Paris Closures, when to Avoid Museum and Attractions

Seeing all the sights on vacation is a must, But when visiting Paris, you need to know all the Paris closures happening at museums and attractions. 

We recently had the opportunity to go to Paris and fell in love with the city of lights.

It takes a lot of planning to see Paris and not break that bank and we wrote a couple of articles on the topic…

Paris Closures – Museums and Attractions

Got Saga wrote and awesome post on other Free Things to do In Paris that we hadn't even thought of.

It takes our ideas as novice Parisian travelers to the next level. Check it out at 7 Fun Things you Can do in Paris at no Cost.

If you plan properly, you can fit a lot in during your time in Paris and have the trip of a lifetime. 

But if you are like many people and only have a limited time in the city, you need to arm yourself with a few more tips regarding its attractions and museums.

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Museum Closures

We had a few hiccups in our travels to Paris because we were not organized enough and should have done more research. 

Paris has some great deals, great savings and a lot of free things to do, but you can also miss out on your perfect day in Versailles or at the Louvre if you happen to go when they are closed.

Yes, even the largest museums and attractions in Paris are closed one day each week.

Here is a list of opening hours and closings for Museums, attractions and important sites in Paris

The Louvre

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  • Closed: Tuesdays
  • Hours: 09:00-18:00 except Wed and Friday open from 9:00 to 10:00 pm
  • Holidays:  May 1, August 15, December 25, January 1
  • Free: First Sunday of Every Month and July 15th
  • Discounted Days:  Wednesdays and Fridays 6€ after 6:00 pm

Musée D'Orsay

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  • Closed: Mondays
  • Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 except Thursdays until 21:45
  • Holidays: 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
  • Discounted Days: Thursdays 5€ after 16:15 pm
  • Free: First Sunday of Every month


Pick up a Lonely Planet Travel Guide to help you plan your Paris vacation. 


Eiffel Tower

  • Hours: 09:oo am to 00:45 am (Last lift Midnight) Summer hours
  • Holidays: Open 7 days week 365 days a year
  • Discounted Days: None that I know of
  • Free: None

Arc du Triomphe

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  • Open: 7 days a week
  • Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
  • Holidays: January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25
  • Discount Days: None
  • Free: European Union Members ages 18 – 25

Pere la Chaise

  • Open: 7 Days a Week 365 days a year

7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Mon.-Friday
8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday and bank holidays.

Winter hours shortened

  • Free: Every Day

See our experience at The Famous People of Pere la Chaise



  • Closed: Mondays
  • Hours: 9:00 – 6:30
  • Holidays: December 25, January 1, April 5, May 1, May 24, November 1
  • Free: First Sunday of Each Month
  • Discounted: – A Member of friends of national museums associations, citizen of European Union under age of 25

Check out: Palace of Versailles, Should I go on a Monday

Les Invalides

  • Closed: First Monday of Every Month, Some exhibits are closed every Monday
  • Hours: 10:00 – 6:00 Summer hours
  • Holidays: January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th.
  • Free: July 14th
  • Discounted: Tuesday 7€ after 5:00 pm


The labyrinth of bones under the city of Paris is a fascinating tour. Million of skulls and bones were collected from cemeteries around the city in the 1700s and stored here. Read about our tour of the Catacombs of Paris

  • Closed: Mondays
  • Hours: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
  • Holidays: none
  • Free: Children under 13
  • Discounts: non

Read More about the Catacombs of Paris

Sacre Coeur

  • Closed: Open 365 days a year
  • Hours: 6:00 am to 10:30 Pm
  • Free: Every Day

Notre Dame

  • Closed: Never
  • Hours: 08:00-18:45 Daily (19:15 on Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Free: Every Day
  • Towers and Crypt Open Every day 10:00 – 23:00 summer hours
  • Towers and Crypt Closed January 1, May 1, December 25

Restaurants – Most restaurants do not open for dinner until 7:00 pm

Shopping – Most shopping is closed on Sundays.

Metro Hours

  • 05:30 – 01:15
  • Friday/Saturday 05:30 – 02:15

Read More:

Where to Stay in Paris, the Complete Guide to Neighbourhoods

Paris on a Budget

Free Things to do in Paris

Three Days in Paris Itinerary


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