All free museums and attractions to visit in France

If you are on a budget France still has a lot to offer for you culturally, including free museums, free activities and free attractions. 51 museums and attractions in France can be visited without charge.

Are you looking for free things to do in France? These are the best places to visit:

  1. City of Paris Fine Art Museum1

    City of Paris Fine Art Museum

    The City of Paris Fine Art Museum is housed in the Petit Palais in Paris, which was built for the 1900 World's Fair (the 1900 Exposition Universelle ("universal exhibition")) by the architect Charles Girault. The museum holds and exhibits a large collection of ancient and modern art, including paint
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    Père Lachaise Cemetery

  3. Musée Carnavalet3

    Musée Carnavalet

    The Musée Carnavalet is the museum in Paris for the history of the city with a very wide collection. The museum consists of the Hôtel de Carnavalet and the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, together accounting for around a hundred rooms. The Hôtel Carnavalet was built in 1548 by Count Jacques des
  4. Jardin des Plantes4

    Jardin des Plantes

    Le Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden in Paris that also houses a zoo, the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes. The garden is located on the left bank of the Seine, and has been part of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle since 1793. The site covers around 28 hectares and next to the zoo and
  5. Grande Galerie de l'Evolution5

    Grande Galerie de l'Evolution

    The Grande Galerie de l'Évolution (Great Gallery of Evolution) is part of the French Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, located in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. This museum focuses on the evolution of the animal and plant world. The first floor focuses on marine animal species. Land life is t
  6. Fort Saint-Jean6

    Fort Saint-Jean

  7. Maison de Victor Hugo7

    Maison de Victor Hugo

    Visit the Maison de Victor Hugo where the famous writer who is one of the most famous representatives of Romanticism spent 16 years of his life, and enjoy its unique atmosphere. Each room in the apartment of Victor Hugo describes a certain period of his life in detail - before, during and after exil
  8. Mémorial de la Shoah8

    Mémorial de la Shoah

    The Mémorial de la Shoah (Center de documentation juive contemporaine, CDJC) is the central memorial to the Holocaust in France, located in Paris. Focus is the persecution of the Jews in occupied France and under the Vichy regime from 1940-1944. The Mémorial de la Shoah is also a museum where visito
  9. Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet9

    Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet

    Musée National des Arts Asiatiques - Musée Guimet is a French museum of Asian art in Paris. Although the museum now covers almost all of East Asia, focus is on archaeological pieces and classical oriental art, with few to no contemporary or ethnological pieces. There is however an extensive textile
  10. Musée Bourdelle10

    Musée Bourdelle

    Musée Bourdelle is a museum in Paris that is located in the former residence and studio of the French sculptor Émile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929). The museum exhibits an important art collection of his work. It was founded in 1949. Like Auguste Rodin, Antoine Bourdelle wanted to leave a museum at t
  11. Musée de la vie romantique11

    Musée de la vie romantique

    The Musée de la vie romantique museum is one of the three literary museums in Paris together with Maison de Balzac and Maison de Victor Hugo. It displays works of romantic authors - e.g. sculptures by Bartholdi, paintings by Ary Scheffer and also many items connected to the persona of George Sand.
  12. Musée Cognacq-Jay12

    Musée Cognacq-Jay

    The Musée Cognacq-Jay is an art museum in Paris that was founded by Marie-Louise Jaÿ (1838-1925) and her husband Ernest Cognacq (1839-1928). The founders and owners of the La Samaritaine department store built a large collection of valuable furniture and works of art from between 1900 and 1925. The
  13. Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes13

    Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes

    The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes is located in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. It is a zoo that is part of the organization of the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle. The Ménagerie was opened in 1794, making it the oldest in the world after Tiergarten Schönbrunn, which is located in Vienna. Ma
  14. Zadkine Museum14

    Zadkine Museum

    The Zadkine Museum (Musée Zadkine) is a small museum in Paris with works by Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967), a Russian-born artist who lived in France. The museum is located in the house and studio where he lived and worked from 1928 until his death. There are around 400 sculptures, gouaches, works on pap
  15. Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin15

    Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin

    Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris - Musée Jean Moulin is a museum that is located on the roof garden of Gare Montparnasse in Paris. Exhibits in the museum include underground newspapers, propaganda posters of the Vichy regime, uniforms of the Marshal of Africa and
  16. Galerie de Botanique - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle16

    Galerie de Botanique - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle

  17. Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice17

    Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice

    Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice is the Asian Arts Museum of Nice in Parc Phœnix, which houses collections of Asian arts. It was inaugurated in 1981 and was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. Its collections are from private and public collections, reflecting the important civilizations in
  18. Zoo de Lyon18

    Zoo de Lyon

    The Zoo de Lyon (Zoo of the Park of the Golden Head), formerly known as Zoological Garden of Lyon, is a French municipal zoological park in Lyon. The zoo was founded in 1858 by Claude-Marius Vaïsse and is home to a little more than 300 animals representing 66 species.
  19. Musée d'Histoire de Lyon19

    Musée d'Histoire de Lyon

    Musée d'Histoire de Lyon is a history museum in Lyon that is housed in Hotel Gadagne. The museum houses the historic collections of the city and presents it chronologically, illustrating the cultural history of Lyon since the Middle Ages until the nineteenth century, with more than 80,000 objects in
  20. Museum of the Legion of Honor20

    Museum of the Legion of Honor

    The Museum of the Legion of Honor (Musée national de la Légion d'honneur et des ordres de chevalerie) is a museum of orders of merit and orders of chivalry, housed in the Hôtel de Salm, built in 1782 by architect Pierre Rousseau for Frederick III, Prince of Salm-Kyrburg, in Paris. The collection of
  21. Mémorial National de la Prison de Montluc21

    Mémorial National de la Prison de Montluc

  22. Atelier Brancusi22

    Atelier Brancusi

    Atelier Brancusi is a French glyptotheque that is related to the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture in Paris. Located on Georges Pompidou Square, it is designed to reproduce the studio of the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi. It is a national museum of modern art in Paris.
  23. Musée de la Préfecture de Police23

    Musée de la Préfecture de Police

    The Musée de la Préfecture de Police is a museum that is housed in the Hôtel de police in Paris that is dedicated to police history. The collection of this police museum in Paris contains photographs, letters, memorabilia, and drawings that illustrate major events in the history of France, famous cr
  24. Musée Curie24

    Musée Curie

    The Musée Curie in Paris is a historical museum dedicated to radiological research. The museum is housed in the former laboratory of Marie Curie (a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity). The laboratory was built 1911-1914 and Marie Cu
  25. Mona Bismarck American Center25

    Mona Bismarck American Center

    The American socialite, fashion icon and philanthropist Countess Mona von Bismarck donated her Parisian townhouse and the majority of her estate to found the Mona Bismarck Foundation. The Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris aims to engage visitors in a dialogue with the depth and diversity of the
  26. Pavillon de l'Arsenal26

    Pavillon de l'Arsenal

    The Pavillon de l'Arsenal is a museum in Paris that is dedicated to architecture and urban planning and architecture in Paris and its surroundings. The museum building was built in 1878-1879 for wood merchant Laurent-Louis Borniche. The permanent exhibition in the Pavillon de l'Arsenal presents Pari
  27. Hôtel de Lauzun27

    Hôtel de Lauzun

  28. La Gaite Lyrique28

    La Gaite Lyrique

    La Gaîté Lyrique is a digital arts and modern music centre located on the site of the former Théâtre de la Gaîté in Paris. It includes the following performance venues: Large Hall (Grande Salle), the Small Hall (Petite Salle), and the Auditorium. Furthermore it includes a resource centre which funct
  29. Japanese Culture House of Paris29

    Japanese Culture House of Paris

    La maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (Japanese Culture House of Paris) is managed by the Japan Foundation and aims to spread Japanese culture. The Japanese Culture House of Paris hosts exhibitions, shows, film screenings, lectures, cooking demonstrations as well as tea ceremonies and courses on
  30. Musée Franciscain30

    Musée Franciscain

    Musée Franciscain (the Franciscan Museum) is a museum in Nice in France that is devoted to the life of the Franciscans in Nice from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The museum illustrates the spiritual and social message of Saint Francis of Assisi through paintings, sculptures, engravings
  31. History of Medicine Museum31

    History of Medicine Museum

    The History of Medicine Museum (Musée de l'Histoire de la Médecine) in Toulouse is housed in the Jean-de-Rudelle space, at Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Jacques, a former hospital listed by UNESCO. The museum holds a collection of objects that originate from the second half of the 19th century to the present day
  32. Toulouse Observatory32

    Toulouse Observatory

  33. Paris Observatory33

    Paris Observatory

    The Paris Observatory (Observatoire de Paris or Observatoire de Paris-Meudon) is the most important observatory in France and one of the largest astronomy centers in the world. The historic main building is sitauted on the left bank of the Seine in the center of Paris. The observatory was establishe
  34. Terra Amata Museum34

    Terra Amata Museum

    Terra Amata is an archeological site on the slopes of Mount Boron in Nice, in France. On the site, which used to be a prehistoric beach, archeaologists discovered tools of the Lower Paleolithic period (around 400,000 BCE) and traces of some of Europe's earliest domestication of fire. The site now li
  35. Cabinet of Coins, Medals and Antiquities35

    Cabinet of Coins, Medals and Antiquities

  36. Musée du Parfum36

    Musée du Parfum

    The Musée du Parfum in Paris (The Perfume Museum) is housed in a Napoleon III style mansion. It was built in 1860 by the architect Lesoufaché, a pupil of Garnier, famous for having built the opera of the same name located in front of the museum. Painted ceilings, parquet floors, romantic stuccoes, f
  37. Pavillon de l'Eau37

    Pavillon de l'Eau

    The Pavillon de l'eau is a museum in paris that is devoted to water with a permanent exhibition about the water supply of Paris and its history from Roman aqueducts to the present. Paris has experienced four periods of production and distribution of water: The Roman age, the Middle Ages, the Modern
  38. Musée de la Marine et de l’Economie38

    Musée de la Marine et de l’Economie

    Musée de la Marine et de l’Economie is a small museum in Marseille, housed in the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Marseille. The museum holds a collection of paintings and documents that illustrate the time when Marseille was the main port of France.
  39. Villa Arson Centre d'Art Contemporain39

    Villa Arson Centre d'Art Contemporain

    Villa Arson is a national center for contemporary art in Nice in France that contains an art museum, an elite school, a media library and a research institution for contemporary art. The complete area of 20,000 m² includes exhibition space, workshops, student accommodation and gardens.
  40. Musée Bible et Terre Sainte40

    Musée Bible et Terre Sainte

    The Musée Bible et Terre Sainte in Paris (Bible and Holy Land Museum), is dedicated to the history of Palestine. The museum houses a collection that contains more than 500 exhibits, illustrating everyday life in Palestine from 5000 BCE to 600 CE.
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    Perfume museum Paris Fragonard

    The Perfume museum Paris Fragonard is a museum in Paris that is dedicated to perfume and shows the manufacturing process from raw materials to harvesting, extraction, distillation, formulation, industrialization and bottling together with the creative process and work of the master “noses”. Furtherm
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    Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation

    Musée Départemental de la Résistance et de la Déportation in Toulouse exhibits items such as photos and clothing, which remind visitors of the deportations by Nazis.
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    Memorial De La Marseillaise

    The Mémorial de la Marseillaise celebrates France's revolutionary national anthem called 'the Marseillaise'. It is housed in a house built in 1681, this old house is a former indoor ball court and a Turkish bath house until the mid 1970s. The exhibits of the museum are mostly related to the history
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    Edith Piaf Museum

    The Édith Piaf Museum is a private museum in Paris that is dedicated to Edith Piaf, who was a French singer, songwriter, cabaret performer and film actress and one of the country's most widely known international stars. The museum exhibits memorabilia of the artist: photographs, letters, scores, pos
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    Espace Fondation EDF

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    Le Musee du Compagnonnage

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    Musée de la Boule Bleue

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    Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian

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    Théâtre-Musée des Capucines

    The Théâtre-Musée des Capucines (Théâtre musée des Capucines-Fragonard) is a museum in Paris that is dedicated to perfume. The museum was created in 1993 by the Fragonard perfume company in a former theater called the Théâtre des Capucines that dates back to 1889. It exhibits 19th-century copper dis
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    Galerie des Ponchettes

    Galerie des Ponchettes is a gallery that is attached to the MAMAC that is dedicated to contemporary art. The MAMAC conducts an exhibition program of several sections of its collections at the gallery of Ponchettes.
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    Galerie de la Marine

    The Galerie de la Marine is a gallery in nice that is dedicated to young emerging artists on the national and international scene of contemporary art. Galerie de la Marine and Villa Arson (also in Nice) are partners for the promotion of young artists graduated from the National School of Art in Nice

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