Whit Monday: museums and monuments open this Monday, May 20, bank holiday in Paris

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis, Rizhlaine de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on March 27th, 2024 at 07:39 p.m.
Whit Monday is a public holiday in France, so you can take advantage of the long weekend to visit all the museums in the capital! Find out which museums and monuments are open this Monday, May 20, 2024 in Paris and the Île-de-France region.

Do you know why the saying goes "in May, do what you please"? It's because the month of May is full of public holidays, allowing us to take advantage of all the activities available in Paris and the Ile-de-France region! Like Pentecost Monday, for example, which gives us a lovely three-day weekend to round off the month.

Monday, May 20, 2024 is a public holiday! It's a day off work, which means we can visit some of today's finest exhibitions. So, this Whit Monday, we're not going to stay at home: we're going to take advantage of the opportunity to tour the region's most beautiful museums and monuments.

But which ones? Some establishments close their doors every Monday, while others don't open on public holidays. To help you make the most of this Whitsun weekend, here's a list of museums and monuments open this Monday, May 20.

Museums and monuments open in Paris and Île-de-France this Whit Monday:

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Is your thirst for adventure still unquenched? We've got something for you: find out what to do over the three-day weekend, and more specifically on this bank holiday Monday.

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Spend a wonderful weekend at the heart of art and culture!

Practical information

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On May 20th, 2024

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