For Museums Night, the Musée d'Archéologie nationale - Château du Domaine de Saint-Germain-en-Laye opens for free on Saturday May 18, 2019 from 6 p.m. to midnight. On the menu: guided tours and other family activities to discover the collections, its story and take part in entertainments and games for children and grown-ups.
On Museums Night 2019, shall we escape from Paris and discover a royal palace, the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye? Open fror free, Museums Night is a wonderful occasion to visit this castle from the 16th century, main royal house until Louis XIV leaves the "Château Neuf" [New Castle] and moves to Versailles in 1682.
Since 1862, this wonderful building has been housing the Musée d’Archéologie nationale (the museum of national archeology) which features masterpieces from the Celtic age and the Gallo-Roman age, meaning 3 million objects including 29000 of them being displayed and dating back from the paleolithic to the first Middle-Age.
Here is the detailed program for Museums Night 2019 at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye:
- Edouard Piette collection
Unique in the world, the Edouard Piette collection includes a fantastic collection of tools, weapons and art objects from the Prehistory, discovered in the 19th century by Edouard Piette when scavaging the Pyrenees. Many works of art are exhibited, including the famous Venus of Brassempouy also known as Lady with the Hood, discovered in Brassempouy, Landes. The set design has been the same since the 19th century, following Edouard Piette's request who gave his collection to the musuem if a displayed created by him will remain the same for ever. For Museums Night, the two curators of the MAN present this magnificent room, exceptionally open on the occasion, as well as the treasures it holds.
- Tour - mediation
As usual, as part of the partnership with the Université Paris-Dauphine and the Fondation Partenariale Paris-Dauphine, the Musée d'Archéologie nationale offers visitors to discover its collections. They are accompanied by the students of this prestigious university who, for the night, will tell the secrets of the museum's main rooms.
- Henri II exhibition tour
King Henri II was born on March 31, 1519 at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, now the Musée d'Archéologie nationale. To celebrate his 500th birthday, the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye invites visitors to discover this sovereign, famous for his discretion, his family, his leisures, as well as his conquest desires. This temporary exhibition, with a tour paced by very surprising objects and portraits, will make sure to unveil the mystery of the Valois family during the French Renaissance.
- Fashion at the Court of Henri II - Discussion panel at 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
If dressing under François I has been influenced by Italian fashions, during the reign of Henri II, the court is both influenced by the Spanish fashion and the Reformation so, rigor is more present. Clothes are then determined by rules, laws and the famous luxury laws Henri II will reinforce. It's this codification - noticeable in portraits of the exhibition - that visitors can discover some key elements such as the development of farthingales, pioneer of the 19th century crinoline, the curiosity of codpieces, the creation of pockets and the first pleated ruffs.
- Snakes and ladders - games at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The secrets of the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye are unveiled one by one with this life-size game of snakes and ladders drawn with the main rooms of the museum. Lecturers will pace this historic hunt to allow the entire family to discover the MAN's collection in a playful way.
- Back to the paleolithic - games at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (booking advised)
A long time ago, the paleolithic? Street-art, bread-wine-cheese appetizers, gutter punks and so on, many current phenomenon as seen as the signature of the urban lifestyle are actually deeply linked with the habits of our ancestors. The more science breakthroughs, the more men and women from the past are close. This is what visitors can discover during this tour where each participant - with a quiz - can make the unexpected time connection over the tour. At the end of this travel back in time, the visitor who got the most points thanks to the quiz can win the book "Retour vers le paléo" by Team Paléo.
- Sinister omen - at 7 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., starting from 12 years old
Visitors are expected for an exclusive inquiery, entirely created by the MAN teams for Museums Night, the goal being to solve a terrible murder. With your family or friends, roam the scene, question suspects and key-witness in this case to unravel one of the many mysteries surrounding the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Themed tours, games, entertainments as well as life-size investigations... There's something for everyone, how does it sound?
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Last updated on 10 May 2019