My Paris To-Do List

I’ve been in Paris for about 3 weeks now and I finally feel like I have fully settled in. I bought some furniture on Le Bon Coin, I started a babysitting job, and I’ve been more serious about studying French.

Now that I have adjusted to my living space I want to spend more time exploring. Paris has endless amounts of arts, culture, museums, and events to visit. And if I don’t have some sort of list, I start to get anxious and end up just sitting at home watching Netflix and doing other useless activities. But now that I’m living in Paris and I’m an EU resident under 26, my options are endless and also are much cheaper. I’ve recently learned that EU residents who are under 26 can get into many place for free! Famous places like The Louvre and Château de Versailles included!

Anyways here is my list and I’ll cross things off as I get around to it. By making it public, I hope that maybe it helps or inspires others to get out and explore.

Free for All Museums

  • Musée Cognacq-Jay, 3eme, Private residence with arts, sculptures, and crafts
  • Musée Curie – Institut du radium, 5eme, About Marie Curie and her work with radiation
  • Musée de la Légion d’honneur et des ordres de Chevalerie, 7eme, french and foreign decorations
  • Petit Palais, 8eme, Fine arts Gallery and Museum
  • Musée Cernuschi – Musée des Arts de l’Asie de la Ville de Paris, 8eme, Asian Art
  • Musée de la vie romantique, 9eme, Works of art in the house of painter Ary Scheffer
  • Musée du Parfum – Fragonard, 9eme, Secrets of the Parfum trade!
  • Musée Bourdelle, 15eme, Sculpture Garden
  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 16eme, Modern Art Museum
  • Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, Le Bourget – BP 173 – 93352 Le Bourget Cedex, Aeronautics museum

Free for All Monuments

  • Paris Churches: Notre Dame, Sacré Cœur, etc
  • Maison de Victor Hugo, 4eme, his house
  • Arènes de Lutèce, 5eme, Roman structures
  • Père-Lachaise Cimetière, 20eme, featuring tombs of: Jim Morrison (The Doors), Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Balzac, Yves Montand…

Free for Under 26

  • The Louvre, 1eme, Gallery and Fine Arts
  • Musée de l’Orangerie, 1eme, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art (think Monet and Renoir)
  • MAD – Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 1eme, Decorative Arts
  • Conciergerie, 1eme, Castle
  • Sainte-Chapelle, 1eme, Gothic Art Chapel
  • Musée des Arts et Métiers, 3eme, Arts and scientific instruments
  • Musée national Picasso-Paris, 3eme, Picasso
  • Centre Pompidou, 4eme, Modern Art
  • Grande Galerie de l’Évolution – Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, 5eme, Natural History Museum
  • Institut du monde arabe, 5eme, About the Arab world and its relation to France
  • Pantheon, 5eme, Ancient National Convention building and Crypt beneath
  • Musée de Cluny – Le monde médiéval, 5eme, admire ancient baths and renaissance pieces
  • Musée national Eugène Delacroix, 6eme, estate with works of arts
  • Musée D’Orsay, 7eme, Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Musée de l’Armée – Invalides, 7eme, military history of France
  • Musée Rodin Paris, 7eme, private mansion with works and paintings of artist
  • MAD – Musée Nissim de Camondo, 8eme, Decorative Arts
  • Chapelle expiatoire, 8eme, dedicated to the memory of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
  • Arc de Triomphe, 8eme, Go to the top for some great views
  • Musée national Gustave Moreau, 9eme, artists house and works
  • Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, 12eme, stories of immigration and works of art
  • Musée national des Arts asiatiques – Guimet/MNAAG, 16eme, Asian arts
  • Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, 16eme, architecture museum
  • Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner, 17eme, Featuring paint work by Jean-Jacque Henner
  • Cité de la musique, 19eme, musical instruments and art works
  • Château de Versailles, RER C, Napoleon’s Castle and Gardens
  • Château de Fontainebleau, Place du général de Gaulle – 77300 Fontainebleau, Castle and Gardens
  • Musée d’Archéologie nationale – Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Place Charles de Gaulle – 78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Castle and Gardens
  • Château de Vincennes, 1 avenue de Paris – 94300 Vincennes, Castle
  • Château de Pierrefonds, Rue Viollet-le-Duc – 60350 Pierrefonds, Castle

Places to Check Out

  • Marché au fleurs reine Elizabeth II
  • Champs Elysées: Nice to visit the shops and at least check it out from the Arc to the Louvre
  • Montmartre: Cute little restaurants and shops, pretty touristy vibe, but just embrace the cliché

Check out below to see my google map layer and you can add it straight onto your google maps for easy access to all these places and color coded by category. 

Know a cool place or activity I didn’t include? Let me know in the comments, I want to keep this updated and constantly have new places to explore.

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