If you’re looking for museums in Paris that are a little off the beaten path – you’ve come to the right place. ParisByM has created this list of Paris museums for you that you may not have considered visiting before with your student group.
When visiting Paris with a school trip, you’ll obviously want to see the famous museums like the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay, but don’t be fooled into thinking these are the only ones worth a visit. There are countless other Paris museums, so here’s just a few of the lesser known ones that we think are definitely worth a visit.
You may or may not have heard of the Cluny Hotel and Museum – famous for its medieval architecture – but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to visit on your trip to Paris. It is known for its real roman bath ruins as well as its display medieval artifacts. The museum is located in the 5th Arrondissement, so it’s very central and easy to get to with your student group!
Open Wednesday – Monday 9:15AM-5:45PM, Closed Tuesday
Chocolate Museum – Choco-Story
If you’re anything like me, you’ve read the words “chocolate museum” and need no more convincing! Just in case though, the chocolate museum is a great place to visit on a Paris school trip because not only do you get to eat chocolate (yum!), but you can also discover the history of the delicious food, see how it’s made, and even make your own!
Open every day 10AM – 6PM (Last admission 5PM) (Closed January 1st, December 25th)
You may be wondering why these underground passages have made it onto our Paris museums list? It’s because you can have a spooky day in the hidden channels full of millions of human remains under the city while also learning about the history of France – definitely a must see if you’re looking for something a little unique.
Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10AM-8:30PM (Closing of the crates at 7:30PM), Closed Monday’s
Ateliers des Lumières
The Ateliers des Lumières, located in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement is somewhere that would likely go amiss if you hadn’t heard about it before arrival. Here you can enter a large warehouse looking space to see a light show of famous artists work. Often the shows last around 30 minutes, so tickets are purchased for 30-minute intervals – you should definitely buy these tickets ahead of time as it can get fill up fast.
Open Sunday – Thursday 10AM – 6PM, Friday and Saturday 10AM – 10PM
This Orangerie converted to a museum is located right next to Place de la Concorde, and at the end of the Tuileries Gardens so is a great central spot to see during your visit. Here you can see Monet’s waterlily paintings displayed in two large circular rooms – trust us, this effect is something you certainly won’t want to miss! You can also explore the downstairs of the museum for a look at impressionist and post impressionist art work.
Open Wednesday – Monday 9AM – 6PM (Last admission 5:15PM), Closed Tuesdays
Famous sculptor Auguste Rodin has a museum dedicated entirely to his works that is certainly worthwhile visiting. Our recommendation is that you not only appreciate the interior and his famous pieces, but also take time to view the exterior and the green space surrounding the beautiful building.
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10AM – 5:45PM, Closed Monday
Hopefully you’ll have time to see all the spots on this Paris Museums list but just in case, we recommend that you take a look at what each museum has to offer, and what exhibits they have on during your time in Paris so you can decide where to go!
If you’d like some help in planning your group trip, just click here and ParisByM would be more than happy to help you every step of the way.