My 3 Smart Tips To Visit Museums For Free.

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Want to take your family to the museum?

It’s true that a cultural outing from time to time is good for the whole family.

But it can quickly become expensive …

Fortunately, there are tips you should know for free cultural family outings.

To be able to enjoy the national museums and monuments free of charge, we have selected the best tips for you.

how to visit museums and monuments for free

1. Visit monuments free of charge during Heritage Days

Since 1984 in France, once a year, monuments and historic buildings belonging to the State and usually closed to the public open their doors.

This event takes place on the 3rd weekend of September, that is to say this weekend! This year 17,000 monuments open their doors to the public free of charge.

Heritage Days are an opportunity to discover, from the inside, town halls, courts, churches, castles, theaters …

So many historic places inaccessible the rest of the year!

The free is the principle, however some establishments charge an entrance fee.

You can find out about and prepare for your visit on the official Heritage Days website, so as not to be caught off guard.

You can search by city, or even by district for certain cities.

People living in border regions can benefit even more, because other European countries also organize their Heritage Days, even if it is not always on the same dates.

2. Free national museums on the 1st Sunday of the month

Likewise, on the first Sunday of each month during the school period (September to June), national museums and monuments, that is to say belonging to the State, open their doors free of charge to the public.

The savings are proportional to the number of people participating in the tour.

For example, every first Sunday of October to March, entry to the Louvre Museum in Paris is free for all visitors.

If you are visiting the Louvre as a couple on 1st Sunday of the month, You save € 30, just that ! Good to know, entry to the Louvre is also free for all the 14th of July.

This trick being a victim of its success, it is better to do it early in the morning on D-Day so as not to queue too much.

3. Other cases of free access to museums

Some French museums such as in Lyon and Marseille or in Paris apply free admission to permanent collections, hence the importance of getting information before visiting.

Since 2009, young Europeans from under 26 and the teachers are entitled to free admission in national museums.

Finally, large family cards, vermeil, student, or the fact of being unemployed or benefiting from the RSA can give the right to reductions or free.

Your turn…

Do you know of any other great tips for visiting museums and monuments for free? Tell us in the comments your tips to save on cultural outings. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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