Off The Radar Attractions in Paris

These Four Places are not Well-Know, but Well-Worth Visiting

Author: The Traveling Professor/Monday, March 17, 2014/Categories: Paris

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Some Paris guidebooks have no listings for some or all of these attractions below.  However, you may find them to be the highlight on a trip to Paris.

Bibliothèque Mazarine

Métro: Pont Neuf.  Bus: 24, 27, 58, 70, 69, 72.

Museum Pass:  Not needed – free admission.  Closed:  Weekends and holidays.

The reading room of this national library is a sight to see, even for a quick look.  Creaky parquet floors, high bookshelves and carved desks match the stately collection of historic volumes, including a copy of the Gutenberg Bible.  The library is a little difficult to find.  It’s on the left bank at the end of the pedestrian Pont des Arts.  Walking towards the dome of the Institute de France, bear left and walk left through the archway.  The entrance is on the left.  Website:

National Museum of Asian Art Guimet
Métro:  Iéna.  Bus: 22, 30, 32, 63, 82.

Museum Pass:  Yes.  Closed:  Tuesday.
For those who appreciate Asian art, this museum should be on the top of the list.  The collection is one of the most impressive outside of Asia.  Website:

Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Métro:  Sevres-Babylone or Saint-Placide.  Bus:  39, 63, 70 84, 87, 94.

Practically hidden behind the Bon Marché department store at 140, rue de Bac, this is probably one of the most visited sites in Paris you never heard of.  Roman Catholic pilgrims flock to where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared “in flesh and bones” to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830 to request an oval medal be made, hence the Miraculous Medal. It is the Motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Website:

Musée Marmottan
Métro: Muette.  Bus: 32.

Museum Pass: No – admission is €10.  Closed:  Monday.  Open late Thursday (7:30 p.m.).
A museum containing some fabulous works of Impressionists, especially Monet, featuring his early works.  One of the best kept secrets in Paris.  A comprehensive collection of Monet’s paintings are displayed in a relaxing atmosphere, quite different from what is found at the Orsay.  Impressionist art lovers should not miss this museum.  A little bit out of the way.  No photos.  About 90 minutes to 2 hours. Website:

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