Ascension Day in Paris: museums and monuments open this Thursday, May 9

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by My de Sortiraparis · Published on March 27th, 2024 at 07:19 p.m.
A new public holiday in France, a new opportunity to enjoy the beautiful museums and monuments near you: this Thursday, May 9, 2024, is Ascension Day. But which cultural venues remain open on this public holiday? Here's the lowdown.

May is definitely our favorite month: it's the third bank holiday we've had this month! Many lucky people will be able to spend less time at the office, and more time in museums. This Thursday, May 9, 2024, is Ascension Day. In other words, it's a public holiday! Just after the May 8 commemorations, some people even have a third day off: if you take the day off on Friday, you'll enjoy a long weekend, ideal for fun and relaxation.

With all these extra days off, there's plenty of time to get out and discover all the events on offer. And when you see the program of museums in Paris and theIle-de-France region, you already know how you're going to spend your free time this Ascension weekend!

Provided, of course, that the museums are open on the holiday. The good news is that almost all art and culture venues will remain open to the public on May 9, 2024. The question is, where can't we go? To find out, let's take a look at the list of cultural venues closing on Ascension Day.

Museums and monuments closed on Ascension Thursday, May 9, 2024:

Musée Jacquemart-AndréMusée Jacquemart-AndréMusée Jacquemart-AndréMusée Jacquemart-André The little-known Musée Jacquemart-André and its fine art collection in Paris
The Musée Jacquemart-André is a beautiful, little-known museum in Paris. It holds many treasures, including Rembrandt's Pilgrims to Emmaus, Sandro Botticelli's Virgin and Child and Donatello's Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, all collected by Nélie Jacquemart and her husband Edouard André in the 19th century. [Read more]

Visuels musée et monument - Monnaie de ParisVisuels musée et monument - Monnaie de ParisVisuels musée et monument - Monnaie de ParisVisuels musée et monument - Monnaie de Paris La Monnaie de Paris: an unusual cultural and historical institution in Paris
Do you know how coins are made in France? Come and find out by visiting the Monnaie de Paris, the institution that teaches us more about the history of silver and the minting of medals, in a place steeped in history. [Read more]

Sean Landers, les photos de son expo au Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature - IMG 1280Sean Landers, les photos de son expo au Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature - IMG 1280Sean Landers, les photos de son expo au Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature - IMG 1280Sean Landers, les photos de son expo au Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature - IMG 1280 The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris: an exploration of the human-animal relationship
Nestled in the Marais district of Paris, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature offers a unique insight into hunting, nature and the complex relationship between man and animal. This unusual museum invites visitors to discover an exceptional collection, while encouraging reflection on our relationship with flora and fauna. [Read more]

Musée de la Carte à jouer - nos photos - image00020Musée de la Carte à jouer - nos photos - image00020Musée de la Carte à jouer - nos photos - image00020Musée de la Carte à jouer - nos photos - image00020 The Musée de la Carte à jouer, a unique collection dedicated to our card games, in Issy (92).
Just south of Paris, in Issy-des-Moulineaux (92), you'll find a museum that's unique in France: the Musée de la Carte à jouer, a cultural venue devoted entirely to card games, from the first models to appear in the 15th century, right up to the present day. [Read more]

Good news then: this Thursday, and over the long weekend, almost all museums and monuments are open! So, where are we going and what are we doing? It's up to you to decide: a multitude ofexhibitions and outings are on offer. Need help choosing? Take a look at our selection.

Exhibitions of the moment :

Visuel Paris arbres en fleurs, jardins, parc Petit PalaisVisuel Paris arbres en fleurs, jardins, parc Petit PalaisVisuel Paris arbres en fleurs, jardins, parc Petit PalaisVisuel Paris arbres en fleurs, jardins, parc Petit Palais May 2024 in Paris: the best exhibitions to see in the capital and the Paris region
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Paradox Museum Paris ouvre ses portes, découvrez le parcours fou en photos et vidéo - code promoParadox Museum Paris ouvre ses portes, découvrez le parcours fou en photos et vidéo - code promoParadox Museum Paris ouvre ses portes, découvrez le parcours fou en photos et vidéo - code promoParadox Museum Paris ouvre ses portes, découvrez le parcours fou en photos et vidéo - code promo Paradox Museum Paris, a crazy journey of optical illusions
Paradox Museum, 90 experiences of trompe l'oeil, optical illusions and sensory upheaval await you in Paris. You'll love being fooled and capturing surrealist images. Would you like to try it out? [Read more]

Europa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à ParisEuropa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à ParisEuropa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à ParisEuropa Expérience, un lieu d'exposition gratuit et immersif sur l'Union Européenne à Paris Europa Expérience, an immersive exhibition on the European Union
Europa Experience is a unique interactive space on the European Union situated in the heart of Paris, in front of the famous Madeleine church. This 1500m2 permanent exhibition about the European Union, spread over three floors has a main goal: providing visitors with an immersive, interactive and enriching experience. Through a multimedia journey with enhanced reality activities and a 360° cinema, you travel to the four corners of the EU... from Paris. [Read more]

Visuels musée et monument nymphéas monet musée orangerieVisuels musée et monument nymphéas monet musée orangerieVisuels musée et monument nymphéas monet musée orangerieVisuels musée et monument nymphéas monet musée orangerie Claude Monet : where to see the works of the famous impressionist painter in Paris ?
He's undoubtedly one of France's best-loved painters: Claude Monet left us many magnificent canvases, some of which can be seen in Paris museums. [Read more]

Visuels musée et monument Centre PompidouVisuels musée et monument Centre PompidouVisuels musée et monument Centre PompidouVisuels musée et monument Centre Pompidou Center Pompidou: prices, opening hours, access... All you need to know about the Musée d'Art Moderne
The Centre Pompidou, a jewel of modern and contemporary art in the heart of Paris, awaits you every day (except Tuesdays) for an unprecedented immersion in art in all its forms. Explore its fascinating history, its must-see exhibitions, and immerse yourself in the artistic universe of one of the world's most visited museums! [Read more]

LV Dream par Louis Vuitton, ouverture du nouveau lieu d'exposition, café et chocolaterieLV Dream par Louis Vuitton, ouverture du nouveau lieu d'exposition, café et chocolaterieLV Dream par Louis Vuitton, ouverture du nouveau lieu d'exposition, café et chocolaterieLV Dream par Louis Vuitton, ouverture du nouveau lieu d'exposition, café et chocolaterie LV Dream by Louis Vuitton: free exhibition, boutique, café and chocolate shop
The famous Maison Louis Vuitton opens LV DREAM, a free exhibition and gift store that also features a café and a chocolate shop in collaboration with Chef Pâtissier Maxime Frédéric of Cheval Blanc Paris. While the exhibition is by reservation only, the boutique and café are open to the public. [Read more]

La Galerie Dior : un nouveau parcours d'exposition à l'adresse historique de la Maison de coutureLa Galerie Dior : un nouveau parcours d'exposition à l'adresse historique de la Maison de coutureLa Galerie Dior : un nouveau parcours d'exposition à l'adresse historique de la Maison de coutureLa Galerie Dior : un nouveau parcours d'exposition à l'adresse historique de la Maison de couture The Dior Gallery: a sublime exhibition at the couture house's historic address
The Galerie Dior is the must-see spot for fashion lovers in Paris! Located in the historic mansion at 30 Montaigne, it invites visitors to plunge into the heart of the fabulous universe of the House of Christian Dior. Between heritage(s) and reinvention, discover the new exhibition route of this cultural showcase, through a succession of immersive scenographies brought together in this veritable little museum. [Read more]

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Brancusi au Centre Pompidou, nos photos - IMG 3278Brancusi au Centre Pompidou, nos photos - IMG 3278Brancusi au Centre Pompidou, nos photos - IMG 3278Brancusi au Centre Pompidou, nos photos - IMG 3278 Brancusi at the Centre Pompidou: evening visits for the last days of the exhibition
He left his mark on art history with his original and fascinating sculptures. From March 27 to July 1, 2024, the Centre Pompidou is dedicating a rich and beautiful exhibition to the artist Constantin Brancusi. It's an opportunity to (re)discover the diversity of his work, with his sculptures of course, but also his photographs, drawings and films. [Read more]

Toutankhamon, l’expérience immersive Pharaonique sur 3000 m2, se dévoile à ParisToutankhamon, l’expérience immersive Pharaonique sur 3000 m2, se dévoile à ParisToutankhamon, l’expérience immersive Pharaonique sur 3000 m2, se dévoile à ParisToutankhamon, l’expérience immersive Pharaonique sur 3000 m2, se dévoile à Paris Tutankhamun, the 3000 m² Pharaonic immersive experience is extended in Paris
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Le Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les Impressionnistes Van Gogh, the last journeys: the exhibition at Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise - Extensions
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Visuels musée et monument musée dOrsayVisuels musée et monument musée dOrsayVisuels musée et monument musée dOrsayVisuels musée et monument musée dOrsay An evening with the Impressionists: we tried out the virtual reality experience at the Musée d'Orsay
Un soir avec les impressionnistes - Paris 1874 is the virtual reality experience offered by the Musée d'Orsay from March 26 to August 11, 2024, to mark the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition. Relive this very first exhibition in Nadar's studio, meet legendary artists such as Monet and Renoir, and immerse yourself in 19th-century Paris. We've tried it, we'll tell you! [Read more]

Petit Palais - Collection permanente  -  fresquePetit Palais - Collection permanente  -  fresquePetit Palais - Collection permanente  -  fresquePetit Palais - Collection permanente  -  fresque The Petit Palais in Paris and its hidden treasures, the free museum, opening hours and exhibitions
The Petit Palais, home to the Musées des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, is a true architectural masterpiece. Designed by Charles Girault for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, this museum is a treasure trove. And since admission is free, you'd be wrong not to take advantage of it. [Read more]

Visuels musée et monument musée air espaceVisuels musée et monument musée air espaceVisuels musée et monument musée air espaceVisuels musée et monument musée air espace Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Le Bourget, a unique place that puts stars in your eyes
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Colors Festival 2024, la nature reprend ses droits  -  A7C5760Colors Festival 2024, la nature reprend ses droits  -  A7C5760Colors Festival 2024, la nature reprend ses droits  -  A7C5760Colors Festival 2024, la nature reprend ses droits  -  A7C5760 Colors Festival 2024, the huge street art exhibition in an abandoned house, is extended
Calling all street-art fans: the Colors Festival is extending its run! The collective, which took over the Ile-de-France region in Champigny-sur-Marne to transform a forgotten house, is still waiting for you until July 14, 2024. Under the theme "Nature reclaims its rights", animals and vegetation take over the site. [Read more]

Visuels musée et monument - Assemblée NationaleVisuels musée et monument - Assemblée NationaleVisuels musée et monument - Assemblée NationaleVisuels musée et monument - Assemblée Nationale Beauty and Gesture: six sculptures celebrating Olympism in front of the French National Assembly
From April 2 and for the duration of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, six sculptures will be inviting themselves onto the steps of the Palais Bourbon, imagined by artist Laurent Perbos, to represent Olympism. This outdoor installation is free to discover! [Read more]

Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos Le Musée de l'Illusion - les photos The Musée de l'Illusion in Paris: a multi-sensory journey that will make you lose your head!
Sponsored - The Musée de l'Illusion awaits you in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, in the Châtelet les Halles district. Come with friends or family for a unique and exciting experience! Immerse yourself in a fascinating world, where all your senses will be turned upside down... A multi-sensory visit that's a must. [Read more]

Monuments to see:

Photos : Le Château de Monte-CristoPhotos : Le Château de Monte-CristoPhotos : Le Château de Monte-CristoPhotos : Le Château de Monte-Cristo The Château de Monte-Cristo, Alexandre Dumas' hidden and unusual home
Discover the Château de Monte-Cristo, the residence imagined by the writer Alexandre Dumas. Set in an English garden in the heart of the Yvelines, on the Saint-Germain-en-Laye side, you'll find an exuberantly styled 19th-century château and its small Château d'If. We take you on a tour of this hidden heritage, listed as a historic monument. [Read more]

Château de Fontainebleau - Napoléon III et Eugénie -  A7C3764Château de Fontainebleau - Napoléon III et Eugénie -  A7C3764Château de Fontainebleau - Napoléon III et Eugénie -  A7C3764Château de Fontainebleau - Napoléon III et Eugénie -  A7C3764 Château de Fontainebleau, the second home of the Kings of France
The Château de Fontainebleau invites you to discover its spaces and its history. Come and admire this superb château, with its medieval and classical styles, and its ornate gardens covering more than 130 hectares. [Read more]

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The Château de Versailles, its gardens and grounds, are a world heritage site. The official residence of the kings of France, the Château de Versailles holds the record as the largest château in the world, and of course the most visited in France. [Read more]

Le Château de Malmaison, de la demeure au muséeLe Château de Malmaison, de la demeure au muséeLe Château de Malmaison, de la demeure au muséeLe Château de Malmaison, de la demeure au musée The Château de Malmaison, from residence to museum
The Château de Malmaison, located in Rueil-Malmaison in the Hauts-de-Seine region of France, is now home to the Napoleonic National Museum. During the French Revolution, Josephine Bonaparte acquired the property and it became the Palais Impérial de Malmaison, transforming it into the seat of government for a time. [Read more]

Château d'Écouen - Musée national de la Renaissance  -  A7C8374Château d'Écouen - Musée national de la Renaissance  -  A7C8374Château d'Écouen - Musée national de la Renaissance  -  A7C8374Château d'Écouen - Musée national de la Renaissance  -  A7C8374 Discover the Château d'Écouen, a Renaissance jewel and national museum
Explore the Château d'Écouen, home to the National Renaissance Museum, located 20 km from Paris. Immerse yourself in the history of this exceptional site and admire its unique collections. [Read more]

Le Château de Blandy-les-Tours en Seine-et-Marne (77), nos photos -  A7C7980Le Château de Blandy-les-Tours en Seine-et-Marne (77), nos photos -  A7C7980Le Château de Blandy-les-Tours en Seine-et-Marne (77), nos photos -  A7C7980Le Château de Blandy-les-Tours en Seine-et-Marne (77), nos photos -  A7C7980 Château de Blandy-les-Tours, a medieval monument in a charming Seine-et-Marne village
The little-known Château de Blandy-les-Tours, located in the very center of a picturesque village in the Seine-et-Marne region, boasts a rich heritage that has spanned history, wars and centuries. A true medieval fortress that has been preserved to the present day, it is one of the most impressive castles in the Île-de-France region. We take you on a voyage of discovery. [Read more]

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Domaine du Château de Dampierre-en-Yvelines is now open all year round. There will be no more winter closures. A host of new features await you, including some great events, the opening of guided tours of the château and free admission for under-18s. [Read more]

Le Château de Breteuil, ses jardins remarquables et contes de Perrault Le Château de Breteuil, ses jardins remarquables et contes de Perrault Le Château de Breteuil, ses jardins remarquables et contes de Perrault Le Château de Breteuil, ses jardins remarquables et contes de Perrault Photos of the Château de Breteuil, its sublime gardens, stories and events
Château de Breteuil, at Choisel in the Chevreuse valley, is a must-see castle in the Yvelines region. A jewel of the 18th century, the château boasts sublime gardens to discover: a remarkable garden, century-old trees and a labyrinth await you. It also offers young and old alike the chance to plunge into the heart of Perrault's fairy tales. [Read more]

Le Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les ImpressionnistesLe Château d'Auvers sur Oise et sa collection permanente sur les Impressionnistes The Château d'Auvers-sur-Oise, the Impressionist treasure and its program
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Le Château de la Madeleine à Chevreuse  - IMG 8924Le Château de la Madeleine à Chevreuse  - IMG 8924Le Château de la Madeleine à Chevreuse  - IMG 8924Le Château de la Madeleine à Chevreuse  - IMG 8924 Château de la Madeleine in Chevreuse, a Medieval Treasure in Ile-de-France
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There's plenty to keep you busy this Ascension Day. So, where do we start?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On May 9th, 2024

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