This Saturday, May 21st 2016, a major European cultural event will be taking place, Museum Night 2016. On this occasion a number of museums in Paris and the region will stay open late so that you can see the collections and latest exhibitions at night. Just for you, we’ve made a selection of the 10 essential museums in Paris so that you can make the most of this event.
Museum Night in figures: a real success story
In 2015, 1300 French museums took part in this event. And no fewer than 2 million people attended across Europe. Museum Night gives all you night owls the chance to take part in over 5000 activities.
On this occasion a number of different events are on offer: temporary exhibitions, guided tours, lectures, shows, cinema and children’s workshops!
All of these activities are free. We’d like to help you by offering a selection of our favorite addresses.
10 essential museums in Paris
- Museum Night at the Centre Pompidou
The Pompidou Center lets you discover its collections with guided tours.
- Museum Night at the Musée du Louvre
The Louvre lets you visit its temporary exhibitions at night time.
- Museum Night at the Musée d’Orsay
On this special occasion the Musée d’Orsay is allowing you to view some of the finest works accompanied by a Jazz Band and the Amazing Keystone Big Band.
- Museum Night at the Musée Picasso
The Picasso Museum offers a theatrical journey through its exhibitions with three original and unique experiences.
- Museum Night at the Musée de l’armée
At the musée de l’armée, this is the night to explore the inner courtyard of Les Invalides and its Église du Dôme (a royal domed chapel) that holds the tomb of Napoleon, as well as sections of modern art from the Musée de l’Armée. This is one of the best events on offer during the Museum Night.
- Museum Night at the Cité de l’Immigration
All night long, Parisians can attend a modern ball in the festival hall of the Palais de la Porte Dorée (The Palace of the Golden Door) and visit the museum’s exhibitions at the same time!
- Museum Night at the Musée Guimet
For this event the museum offers visits with fire-torches, theatrical pieces and reading sessions in the library.
- Museum Night at the Musée de l’Orangerie
At the Musée de l’Orangerie you’ll be able to dance all night long, surrounded by Monet’s Nymphéas (white waterlily paintings) and the works of Les Fauves and Les Nabis. You can also visit the temporary exhibition on Apollinaire for free and learn about the poet.
- Museum Night at the Musée de l’homme (Museum of Man)
The Musée de l’homme will be open for the general public to come and admire its collections.
- Museum Night at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
At this modern art foundation, this is an opportunity to learn more about the artists from the LVMH group.
Our suggestions in the Île de France
- Museum Night at the château de Versailles
At this special occassion at the Château de Versailles you can spend a night in the grande Ecurie (the Royal Stables). It’s a chance to see the King’s carriages and performances from the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles.
- Museum Night 2016 at the Musée du Domaine de Sceaux
The Domaine de Sceaux (a 16th-Century French estate) has organized a ball, called les Petites Nuits de Sceaux. For further information, and if you’re interested in attending one another of the Museum Nights on the Île de France, have a look at the full schedule for Museum Nights in the Île de France.