Cécile D. · Photos by
Laurent P. · Published on 8 November 2021 at 11h00
How about making the most of Thursday November 11, 2021, a public holiday, to visit monuments in Paris and discover the current exhibitions? Many museums and monuments are opening on this public holiday, all you need to make beautiful and arty discoveries!
Public holidays are the occasion to take time for yourself and entertainments you can never usually enjoy. This Thursday November 11, we offer you to (re)discover monuments, museums and exhibitions running in Paris. To prevent from commuting and ending up in front of a closed museum, we have selected the greatest museums and monuments on this special day to make the most of November 11, 2021 in Paris.
Monuments open on November 11, 2021:
- Eiffel Tower: 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 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: 2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Designed by Napoleon I in 1806, the Arc de Triomphe is inaugurated in 1836 by the King of France, Louis-Philippe, who devotes it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire.
- Domaine de Saint-Cloud: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; museum from 3 p.m. to 6 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.
- Conciergerie: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Did you know that the Conciergerie was a prison, a prison were Marie-Antoinette was jailed? Impressive, enigmatic, the Palais de la Cité and the Conciergerie have been crossing time from their construction in the 6th century. Middle-Ages, Renaissance, Revolution, the royal palace housing the major institutions of the territory has lived a lot in nine centuries. Discover it now!
- Sainte Chapelle: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Sainte Chapelle is a jewel in Paris that is 800 years old. Created to house the Crown of Thorns, and other relics from the Passion, the Sainte-Chapelle is famous for its stained-glass windows representing over 1100 scenes!
- Montparnasse Tower: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Enjoy incredible views all over Paris, 200 meters above the ground.
- Château de Fontainebleau: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
With over 1500 rooms in the middle of 130-hectare gardens and park, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial castle continously housed for seven centuries. Discover the sovereigns' Grands Appartements, set on the first floor.
- Château de Malmaison: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
This "Mala Domus" (bad house) appears in the texts for the first time in 1244 as a den for wicked people, then bought several times by French nobles. In 1771 by Madame du Molay, in 1799 by Joséphine Bonaparte (she even died here after her divorce), in 1842 by Queen Christine of Spain, in 1861 by Napoleon III... And will become a State property in 1903.
- Château de Breteuil: 10 a.m. – 7 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…
Museums open on November 11, 2021:
- 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.
- Centre Pompidou: 11 a.m. – 10 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.
- 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!
- 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 museum is famous for Monet's Water Lilies.
- 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.
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 as they are closed on November 11, 2021:
BNF, Petit Palais, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Palais de la Découverte, among others.