Cultural activities in France
Cities all over the country offer a wide variety of activities, a testament to the wealth of culture to be found throughout France. Entertainment including movies, concerts and theatre or events such as exhibitions, festivals and flea markets are identified and listed in the specialist guides on sale at newsstands or in the local press, especially in the weekend editions.
Tourist Information Centres are also a great place to discover exactly what's on offer in terms of local events in each city and their surrounding areas.
You can find all of the guides about current and future Parisian outings available at newsstands throughout the city (Pariscope, L'Officiel des Spectacles, Zurban). They list all the programs and times for cinemas, museums, exhibitions and performances of all kinds.
Off to the theatre? There are two ticket kiosks in Paris which offer discounted tickets for same-day perfomances. They are located in the forecourt of the Montparnasse railway station (in the 15th) and at Place de la Madeleine (in the 8th). Alternatively, you can buy your tickets for the theatre, concerts or shows at the usual point of sale venues such as FNAC and Virgin stores. Finally, you can purchase them directly from the venue.
When you buy the Paris Museum Pass you will receive free entries, no hassles from waiting in queues as well as unlimited entry to more than 60 museums and monuments in and around the Paris region. Three different passes: 2 days (30€), 4 days (45€) or 6 days (60€) to discover some of the most amazing museums in the world!
They're available for sale in most museums and monuments plus these outlets :
- the Paris Tourist Office (25 rue des Pyramides) and their outlets
- Roissy CDG Airport (Terminal 1, Terminal 2C, 2D and 2F) and Orly Airport (South and West Terminals)
- Ile de France Tourism Area in Versailles and Disneyland Paris
- FNAC department store (Champs-Elysées, Saint-Lazare, Ternes and Forum)
Museums and Monuments
Museums and monuments to visit can be found all throughout France. The opening hours for museums vary, so be sure to check respective openings. However, also be aware that municipal museums are closed Mondays and national museums Tuesdays (except the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, closed on Mondays), on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. They are usually open from 10:00 to 19:00. Some major museums are open Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
In major cities (and most towns) you will find multiplex movie cinemas offering great international films. You can choose to watch them in their French version or in their orginal version with subtitles. The d’Art et Essai cinemas offer rare as well as older films. Tickets are generally priced from 6 €.
More information on timetables and films shown in the city of your choice.
All the big cities in France have their own concert halls and entertainment centres, receiving nationally and internationally renowned artists. Programs and tickets can be found and bought at the usual outlets such as Fnac or Virgin Megastore (in towns or on their websites).
In Paris as elsewhere in France, there are numerous theatres that offer wide variety of shows (from classic to light comedy, from one-man shows to cabaret). Pay attention when taking the metro and walking around the streets of Paris for posters advertising new shows can be found almost anywhere.
More information about programming and schedules.