July 14, 2020 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!
We thought this could be the occasion to know more about the History of France and learn more about this nation.
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: 3:30 p.m.-7 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 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. only on July 14, 2020. Mandatory online booking.
Panthéon: 10:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
“To the great men, the grateful homeland”. July 14, 2019 can be the perfect occasion to pay tribute to the 74 great men buried in the Pantheon crypt including Simone Veil. And on the occasion, the Panthéon is free of charge, but online booking is mandatory!
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., 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.
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! Online booking is mandatory to visit the castle.
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…
Paris must-see monuments and museums open on July 14, 2020:
Monet, Renoir, Chagall… Journeys around the Mediterranean, the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières - Closed
The Atelier des Lumières presents the visual experience Monet, Renoir, Chagall, Journeys around the Mediterranean. Designed as a visual experience, this exhibition takes us to the heart of masterpieces by 20 artists including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, Chagall for a walk across the history of art in the 19th and 20th centuries, from impressionism to modernity via pointillism and fauvism. The exhibition is closed until further notice.
The Banksy exhibition reopens in Paris: late-night opening
“The World of Banksy: The Immersive Experience” exhibition reopens on May 12, 2020 in Paris. Extended to December 31, 2020, this exhibition in sut is devoted to the world-famous street artist, and reveals about 100 works on 1200sqm. Keep reading to discover our most beautiful pictures of the exhibition.
Musée d'Orsay: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Set in the former Gare d'Orsay railway station, the musée d'Orsay houses masterpieces from the 19th century... The museum is currently displaying a James Tissot (1836-1902) exhibition and another one focusing on Léopold Chauveau. Mandatory online booking.
Musée Jacquemart-André: 10 a.m. – 7p.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.
Other playful places in Paris:
The Parc Zoologique de Paris – Zoo de Vincennes
The Zoo de Vincennes, also called Parc de Zoologique de Paris invites you to enjoy an open-air walk. Let's (re)discover this magnificent zoo and its lodgers safely.
The new Grévin Paris reopens
Grévin Paris underwent a makeover last year, and expects us from June 18, 2020. The famous museum set on Boulevard Montartre is finally ready to welcome visitors again so that they can find an always increasing collection of celebrities. The Parisian museum production has been redesigned and the decors entirely remade to offer a more modern tour.
These venues remain open on July 14, 2020 but let's not forget about the firework shows!
Dates and Opening Time
On 14 July 2020
Paris - Ile de France
75001 Paris 1