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Spotlight on: the European Night of Museums

The European Night of Museums offers the opportunity to discover museums at night.

The European Museum Night, organised since 2005 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, gives visitors the chance to discover museums in an original way as night falls.

Young and old alike have the privilege of admiring the many cultural riches and unsuspected facets of museums of art, history, popular traditions and science, in a festive and convivial atmosphere.

This 20th edition, which takes place on 18 May 2024 throughout France and in 30 other European countries, invites the public to visit the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, but also to discover museums in a different way through a wide range of entertainment and activities: guided tours, workshops, concerts, film screenings, readings, sound or visual installations, etc.

European Night of Museums 2024: our pick

Many Paris museums are taking part. Here are the top 10 exceptional and free visits to enjoy this 20th European Night of Museums.

Le Louvre

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An exceptional night full of special events and activities

For the 20th edition of the European Night of Museums, the Louvre invites you to discover or rediscover the museum, its collections and exhibitions in a special and unique atmosphere: from 12.30pm to 5pm, the Louvre Museum will give classes who have taken part in an educational project with the museum during the 2023/2024 school year the opportunity to present works of art, theatre, dance, puppets, etc. From 6pm to 11pm, the museum will be open free of charge, with a programme specially designed for the occasion.

Musée du Louvre - 43 avenue de Villiers, Paris 17
> Saturday 18 May 2024, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Musée national de la Marine

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Olympic Games and water sports

Immerse yourself in the Olympic Games on a visit to the Musée national de la Marine in Paris! The sea is a great place for sport: sailing and exploring is challenging, both physically and mentally. The collections feature a wide range of water sports.

Musée national de la Marine - 17 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris 16
> Saturday 18 May 2024, from 7pm to 11pm

Musée du Luxembourg

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MATCH. Design & sport – a story looking to the future

Coinciding with the exhibition Match. Design & sport at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, a theatrical and musical show by the duo CIE 44 about the way design has been integrated into our daily lives through sport, from childhood to adulthood. Among the many objects on display, you can admire the original design of the 5 Olympic rings by Pierre de Coubertin.

Musée du Luxembourg - 19 rue de Vaugirard, Paris 6
> Saturday 18 May 2024, from 7pm to midnight

Musée d'Orsay

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Encounters with students in cultural mediation from INSPÉ

During the Night of Museums, most of the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of the Musée d'Orsay are freely accessible. What's more it is celebrating a 50th anniversary. With the exhibition "Paris 1874, Inventing Impressionism", students from INSPE (Institut national supérieur du professorat et de l'éducation) in Versailles invite you to discover old texts and events that inspired the artists of the Musée d’Orsay, through a selection of sculptures and paintings in the nave.

Musée d'Orsay - Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Paris 7
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to 10.30pm

MAD - Musée des Arts décoratifs

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Many visits on fashion, design, architecture

The Decorative Arts in Paris invite you into their museums MAD, and Nissim de Camondo for a visit full of discoveries. Explore the modern and contemporary collections, stroll around the Fashion, Design, Jewellery exhibition, talk to the visitor guides, and visit the Jewellery gallery. You can also visit the Musée Nissim de Camondo from 6pm to 10pm before it closes for renovation work.

MAD - Musée des Arts décoratifs - 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to 11pm
MAD - Musée Nissim de Camondo - 63 rue de Monceau, Paris 8
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to 10pm

Centre Pompidou

© OTCP - Amélie Dupont - Renzo Piano et Richard Rogers

Art on every floor

For the European Night of Museums, explore the biggest collection of European modern and contemporary art on the various floors of the Centre Pompidou. Visits, performances, enigmas… Discover artworks in a different way, with free access, during a friendly and celebratory evening.

Centre Pompidou - Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to 1am

Cinémathèque française

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Anthology evening on the theme of cinema

To celebrate the European Night of Museums, take advantage of a free visit to the exhibition The Art of James Cameron at the Cinémathèque française, followed by a make-up demonstration with students from ITM – L'École du maquillage. And participate in a Cinéquiz at Café Lola, take home a photo souvenir of Terminator, and fathom the secrets of special effects with a free visit to the Musée Georges Méliès.

Cinémathèque française - 51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to midnight

Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine

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Excitement, relaxation, and suspense for a unique evening

Experience a Night of Museums full of excitement with a Giant Yoga suitable for everyone at every level, a Murder Party for 6 persons or theatre and music combining compositions for cello and the words of Paralympic athletes. Not forgetting, short, guided tours to discover for free the five permanent or temporary exhibitions on urban planning and sport at the Cité.

Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine - Palais de Chaillot - 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre, Paris 16
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to 11pm

Musée de Cluny

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Tour and walk in song

Take a free tour of the museum's collections and let yourself be inspired by the voice of opera singer and tour guide Grégoire Ichou who, from 6.30pm, will take you on a sung tour: let your senses and emotions awaken and enjoy a new look at the ancient and medieval collections of the museum.

Musée de Cluny - 28 rue du Sommerard, Paris 5
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to 11.30pm

Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner

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Exhibition, meeting with an artist and an exceptional concert

The Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner, near to Parc Monceau in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, houses the largest collection of works by the leading 19th-century painter, drawer, and portrait artist. See his scenes of daily life, historical subjects, and landscapes, and meet the artist Margaux Laurens Neel, in residence at the Musée Jean-Jacques Henner. Finally, attend the concert by the Trio Neptune in partnership with the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.

Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner - 43 avenue de Villiers, Paris 17
> Saturday 18 May 2024, 6pm to 10pm

Parisian establishments taking part in the event

Les Arts Décoratifs (1st), Conciergerie (1st), Musée du Louvre (1st), Bourse de Commerce (1st), Musée de l'Orangerie (1st), Hôtel de la Marine (1st), Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme (3rd), Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (3rd), Musée des Arts et Métiers (3rd), Musée National Picasso (3rd), Swedish Institute (3rd), Centre Pompidou (4e), Mémorial de la Shoah (4e), Archives nationales (4e), Maison de Victor Hugo (4e), Mémorial des martyrs de la Déportation (4e), Bibliothèque polonaise (4e), Institut du Monde Arabe (5e), Musée de Cluny (5e), Musée de la Préfecture de Police (5e), Musée Curie (5e), Musée du Service de Santé des Armées (5e), Grande Galerie de l'Évolution (5th arrondissement), Irish Cultural Centre (5th arrondissement), École Mines Paristech - Musée de minéralogie (6th arrondissement), Musée Zadkine (6th arrondissement), Monnaie de Paris (6th arrondissement), Musée national Eugène Delacroix (6th arrondissement), Musée du Luxembourg (6th arrondissement), Musée de l'Histoire de la Médecine (6th arrondissement), Maison d'Auguste Comte (6th arrondissement), Musée de la Maison Gainsbourg (7th arrondissement), Musée du Quai Branly (7th arrondissement), Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel des Invalides (7th arrondissement), Musée des Égouts de Paris (7th arrondissement), Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération à Paris (7th arrondissement), Musée des Plans-reliefs (7th arrondissement), Musée d'Orsay (7th arrondissement), Musée de la Légion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie (7th arrondissement), Maison du Danemark (8th arrondissement), Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (8th arrondissement), Canadian Cultural Centre (8th arrondissement), Grand Palais (8th arrondissement), Musée Nissim Camondo - Musée des Arts décoratifs (8th arrondissement), Europa Expérience Paris (8th arrondissement), Musée Gustave Moreau (9th arrondissement), Musée de la franc-maçonnerie (9th arrondissement), Cinémathèque Française - Musée du Cinéma (12th arrondissement), Palais de la Porte Dorée - Musée de l'Histoire de l'Immigration (12th arrondissement), Grand Palais immersif (12th arrondissement), Fondation Seydoux-Pathé (13th arrondissement), Musée français de la radiologie et de l'imagerie médicale (13th arrondissement), Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de l'Hôpital Sainte-Anne (14th arrondissement), Musée de la Libération de Paris (14th arrondissement), Institut Giacometti (14th arrondissement), Maison de la Culture du Japon (15th arrondissement), Musée Bourdelle (15th arrondissement), Étincelles du Palais de la Découverte (15th arrondissement), Palais Galliera (16th arrondissement), Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet (16th arrondissement), Fondation Louis Vuitton (16th arrondissement), Musée national de la Marine (16th arrondissement), Musée Yves Saint Laurent (16th arrondissement), Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (16th arrondissement), Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (16th arrondissement), Maison de Balzac (16th arrondissement), Musée Marmottan Monet (16th arrondissement), Palais de Tokyo (16th arrondissement), Cité de l'Économie (17th arrondissement), Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner (17th arrondissement), Musée de Montmartre (18th arrondissement), Universcience - Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie (19th arrondissement), Cité de la Musique - Philharmonie de Paris (19th arrondissement), Espace Monte-Cristo (20th arrondissement). ..

...And many other institutions in Île-de-France, such as the Château de Fontainebleau (77), the Maison Elsa Triolet - Aragon (78), Cyclop (91), the Musée Paul Belmondo (92), the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Paul Éluard in Saint-Denis (93), the Château de Vincennes (94), the Musée Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Montmorency (95)...

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The European Night of Museums

18 May 2024

Full programme on nuitdesmusees.culture.gouv.fr/

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