What about spending our May 8, 2019 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, 2019:
- 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).
- 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.
- Palace of Versailles: 9 a.m. – 6:30 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…
Museums open on May 8, 2019:
- The Louvrelu: 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: Engraving for the King, Byzantine fabrics in Romania, Forgotten Kingdoms
- 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 the moon and a wonderful exhibition about Soviet art.
- Musée de la Grande Guerre: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
If it's not a smile-inducing topic, families find at the Musée de la Grande Guerre the explanations children are looking for after a lesson about the war: reproductions of dressed soldiers, horses, reconstructed trenches with the smell and the sounds take us straight to this unthinkable state of war for whoever never lived it.
- Musée du Quai Branly: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Musée du Quai Branly is devoted to arts in Africa, Oceania, Asia and America featuring 3500 works scattered according to geographic areas, illustrating both the history of the civilizations and their evolutions throuh time.
Currently, Oceania and Anting-Anting are given pride of place!
- Fondation Louis Vuitton: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a company foundation covering 11,000sqm devoted to contemporary art and including 7000sqm open to the public. Currently, the fondation Louis Vuitton provides a Samuel Courtauld collection and a vision for painting.
- Musée Picasso: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Musée Picasso has the greatest public collection of works by Pablo Picasso, naming over 5000 works by the master and 150 works of French artists bought by Picasso all along his career. Currently, the Musée Picasso focuses on Calder and Picasso.
- Grande Galerie de l'Evolution: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution is a gem y the Museum national! Currently, an exhibition on Oceans promises us a fascinating journey through time, along with thousands of skeletons and fossils from the gallery's collections.
- Musée de l'Homme: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Musée de l'Homme is devoted to Humanity. Who are we? Where do we come from and where are we going? As many questions to which answer the Grande Galerie de l'Homme and 2500sqm.
- Musée des Arts Décoratifs: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, one of the most impressive ones in the world, presents from the Middle Ages to nowadays an unparallel panorama of the story of furniture, glass, ceramics, smithery, jewelry, design, fabric and fashion, graphism and advertisement.
- 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 du Luxembourg: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Not many people know that the Musée du Luxembourg was the first French museum open in 1750 and became in 1818 the first museum of contemporary art. The musuem doesn't display permanent collections anymore and live with the temporary exhibitions it displays and houses.
- Fondation Cartier 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Fondation Cartier, set in Paris 4th arrondissement,is open on May 8, 2019.
- 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. – 6 p.m.
Musée en Herbe, known for introducing children to art.
- 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.
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Photo credit: Musée du Louvre © Paris Tourist Office - Photographer: Marc Bertrand
Last updated on 18 April 2019