Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu

58 rue de Richelieu - 75002 Paris

Opéra - Grands Boulevards - 2e Arrondissement


The Richelieu site of the Bibliothèque nationale de France is both a new place to experience culture in the heart of Paris and a new site to discover, in an unsuspected heritage setting. The garden, the terrace, the Rose Bakery café, the bookshop, and of course the Salle Ovale allow free access, time to reflect or to work (tele)quietly in an unusual space in the heart of Paris in the Louvre-Opéra district.
The rooms of the museum (Berthouville treasure, Salle de Luynes, Salon Louis XV, etc.) reveal precious objects in unexpected settings.
A visit to the Galerie Mazarin, with its treasures from the Sainte-Chapelle and the Basilique Saint-Denis, and with priceless items from each of the BnF Richelieu's specialist departments (Maps and Plans, Prints and Photography, Manuscripts and Music, Performing Arts, Medals, Coins and Antiques), will enable the collections on show to be regularly changed.


View from the glass gallery of the Salle Labrouste, an architectural masterpiece of the late 19th century.

Architectural style

  • Classique


  • 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)
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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor tools
  • Free Wifi
  • Cloakroom

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English
  • Spanish

Visitor tools

Game booklet for families. The museum has a web app "Compagnon de visite", which can be downloaded in French, English and Spanish, as well as in audio description, in addition to the terminals in each room of the museum and the translated labels. The Oval Room is equipped with digital mediation systems based on the book trade and the BnF's collections, in a fun and participatory approach. A dedicated mini-site allows visitors to discover the richness of the collections in the Oval Room. A resource site "Les essentiels" provides a thematic approach to the collections, available to teachers, parents and students. A catalogue of cultural mediation offers aimed at school and extracurricular audiences, families (parents and children or activities "without parents") and adults.

Educational activities

Workshops and talks.


The Café Rose Bakery welcomes visitors throughout the day for a sweet or savoury, healthy and ultra-fresh snack, based on simple and quality products, in a relaxing setting, reflecting the values of its creators and the spirit of the place. A pleasant moment to relax, in the cafe or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the garden of the BnF. A 10% discount on à la carte prices, excluding drinks, is offered to all holders of a BnF Lecture / Culture pass or an annual Research pass. Open Tuesday from 10 am to 7 pm and Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays. Telephone: 01 53 79 86 50

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

The public areas (excluding the reading room) are freely accessible to visitors. Guided tours of the Richelieu site are organized. The museum (permanent collections) and the exhibitions (temporary collections) are accessible for independent visits (full price: €10 / reduced price :€8) as well as the Oval Room (free).

Guided tour

Guided tours are available to discover the site, the museum and the exhibitions - individually or in groups. Prices for guided tours of the museum range from €5 to €15.

Group tour

Guided group tours are offered to discover the site, the museum and the exhibitions. Prices for group visits to the museum range from €6 to €80.


The Oval Room, the "historic monument" site and the garden are freely accessible.

Free for young people and children

Children have free access to the collections in the Oval Room as well as to the digital mediation devices, booklet-games, etc. Admission to the museum and to the temporary exhibitions is free for under 26 years old.

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Closing times


Exceptional closure

From 2011 to 2022, as part of the Richelieu project, the Richelieu-Louvois site will be undergoing major works. Because of this, certain departments and areas may be temporarily closed. The opening of the museum, the exhibition spaces, the Vivenne garden, the café, the bookshop and a new covered passageway (between rue de Richelieu and rue Vivienne) is planned for the weekend of 17 and 18 September 2022.

Opening times

Hours vary by room, generally Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm.

Exceptional opening

  • 1 January
  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • 1 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • Whit Monday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 25 December

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu

58 rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 53 79 49 49

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

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person
  • Priority admission

Museum in the same district: Opéra - Grands Boulevards

Museum in the same arrondissement: 2nd arrondissement

Museum in Paris and in the Paris Region: Museum

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