Paris Travel Planner   Museums that are Monuments, Paris
Is it a museum or a monument? Doesn't really matter—these are all worth a visit.

 Head of the Marseillaise, Musée de l'Architecture, Paris
Above, Head of La Rénommée, from the Arc de Triomphe, Musée de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine.



Paris is a city of monuments and monumental buildings, and it's sometimes hard to decide whether something is a monument or a museum. And when the Paris Museum Pass includes some monuments, like the Arc de Triomphe, it can get confusing. Here are some monuments that are museums—or museums that are monuments— that are wonderful to visit as part of your time in Paris.

Most people visit the Arc de Triomphe to admire the monument and enjoy the wonderful view from the top. The Arc is open in the evenings, so it's possible to enjoy sunsets and the lights of the city after dark. There is also a small museum about the history of the monument and its construction. More...

The Panthéon is a notable part of the Paris landscape, on the left bank in the 5th arrondissement. This monument-museum today holds the marble tombs of heroic figures of French history, including Emile Zola, Rousseau, and Voltaire. It's a short walk from the Jardin de Luxembourg and the Sorbonne. More...

For military history, go to Les Invalides, in the 7th arrondissement. This is also the site of the tomb of Napoléon Bonaparte, under the golden dome. More...

The Conciergerie, a large monumental building on the Île de la Cité, is best known at the place where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned before being taken to the guillotine. You can see a model of her cell and other historic rooms. More...

Is the Sainte-Chapelle a museum, a monument, or a church? It's been called all three, and its stained glass windows are exquisite. It's just next to the Conciergerie, and you can buy one ticket for both, or use your Paris Museum Pass. Just don't miss it. More...

And for another church-monument-museum, climb up the Towers of Notre-Dame, on the Île de la Cité. You'll enjoy wonderful views and the chance to be part of this amazing Gothic monument from the 12th and 13th centuries. More...

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Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Above, The Arc de Triomphe.

Below, Rose window at La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris.

Ste-Chapelle, Rose window, Paris

Panthéon, Paris
Above, The Panthéon on a sunny day.

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