Museums and monuments open on May 1, 2018

Tuesday May 1, 2018 is the French Labor Day. On this bank holiday spent in Paris, you can whether pick some lilies of the valley, have a walk in a garden, visit a monument or a temporary exhibition. To make the right call, check the list of museums and monuments open on this May 1, 2018.

I offer you to discover the museums and monuments open on Tuesday May 1, 2018 so you can enjoy a peaceful moment in the garden of a monument or in the rooms of an awaited exhibition!

During this article writing process, we were defeatist: traditionally everything is closed on May 1, right? After a thorough investigation, it is official, Paris is and will always be a fantastic city where culture is not limited to working days. So, that means you must make the best of your day!

Monuments open on May 1, 2018:

  • Eiffel Tower: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Built for the World Fair 1889, the Eiffel tower was said to be dismantled in 1909, but the scientific experiments made possible because of its height saved it. On the 2d floor, the view is a must, you will discover the impressive panorama of Paris monuments (for Parisians, it’s a lovely reminding session but a fascinating discovery of the city for tourists). Please note the animation “Effets spéciaux: ça tourne à la Tour!” is coming from April 17 to July 1, 2018 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.

  • Notre Dame: 8 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
    With its 13 million visitors a year, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is one of the must in Paris. A cult place as much as a monument and a witness of Paris history since the beginning of its construction.

  • Domaine de Saint-Cloud: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; museum from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
    The hydraulic system enlivens the gardens with a temporary entertainment, that you will discover throughout a walk. All along the walk, the water goes from pools to fountain to spring out 30-m away at the Grand Jet before finishing its race in the whirling pool of the Grande Cascade, the highlight of the show.

  • Gardens of Versailles: 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    The Palace of Versailles and its royal gardens delight visitors for 350 years. Come along and discover a new season of walks around the groves and the fountains of the estate, in addition to the visit of the Royal palace. The Fountains Shows, the Music Gardens, the Night Fountain Shows and the Royal Serenade expect you. Listening to the music, 55 fountains scattered across the 850 hectares of the Versailles gardens feature an incredible show inherited from the Sun Century every weekend!

  • Vaux-le-Vicomte Château: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    The Vaux-le-Vicomte Chateau is one of the most beautiful castles from the 17th century, Nicolas Fouquet’s work, Louis XIV’s finance superintendent. This castle inspired the construction of the Palace of Versailles!

  • Château de Breteuil: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Discover the history of the Château de Breteuil and its fantastic furniture thanks to the guided tours held all day long. In the afternoon, the castle story-tellers make you travel through Charles Perrault’s tales: Donkeyskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots…

  • Parc Zoologique de Paris: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    The Parc Zoologique de Paris welcomes the Printemps des Explorateurs program from April 7 to May 6, 2018. Focused on local biodiversity, many events are planned: exploration game, conferences, exploring workshops and discovery days await. To do with your family and friends.

  • L’Aquarium de Paris: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    L’Aquarium de Paris is a 3,500-sqm tour in the heart of Paris with over 10,000 fishes and invertebrates, including 2,500 jellyfishes and 450 corals living in 50 pools suited to their way of life.

Museums open on May 1, 2018:

  • Le Grand Musée du Parfum: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Covering four stories of a hotel particulier entirely renovated and in the huge garden that goes with it, Le Grand Musée du Parfum offers a strong sensorial visit through the invisible sense that will answer your most varied questions. Be ready to stuff your nose!
    Currently no temporary exhibition

  • The Art of the Brick LEGO® at La Villette 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    DC Super Heroes and LEGO® fans, from April 29 to August 19, 2018, you have to go to La Villette for the extraordinary LEGO® exhibition with DC Super Heroes by Nathan Sawaya. This incredible exhibition displays DC Comics super heroes in 100% unique sculptures, LEGO® sculpture made by Nathan Sawaya: we already love it!

  • Jurassic World 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    From April 14 to September 2, 2018, Paris Cité du Cinéma dedicates an exhibition around the movie Jurassic World and its extended universe. A visit into the bowels of the park, discovering the greatest moments of the movie and of course, dinosaurs.

  • Musée Maillol: 10:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death, Musée Maillol returns on the incredible career of painter Foujita, the dandiest Parisian artist in the Roaring Twenties through an exhibition running from March 7 to July 15, 2018. For this beautiful exhibition, over 100 paintings and watercolors reveal Foujita’s art during the 1920’s, his Parisian years!
  • Musée Jacquemart-André: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    In this beautiful private mansion purchased by Edouard André for his wife Nélie Jacquemart, we find the beautiful collection of art passionate, as well as their living place, left as it used to be, including the reception rooms, the music room and the dining room.
    Musée Jacquemart-André is currently displaying a great retrospective about Mary Cassatt, running from March 9 to July 23, 2018.

  • Fondation Cartier 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The Fondation Cartier, set in Paris 4th arrondissement, welcomes one of the most beautiful exhibition of the moment: “Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture”, to be discovered from March 30 to June 10, 2018.

  • Espace Dali Paris 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Confidential museum in Paris, Espace Fali has been welcoming the greatest private collection of Salvador Dali's work for 25 years. After closing for 4 months for embellishment works, Espace Dali is to reopen on April 13, 2018 with a new visit route, a new offer thought to revitalize the museum.
  • Musée en Herbe: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Musée en Herbe, known for introducing children to art, has a new exhibition entitled “Ateliers à la loupe, de Monet à Ai Weiwei” to be discovered from January 25 to September 9, 2018. An investigation-exhibition that makes the young audience travel in the fascinating and creative universe of the greatest artists from the 19th century to nowadays.
  • Musée Grévin: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Created in 1882 by journalist Arthur Meyer, Musée Grévin is now one of the most visited places in the French capital! The year 2018 marks 135 years of existence so, to pay it tribute, go to discover or rediscover its greatest was figures!

Most museums are closed on May 1, 2018 but do not hesitate to make the best of this day to take a stroll!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 30 April 2018

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