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Home to several of the world’s most celebrated museums and sights, Paris attracts fans of art, design, cinema, world cultures, religion, history and more. But did you know that there are easy ways to save on visiting these famous institutions? Read on for our tips to make your sightseeing as affordable as possible.

Also in our Paris guide:

• The best cheap hotels in Paris reviewed by our editors
• Articles about saving on Paris hotels
Free things to do in Paris and free outdoor activities
Practical tips to help you plan your trip
• Save on shopping
• Saving on nightlife and entertainment
• The best affordable restaurants and bars
• Ways to save on transportation
Cheap flights from Charles De Gaulle and Orly airport

Paris: Free art and fun expos at the Petit Palais

Paris: Free art and fun expos at the Petit Palais

Paris really went all-out for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, constructing several buildings which are now considered Paris landmarks, including the Musée d’Orsay, the Gare de Lyon, and the Grand Palais. Another such project was the Petit Palais, a light-filled, “Beaux-Arts” structure overlooking the Champs-Elysées. Nowadays the building houses the City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts » Read more

Paris Walking Tour: Bridging the Seine

Paris Walking Tour: Bridging the Seine

When the French “faire le pont,” they’re not talking about building bridges. Rather, they’re taking an extra day off work to make a long weekend when there’s a bank holiday midweek. Regardless, there’s quite a bit to be said for the real bridges (“ponts“) in Paris. Join us, as we stroll from the Ile St. » Read more

Paris: Free cultural exhibits at the Hôtel de Ville

Paris: Free cultural exhibits at the Hôtel de Ville

When you’re vacationing, a trip to city hall probably isn’t high on your list of things to do (unless you were visiting San Francisco circa 2004). But this is Paris, and city hall is the magnificent Hôtel de Ville. Moreover, it’s a place where you’ll find fascinating exhibitions on French culture – all of them free. » Read more

Paris: Self-guided walking tours offer unique perspective

Paris: Self-guided walking tours offer unique perspective

One of the best ways to experience Paris is by wandering through the streets, especially when you’re accompanied by someone who knows what to look for. But who wants to pay for a tour guide? One do-it-yourself option that caught our attention is City Walks: Paris. These detailed “Adventures on Foot” are walking tour itineraries printed on » Read more

Paris: Where (else) to find the best views

Paris: Where (else) to find the best views

At some point while visiting Paris, you’ll probably want to take in a sweeping view of the city. Sure, going to the top of the Eiffel Tower is great, but there’s one flaw – you can’t actually see the Eiffel Tower, the most iconic feature of the Paris skyline. There are plenty of other places » Read more

Paris: Fragonard Perfume Museum offers free tours

Paris: Fragonard Perfume Museum offers free tours

In the list of Paris museums, one sweet-smelling attraction is sometimes overlooked. The Musee du Parfum, run by the famous perfume manufacturer Fragonard, has been offering a “behind the scents” tour of the perfume business for 25 years. And happily for us, the visit is free! The museum is housed in a gorgeous 19th-century townhouse that drips with romantic ornamentation. » Read more

Paris tip: The Louvre for free!

Paris tip: The Louvre for free!

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the world-famous Louvre museum, home to the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and much more. Tickets aren’t exactly cheap (admission ranges from €6 to €13, with cheaper prices offered from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays), but the creme de la creme » Read more

Paris: Contemporary art at the Louvre

Paris: Contemporary art at the Louvre

If you’ll be in the Louvre any time soon, don’t be confused by rather anachronistic installation pieces scattered throughout the museum. In the Puget and Marly sculpture galleries, contemporary artists have put up resin statues and fake trees next to the marble figures of greek gods. It’s all part of the Counterpoint program, which runs » Read more

Paris freebie: The Luxembourg Gardens

Paris freebie: The Luxembourg Gardens

A trip to Paris without at least one walk through the Luxembourg gardens is like eating a French meal without accompanying it with a glass of wine. While the gardens lie directly on Paris’s beaten path they still, somehow, reveal an authentic view of Parisian life. Despite the number of tourists here, parents still bring » Read more

Paris: Artists open doors for contemporary art

Paris: Artists open doors for contemporary art

If you’re looking for an authentic slice of the contemporary art scene in Paris, don’t bother laboring up the stairs to the top of Montmarte. The bohemian art scene left the top of the butte a long time ago and the guys there selling zany caricature portraits hardly reflect the city’s current art scene. High » Read more

Paris: A walk through the Oberkampf neighborhood

The 11th arrondissement is an unpretentious yet trendy Parisian district. Its heart is rue Oberkampf. Drinks and food along this street run about half what they do in more touristy areas like Saint Michel and the Latin Quarter. Happy Hour in most bars runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with cocktails going for around » Read more

Charming Paris: Rue Saint Andre des Arts

Photo by coloursofbohemia The rue Saint André des Arts is small winding street in the 6th arrondissement. It leads from place Saint Michel to place Buci, near Odéon.  It’s definitely worth a stroll next time you’re in the central and buzzing Saint Michel area. The street is romantic and quaint, and is also packed with » Read more

Paris: La Grande Mosquee de Paris

Paris: La Grande Mosquee de Paris

Photo by Joi La Grande Mosquée de Paris, built in 1926, is a Paris must-see. Constructed in traditional North African design, the mosque is a stunning piece of foreign architecture planted among rows of typical French buildings. It serves as a reminder of both the French colonial past and France’s substantial Muslim community. Contained within » Read more

Paris: The School of “Beaux Arts” in Saint-Germain-des-Pres

The Paris left-bank neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Pres is worthy of its romantic, legendary reputation. For more than a century, writers and artists have packed its famous cafés and brasseries, and today, one of the city’s great pleasures is wandering its narrow, canvas-ready streets. It’s a challenging place for cheapos, however. When the temptation to spend money » Read more

Paris: Che Guevara’s Photography at the Barrio Latino

Just in time for the spring strike season, Paris is celebrating the work of one of the most notorious revolutionaries in modern history, Ernesto “Che” Guevara. You’ve already seen the t-shirts, watched The Motorcycle Diaries and probably seen a likeness of the revolutionary’s face too many times to count. Few, however, have viewed the photographic » Read more

Paris: Cite de l’Architechture Opens

The Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine opened in Paris this week with an inaugural exhibition called “Avant-Apres” or “Before-After: the awareness of time.” Claiming to be the biggest museum in Europe devoted to architecture, it is housed in a massive 23,000 square meters space in the Palais de Chaillot, in the 16th arrondissement. Two » Read more

Paris: Free Friday at the Louvre

Paris: Free Friday at the Louvre

Apparently the French Ministry of Culture caught on that €8 is a lot to pay just to get lost trying to find the Mona Lisa. For younger visitors, there’s a better way. The Louvre is absolutely free for everyone under 26 years old, every Friday evening. The free hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 » Read more

Paris: Free Museums Every First Sunday of the Month!

Paris: Free Museums Every First Sunday of the Month!

photograph by Melanie Clatanoff Museums in Paris are free on the first Sunday of the month. So now that you have absolutely no excuse not to soak in a little culture, where to go? We suggest avoiding the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, where there will be a herd of about 6,000 fellow Cheapos standing in » Read more

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