What to Do in Paris the 2nd Time You Go

What to See and Do in Paris After Your First Trip

Author: The Traveling Professor/Sunday, January 19, 2020/Categories: Paris

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Here is The Professor's lists of things to see on your second visit to Paris:

Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) 

Métro: Varenne or La Tour Maubourg.  Bus: 28, 82, 92.  Museum Pass: Yes.  Open late Tuesdays April-September. A museum dedicated to the French military.  Military uniforms, weapons, and equipment from all eras of French history dominate this collection.  The WWI and WWII exhibits are of great interest and show how De Gaulle won WW II.  Can a mention of FDR be found?   There is also a sobering exhibit on the horrors of the holocaust.  1 ½ hours.  Website: www.musee-armee.fr/en/english-version.html.


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:  www.bibliotheque-mazarine.fr.

Musée Carnavalet

Métro: St-Paul or Chemin Vert.  Bus: 29, 69, 76, 96. Museum Pass:  Not needed – no admission charge. Closed:  Monday. A worthwhile stop while meandering through the Marais, it is the museum of the history of Paris.  The collection here is quite varied.  For instance, there are dioramas of the long-gone Bastille, paintings of the construction of the Statue of Liberty, and personal effects of Marie Antoinette. I enjoy viewing the uniquely crafted Parisian shopkeeper signs.   1-1 ½ hours.  Website:  www.carnavalet.paris.fr.

Musée National du Moyen Âge-Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny (Cluny Museum)

Métro:  Cluny La Sorbonne, Saint Michel, or Odéon.  Bus: 21, 27, 38, 85, 87. Museum Pass: Yes.  Closed: Tuesday. This museum of medieval art is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter at the intersection of boulevards Saint-Germain and Saint-Michel.  It is on the site of ancient Gallo-Roman baths.  Visitors get up close to unforgettable works of art from the Middle Ages like stained glass from Sainte Chapelle or the famous tapestry of The Lady and the Unicorn.  This is one of my favorite hidden gems.  Have a take-out lunch in the beautiful Roman gardens outside.  I think it is one of the most under-rated museums in Paris.  1-2 hours.  Website: www.musee-moyenage.fr.

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: www.marmottan.fr.

Père Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise)

Métro:  Père Lachaise or Philippe Auguste.   Bus: 69, 76, 96.  Museum Pass:  No Admission Fee. This famous cemetery is a “Who’s Who” of legendary French and foreign writers, musicians, authors, politicians, and artists.  Jim Morrison, Max Ernst, Maria Callas, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Colette, Gertrude Stein, and many other recognized names are memorialized here.  Don’t overlook the poignant holocaust monuments.  Buy the map at the entrance close to the “Père Lachaise” métro station. There are restrooms near the visitor center.  Bear in mind that the cemetery is large and may take some time to cover.  Wear comfortable shoes, the walkways are cobblestone and the terrain can be hilly.  The website is excellent, describing the location of the graves: www.pere-lachaise.com.

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