July 14, 2021 is Bastille Day, French National Day. On this public holiday, several museums and monuments are open, so you can make the most of this day to visit Paris' art and cultural venues.
On your own, with your family or friends, enjoy the most beautiful museums and monuments in Île-de-France and enjoy the very richness of the French heritage.
Historic museums and monuments open this July 14, 2021:
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, 2021.
Panthéon: 10:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
“To the great men, the grateful homeland”. July 14, 2021 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.
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.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart
6:30 a.m. 11 p.m. Set at the top of the Butte Montmartre, this basilica is a religious monument and witness of the history of Paris. Visible from many locations in town, it has grown as the most-seen monuments in town. [Read more]
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: 8 a.m. to noon
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…
Exhibitions open on July 14, 2021:
Dali, l’énigme sans fin: our pictures of the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières - New dates
You know his works, but do you really know what hides behind? Come and discover the secrets of one of the greatest painters of his generation at the Atelier des Lumières. “Dali, l’énigme sans fin” – Dali, the endless enigma – is on from May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022. [Read more]
Gaudí, the Architect of the Imaginary: pictures of the exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières – New dates
The Atelier des Lumières pays tribute to architecture genius Gaudí, whose works of art have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage. From May 19, 2021 to January 2, 2022, come and enjoy the “Gaudí, the Architect of the Imaginary” exhibition. [Read more]
The Banksy exhibition back to Paris Lafayette-Drouot in early June 2021
“The World of Banksy: The Immersive Experience” exhibition reopens in June 2021 at Paris Espace Lafayette-Drouot. Extended to December 31, 2020, this exhibition in sut is devoted to the world-famous street artist, and reveals about 100 works on 1200sqm. [Read more]
The origins of the world, the exhibition at Paris Musée d’Orsay - Delayed
The Musée d’Orsay devotes a compelling exhibition to the origins of the world and the invention of nature in Darwin’s century. This exhibition, at the crossroads of sciences and arts, will return to the historic change in the 19th century. The exhibition was planned to run from December 15, 2020 to February 14, 2021, but is has been delayed. [Read more]
Swiss Modernities, the exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay - New dates
Swiss modernities (1890-1914) are coming to the Musée d’Orsay for a compelling spring exhibition. From May 19 to July 25, 2021, the museum provides you with a selection of 70 paintings by Swiss avant-garde painters including Cuno Amiet, Giovanni Giacometti, Felix Vallotton and Max Buri. Little known in France, they are part of the European avant-garde. [Read more]
Marc Riboud, Histoires Possibles: the great retrospective at Paris Musée Guimet - Last days
French photographer Marc Riboud has a retrospective focusing on him at Paris Musée Guimet on the occasion of his bequest of all his works to the museum. The exclusive display is to discover from May 19 to September 6, 2021. [Read more]
Jardins d’Asie, the exotic exhibition at the Musée Guimet - Our pictures
This summer, the Musée Guimet takes us on a journey – without even leaving Paris! From July 7 to September 20, 2021 come and discover the “Jardins d’Asie” – Asian Gardens – exhibition, an immersive and soft experience making us discover the subtle Asian cultures through the art of gardens. [Read more]
Espions, the spy exhibition at Paris Cité des Sciences - Last days
Become a spy with Paris Cité des Sciences! In partnership with the national intelligence services and French TV series Le Bureau des Légendes [The Bureau], let’s put on the shoes of an agent who has to investigate a nuclear test abroad. The exhibition is back on June 27, 2020 and extended to September 5, 2021. [Read more]
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. [Read more]
The Grévin Paris 2.0 reopens with a discount offer
Grévin Paris underwent a makeover in 2019, and expects us from May 19, 2021 with a reopening discout offer available until June 29, 2021. 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. [Read more]
These venues remain open on July 14, 2021 but do not forget about the firework shows!
Dates and Opening Time
On 14 July 2021
Paris - Ile de France