Paris City Guide: Museums and Views

Paris city guide

Museums

Monet Museum: (10-6pm, €11 admission)

Impressive collection of Monet’s works. We also saw an exhibit here exploring the theme of “La Toilette: the Invention of Privacy”. Highly recommend seeing it if it’s still on exhibit!

Musee de l’Orangerie: (9-6pm, €16 admission double pass for the Musee D’Orsay as well)

Fantastic private collection of paintings from the big name Impressionist painters as well as Monet’s “Water Lilies”. If you only have time to go to one museum this is the one! I recommend it since it only took us about 2 hours to fully see all the art, it wasn’t super crowded, and its located near the Tuileries Garden and the Seine which is fun to walk along afterward.

Musee D’Orsay: (930-6pm)

Huge museum filled with mostly Impressionist artwork. I personally really enjoyed the Van Gogh section. You can pre-buy your tickets online allowing you to skip the line outside which is a huge time saver or if you plan to go to the Musee de l’Orangerie as well I recommend going there first to get your discounted €16 double pass.

Louvre: (9-6pm, Fridays are open to 945pm, €12)

We have yet to go here since its just too crowded and overwhelming for our preference but if you do go I have been advised to grab a map, pick a few pieces you want to see, and try not to get lost! Michelangelo’s “Slaves” sculptures are supposed to be amazing!

For city views

Wander the streets of Montmartre: You can either climb the stairs, earning you an extra macaron or two, or take the funicular up to the Basilique Sacre Coeur. The views down onto Paris are beautiful and it is a popular spot for both tourists and locals alike. Although you can’t see the Eiffel Tower from this vantage point, the charming cobblestone streets of this artist neighborhood are where the real views are.

Montparnasse Tower: (930am-11pm, €15 admission fee)

Take the elevator up to the 56th rooftop floor for stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the City of Light.

Eiffel Tower: (930-11pm and midnight during the summer, €15.50 admission fee for lift all the way up to the top)

Pre-book tickets for a set entrance time to save time waiting in line! You can also hoof it up the 704 stairs to the 2nd floor for only €5 however keep in mind that you can’t pre-buy your tickets.

Notre Dame Cathedral: (8-645pm, €8.50)

Climb the stairs to the top of the bell tower after exploring the interior.

Getting around on the Metro

The metro is super easy to use and only about a Euro per ride. You can buy the carnets (tickets) individually or get a pack of ten from the ticket machine. There’s a really awesome public transportation website and app that I use in London that also serves 10 other major cities with Paris being one of them called CityMapper. You just plug in the name of your destination or address and based upon your current location it will give you all the metro, bus, and walking options to get there. It follows you in real time and will alert you when you are at your stop. A lifesaver when you’re wandering around a foreign city!