Some 30 public institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Culture and Communication are open to the public: 2 libraries, 13 heritage institutions (museums and other buildings and monuments), 6 live entertainment venues (theatres and opera houses) and 5 multipurpose institutions (auditoria and the Musée de la Musique for example). This study examines attendance at these institutions. In 2009, total visitor numbers (covering both free and charged entry) to these institutions totalled 34 million admissions. Museums and other buildings and monuments attract the greatest visitor numbers, in particular those with the greatest national and international renown, which form part of the capital’s tourist attractions. Overall, admission numbers are on the increase, an upturn which often accompanies the diversification of available activities and schemes to improve access to the widest possible public.