European Heritage Days 2020 in Paris: Visit the Palais-Royal

Published by Anne-christine C. · Updated on 19 September 2020 at 00h18 · Published on 15 September 2020 at 13h14
On September 19 and 20, é020, the Palais-Royal opens its doors for European Heritage Days. Between the visit of meeting rooms of the State Council, the Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council and the introduction to these institutions, these days will reveal us the hidden heritage of the Palais-Royal! Careful, you must sign up on a time-slot.

Fancying 3 visits in one? It is possible thanks to a circuit of tours of the Palais Royal. The Palais-Royal is a National Monument you should go and discover on September 19 and 20, 2020 on European Heritage Days. Opposite the Louvre, the monument has been built by architect Lemercier for Cardinal Richelieu before becoming the royal residence in 1642 after Richelieu’s death. Meet on Saturday September 19 and Sunday 20, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a 2h30-guided tour enabling you to discover the Council of State, the Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council.

During her stay at the Palais-Royal, regent Anne of Austria redecorates the East wing and orders the great wrought balcony located 6 rue de Valois. Impressive because of its H-shape, the palace keeps on fascinating people. It has been modified many times over time especially at the instigation of the Orléans family that called out architects as prestigious as Hardouin-Mansart Cartaud and of the government inviting Daniel Buren who sparks off a controversy in 1985 because of his work “Les Deux Plateaux” (as known as the Colonnes de Buren) in the main courtyard.

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After the fall of the Second Empire, the Palais-Royal houses various civil services: the Court of Audits, the International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation (succeeded by UNESCO), the Economic Council – known today as the Economic, Social and Environmental Council before the State Council takes over the place in 1875 followed by the Constitutional Council in 1958 and the Ministry of Culture!

During this 37th edition of the European Heritage Days, visitors can discover this Palais with a rich story, jewel of architecture and high place of power in Paris!

The tour-circuit is open to the entire family, and even to disabled people. For the first time, this year, the circuit is only in French. You will walk the life of the people who marked the history of France, from Richelieu to Napoleon, inclluding the young Louis XIV, over 30 exceptional places are unveiled to visitors.

And for the edition 2020 of European Heritage Days, the tour of the indoor spaces of the three institutions gets a newcomer: the Salle Mounet-Sully of the Comédie Française, renovated in 2017.

At the end of the tour, an exhibition gathering about twenty ancient vehicles expects visitors within the Palais Royal.

Because of the health crisis, visitors will have to keep at least 1 meter apart, and facemasks are mandatory from 11 years old. Careful, booking a time slot is necessary, including for disabled people and children from 3 years old. Registrations modalities will be shared very soon.

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020



    2 place Colette
    75001 Paris 1


    Average duration
    2 h 30 min


    More informations
    RDV Place Colette (sortie par le 5 rue de Valois) 75001 Paris