High culture is a quintessential part of Paris’ personality, and nowhere is that better expressed than in the city’s wealth of world-class museums. From art-world heavyweights to modernist stylings, here are six of the City of Light’s top museums.
Paris Mint Museum (Musée de la Monnaie de Paris)
11, quai de Conti, Paris, France, 75006
Visit the Paris Mint Museum independently and wander through interactive exhibits dedicated to showcasing the know-how of the Paris Mint craftspeople; admire heritage collections of coins from France and beyond; get a behind-the-scenes insight into metalworking, coin minting, and art font techniques; and watch artisans at work. For a more in-depth visit French- and English-language tours are also available and holders of the Paris Pass benefit from free entry to the Paris Mint Museum and more.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Paris Mint Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in coin history or design.
- Tours are in French as standard, but English-language tours are available on request.
- Signage is in French, English, and Spanish throughout the museum.
- The Monnaie de Paris still produces limited edition coins, medals, weights and measures within the Palais Conti.
- The Paris Mint Museum has an on-site gourmet restaurant, café, and gift shop.
- The entire museum is wheelchair accessible, with loaner wheelchairs available at the front desk.
How to Get There
The Paris Mint Museum is located on the Left Bank of the River Seine, across the river from the Louvre and about a 15-minute walk from the Orsay Museum. The nearest metro stations to the museum are Pont Neuf on Line 7, Odéon on Lines 4 and 10, and Saint-Michel on Line 10. The nearest Batobus stop is Notre-Dame Quai de Montebello.
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year, with annual closures on January 1, May 1, and December 25, as well as early closing on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Crowds are generally fewer on weekdays.
The Monnaie de Paris
Dating back to the 9th century, the Monnaie de Paris is the oldest continuously operating mint on earth (though its neoclassical home, the Palais de Monnaie, only dates to the late 18th century). While most of the coins produced by the Monnaie come out of an operating plant in Pessac, weights, medals, and other objects are minted in Paris to this day. The Monnaie also mints French Euros along with coins for foreign countries.
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