No one ever said you had to stay at home on a public holiday! On Easter Monday, April 2nd, 2018, many Parisian monuments keep their doors open for the general public. More than 30 of them await you to enjoy the sunny days by yourself or with your family and friends.
On Easter Monday, the following monuments and museums will remain open and let you enjoy temporary or permanent exhibitions. Beware, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée Carnavalet, and Petit Palais are closed on this public holiday!
Monuments, gardens and Châteaux open on April 2, 2018:
Museums open on April 2, 2018:
- Centre Pompidou: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Centre Pompidou houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne and has been offering us for 40 years now new contemporary masterpieces through a smoother tour and more accessible to everyone. The Jardin d’Hiver by Dubuffet, Daniel Buren’s linear works and Bertrand Lavier’s works, we enjoy this new display.
In addition to the tour, we enjoy temporary exhibitions, Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch, the Russian Avant-Garde, Sheila Hicks, Latiff Mohidin, Jim Dine and David Goldblatt.
- Louvre: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
True icon in terms of culture in Paris, this palace is a must-see place that we could never know how to visit. In addition to the big masterpieces and the world’s smallest ones (think La Joconde), the Louvre has to be visited for its architecture, from the Medieval Louvre to the Louvre by I.M. Peï (the pyramid’s architect) and for its many masterpieces!
Currently, the Louvre displays the following exhibitions: France viewed from the Grand Siècle, and a compelling exhibition dedicated to Eugène Delacroix (to whom we owe, July 28th, Liberty Leading the People). Access included within the museum entrance fee.
- Grand Palais: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Grand Palais, the architectural gem of the World’s Fair 1900, often welcomes temporary exhibitions, since no permanent collections are exhibited.
Currently, the Grand Palais offers a view about Kupka’s work.
- Musée de l’Orangerie: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Located at the heart of the Tuileries, the Musée de l’Orangerie hosts many temporary and major exhibitions. Nonetheless, the Musée de l’Orangerie aims at being famous for the varied donations that artists and collectors made. While Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume both donated their private collections to the museum, Monet also offered to leave the Water Lilies so that everyone can come and see them!
- Musée Guimet – the Musée national des arts asiatiques: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Musée Guimet takes us to Asia, to discover civilizations and their arts, in an area showcasing over 100,000 items coming form Asia and the Middle-East; this museum was wished by Emile Guimet who travelled for a long time and left the treasures he used to bring back.
Currently, the Musée Guimet exhibits Lords of War in Japan, and returns on the beauty of Asian letters.
- Musée de la Grande Guerre: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
If the subject doesn’t lend itself to smile, families comes to the Musée de la Grande Guerre so that kids can get the explanations seek after a lesson about war: reproductions of dressed soldiers, horses, recreated trenches with the odors and the noise take us to this state of war we can’t imagine if you haven’t seen it.
- Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Vestige of the Art Déco style in Paris, the Cité Chaillot offers about 22,000-sqm of areas dedicated to French and international heritage: shared into three parts, the collection of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine sometimes houses big parts of buildings from any era, sometimes models, reconstitutions, and even photographs from varied cities from the past century. The Cité de l’Architecture stands out from the Parisian landscape and you don’t want to miss it.
Don’t hesitate to check our guide about the traditional Easter egg hunts including some happening in gardens such as in Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Photo Julien Pépy
Last updated on 29 March 2018