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Help with Line-ups at Louvre, d'Orsay, Tour Eiffel & Notre Dame

May 27th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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This is a little off-topic...but we just got back from Paris (May 8-18), and we lost our museum passes early on in our trip.

Every place we went, they let us in anyway -- some asked to see the receipt, the Louvre just waved us in, some we had to ask several times.

The following places let us in: Louvre, Invalides/Army Museum/Napoleon Tomb, Paris Sewers, Rodin M.

Can't promise this will work for others, but it might help.

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May 27th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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Is there a longer pass than 6 days?
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May 27th, 2007, 03:58 PM
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May 27th, 2007, 04:12 PM
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Another stupid question: if I want to buy my museum pass at the first attraction I visit, will I have to stand in line at that first place to get it? If that's the case, I'll go instead to one of the Paris tourism offices to buy it before heading to my first museum.
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May 27th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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To IslandMom:

No... 6 days is the longest.

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May 27th, 2007, 05:40 PM
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ValCanada- I'm with you, I'd skip the pass. For the Louvre, try the Carousel entrance, never encountered any line there. For Orsay - don't go on a Sunday that is free entry. For Notre Dame, shouldn't be a problem as noted. ANother time saver - take advantage of a pre-fix lunch or a tea at the museums. The Louvre food court has some quick & delicious choices. We ate at a wonderful Morrocan stand. Enjoy!
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May 27th, 2007, 06:15 PM
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I'm actually going to go for the four day pass - I like the "popping in" and the "multiple visit" options. I might think it a waste of money once I'm there but I like the peace of mind it gives me. Thanks to everyone for their help!
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May 27th, 2007, 06:20 PM
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ValCanada:

Where are you staying in Paris? You might want to check out the list of all participating museums, find a smaller museum that's located nearby, and plan on buying your pass there.

For instance, our hotel was near the Cluny Museum. The day after we arrived, we went to the Cluny when it first opened and bought our passes. We were the only ones there and it took about 3 seconds.

Smaller museums don't have the extreme long lines and crowds, so buying the pass is simple.

OTOH, if they are available at tourist offices and you are arriving by train, it might make sense to pop into the tourist office at the station to buy it when you first arrive. Then, if the office is closed or super busy, you've got a plan B.
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May 27th, 2007, 06:29 PM
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Thanks, Canada Val! I'll be at the Prince de Galles on George V. I see that I COULD buy the pass at the Gare du Nord when I arrive (although I'll have a suitcase, a carry-on and a purse to manage!) or I could buy it just a few blocks from my hotel on the Champs Elysees). If neither of those work on my first night, I'll go to the tourism offices that are right outside of the Louvre before I go there on day 2.

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May 27th, 2007, 06:34 PM
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Sorry Apres Londee! I got mixed up in threads! Thank YOU for the suggestions.
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May 27th, 2007, 06:40 PM
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Peace of mind is never a waste of money

Besides, the "pass" lines move faster than the "paying" lines, saving you not only time but possibly headaches and frustation as well.

We went to Louvre on a Wednesday evening, arriving just as the crowds were making their exodus. Evening hours are a great way to either avoid crowds, or to squeeze in a return visit without taking time away from the day. If your schedule allows it, you might want to consider visiting the Louvre on both Wed & Fri night for two shorter, easier to digest visits.

If you're interested in the Orsay, you might like the Rodin Museum. I also really enjoyed the Picasso Museum, and the Cluny.
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May 27th, 2007, 07:10 PM
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My pleasure, ValCanada, and no worries-I'm from Canada, too


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May 28th, 2007, 12:46 PM
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Unfortunately, I'm not in Paris on a Friday night and my Wednesday night is MY LAST NIGHT IN PARIS so I'm NOT going to spend that in a museum (more like at The Ritz to see the bartender that Forbes rated the best in the world). I have Rodin on my list and the Unicorn tapestry at the Cluny - I don't know if the Picasso Museum is something I really need to see - it looks awfully big - I'll have been at Tate Modern, et al, in London before I get to Paris and I'll be going to the Musee d'Orsay, and a bunch of other places in Paris - I might see ENOUGH of Picasso without even trying (even though he's one of my favourites). I'll actually also be at SFMOMA the weekend after next and there's lots of his stuff there. I might put the Picasso Museum on my list for my next trip to Paris. Thanks for your suggestions, though.

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May 28th, 2007, 04:28 PM
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Hi ValCanada - I enjoyed the Rodin, especially the grounds. ANd if you have time, take lunch at their outside cafe- their tartins are out of this world!
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May 28th, 2007, 09:17 PM
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I'm really going to try to get to the Musee Rodin - it's the gardens I really want to see - thanks for the lunch recommendation.
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Jun 1st, 2007, 07:36 AM
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I just found out from the concierge at the hotel I'm staying at that I can get the Paris Museum Pass there without having to pay a convenience charge or anything.
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Jun 1st, 2007, 07:45 AM
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Jun 1st, 2007, 07:55 AM
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A not to be missed museum not mentioned (as far as I got) is the Orangerie. A two day museum pass might be just the ticket needed to take care of the hard to access ones--Musee d'Orsay (so you know) and Orangerie.
Paris Pass is a whole 'nother way to spend money and not get the money's worth.
And if on the day you have the pass, you go by the Cluny, you might decide to go in. Or the archaeological digs at Notre Dame.
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Jun 2nd, 2007, 07:23 PM
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Ooh- L'Orangerie- it was closed when I was there & has since reopened - surely a must see, based on the pretty grounds alone -with the trees on view and the rest open, go!
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Jun 2nd, 2007, 08:49 PM
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From what I remember, you can also buy the Museum Pass at larger Metro stations......
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