July 14, 2019 is Bastille Day, French National Day. On this public holiday, several museums and monuments are open, so you can make the most of it to know more about French history!
Historic museums and monuments:
Palace of Versailles: 9 a.m. – 6:30 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!
Arc de Triomphe: 4 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Thought up by Napoleon I in 1806, the Arc de Triomphe is inaugurated in 1836 by the King of France, Louis-Philippe who dedicates it to the armies of the French Revolution and the Empire. Since 1980, the military show unfolds on the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe is part of the parade decorum, hence the opening from 4 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. only on July 14, 2019
Panthéon: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
“To the great men, the grateful homeland”. July 14, 2019 can be the perfect occasion to pay tribute to the 73 great men buried in the Pantheon crypt including Simone Veil. This summer, you can climb up to the rooftop of the Pantheon after climbing the 106 steps for 3 euros!
Musée de la Grande Guerre: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
If it's not a smile-inducing topic, families find at the Musée de la Grande Guerre the explanations children are looking for after a lesson about the war: reproductions of dressed soldiers, horses, reconstructed trenches with the smell and the sounds take us straight to this unthinkable state of war for whoever never lived it.
Musée de l’Armée at the Invalides: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
French National Day is the perfect occasion to discover the Hotel des Invalides, a place thought up by Louis XIV in 1670 to welcome military nurses and soldiers who found shelter to be cared of. In 1840, Napoleon Bonaparte transforms the place to put his tombstone within the Eglise du Dôme. Today, you can access the Musée de l’Armée by the northern part of the site whilst southern part of the Institution nationale des Invalides is still a nursing place.
Musée de la Légion d’Honneur: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wished in 1918 by Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor, General Dubail, the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur is to become a sanctuary to proclaim French and stranger’s glory affected by war. Located near the Assemblée Nationale and the Ministère de la Défense, the museums preserves and tells the story of the different French and stranger rewards from the Middle Ages to nowadays.
Domaine de Saint-Cloud: 7:30 a.m. – 10 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.
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.
Musée Grévin: 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Musée Grévin is the only place where you can meet historical characters in Paris. From Henri IV to Charles de Gaulle, without forgetting Joan of Arc and François Hollande, we have the opportunity to meet Kings of France and current political figures and even take pictures with them!
Paris must-see monuments and museums open on July 14, 2019:
Van Gogh, La Nuit Etoilée: the experience at Paris Atelier des Lumières
From February 22 to December 31, 2019 Paris Atelier des Lumières takes us to a new immersive exhibition focusing on Van Gogh’s universe. For 35 minutes, we roam around Van Gogh’s most beautiful paintings, rediscovering this poorly received genius back in the days. His story, his brushstroke and his evolution are unveiled.
Centre Pompidou: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Centre Pompidou houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne and has been offering for 40 years new contemporary works of art in a smoother and more accessible tour. Dubuffet’s Le Jardin d’Hiver, Daniel Buren’s linear works, Bertrand Lavier’s works… We love this new presentation.
Louvre: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
True culture icon in Paris, this palace is a must-see that we couldn’t really visit. In addition to the large formats and the world’s most famous small ones (think Mona Lisa), the Louvre has to be visited for its architecture, from the Medieval Louvre to I.M. Peï’s Louvre (the pyramid architect) and its masterpieces, and they are numerous!
Grand Palais: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Grand Palais – World’s Fair 1900 architectural jewel – often welcomes temporary exhibitions since no permanent collections are displayed within the place. The Grand Palais currently displays a trip to the Moon!
Musée Maillol: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The Emil Bührle exhibition is displayed at the Musée Maillol. Delacroix, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Picasso… They all expect you from March 20 to July 21, 2019. Come and discover their works.
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 de l’Orangerie: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Set in the heart of the Tuileries garden, the Musée de l’Orangerie houses many temporary exhibitions. Yet, the Musée de l’Orangerie is famous for the varied donations received from artists and collectors. While Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume!
Musée Guimet – Asian Arts National Museum: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Musée Guimet takes to Asia, to discover civilizations and their arts, in an area that displays over 10,000 items from Asian and Middle-East; this museum has been created by Emile Guimet who travelled a lot and donated the treasures he used to bring back.
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
As a vestige of the Art Déco style in Paris, the Cité Chaillot offers about 22,000 sqm devoted to the French and World’s heritage: divided into three parts, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine collection houses whole parts of buildings of all time, sometimes scale models, sometimes recreation or even photographs from many cities from this past century.
These venues remain open on July 14, 2019 but let's not forget about the firework shows!
On 14 July 2019
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