Free first Sundays

Just the start of the list of museums that are free on the first Sunday of each month, Free first Sundays, Paris (Photo courtesy of the Paris Tourism Office)
Just the start of the list of museums that are free on the first Sunday of each month

Free on the first Sunday of the month

Paris offers free admission to most of its major museums and other attractions on the first Sunday of each month. (Note: for the Louvre, in summer they suspend this monthly free day—because its already too crowded).

Sights in Paris

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The Mona Lisa (1503–16)—called La Joconde in French—by Leonardo da Vinci (Photo Public Domain)
The Louvre
Paris: Louvre

So much more than just the Mona Lisa, Paris's Musée du Louvre is one of the greatest museums in the world

 
★★★
Les Coquelicots (Poppy Field) (1873) by Claude Monet (Photo Public Domain)
Musée d'Orsay
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Did someone say "Impressionists"? The Orsay Museum houses the world's largest collection of Impressionist art

 
★★☆
The Pompidou is not usually this uncrowded; I guess they cleared the rooms so President Barack Obama could admire the works in peace (Photo by Pete Souza)
The Pompidou
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

The Centre George Pompidou (sometimes called the Beaubourg) is Paris's premier modern art museum

 
★★☆
Le Penseur (The Thinker) in the garden of the Rodin Museum of Paris (Photo by Nicholas Boos)
Rodin Museum
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Rodin's Paris studio is one of the world's greatest small museums, filled with and surrounded by the master's sculptures

 
★★☆
Self-portrait (1906) by Pablo Picasso (Photo Public Domain)
Picasso Museum
Paris: Marais

The Picasso Museum of Paris

 
★★☆
One of the two oval Monet Waterlilies rooms in the basement of L'Orangerie (Photo by fmpgoh)
L'Orangerie
Paris: Louvre

Be surrounded by 360º of Monet Waterlillies

 
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The famous Unicorn Tapestries (La Dame à La Licorne), c 1500 (Photo by Joe deSousa)
Musée de Cluny
Paris: Latin Quarter

Paris's Museum of the Middle Ages is located in some ancient Roman ruins. CLOSED MAR-JULY 2018

 
★★★
A view of the palace's garden facade from the park (Photo by Marc Vassal)
Versailles
Paris: Île-de-France

The palace to end all palaces: The château and gardens of Versailles outside Paris

 
★★★
Galerie des Cerfs (Galley of the Stags), filled since the 1960s with bronzes cast at Fontainebleau by Primaticcio for Francis I (Photo by Alain G)
Fontainebleau
Paris: Île-de-France

Royal triumphs and disgraces at the fabulous palace at Fontainebleau

 
★☆☆
 (Photo by Ars Electronica)
Musée du quai Branly
Paris: Eiffel Tower

African and Oceanic Arts plus indigenous cultural collections from Asia and the Americas

 
☆☆☆
Musée National Eugène Delacroix
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

The former studio and home of France's 19th-century Romantic master Delacroix is devoted to his art and life