Let’s be honest, Paris is expensive. I know. I’m paying rent in euros with my student finance that comes to me in pounds, and the exchange rate is painful – I can’t justify paying five euros for a flat white since that’s basically five pounds now.
HOWEVER, if you’re aged under 26 and are a member of the European Union (even just for the next couple of years – UK residents take note), you can get free entry to many of Paris’ biggest, best, and weirdest museums, so here are a few of my faves (I’ll leave an extensive list of Paris’ free museums for EU U26s at the bottom).
Musee de l’Orangerie, 8th arrondissement
Great collection of 20th century French art, and two rooms which were custom-built to house Monet’s waterlilies. Honestly one of the most incredible museums I’ve been to.
Musee d’Orsay, 7th arrondissement
Good scope of different eras and art movements. Slightly less fatiguing than the Louvre but you still couldn’t do it all in a day and come out full of beans. Also, lovely clocks.
Musee Picasso, 4th arrondissement
I am all about this man. This museum has a lovely collection of Picasso’s works and gives you just a little idea of the sheer volume of his body of work.
Centre Pompidou, 4th arrondissement
Paris’ free EU U26 museums:
(75000 = arrondissement in Paris)
75003 Centre Pompidou
75004 Musee Picasso
75015 Musee du Quai Branly
75008 Musee Cernuschi