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jun 03 2008

Affordable Europe: In Paris, free museum nights

Planning a trip to France this summer? A free-admission program to more than a dozen national museums and discount nights for students at four Parisian museums might help ease the burden of the pricey euro.

Through June 30, you'll get in without charge at these institutions in Paris and its environs:

Musée Guimet (6 place d'Léna, 011-33/56 52 53 00, guimet.fr)

Musée de Cluny (a.k.a., Musée National du Moyen Âge) (6 place Paul Painlevé, 011-33/1 53 73 78 02, musee-moyenage.fr)

Musée des Arts et Métiers (292 rue Saint-Martin, 011-33/1 53 01 82 00, arts-et-metiers.net)

Musée d'Archeologie Nationale (place Charles de Gaulle, Saint Germain-en-Laye, 011-31/1 39 10 13 00, musee-antiquitesnationales.fr)

Musée National de la Renaissance (Château d'Ecouen, Ecouen, 011-31/ 1 34 38 38 50, www.musee-renaissance.fr)

Musée de l'Air et de 'Espace (Aéroport du Bourget, Le Bourget, 011-31/1 49 92 70 62

Other participating museums include the Musée National de la Marine in Toulon, Musée National de la Porcelaine Adrien-Dubouché in Limoges, Musée Magnin in Dijon, Palais Jacques Couer in Reims, Chateau d'Oiron, Musée National du Chateau de Pau, and Chateau de Pierrefonds.

In addition, four major museums in Paris are offering free admission to visitors aged 18 to 25 on certain days of the week, between 6 and 9pm:

—Wednesdays: Centre Pompidou (place Georges Pompidou, 011-33/1 44 78 12 33, centrepompidou.fr)

—Thursdays: Musée d'Orsay (62 rue de Lille, 011-33/1 40 49 48 14, musee-orsay.fr)

—Fridays: The Louvre (011-33/1 40 20 57 60, louvre.fr)

—Saturdays: Musée du Quai Branly (37 quai Branly, 011-31/1 56 61 70 00, quaibranly.fr)

This post is part of our Affordable Europe series.

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