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My B. · Published on 21 July 2020 at 14h53
· Updated on 21 July 2020 at 15h44
On Saturday August 15, 2020, many Parisians museums and monuments will be open. You can then enjoy a walk in these French institutions... What monuments or museums will you discover?
To prepare the holiday of the Assumption, on August 15, 2020, Sortiraparis reveals you a list of Parisian museums and monuments open on this public holiday and their program:
- 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. Also, the Palace of Versailles gardens will come to live all the afternoon long with the Fountains shows!
- Arc de Triomphe: 10 a.m.-11 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.
- Panthéon: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
“To the great men, the grateful homeland”. August 15, 2020 can be the perfect occasion to pay tribute to the 74 great men buried in the Pantheon crypt including Simone Veil who made it on July 1, 2018!
- 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 to be seen in July and October only!
- Château de Breteuil: 10 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. – 8:30 p.m. / late-night opening from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Focused on local biodiversity, many events are planned: exploration game, conferences, exploring workshops and discovery days await. To do with your family and friends.
- Vaux-le-Vicomte Château: 10 a.m. – 7 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!
- 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 August 15, 2020:
- The Atelier des Lumières: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A new place to be discovered, the Atelier des Lumières is about to rock Paris 11th arrondissement with a Digital art center set in a former smelting plant from the 19th century. For its opening, Atelier des Lumières will offer a 30-minute immersion into Gustave Klimt’s work thanks to over 120 video-projectors!
- Centre Pompidou: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Centre Pompidou houses the National Museum of Modern Art and for 40 years, has been offering us new contemporary works in a very smooth circuits and more accessible to all. This summer, enjoy the temporary exhibitions about Prehistory.
- The 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. Currently, the Grand Palais is closed because there’s no exhibition displayed at the moment.
- Musée Jacquemart-André: 10 a.m. – 6 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 both donated their private collections to the Museum, Monet offered to leave the Water Lilies for the general public!
- Musée en Herbe: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Musée en Herbe, known for introducing children to art, has a new exhibition called "Monstres, Mangas et Murakami" running until September 22, 2019. A discovery of the fantastic Japanase art through works by artists Takashi Murakami and his group, Kaikai Kiki.
- 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: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. / late-night opening until 9 p.m. on August 15
Ruin from the Art Déco style in Paris, the Cité Chaillot offers about 22,000-sqm devoted to the French and global heritage: divided into three parts, the collection of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine sometimes houses entire panels of buildings from anytime, sometimes models, reconstitutions and even photographs from the varied cities of the past century.
- Musée de la Grande Guerre: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
If the subject doesn’t lend itself to smile, families comes to the Musée de la Grande Guerre so that kids can get the explanations seek after a lesson about war: reproductions of dressed soldiers, horses, recreated trenches with the odors and the noise take us to this state of war we can’t imagine if you haven’t seen it.
No need to go to these museums closed on August 15:
BNF, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée de la Poste and Halle Saint-Pierre.
Moreover, don’t hesitate to have a look at our August 15, 2020 guide in Paris to enjoy this wonderful day off in the French capital!