What about spending our May 8, 2018 visiting a museum? With this long weekend, we have three days to discover Parisian museums and monuments all over again…
Instead of doing nothing and watching TV all day long, why not visiting a monument or a museum? But careful though, the "closed" sign can be seen: many buildings don't open on this day commemorating the Victory of May 8, 1945.
Monuments open on May 8, 2018:
- 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). Please note the animation “Effets spéciaux: ça tourne à la Tour!” is coming from April 17 to July 1, 2018 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower.
- Notre Dame: 8 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
With its 13 million visitors a year, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is one of the must in Paris. A cult place as much as a monument and a witness of Paris history since the beginning of 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.
- Gardens of Versailles: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Palace of Versailles and its royal gardens delight visitors for 350 years. Come along and discover a new season of walks around the groves and the fountains of the estate, in addition to the visit of the Royal palace. The Fountains Shows, the Music Gardens, the Night Fountain Shows and the Royal Serenade expect you. Listening to the music, 55 fountains scattered across the 850 hectares of the Versailles gardens feature an incredible show inherited from the Sun Century every weekend!
- 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!
- 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.
The Parc Zoologique de Paris welcomes the Printemps des Explorateurs program from April 7 to May 6, 2018. Focused on local biodiversity, many events are planned: exploration game, conferences, exploring workshops and discovery days await. To do with your family and friends.
- L’Aquarium de Paris: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
L’Aquarium de Paris is a 3,500-sqm tour in the heart of Paris with over 10,000 fishes and invertebrates, including 2,500 jellyfishes and 450 corals living in 50 pools suited to their way of life.
Museums open on May 8, 2018:
- 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: Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch, the Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, Sheila Hicks, Latiff Mohidin and David Goldblatt.
- 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 exhibitions: France viewed from the Grand Siècle, a compelling exhibition focusing on Eugène Delacroix (to whom we owe July 28: Liberty Leading the People). 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 offers a focus on Kupka’s work and a wonderful exhibition about Robot Artists.
- Le Grand Musée du Parfum: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Covering four stories of a hotel particulier entirely renovated and in the huge garden that goes with it, Le Grand Musée du Parfum offers a strong sensorial visit through the invisible sense that will answer your most varied questions. Be ready to stuff your nose!
Currently no temporary exhibition
- 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 Maillol: 10:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death, Musée Maillol returns on the incredible career of painter Foujita, the dandiest Parisian artist in the Roaring Twenties through an exhibition running from March 7 to July 15, 2018. For this beautiful exhibition, over 100 paintings and watercolors reveal Foujita’s art during the 1920’s, his Parisian years!
- Musée Jacquemart-André: 10 a.m. – 8:30 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 Jacquemart-André is currently displaying a great retrospective about Mary Cassatt, running from March 9 to July 23, 2018.
- Fondation Cartier 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Fondation Cartier, set in Paris 4th arrondissement, welcomes one of the most beautiful exhibition of the moment: “Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture”, to be discovered from March 30 to June 10, 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 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. – 6 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 Warlords in Japan and returns on the beauty of the Asian letters.
- 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.
This May, many new exhibitions are coming, so, don’t forget about checking out the guide of the most awaited exhibition this May 2018!
Photo credit: Musée du Louvre © Paris Tourist Office - Photographer: Marc Bertrand
Last updated on 3 May 2018