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Wait times at museums if you have a Museum Pass

Hello fellow travelers,

We have purchased a 4-day Museum pass for our forthcoming trip to Paris. I would like to know if we still need to pick up tickets or wait in line if we have the pass.

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1. Re: Wait times at museums if you have a Museum Pass

The pass is your admission ticket to included venues.

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2. Re: Wait times at museums if you have a Museum Pass

We had the museum pass and here's what we found last week.

D'Orsay. General public has a line to buy tickets, line to get through security, then in. With the museum pass we skipped the line to buy tickets and there was a special security line for those like us so wait time maybe 5 minutes.

Louvre. For all there is a line for security, once in there is a line for tickets or the self service machines, then actually show tickets. With museum pass we had a separate security entrance, no line for tickets. Wait time less than 5 minutes

L'Orangerie. Separate lines to get through security. About 100 in line with the no tickets, we walked to the front with our passes. Wait time maybe 5 minutes

Climb the Notre Dame Towers. No separate lines. Wait time about 1.5 hours

Versailles: We got there right before it opened. Line of maybe 300 people to buy tickets which we bypassed. Line to get in was maybe 100. But since they start selling tickets at same time they start letting people in, none of those who were waiting to buy tickets were able to "mix" in entrance line by the time we got in. Wait time once the line started moving as they opened - maybe 5 minutes.

Saint Chapelle Church - no separate lines, but it wasn't really long to begin with, maybe 10 minutes.

For all, look for the museum pass entrance. We found them pretty well marked. or ask the workers.

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3. Re: Wait times at museums if you have a Museum Pass

This is fantastic info. Merci beaucoup!

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4. Re: Wait times at museums if you have a Museum Pass

I read that the first Sunday of the month there was free admission to Paris museums. Is this correct?

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5. Re: Wait times at museums if you have a Museum Pass

Yes that is correct but on the first Sunday the major museums (Louvre, Orsay etc) are very crowded and it's not really value for money to waste time trying to see them on this day when you can hardly move due to the number of people.

If you are wanting to save a few Euro this is a good day to visit a few minor museums (but of course only those that interest you) which are rarely crowded.

Otherwise have a museum free day - there are hundreds of things to do in Paris that don't involve museums.

Edited: 29 July 2013, 09:08
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6. Re: Wait times at museums if you have a Museum Pass

totally agree with Harley,, don't bother with places like Louvre and Orsay on free days, the lines and crowds suck. Better to visit smaller places on free days

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