Coronavirus: Paris museums to reopen

Published by Laurent P. · Photos by My B. · Published on 27 May 2020 at 20h51 · Updated on 28 May 2020 at 11h36
To face coronavirus and the economic crisis, Paris deputy mayor for Culture Christophe Girard has announced a few weeks ago that museums depending on the city will be allowed to partially open again mid-June regarding post-confinement health measures are upheld. What museums are concerned? We tell you everything!

Despite coronavirus, museums are starting to see more clearly as for their reopening… And among the leads to follow, the one that Paris Musées will set up for its museums and unveiled to our peers at Télérama by Paris deputy mayor for Culture Christophe Girard. Then, museums in the city will reopen in mid-June given phase 2 of the containment exit plan goes as planned.

Places will yet have to adapt and opt for “some rooms and some of their collections to make sure the goal of 10-people successive groups in the public area is never exceeded” as Girard explains.

Christophe Girard also announced he was preparing – as for those museums and alongside four curators – “concerts, dance, movie, installations and shows, outside, and especially in parks, gardens and small squares” for August. Collections to discover, concerts and other events that shall be organized in “successive groups of ten” and offer “another way” of enjoying art while upholding health instructions. A genuine issue for museums and a trial run for all those who will reopen later and looking to see what works and what does not.

Whatever happens, “the wild quest for records of visits in main exhibitions in Paris these past few years will be shaken up” he says. He adds: “I think it is horrible, this race to the cultural shallot that served no purpose to better look at works of art. We must get out of these cultural industry criteria and reeducate ourselves to see and be in the discover, take the time to walk around”. He concludes: “museums must rethink massification. We grew too damaged. And the cultural democratization won nothing”.

The city's museums to fully reopen over time

This past Thursday May 7th, Paris Musées has brought details as of the reopening of its museums. The goal is to reopen several museums from June 16th such as:

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The Musée Bourdelle enabling us to discover the famous French sculptor’s works and studio is said to welcome visitors again from June 16, 2020.

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Contemporary history enthusiasts will soon be able to go to the new Musée de la Libération de Paris – Musée du Général Leclerc – Musée Jean Moulin, starting June 16, 2020. Inaugurated in August 2019, it gathers works and other historic documents coming from the Musée du Général Leclerc, originally set above the Gare Montparnasse, as well as from Antoinette Sasse and the Fondation du Maréchal Leclerc de Hautecloque.

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Paris Musée de la vie romantique is expected to reopen from June 16, 2020. This is the occasion to rediscover this charming place nestled in Paris 9th arrondissement.

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Devoted to Asian arts, Paris Musée Cernuschi is said to welcome visitors again from June 16, 2020. The occasion to rediscover this cultural place recently renovated.

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Former undergound quarries laying under the capital, the Paris Catacombs are said to reopen by June 16th, 2020 with safety measures adapted to the health recommendations.

Réouverture de la Maison de BalzacRéouverture de la Maison de BalzacRéouverture de la Maison de BalzacRéouverture de la Maison de Balzac Balzac’s House to reopen by mid-June 2020
In Paris, Balzac's House is expected to be able to reopen on June 16, 2020. Recently renovated, it takes you into the private life of the famous French writer.

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In Paris, museums are getting ready to reopen and the Petit Palais, set in the 8th arrondissement, is expected to be able to welcome visitors again from June 16, 2020.

Yet, as for the musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the musée Cognacq-Jay, they are expected to reopen in July.

Starting from June 16th, Paris Musées wishes to open the In the Drawing Room exhibition at the Petit Palais displayed until October 4, 2020. As for the Crypte archéologique de l'Ile de la Cité, it will display the Notre Dame de Paris, de Victor Hugo à Viollet le Duc exhibition, after Notre Dame parvis reopen.

Last but not least, as for the Musée Carnavalet, the Palais Galliera and the Victor Hugo's house, they will gradually resume renovations to reopen in the next months. As for the musée Zadkine, it will reopen this Fall with the Chagall-Zadkine exhibition.

Note that small museums will reopen from May 11th. And as for other big museums in Paris such as the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay, no statement has been made by the deputy mayor. We shall wait for an official statement from the Ministry of Culture or museums to know more.

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