmartrobus, the Montmartre funicular, Noctilien and buses in the Optile network. Valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days and according to the selected zones.
Paris Visite is on sale at all metro and RER stations, SNCF railway stations, Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports, Paris Tourist Office outlets, in certain Parisian hotels and many overseas tour-operators.
Get information about Paris
Tourism Information Points
> Roissy CDG Airport
TERMINAL 2C ARRIVALS / DEPARTURES LEVEL, OPPOSITE GATE 5: from 07:00 to 14:15
TERMINAL 2D ARRIVALS / DEPARTURES LEVEL, GATE 5: from 08:00 to 22:30
TERMINAL 2E ARRIVALS / GALERIE DE LIAISON: from 07:00 to 21:30
TERMINAL 2F ARRIVALS LEVEL GATE 11: from 07:00 to 21:30
TERMINAL T1 ARRIVALS LEVEL GATE 4: from 07:00 to 20:30
> Orly Airport
TERMINAL ORLY SOUTH GATE L: from 07:15 to 21:45
> Gare du Nord
In the welcome hall under the glass roof:
7 days a week (closed 25 December, 1 January and 1 May) from 08:00 to 18:00.
> Gare de Lyon
inside the station, opposite platforms L and M
From Monday to Saturday (except Sundays and public holidays) from 08:00 to 18:00
> Gare de l’Est
inside the station, opposite platforms 1 and 2
at the Grande Lignes TGV arrivals area
Cour d’Alsace exit
From Monday to Saturday (closed 25 December, 1 January and 1 May): from 08:00 to 19:00.
> Paris Expo/Porte de Versailles
From 11:00 to 19:00 during trade fairs.
25, rue des Pyramides-75001 Paris
from 01 November to 31 May (closed 1 May)
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00
Sundays and public holidays: 11:00 - 19:00
from 01 June to 31 October
Every day: 09:00 to 19:00