Frequently asked questions

Free museums? Late evening opening hours? … Some useful advice about visiting museums and monuments in Paris

Most places offer guided tours either with a guide or via an audio guide. Different foreign languages are also offered according to the place in question. If you wish, you can call on the services of a guide for a group or individual guided tour. See the list of Members of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 Tours in Paris with tour guide

No less than: 173 museums, 37 bridges, 31 monuments, 3 opera houses, 171 churches and temples, 208 theatres and cabarets, 20 covered passageways, 84 cinemas, 14 cemeteries, 108 Wallace fountains, 463 parks and gardens.

Paris's monuments are lit up in the evening at nightfall, usually until 1am in the morning.

To take advantage of the capital at night, see the file Paris, lights in the city

Larger museums provide cloakrooms and left-luggage services where you can leave your heavy things free of charge for a more comfortable visit. Coats, large umbrellas, rucksacks and small pieces of luggage are accepted.

Items that are not accepted are: cumbersome bags, suitcases, valuables such as cameras, money, identity papers and chequebooks, food and drink.

An exception is sometimes made for children’s pushchairs: at the Louvre for example, they are permitted in the galleries and at left-luggage.

Warning! During the “Vigipirate” security measures, left-luggage offices in some museums and monuments may be closed.

 Left-luggage services in Paris train stations

That depends on the museum, it is best to make enquiries at each museum beforehand.

In general, yes, but no flash photography. Tripods are not allowed.

Excursion companies generally offer a wider choice of tours and more frequent departures during high season (between 1 April and 31 October). Cruises on the Seine river also operate more regularly and offer an extended timetable during this period.

Low season is between 1 November and 31 March.