Museums Night is back on this Saturday May 20, 2017. In Paris and in Île-de-France, several institutions open their doors until late in the evening to offer unique and unusual activities… National châteaux and monuments also open their spectacular doors to welcome you for free: follow the guide!
Not less than 3,000 French museums took part in European Museums Night in 2016 and over 2 million visitors answered the call. This year, thousands of activities are organized in each participating museum (concerts, guided tours, screenings, performances...).
For museum regulars as well as historic monument enthusiasts, Museums Night also offers the perfect opportunity to visit historical places. To help you make the right call, here is our selection among the most beautiful châteaux and monuments in Île-de-France!
Top ten châteaux and monuments to visit on Museums Night 2017:
- Museums Night at the Cité de l’Architecture
The Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine takes part in Museums Night on this Saturday May 20, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Visiting the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions is free of charge including many workshops awaiting little ones and grown-ups!
- Museums Night at the Palace of Versailles
For Museums Night 2017, the Palace of Versailles offers us to spend the night in the Royal Chapel, the King’s Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors. Visitors can live out a privileged night experience in the heart of the former royal residence.
- Museums Night at the Château de Champs-sur-Marne
For Museums Night, the Château de Champs-sur-Marne and the Centre des monuments nationaux invite you to discover the colorful and sparkling park and Château de Champs-sur-Marne. On Saturday May 20, 2017 from 7 p.m. to midnight, you are invited to make the monument sparkle, dance and vibrate!
- Museums Night at the Domaine de Sceaux
For Museums Night 2017, the Domaine de Sceaux invites music fans to a ball as part of the Petites Nuits de Sceaux on Saturday May 20, 2017.
- Museums Night at the Château de Fontainebleau
On Saturday May 20, 2017 we make the best of Museums Night to discover or rediscover all over again the Château de Fontainebleau. Grab this occasion to freely visit the Chateau apartments remained in the same state since the reign of Napoleon III!
- Museums Night at the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
For Museums Night 2017, the Musée d’Archéologie nationale du Domaine de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Museum of National Archeology of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Domaine) opens its doors for free from 6 p.m. to midnight and offers guided tours.
- Museums Night at the Château de Malmaison
The Château de Malmaison et du Bois-Préau takes part in Museums Night 2017 offering guided tours provided by 6th grade students!
- Museums Night at the Castle of Ecouen
The Castle of Ecouen housing the National Renaissance Museum. For the occasion a musical journey “between England and Ottoman Empire at the Renaissance” is planned!
- Museums Night at the Château de Dourdan
For Museums Night, the Château de Dourdan which is also a museum opens its doors until late in the day. Grab this chance to learn more about fashion at the Middle-Ages, the theme of the current exhibition.
- Museums Night at the Château de Nemours
For Museums Night, the Château de Nemours which is also a museum opens its doors until late in the day offering a guided tour of the former jails court. Throughout the evening, you can visit the exhibition “Au masculin” with candles and three musicians!
For even more ideas, have a look at our other lists (in French):
Museums Night 2017 in Paris (75)
Museums Night 2017 in Seine-et-Marne (77)
Museums Night 2017 in Yvelines (78)
Museums Night 2017 in Essonne (91)
Museums Night 2017 in Hauts-de-Seine (92)
Museums Night 2017 in Seine-Saint-Denis (93)
Museums Night 2017 in Val-de-Marne (94)
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