Guest Author - Lisa Shea
Paris is home to countless museums and attractions. Here are my top picks of things to do in the city!
Purchasing the museum and monument pass (valid for one, three or five consecutive days) allows you to skip the lines and gives you unlimited access to dozens of museums and monuments in and around Paris. The pass is available at participating museums and monuments, at metro stations, at the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau and in FNAC stores.
Paris museums are generally open from 9 or 10am until 5 or 6pm, but some open later and close at 8 or 9pm. Most museums are closed on Monday or Tuesday, but some are open 7 days a week and some are open very late. Check the appropriate websites listed below for current information.
Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg): Visit the National Museum of Modern Art, the Public Information Library and a cinema inside or street mimes and portrait artists in the square outside.
Nearest Métro Stop: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet
Website: Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg)
Chateau et Parc de Chantilly: Visit the beautiful gardens and museum featuring historical paintings.
Trains: SNCF (not Métro) trains run out to Chantilly from Gare du Nord in about 30 minutes
Website: Chateau et Parc de Chantilly
Chateau de Versailles: Visit the world-famous palace and plan to spend the whole day if you have the time.
Nearest Métro Stop: Versailles-Rive Gauche (actually an RER route)
Website: Chateau de Versailles
Jardin du Luxembourg: Visit the gardens for pony rides, ice-cream stands and week-end marionette shows.
Nearest Métro Stop: Odéon
Website: Jardin du Luxembourg
Moulin Rouge: Visit the famous cabaret and check out the topless cancan!
Nearest Métro Stop: Blanche
Website: Moulin Rouge
Musée d'Orsay: Visit the home of the Louvre's collection of art from 1848 through 1914. Fans of Impressionism will not be disappointed.
Nearest Métro Stop: Solférino
Website: Musée d'Orsay
Musée du Louvre: Visit one of the world’s greatest art collections including Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory.
Nearest Métro Stop: Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre
Website: Musée du Louvre