This Thursday November 1, 2018 is a public holiday and many Parisian museums and monuments open their doors to the public: make the best of it to discover temporary exhibitions and this fall novelties.
For All Saints Day 2018, Sortiraparis editorial board presents you a selection of the best exhibition to visit in Museums and Monuments open in Paris. Everything to entertain yourselves and have fun on this public holiday.
Monuments open on November 1, 2018:
- 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!
- Eiffel Tower: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Built for the World Fair 1889, the Eiffel tower was said to be dismantled in 1909, but the scientific experiments made possible because of its height saved it. On the 2d floor, the view is a must, you will discover the impressive panorama of Paris monuments (for Parisians, it’s a lovely reminding session but a fascinating discovery of the city for tourists).
- 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!
- Conciergerie: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Did you know that the Conciergerie was a prison, Marie-Antoinette's prison? Huge, enigmatic, the Palais de la Cité and its Conciergerie travel through time since their construction back to the 6th century. Middle-Age, Renaissance, French Revolution, the Palais royal housing the major institutions lived many experiences in nine centuries... Discover it asap.
- Sainte Chapelle: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Sainte Chapelle is a gem of the capital that is 800 years old. Created to house the Crown of thorns and other relics of the Passion, the Sainte Chapelle is famous for its stained-glass windows displaying over 1,100 scenes!
- Montparnasse Tower: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Enjoy views on Paris at 200 meters above the ground. And for the school break, the Montparnasse Tower Observatory Deck offers an uncommon activity: Bubble Foot to try from October 19 to November 4, 2018.
- Château de Fontainebleau: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
With over 1,500 rooms deployed in the heart of 130 acres of gardens and parks, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial castle inhabited continuously for 7 centuries. Roam across the Kings' Grands Appartements set on the first floor.
- Château de Malmaison: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
This "Mala Domus" (bad house) appears in texts for the first time in 1244 as a den for wicked men, then taken over several times by great French nobles. In 1771, Madame du Molay, in 1799 Joséphine Bonaparte (she died there after her divorce), the Queen consort of Spain Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies in 1842, Napoleon III in 1861... and it will ultimately belong to the State in 1903.
- 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…
- 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!
Paris must-see monuments and museums open on November 1, 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.
- 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!
- 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 Mr. Men at Paris Musée en Herbe.
- 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.
- 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 November 1:
BNF, Petit Palais, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée Carnavalet, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Palais Galliera, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Musée Cognacq-Jay and Halle Saint-Pierre.
Happy All Saints Day!
Last updated on 22 October 2018