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 15th edition, which will take place on 18 May 2019 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 2019 : 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 15th European Museums Night.

Cité 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 15th European Night of Museums. Many musicians will be performing a selection of the greatest classical arias amidst the incredible collection of instruments in the museum's various spaces.

Musée de la musique - 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19th
> Saturday 18 May 2019, from 7.30pm to 11pm.

Musée Picasso

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

Circus show at the museum

In resonance with the Calder-Picasso exhibition, the collective NOTRE MUSIQUE comes to the garden of the museum for a night of dancing. With a mix of new circus and contemporary dance, the show features two people whose bodies are each caught in a tumble; an astonishing and intimate spectacle. At the same time, visitors can visit the exhibition for free, from 6pm to midnight (last entry at 11pm).

Musée Picasso – 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3th
> Saturday 18 May 2019, from 6pm to midnight

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé

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

Cinema in the spotlight

For its first participation in the event, the Jérôme Seydoux Foundation celebrates cinema with many different activities. The screening of the four episodes of Belphegor in cinema-concert, guided tours of the collection of 150 cameras and projectors, a self-guided tour of the temporary exhibition ‘Les comiques transatlantiques, from Linder to Chaplin’, silent movie sessions in cinema-concert, and more.

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé – 73 avenue des Gobelins, Paris 13th
> Saturday 18 May 2019, from 3pm to midnight

Institut du monde arabe

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

Football at the heart of an exceptional evening visit

To prolong the footballing experience offered by the exhibition ‘Football and the Arab World’, the Institut du Monde Arabe is hosting a football tournament outside on the square, in association with Tatane, and open to all regardless of sex, age or ability. And in echo to France’s world cup title last year and to the 100th anniversary of the ‘Fédération Française de Football, discover the exhibition ‘FFF – 100 Years of Excitement and Innovations’.

Institut du Monde arabe, 1 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, Paris 5th
> Saturday 18 May 2019, exhibitions open until midnight and football session from 7pm to 8pm

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 photo exhibition ‘Infinis d’Asie, photographs by Jean-Baptiste Huynh’, offers a unique and modern look at this continent. ‘Fables of the East’ offers a trip to India with all these original illustrations by the painter Imam Bakhsh. Finally, don't miss the immersive exhibition ‘A Porcelain Firmament, from China to Europe’, which offers a 3D journey into 16th and 17th century China.

Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, 6 place d’Iéna, Paris 16th
> Saturday 18 May 2019, from 6pm to 11.30 pm

11 conti - Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris - Nuit des Musées © Monnaie de Paris

A spectacular evening

The Monnaie de Paris is rolling out a great programme! Enjoy the brass band music in the main courtyard, discover the greatest secrets of the history and making of Parisian coins and creative techniques, attend an engraving demonstration, stroll through the temporary exhibition during self-guided visits ... A busy Night of Museums with something for everyone!

Monnaie de Paris - 11 quai de Conti, Paris 6
> Saturday 19 May 2018, from 6;30pm to midnight.

Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

Fée Electricité - Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris

A fun night of dicoveries

For an evening to remember, the Musée d’Art Moderne welcomes Zelda for an open electro DJ set and the concert of the Shewolf on the square outside. Combine these musical moments with a guided tour of the exhibition ‘Thomas Houseago, Almost Human’ and the permanent collections.

Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16e
> Saturday 18 May 2019, from 7pm to 10.30pm

Musée des Arts et Métiers

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

A fun night of discoveries

Many activities are organized at the Musée des Arts et Métiers for the Night of Museums: exhibition of an original work by Djamal Tatah, participatory creative tapestry workshops tapestries, discovery of the installation ‘Does Paris float? , as well as a journey back to the past with demonstrations of many iconic objects such as Foucault’s pendulum, Cugnot’s steam dray or the cinematograph. And for children, the investigation game ‘Yesterday's machines, today's jobs’ to become veritable budding detectives!

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

Musée Yves Saint-Laurent

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Studio

Exceptional showing of collection items

For its second 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 18 May 2019, from 7pm to midnight.

Palais de la Porte Dorée

Palais de la porte dorée - Musée de l'immigration © Formosa Wandering

An evening devoted to hip hop
Bintou Dembélé, a leading hip-hop dancer and choreographer in France, will be at the Palais de la Porte Dorée for an exceptional Night of Museums. On the programme: dance shows, concerts and DJ sets, video clips and documentaries ... It is also an opportunity to present the results of the ‘Image in search of stories’ project - the work of high school students based on a story about immigration or transmission based on testimonies from close friends and relatives.

Palais de la Porte Dorée - 293 Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th
> Saturday 18 May 2019, from 7pm to midnight.

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 Bourdelle (15e), Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet (16e), Mona Bismarck American Center (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)…

Practical information

The European Night of Museums

18 May 2019

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