In France there are several museums and many places that you should visit, but did you know that there are some specific days when the entrance is free? So, there is no reason to not visit some of the most important places in the country! From Paris to Marseille, passing through Lyon, just make sure your visit is planned for the first Sunday of the month, so the entrance will be free.
With our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the best museums and historical buildings of the principal French cities for free.
The Louvre Museum in Paris
In the French capital, there is no reason to stay at home on the first Sunday of each month. Several of its emblematic monuments can be visited without spending a single cent. The Louvre Museum is one of them, but keep in mind that the entrance is only free the first Sunday of each month during the low season, from October to March. If you are lucky enough to visit Paris during this time of the year, you will have the opportunity to enjoy for free more than 35,000 masterpieces, including the Gioconda or the Venus de Milo.
The entrance of the Musée d'Orsay is free on the first Sunday of each month during the whole year. It is one of the most important museums in France and it is known worldwide for its large collection of impressionist paintings.
Another mandatory visit is the Centre Pompidou, which houses the National Museum of Modern Art, where you can admire a wonderful view of Paris from its roof.
The Arc de Triomphe also offers beautiful views and has a small museum. The entrance is free on the first Sunday of each month from November 1 to March 31.
The Gallic-Roman Museum in Lyon
The beautiful city of Lyon offers several options to explore the city's museums without any cost. For example, the Gallic-Roman Museum is a great place to visit to explore the origins of Lugdunum, the ancient Roman city that would become Lyon centuries later. The museum is located on the famous Fourvière hill.
Another place of interest is the Planetarium, located in Vaulx-en-Velin that belongs to the metropolis of Lyon. The entrance is free the first Saturday -and not on Sunday- of each month.
Entrance to the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Natural History of Toulouse is free on the first Sunday of the month. It is the second biggest Natural History Museum in France and you should not miss to visit it and to discover its enormous collection of fossils and stuffed animals.
Exterior of the Mucem in Marseille
The entrance of the Natural History Museum of Marseille is free on Sunday mornings. Knowing this, waking up early is easier. It is the same for the MuCem, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Behind an innovative glazed building, you will find an interesting collection of pieces and objects of the Mediterranean culture.
As you can see, on Sundays, you can have a lot of fun in France! Just go on board on one of our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains and we will bring you at high speed to the main destinations in the country.