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Paris museum children FREE but do they need to queue up?

Following Rick Steves' advice, my wife and I bought Paris museum passes mainly to avoid waiting in lines. We understand our 15-year old will be free but if he has to queue up (wait in line) wait for a FREE ticket at Louvre, D'Orsay, Versailles our strategy to avoid lines by my wife and I purchasing passes will fail since we will have to wait with him to receive a FREE ticket or pass. Or can he just walk with us, bypass the lines and gain admission/access with us using our passes? I saw some old posts YR2009-YR2011 but wanted some recent advice of accessing museums and Versailles with children. Thanks.

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Rick's description of the Museum Pass says that kids can usually just walk in with you, but notes these two exceptions: the Arc de Triomphe and Musee de l'Armee require everyone, even passholders, to stand in line to collect your child's free ticket.

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Thanks for replies. We plan to visit both the Arc de Triomphe and Musee de l'Armee so that was very helpful info on these exceptions.

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When we were at the Musee de l'Armee, there was no one in line in front of us. So, even though you have to stand in line to get a free ticket, your wait won't be long at all.