Museums and Monuments in Paris open on August 15, 2018

On Wednesday August 15, 2018, many Parisians museums and monuments will be open so that you can visit them. What monument or museum are you going to pay a visit?

To prepare the holiday of the Assumption, on August 15, 2018, 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, 2018 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!

  • Notre Dame: 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
    With its thirteen million visitors a year, Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the must-see places in the French capital. A cult place as much as a monument and a witness of Paris history since its construction.

  • 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: 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.
    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. – 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!

  • 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, 2018:

  • 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!

    The first exhibition of the Atelier des Lumières is dedicated to Klimt and Hundertwasser
  • 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. Dubuffet’s Jardin d’Hiver, Daniel Buren’s linear works, and Bertrand Lavier’s works, we enjoy this new presentation.

    In addition to this tour, enjoy the temporary exhibitions: UAM, Sabine Weiss, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Roee Roosen and Ryoji Ikeda
  • 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!

    Currently, the Louvre offers the following temporary exhibition dedicated to Pastels. Entrance included in the museum entrance fee!

  • 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.

  • The Art of the Brick LEGO® at La Villette: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    DC Super Heroes and LEGO® fans, from April 29 to August 19, 2018, you have to go to La Villette for the extraordinary LEGO® exhibition with DC Super Heroes by Nathan Sawaya. This incredible exhibition displays DC Comics super heroes in 100% unique sculptures, LEGO® sculpture made by Nathan Sawaya: we already love it!

  • Jurassic World: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    From April 14 to September 2, 2018, Paris Cité du Cinéma dedicates an exhibition around the movie Jurassic World and its extended universe. A visit into the bowels of the park, discovering the greatest moments of the movie and of course, dinosaurs. 

  • 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.

  • Fondation Cartier: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
    The Fondation Cartier, set in Paris 4th arrondissement, welcomes one of the most beautiful exhibitions of the moment: “Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture”, to be discovered from March 30 to September 9, 2018.

  • 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!

    Currently, the Musée de l’Orangerie dedicates an exhibition to the Water Lilies and the American abstract painters in a beautiful display. 

  • Espace Dali Paris: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    Confidential museum in Paris, Espace Fali has been welcoming the greatest private collection of Salvador Dali's work for 25 years. After closing for 4 months for embellishment works, Espace Dali is to reopen on April 13, 2018 with a new visit route, a new offer thought to revitalize the museum. 
  • Musée en Herbe: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Musée en Herbe, known for introducing children to art, has a new exhibition entitled “Ateliers à la loupe, de Monet à Ai Weiwei” to be discovered from January 25 to September 9, 2018. An investigation-exhibition that makes the young audience travel in the fascinating and creative universe of the greatest artists from the 19th century to nowadays.
  • Musée Grévin: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Created in 1882 by journalist Arthur Meyer, Musée Grévin is now one of the most visited places in the French capital! The year 2018 marks 135 years of existence so, to pay it tribute, go to discover or rediscover its greatest was figures!

  • 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.

    Currently, the museum exhibits the World as seen from Asia and returns on the beauty of the lands of rice

  • Cité des Sciences: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    The Cité des Sciences is heaven on Earth for curious people of all ages with its tours suited to all and saying everything about sciences. Currently, the Cité des Sciences offers us an exhibition about Fire, Cold, as well as a display about special effects and science as explained through tales!

  • The Great Gallery of Evolution: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    The Great Gallery of Evolution is a gem of the national museum! Currently, an exhibition about meteorites promises us a fascinating travel through time near the thousands of skeletons and fossils of the gallery collections.

  • Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    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, Petit Palais, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée Carnavalet, Institut du Monde Arabe, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Musée de la Poste and Halle Saint-Pierre.

Moreover, don’t hesitate to have a look at our August 15, 2018 guide in Paris to enjoy this wonderful day off in the French capital!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 11 August 2017

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