There are endless things to do in Paris, but, as with every city, sometimes it’s best to take the city paths less travelled. It’s one of those cities you’ll visit more than once so why not skip the queues at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay and visit some of the smaller museums? Here are our top 4 alternative museums…

Espace Dalí

Espace Dalí in Paris by ActuaLitté

Espace Dalí is the private collection by Beniamino Levi who considered Salvador Dalí to be a close friend and even commissioned a series of bronze sculptures based on his surrealist paintings. Dalí might not be for everyone, but this small museum is jam-packed with over 300 pieces of Dalií’s sculptures, drawings and paintings.

How much: General admission is €12 and €9 for students, those aged 8 to 26 and those with certain professions.

Where: Near the Scaré-Coeur at 11 Rue Poulbot or click/tap here for Google Maps.

Musée Edith Piaf

Musee Edith Piaf in Paris

Musée Edith Piaf is a private museum in the apartment she lived in at the start of her career. You can see paintings of Edith, various personal items and her iconic black dress.

How much: Free! But it only opens by appointment.

Where: 5 rue Crespin du Gast or click/tap here for Google Maps.

Musée du Vin

Cellars in Musée du Vin Paris

The next time you’re sipping a glass of Merlot, why not impress people with your newly found knowledge of wine? Conveniently located across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, go into the cellars of Paris to learn about the history of wine and how it’s made while browsing over 2,200 wine-related artefacts.

How much: It’s free for kids under 9, general admission is €13.90 (with a glass of wine) and there are discounts available for students or seniors. If you want the full wine experience, you can do a winemaking activity with 3 glasses of wine for €25.

Where: 5 Square Charles Dickens – Rue des Eaux or click/tap here for Google Maps.


Path in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Not a museum, but the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is definitely worth a visit. It’s over 100 acres and has over 70,000 burial plots. Slightly morbid activity for a holiday to Paris? Yes, but it’s fascinating to see the resting places of people like Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Marcel Proust not to mention the 69,996+ other plots.

How much: Free!

Where: 16 Rue du Repos or click/tap here for Google Maps.

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