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 17th edition, which will take place on 3 July 2021 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 2021 : 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 17th European Museums Night.

Musée de la musique

Philharmonie de Paris - Musée - Musique © W Beaucardet

Concert at the museum

Percussions in all their shapes, histories and sounds invite visitors to come along to the Cité de la Musique on this 17th European Night of Museums. Amazônia Night is scheduled: a selection of works paying tribute to Brazil and the Amazon amidst the incredible collection of instruments in the museum's various spaces.

Musée de la musique - Nuit Amazônia - 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 6pm to 10pm.

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Musée national Picasso-Paris

 Vue extérieure Musée Picasso Paris © Musée national Picasso-Paris/Béatrice Hatala

Exceptional evening

The Musée National Picasso -Paris is offering an exceptional free evening around two exhibitions: Picasso-Rodin and Picasso. Readings, re-readings.

Musée Picasso – 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3th
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 6pm to 12.30am

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Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, façade, Paris © Michel Denancé - Coll. Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © 2014 - RPBW

Cinema in the spotlight

The Jérôme Seydoux Foundation celebrates cinema on the occasion of the 17th edition of the Museum Night : visit of the exhibition Yves Thos, cinema poster artist, guided tour of the camera gallery and screening of the six episodes of Gossette from 1923 in cine-concert.

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé – 73 avenue des Gobelins, Paris 13th
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 5pm to midnight

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Institut du monde arabe

Institut du Monde Arabe, cour, Paris © Fotolia - MasterLu

Numerous activities at the IMA

A multitude of activities awaits visitors to the Arab World Institute: free screening of Youssef Chahine's film Les Eaux Noires (Black Waters) from 7pm to 9pm, 5% to 10% promotions at the shop from 11am to 10pm, free access to the Divas exhibition from 7pm to midnight, opening of the literary café until midnight to taste oriental flavours, free access to the museum's permanent collections with the possibility of following a guided tour.

Institut du Monde arabe, 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris 5th
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 7pm to midnight

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Musée Guimet

Musee National des arts asiatiques – Guimet - MNAAG - Salle khmere, Paris © MNAAG DR

Immersion into the milieu of Asian arts

On the Night of Museums, discover the exhibitions at this museum of Asian art in the course of a unique evening. The programme includes a Kamishibaï show, musical stops in the Khmer Court, access to the exhibition Marc Riboud. Possible stories and the permanent collections.

Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, 6 place d’Iéna, Paris 16th
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 4.30pm to 11.30 pm

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Musée de la Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris - Nuit des Musées © Monnaie de Paris

An evening full of surprises

La Monnaie de Paris does things in a big way and... for free! You can enjoy a choreographic presentation entitled Hikma, discover the greatest secrets of the history and manufacture of Parisian coins and the techniques of creation, attend a demonstration of direct engraving, stroll through the spaces freely or thanks to a guided tour...  A busy Night of Museums with something for everyone!

Monnaie de Paris - 11 quai de Conti, Paris 6
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 6pm to midnight

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Musée d’Art moderne de Paris

Fée Electricité - Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris

Tours, events and performances

For an evening to remember, the Musée d’Art Moderne offers - in the permanent collections - a musical and visual performance on the artist Henry Darger and a discovery of emblematic artists' hangings.

Musée d’Art moderne de Paris, 11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16e
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 6pm to 11.45pm

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

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

CNAM's masterpieces

The 17th Museum Night is an opportunity to discover or rediscover the beautiful collections of the Musée des Arts et Métiers. The museum - which houses masterpieces such as the automaton La Joueuse de tympanon and the Blériot XI aeroplane from 1909 - is open until 11pm, as well as its café des techniques for a short break.

Musée des Arts et Métiers - 60 rue Réaumur, Paris 3
> Saturday 3 July 2021, until 11pm

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La Cinémathèque Française

An evening under the sign of cinema and Louis de Funès

In addition to free access to the Louis de Funès exhibition, the Cinémathèque Française is organising a series of activities around this actor of great popular comedies: dancing like Rabbi Jacob in the gardens in front of the Cinémathèque, a quiz on the actor... The icing on the cake: the Méliès museum is also free.

La Cinémathèque Française- 51 rue de Bercy, Paris 12th
> Saturday 3 July 2021, from 6pm to midnight

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Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris

Discover the new Carnavalet Museum

Spring 2021 was marked by the reopening of the Carnavalet Museum - History of Paris. The 17th Night of the Museums offers the opportunity to discover the new spaces, the restored works and buildings and the exceptional collections of this museum located in the heart of the Marais, a stone's throw from the Place des Vosges.

Musée Carnavalet - Histoire de Paris - 23 rue de Sévigné, Paris 3rd
> Saturday 3 July, from 6pm to midnight.

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Parisian establishments taking part in the event

Les Arts Décoratifs (1er), Conciergerie (1e), Musée du Louvre (1er), 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 National Picasso (3e), Centre Culturel Suisse (3e), 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), Centre Culturel Canadien (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), Musée Nissim Camondo – Musée des Arts Décoratifs (8e), Musée Gustave Moreau (9e), Musée de la franc-maçonnerie (9e), Cinémathèque Française – Musée du Cinéma (12e), Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet (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 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), Musée de la toile de Jouy (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

3 July 2021

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