Good plans Culture: What are the free monuments in Paris?
Looking for a free museum in Paris? Paris is home to many monuments that contain remarkable artistic and cultural treasures. Several of these exceptional places open their doors for free. Let’s have a look at these good plans to go out and get cultured without breaking the bank.
Free monuments all year round
Arena of Lutetia
49 Rue Monge, Paris 5 – Metro Place Monge / Jussieu
Located in the Latin Quarter, in the 5th district, the Lutetia arenas and the Cluny thermal baths are the last testimonies of the Gallo-Roman era still visible in Paris.
The Lutetia Arena and the Capitan Square are open every day and can be visited for free.
Montmartre Sacré Cœur Basilica
35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris 18 – Metro Jules Joffrin / Pigalle / Anvers / Abbesses
The Montmartre Sacré Cœur Basilica, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris. Located at the top of the Montmartre hill, it offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital.
The access to the Montmartre Sacré Cœur Basilica is free, but the visit of the dome and the crypt is not free.
Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul II, Paris 4 – Metro Cité / Saint-Michel
The Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the most visited monument in France.
Since the fire on April 15, 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is closed to the public until further notice.
Free monuments for young people
Arc de triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris 8 – Metro Charles de Gaulle / Etoile
Inspired by the ancient arches, this emblematic Parisian monument houses the tomb of the unknown soldier whose flame is rekindled every evening.
From the terrace, you can admire, day and night, a unique panorama of the Champs Élysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world.
Admission to the Arc de Triomphe is free for young people under 18, for 18-25 year olds from European Union countries and non-European legal residents on French territory and every first Sunday of the month, from November to March.
2 Boulevard du Palais, Paris 1 – Metro Cité / Saint-Michel
The Conciergerie is a medieval royal palace that became a court and a place of detention during the French Revolution. Its most famous prisoner was Marie Antoinette, whose cell was transformed into a memorial chapel during the Restoration. This monument is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Conciergerie opens its doors free of charge to young people under the age of 18, European Union nationals or legal residents in the European Union between the ages of 18 and 25, and every first Sunday of the month from November to March.
Place du Panthéon, Paris 5 – Metro Cardinal Lemoine / Luxembourg
Located in the 5th arrondissement, on the Sainte-Geneviève mountain and in the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Pantheon is a masterpiece of Parisian architecture.
Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Pierre and Marie Curie, Simone Veil… the building became the temple of the French Nation in 1885.
Access to the Pantheon is free for people under 26 years of age, citizens of the European Union or legal residents of the European Union and for the public on the first Sunday of the month from November to March.
4 Boulevard du Palais, Paris 1 – Metro Châtelet / Saint-Michel
Built at the request of Saint Louis on the Ile de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle is a true jewel of the radiant Gothic style and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Admission to the Sainte-Chapelle is free on the first Sunday of the month, from November to March, and is free for young people under the age of 18 and for citizens of the European Union or legal residents in the territory of the European Union aged 18 to 25.