Visiting Three Top Free Museums in Paris

Oct 26 12:16 2014 Lisa Jeeves Print This Article

From any of the excellent hostels in Paris, the main attractions are close by. Here are three top free museums to visit whilst in the city.

Paris,Guest Posting the enchanting capital city of France has a rather exotic and somewhat luxurious reputation; but while you can certainly spend plenty of money if you want to, you can also visit without breaking the bank. You need only scratch beneath the surface to enjoy some of what the French capital has to offer completely free of charge. The city takes great pride in being accessible to all, and with excellent hostels in Paris geared towards the more independent traveller, there are plenty of options for young people, families and those looking for a place to stay with like-minded individuals.

Free City Museums

There is so much in this city just waiting to be discovered and much of it will not cost you a penny. Many of the hostels in Paris are close to the main attractions, so it's not hard to reach the majority of them on foot. This eclectic city, so full of culture and boasting a rich artistic heritage, is one that offers many of its fabulous museums and monuments free of charge. There are at least fifteen museums housing famous exhibitions and collections that you can visit completely free. Three are below.

The Musee Carnavalet

The Musee Carnavalet is the perfect place for those who love nothing better than delving into local history. There is little doubt the city has a complex one, and the collection is both engaging and educational. Regaling stories of the city’s history from its very foundations to the present day, this museum is a hidden gem amongst its more famous counterparts.

Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Just as the Musee Carnavalet is a haven for history buffs, the Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is one for the lover of art - housing an incredible 8,000 works of art. Located in the eastern wing of the Palais de Tokyo, the museum was first built for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937. Today the exhibits include works from the European and International art scenes of the 20th century and other pieces that display monographic and thematic trends of modern art. The coffee shop here has the most fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower, making the trip over from any of the hostels in Paris well worth the effort!

Maison de Balzac

The Maison de Balzac is dedicated to literature and celebrates the author of The Human Comedy. Honore de Balzac lived in this building in the mid 19th century and, today, his works and other relevant memorabilia are housed here. It was only converted into a museum in 1949 when the house, along with Balzac’s manuscripts, letters and other personal objects (kept in immaculate condition), were bought by the city from his family.

If you're planning a trip to the French capital and want to stay close to all the action in a comfortable and friendly place, make sure you research the excellent hostels in Paris. They are budget friendly and have plenty more advice and information on the best way to see this wonderful city without spending a fortune.

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