Art and history museums, charming museums, homes of artists and writers… the fourteen Museums of the City of Paris feature exceptional collections. They are known for their diversity and quality, forming the most prominent collections in France after the National Collections. These museums reflect the capital’s cultural wealth and history.
This legacy is managed by the City of Paris' museums, preserved, displayed and shared for the benefit of the largest possible audience. To discover or rediscover both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, the educational and cultural departments of the city's museums welcome and guide all types of visitors. Individuals or groups, children from 4 years old and upwards, adults, families, students, recreational centres, disabled people and community associations are all offered a wide-ranging programme of cultural activities featuring lecturers, visual artists, storytellers, actors, musicians etc.
This desire to open up to the public and share is also expressed through the free access to the museums' permanent collections, a policy which was established in 2001. The Free Entrance Policy plays a significant part in the cultural opportunities offered by the municipality. Attendance figures confirm the success of the museums. There has been an increase of 93% in exhibition attendance from 2001 to 2011 in our museums and for the same period an increase of 265% in attendance to the permanent collections.