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Best Museums to Visit on School Trips to Paris

Interested in visiting museums on school trips to Paris? Paris is full of all kinds museums. ParisByM has compiled a list of some of the places you won’t want to miss out on!

The Louvre

School Trips to ParisOn school trips to Paris, the world’s largest museum is a must see! Not only is this a very beautiful and historical building, but it also houses some of the most famous pieces of art in the world.  During your visit you can see the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Great Sphinx. You will want to keep in mind that there’s far too much to see in just one day. To avoid being overwhelmed, make sure you decide what to see before arriving.

Centre Pompidou

School Trips to ParisThe exterior of the Centre Pompidou is unlike any other in Paris. The Centre Pompidou is known for many things, but most importantly it houses the National Museum of Modern Art. It is the largest modern art museum in Europe. The center also has a library with multiple levels that you can visit and explore. For a small fee, you can go all the way to the top of Centre Pompidou and see the beautiful city from above. This has to be one of the best views by far.

Picasso Museum

School Trips to ParisPicasso is well known by many all around the world! School trips to Paris provide the perfect opportunity to see some of his greatest pieces of work in a museum dedicated just for him! This includes works of art from the master, but also numerous pieces from his own private collection. Some pieces include Self Portrait and Celestina. The museum is located in the Marais District, so make sure to check out the neighborhood after you visit the museum.

Musee d’Orsay

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Not so long ago, this museum was once a railway station! It is a building rich in history and has many interesting pieces to see. It located on the left bank, along the Seine. The Musée d’Orsay houses many famous pieces of impressionist art, mostly from French artists.  You’ll definitely want to check them out on school trips to Paris.

Ateliers des Lumières

School Trips to ParisThe Ateliers des Lumières is an amazing opportunity to be transported into the works of arts. This is a large warehouse, located in the 11th district, where you are immersed in an artist’s work: the walls are covered indeed by large screens to show off the artists’ works of art, while some music adapted to what is shown is played. Often the shows last around 30 minutes, therefore the tickets are purchased for 30 minute intervals, but once inside, you can stay for how long as you wish. Every year, the Ateliers des Lumières displays different works of art from different artists, so make sure to check out the exhibitions online and see if they interest you.

L’Orangerie Museum

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Located next to the Place de la Concorde, this museum was once an Orangerie, meaning a greenhouse special for orange trees! Here you can observe Monet’s waterlily paintings displayed in two large rooms. There is also a lot to explore in the other parts of the museum, with a lot of  impressionist and post impressionist art work that you won’t want to miss!

Musée Rodin

School Trips to ParisIn this museum you can explore the works by the famous sculptor, Auguste Rodin. This museum is dedicated entirely to his works! Not only will you enjoy some masterpieces inside the museum, but also outside in the park surrounding the museum where famous pieces like The Door to Hell are located randomly among the green spaces.  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. The most famous sculpture you might be familiar with at this museum is of a nude male figure sitting on a rock with his chin resting on his fist as if deep in thought, The Thinker.



This is of course only a short selection of museums that might interest your students during school trips to Paris, but the French capital and its surrounding are full of other options that are worth discovering.

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What to See to Make School Trips to Paris Both Fun and Educational

Traveling with a group of students can be hard – finding a balance between making a trip fun while also learning a little something is as hard as it sounds.  We get that! So, we’ve made this list for you to help find a way to get the best out of your school trip.

Where to Start?

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Before your visit to Paris, you’ll definitely want to have an idea of what you want to see.  We know it can be overwhelming to decide how to balance the fun with the educational – but it’s perfectly possible! So, we’ve organized a list into categories to help you decide when planning your school trips to Paris what suits your group the best, starting with a list of our top 5 must see places and continuing with our carefully though-out categories. You may notice some overlap with the must-see places but that’s just because you really must see them!

Top 5 Must See Places in Paris

  1. Eiffel Tower
  2. Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle
  3. The Louvre
  4. The Arc de Triomphe
  5. The Sacré Coeur

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See French Art and Culture

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  • Louvre Museum – once home to the French monarchy, the Louvre is now the largest museum in the world, and home to some of the most well-known pieces of art and artifacts around.  A visit here will give student trips to Paris a chance to not only learn about the history of the building, but to see paintings like the Mona Lisa, sculptures like the Venus de Milo and artifact’s like the Great Sphinx.  It’s definitely worth a trip for that balance of education and fun.
  • Musée D’Orsay – another world-famous museum located along the River Seine, the Musée D’Orsay is home to a number of famous paintings and sculptures, including the Small Dancer Aged 14 sculpture.  You’ll definitely want to dedicate some time to this museum.
  • Paris Museum of Modern Art – for a slight shift in style, visit the Museum of Modern Art, it may not fill you with the same knowledge of France’s history, but it will definitely open your eyes to the world of modern art.
  • Centre Pompidou – another must for student trips to Paris, here you’ll get to experience not only the art and design of the building’s infamous exterior – as well as views from its exterior escalators – but you’ll be able to see the Musée D’Art Moderne.

Discover French History

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  • Versailles – If you have time, definitely consider a day trip to Versailles when planning student trips to Paris.  Here you can discover all about the history of the past monarchy, as well as explore the palace – with the hall of mirrors – Marie Antoinette’s house, and the stunning gardens.  It’s a great way to balance beauty and fun with education.
  • The Catacombs – These underground remains are fascinating and perfect for school trips to Paris.  Here is where millions of remains were placed to make space in cemeteries.  Definitely a place that’s cool while still learning something about French history.

French Architecture to Explore

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  • Eiffel Tower – How can you not talk about the Eiffel Tower when you talk about French architecture.  Built in 1887, this monument has become one of the most well known in the world and its architecture is unlike any other.
  • Arc de Triomphe – One of the most famous monuments of Paris, located at the head of the Champs Élysées, this is definitely a must! Explore the surrounding streets, and even climb the monument itself to get a sense of the detail and layout of the city as well as of the arc itself.
  • Opera Garnier – Designed by Charles Garnier, each and every element of this building is jaw dropping.  If you’re looking to explore beauty and architecture during any student trips to Paris then this has to be on your list.

Religious Monuments to See

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  • Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle – Notre Dame is one of Paris’s most beloved monuments.  Located on the Isle de la Cité its as beautiful as one imagines and an important site in the history of religion in Paris.  Also, on the Isle de la Cité is Saint Chapelle – definitely a must see – where you can see stunning stained-glass windows stretching all around.
  • Sacre Coeur – At Paris’s highest point, you will see the Sacre Coeur, where you will not only see the beauty of the church, but you will get a stunning view of the whole city from above.


There are countless places to visit in Paris and ways to balance fun with education.  For help planning student trips to Paris click here.

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Traveling across the world may seem a bit intimidating!  On top of that, you may have absolutely no idea what to pack for a country you have never been to before! Do not be overwhelmed. Here at ParisByM, we know Paris like the back of our hand from its constant changing weather patterns to its latest fashion trends. Fortunately, we are here to help for any school trips to Paris!

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There are some things that are so crucial you simply cannot forget to pack.  These are all of the items that you should have locked away in a safe place or with you at all times.  These items are the hardest to replace if lost or stolen. Forgetting any of these items will put a damper on your school trip to Paris.

  • Wallet: In your wallet have your ID, passport, & an extra copy of both your ID and passport
  • Medications: If necessary, carry an extra copy of your prescriptions in case you need to refill or you lose them!
  • Travel documents: Have your visa and travel insurance documents if you need them & make an extra copy as well.
  • Necessary tech: Outlets are different in Europe than in America. Make sure to have your chargers and your converters. Nothing is worse than a dead phone in a foreign country!

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Your carry-on bag is crucial and sometimes overlooked!  This bag you do not want to let out of your sight.  You will be traveling with this bag between layovers and on the flight.  You will want to think carefully about what to pack for your personal items.

  • Change of clothes: Lost luggage is a lot more common than you think! Some people have to go a day or so without their luggage upon arrival.  Make sure you pack a change of clothes just in case this happens to you!
  • Reusable water bottle: STAY HYDRATED! Traveling can be energy-draining and time consuming. Do not forget to eat and hydrate. Many travelers can easily forget to do these two necessary things especially when adapting to a new environment.
  • Headphones or a book: International flights are very long. Make sure to pack headphones or a book to read to entertain yourself between layovers and on the flight.
  • Mini first aid kit: You never know when you may need a band-aid at a short notice.  Airports & airplanes have first-aid stations, but it may be a hassle & take some time to locate it.


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When traveling, please keep in mind the TSA policies! So many people reach security to have most of their toiletries thrown in the trash. It is always a good idea to purchase toiletries locally so you do not have to worry about spillage in your suitcase.

  • Deodorant: Because traveling can be very time consuming, you may not be able to bathe for over 24 hours at a time. Make sure to have your deodorant handy!
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Hairbrush: A hairbrush is something you would probably want to bring instead of buying upon arrival. Hair brushes are by personal choice and you may not be able to find the one you like upon arrival!
  • Travel sized shampoo, conditioner, and body soap: Travel sized containers are good to have if you are traveling to many cities within the trip. It would be a hassle to continuously have to purchase these items. If you are staying in one location for a majority of the trip, it would be wise to purchase a bigger bottle upon arrival.

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A big fear every traveler has is they do not want to under or overpack. The weather is constantly changing in Paris, so make sure to give a lot of thought on what you’re putting into your suitcase. Ask yourself: Will I wear this regularly? Is it practical?

  • Machine-washable clothes: A washing machine may be hard to come by, but pack clothes that are strong and can endure wear and tear. Delicate pieces may not be the most practical for an international trip.
  • Pack outfits, not pieces: Everyone wants to accessorize and pack distinguishable pieces. But think practical! Packing outfits will make your life less stressful once you are on your trip.
  • No more than five paris of shoes: Bring a pair of shoes for each setting whether that be a nice dinner out to tennis shoes for a hike in the woods. It may be hard to decide at first but nothing is worse than lugging around a suitcase have your weight! Most importantly, think comfortable!

Partaking in a school trip to Paris is definitely an experience everyone should be have. Paris has so much to offer for anyone trying to gain knowledge in history and culture. We hope that this packing list helps you prepare for any trip you have coming your way.

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