What about a stroll or a museum to enjoy this Bastille Day? On Friday July 14, 2017, you can make the best of this public holiday in Paris and its surroundings!
July 14, 2017 is Bastille Day, French National Day. On this bank 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 is the absolute power symbol of French Kings. We will never be tired of strolling around this universe thought up by Louis XIV to highlight his power onto the world. Moreover, you can now discover Pierre the Great’s trip to Paris 3 hundred years ago.
- Panthéon: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
“To the great men, the grateful homeland”. July 14, 2017 can be the perfect occasion to pay tribute to the 73 great men buried in the Pantheon crypt.
- Musée de la Grande Guerre: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays)
The Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux is to be visited asap! Thousands of objects immerse us in the War at the front and behind the lines. We can then imagine how soldiers live and what munitionnettes’ daily life looked like.
- 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. open from Wednesday to Saturday
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.
- Cité de l’Immigration: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This museum dedicated to the history of immigration offers us to discover it through archives, stories and records. This place is full of symbols and pays tribute to immigrated generations that made France our current nation, a sort of civil pantheon you should discover right away!
- 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, 2017:
Do not forget the spectacular firework shows in Paris and Île de France!
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