The Palais de la Découverte celebrates its 80th anniversary, a festive weekend on Museums Night 2017

On May 20 and 21, the Palais de la Découverte celebrates its 80th anniversary with a festive weekend on Museum Nights. For two days, animations are waiting for you from Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m. An exceptional program is provided: concerts, night-time tours, night-sky gazing sessions and movies!

It was about time! A museum has finally understood what Museums Night really means, and decided to open all night along to offer us a wide range of night sensations. We must say that the Museum celebrates its 80th anniversary and this is important. So, what about a sleepless night from Saturday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m?

The Palais de la Découverte thinks on a grand scale and offers a wonderful program throughout the whole weekend. There will be something for everyone, no matter if you are a science fan, a discovery enthusiast, a movie connoisseur or an experiment buff... A true 24h Science Tour is now available. Actors and researchers answered the call to present discoveries, artistic and musical performances.

On the menu:

An enriched permanent program:

  • Historic presentations, multidisciplinary workshops, new experiments and conferences. Research by 2037.

  • Plastic artist Patrick Everaert’s exhibition: confrontation of artists’ opinions on the Palais, never seen before creations based on Robert Doisneau’s photographs.

  • Special edition of the Découverte magazine dedicated to the Palais de la Découverte 80th anniversary

Le Tour des Sciences en 24 h (24h Science Tour)
Innovating, connected and original, this festive weekend offers families and young adults to live out an experience where history and scientific experiments are mixed up to create an never seen before, surprising and explosive story. The immersive atmosphere invites you to a trip followed by a scientific and dramatized story where physics, astronomy, geoscience, biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics will vibrate at the whim of surprising and spectacular experiments, participative performances and conferences.

Les jeunes chercheurs osent tout (Young researchers dare everything)
On Saturday May 20 and all day long, four festive and original animations provided by young researchers, researchers and actors will stage key moments from their life as researchers:

  • My thesis in ten surprising minutes
  • Experimental meeting with a young researcher
  • The research universe is staged: actors and young researchers illustrate key moments of the researcher life
  • A celebrity just for you

80 years of history

  • Conferences on Saturday, 4 p.m.
    Homage to Jean Perrin: his scientific works and those receiving the Nobel Prize in physics in 1926. The Palais de la Découverte under the leadership of André Léveillé (1934-1960).

  • Tale on Sunday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Constance Félix will tell the story of the Palais de la Découverte, freely inspired by the Palais story and its anecdotes.

  • Tourson Sunday, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., upon reservation at reception
    • Discovering the Palais story and architecture
    • Investigation-tour in the heart of the permanent exhibitions created and illustrated by passionate junior high school students and high school students.

Science in music
La musique du nombre Pi (Pi’s music), on Saturday, 5:45 p.m.

  • A work created by Valentin Villenave inspired by Pi and its decimals, played by a children’s fanfare and commented by the composer.

  • Contes et musique de l’Astronomie (astronomy’s tales and music), 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
    An astronomer, a female storyteller and a musician interact with each other. In partnership with TransArt-Int.

  • La Nuit transfigurée (transfigured night), on Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
    Schoenberg’s work, played by the formation Jauréguiberry, string sextet.


  • Concert-film: The Impossible Voyage and A Trip to the Moon by G. Méliès:

    Screenings of Georges Méliès’ two short-movies accompanied by the Kosmofony symphonic orchestra
    Duration: 40 minutes – Schedules: 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
    Conference room – Free access within the limit of the number of places available
    Suitable for all

  • Du piano aux étoiles (from the piano to the stars)

    Concert-reading provided by the astrophysicist and CNRS head of research Jean-Pierre Luminet.
    Duration: 50 minutes – Schedules: 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

  • Piano stellaire (stellar piano)

    Planetarium session with the participation of pianist and collectif Oumupo composer Valentin Villenave.
    Duration: 25 minutes – Schedules: 10 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.

  • DREAMS – Polyphony for minds and stars

    Audiovisual performance produced by the brain activity of 10 visitors, recorded live thanks to portable EEG technology. In partnership with Labodanse project (, CNRS / Paris 8 / labex ART H2H), MyBrain technologies and the Quiet Speaker group based in Helsinki.
    Duration: 40 minutes – Schedules: 11:30 p.m., 00:30 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

  • Rêves d’étoiles (dreaming of stars)

    Free night-sky gazing session
    Duration: 50 minutes – Schedules: 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m.

  • Exposés en nocturne (Night presentations)

    The Palais rooms will provide some flagship presentations throughout the night.

In short, a wonderful program you should not miss!

Practical information:

Festive weekend for the Palais de la Découverte 80th anniversary on Museums Night
At Palais de la Découverte
Saturday May 20, 2017
From 6 p.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m.
Free entrance

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Practical information

Opening Time
From 20 May 2017 to 21 May 2017



    Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    75008 Paris 8


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