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To Buy or not to Buy – the Paris Museum Pass is the question

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Having bought the Museum Pass on both of our Paris visits, I have always recommended getting it but I decided to use what we actually did on our last Paris trip to try to figure out if it was really worth it for us. We were in Paris for a week with our 12 year old granddaughter and our mission (which was probably more aggressive than most) was to see as much of Paris as we could at a reasonable pace.

My wife and I bought and activated our 6 day Paris Museum Passes on our second day in Paris at the Rodin Museum (I think they are available at all the participating museums plus many other places) for 69€ each. We could have chosen a 4 day pass for 54€ or a 2 day pass for 39€ but opted for the 6 day pass. Our granddaughter was able to get in to every place we went for free (I think anyone under the age of 18 is free). Here are the places we visited and what I think would have been the individual admission price for each (please correct me if I’m wrong):

Arc de Triomphe 9.5€
Napoleon’s Tomb (Invalides) 9€
Louvre 8.5€
Notre Dame (climbed to the top) 8€
Orangerie 7.5€
Orsay 9€
Rodin 6€
Sainte-Chapelle 8.5€
Versailles 15€
Total: 81€
Savings: 12€

We were there in June (it was busy but not super crowded) and the only really long lines I remember where having the Museum Pass made a big difference were at the Louvre and the Orsay – having the Museum Pass saved a lot of time at these two places. I’m sure it saved some time at the other places too because we just had to find the entrance, show our passes and enter – no hassles with also having to find and wait in the ticket line. We used it at least once on each of the 6 days.

I’m not sure if this is a normal amount of places for first-timers to see in a week but we did not seem rushed and we enjoyed a lot of the other wonderful Parisian things (lots of café breaks, time enjoying our apartment, walks through neighborhoods, a boat ride on the Seine, going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur, several nice meals and more).

In our case, (if my math is correct and the admission prices are accurate) buying the Museum Pass not only saved us time and hassle (which is almost more valuable than money to us when we are on vacation) but made financial sense too. On future trips where we may have a different mission than seeing all these same places, I still think we would buy the Museum Pass simply for the convenience.

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