Spotlight on: the European Night of Museums

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

The European Night of Museums, which has been organized since 2005 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, offers the opportunity to discover museums at night.

Children and grown-ups all have the privilege of admiring  the abundance of cultural wealth and unsuspected facets of museums of art, history, popular traditions, science ... in a festive and friendly atmosphere.

This 14th edition, which will take place on 19 May 2018 in France and in 30 other European countries, invites the public to visit the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions but also to discover museums in another way via numerous special events and activities: guided tours, workshops, concerts, films, readings, sound or visual installations, etc.

European Night of Museums 2018 : our pick

Many Parisian museums are taking part in the event. Here is our top 10 of exceptional and free visits to take advantage of on the occasion of this 14th European Museums Night.

Musée du Louvre

Paris, le musée du Louvre et sa Pyramide illuminés © OTCP - DR

An unmissable night-time event

The most famous museums in France open exceptionally and for free to the public for the European Night of Museums! From 6pm onwards, visitors can go and see The Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo, and of course the Mona Lisa. At the same time, an exhibition on mosaics, by students of the Beaux-Arts de Paris will be showing.

Musée du Louvre- Place du carrousel, Paris 1
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 6pm to midnight.

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Musée Yves Saint-Laurent

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Studio

Exceptional showing of collection items

For its first European Night of Museums, the Yves-Saint-Laurent Museum is showing exceptional treasures from its collections that are rarely exhibited.

At the same time, the public is invited to take a tour of the museum that traces the history of one of the most famous haute couture houses in the world.

Musée Yves-Saint-Laurent - 5 avenue Marceau, Paris 8
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 7pm to midnight.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

Musée des arts et métiers - Nuit tombante © Pline - Wikimedia Commons

Rarely-exhibited inventions

Magic Lantern, Clement Ader’s airplane, Nicholas Cugnot’s steam dray, not forgetting the famous pendulum of Foucault… the wraps are off the greatest inventions at the Musée des Arts et Métiers de Paris! A rare opportunity to see demonstrations and discover some of the most ingenious research in history.

Other special events are planned in different parts of the museum: guided tours (in French), original selfies, and exhibition.

Musée des Arts et Métiers - 60 rue Réaumur, Paris 3
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 6.30pm to midnight.

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Palais de la découverte

Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris - Planétarium © A Robin

Piano and astronomy show and a stroll beneath the stars

The Parisian temple of science opens its doors at night for this special occasion to offer visitors an unforgettable experience: a concert under the stars in the planetarium, to observe the stars to the sound of some of the finest compositions of Mozart, Kurt Weill, Johann-Sebastian Bach and Erik Satie.

Other special events are planned in different parts of the museum: scientific demonstrations, encounters with researchers, exhibition, and discovery visits.

Palais de la découverte - Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris 8
> Saturday 19 May 2018, at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.
Duration 30 min.

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Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris - Nuit des Musées © Monnaie de Paris

Engraving demonstration

Enjoy discovering the special expertise of the Paris Mint! As part of this exceptional evening opening, this Parisian institution, dedicated to the minting of currency and the making of medals, offers visitors the chance to see demonstrations of this fascinating craft.
Other events will take place in different parts of the site: tours, readings, and exhibition.

Monnaie de Paris - 11 quai de Conti, Paris 6
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 7pm to 11pm.

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Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l'Orangerie - Nuit des musées © Sophie Crepy-Boegly

Monet night: Charlie Parker jazz concert

On the occasion of this exceptional night, the Musée de l’Orangerie invites the WATT Quartet to play the music of Charlie Parker for a-one-of-a-kind concert jazz.

Musée de l'Orangerie - Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 1
> Saturday 19 May 2018 from 11pm to 11.30pm.

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Grande galerie de l’évolution

Nocturnal safari

Animal fans of all ages take note; the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution is staying open late in the evening to give visitors the opportunity to discover species from all over the world under a sky that mimics the changing light of the seasons.

Grande galerie de l’évolution - 36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Paris 6
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 7pm to midnight.

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Musée du Luxembourg

façade de nuit

Dance and music around the figure of Tintoretto

Within the context of the exhibition ‘Tintoretto. Birth of a Genius’, the Luxembourg Museum invites students from the conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau to play compositions related to the exhibition and to dance to them. At the same time, visitors are invited to discover the exhibition.

Musée du Luxembourg  -19 rue Vaugirard, Paris 6
> Saturday 19 May 2018, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm.

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Musée de l’Homme

Musée de l'Homme - Nuit des Musées © MNHN - JC Domenech

Pre-history goes to the movies

A cinema outing! For this special evening event, cave man is in the spotlight at this famous museum via two feature films shown in the Jean Rouch auditorium. On the programme: L’Homme des cavernes (titre original Caveman), de Carl Gottlieb (à partir de 15 ans) et Un million d'années avant J.-C. de Don Chaffey (à partir de 10 ans).

Other events will take place in different parts of the museum: tours, shows, workshops and exhibitions.

Musée de l'Homme - 17 place du Trocadéro, Paris 16
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 8.30pm to midnight.

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Cité de la musique

Philharmonie de Paris - Musée - Musique © W Beaucardet

Concert at the museum

Bach, Berlioz, Dvorak, Bach and Debussy are on the programme for visitors to the Cité de la Musique on the occasion of this 14th European Night of Museums. In the midst of the amazing collection of musical instruments at this mecca for musical art, musicians from the Paris regional conservatories perform a selection of the greatest classic works in different areas of the museum.

Musée de la musique - 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 7.30pm to 11pm.

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Parisian establishments taking part in the event

Les Arts Décoratifs (1er), Conciergerie (1e), Musée de l’Orangerie (1er), Musée du Louvre (1er), Musée en Herbe (1er), Musée du Barreau de Paris (1er), Archives Nationales (3e), Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme (3e), Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (3e), Musée des Arts et Métiers (3e), Musée Cognac-Jay (3e), Musée National Picasso (3e), Centre Culturel Suisse (3e), Centre Pompidou (4e), Crypte Archéologique de l’Ile de la Cité (4e), Bibliothèque polonaise de Paris (5e), Institut du Monde Arabe (5e), Musée de la Préfecture de Police (5e), Musée Curie (5e), Musée du Service de Santé des Armées (5e), Grande Galerie de l’Evolution (5e), Ecole Mines Paristech – Musée de minéralogie (6e), Musée Zadkine (6e), Monnaie de Paris (6e), Beaux-Arts de Paris – Palais des Beaux-Arts (6e), Musée Eugène-Delacroix (6e), Maison d’Auguste Comte (6e), Institut Hongrois (6e), Musée du Luxembourg (6e), UNESCO (7e), Musée d'Orsay (7e), Centre Culturel Canadien (7e), Musée du Quai Branly (7e), Musée de l’Armée (7e), Musée des Plans Reliefs (7e), Musée de la Légion d’Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie (7e), Petit Palais – Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (8e), Grand Palais (8e), Palais de la Découverte (8e), Musée Cernuschi – Musée des arts de l’Asie de la ville de Paris (8e), Musée Nissim Camondo – Musée des Arts Décoratifs (8e), Musée Gustave Moreau (9e), Musée Fragonard (9e), Musée de la franc-maçonnerie (9e), Cinémathèque Française – Musée du Cinéma (12e), Palais de la Porte Dorée – Musée de l'Histoire de l'Immigration (12e), Palais de la Porte Dorée – Aquarium tropical (12e), Galerie des Gobelins – mobilier national (13e), Maison du Portugal (14e), Musée du général Leclerc et de la Libération de Paris (15e), Musée Bourdelle (15e), Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet (16e), Mona Bismarck American Center (16e), Palais Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris ( 16e), Musée Yves Saint Laurent (16e), Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (16e), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (16e), Musée de l’Homme (16e), Musée Paul Marmottan (16e), Maison de Balzac (16e), Fondation Louis Vuitton (16e), Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner (17e), Institut des Cultures d’Islam (18e), Universcience – Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie (19e), Musée de la Musique – Philharmonie 2 (19e)… et bien d’autres institutions en Ile-de-France, comme le Château de Fontainebleau (77), le Château de Versailles – Grande écurie du Roi (78), Musée Paul Landowski (92), Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique (92), Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (93) le MAC/VAL – Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (94)…

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The European Night of Museums

20 May 2017

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