Library and cultural centre

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site Richelieu-Louvois

58 rue de Richelieu - 75002 Paris

Opéra - Grands Boulevards - 2e Arrondissement

What's on?

From 2011 to 2021, over the course of the Richelieu project, the Richelieu-Louvois site will be undergoing major works. Because of this, certain departments and areas may be temporarily closed.

Description

The Palais Mazarin, a former Royal Library, the French National Library is one of the most complete libraries in the world. It is divided into various departments : Manuscripts, Photographs, Maps, Music, etc. Three areas are devoted to temporary exhibitions (Mansart and Mazarine galleries). There is also a permanent museum, the Cabinet des Médailles, and a crypt. It has a sumptuous 17th century setting and beautiful painted ceilings. Items from national and international collections are displayed.

Architectural style

  • Classique

Collections

  • Bibliothèque
  • Dessins
  • Documents
  • Enluminures
  • Estampes
  • Histoire
  • Iconographie
  • Illustrations
  • Lithographies
  • Manuscrits
  • Médailles
  • Monnaies
  • Ouvrages

Epoque des collections

  • Baroque (XVIe - XVIIe)
  • Rococo (XVIIIe)
  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Réalisme (XIXe)
  • Impressionnisme (XIXe)
  • Symbolisme (XIXe)

Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities

Educational activities

Workshops and talks.

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

The public spaces (except reading rooms) are freely accessible to visit. Guided tours of the Richelieu site are organized twice a week - see http://www.bnf.fr/fr/la_bnf/visites_et_ateliers.html

Guided tour

Thursdays 3.30pm ; Saturdays 5.30pm ; extra visits on certain days. For more information contact: +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49 / visites@bnf.fr. Price: €3 per person.

Group tour

Tel. : +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49 - Email : visites@bnf.fr

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Closing times

Sunday

Exceptional closure

From 2011 to 2021, over the course of the Richelieu project, the Richelieu-Louvois site will be undergoing major works. Because of this, certain departments and areas may be temporarily closed.

Opening times

Monday to Saturday 9am-8pm.

Voir la carte

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Site Richelieu-Louvois

58 rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49
visites@bnf.fr
www.bnf.fr

  • Subway - Bourse
  • Bus - 20, 29, 39, 48, 67, 74, 85

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