European Heritage Days 2020 at the National Academy of Medicine in Paris

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 14 September 2020 at 22h46
This Saturday September 19, 2020, the National Academy of Medicine opens its doors for free on the occasion of European Heritage Days. Enjoy a tour with an academician, and learn more on the history and the mission of the academy, while admiring a glorious Art Déco building.

European Heritage Days 2020 are going to be full of knowledge. And for good reason, this 37th edition offers a focus on the bonds between heritage and education. At the National Academy of Medicine in Paris it translates into guided tours of the institution provided by academicians explaining their daily work and the mission of this academy, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

Head to the rue Bonaparte, in Paris 6th arrondissement, in a building designed by APHP architect Julien Richet.

The one-hour tour takes you to the hall, with its cupola housing a monumental statue of Hippocrates, paintings on the history of medicine, marbled and bronze busts of famous doctors. The occasion for lecturers to tell us more about this institution which role is to answer demands from the government on a public health matter.

And jewel to discover, the library of the National Academy of Medicine, "one of the richest medicine libraries in the world", with 400,000 books including 13 early-printed books (books printed in Europe before 1501). Documents of uncommon size highlighted: from a few centimeters to over one-meter tall, these books are illustrated by special techniques (wood carving, leather carving, lithography, and so on), a true gem for amateurs.

This open-house day is unique, make the most of it to know everything about the history of medicine in France!

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
On 19 September 2020
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



    16 Rue Bonaparte
    75006 Paris 6

    Métro ligne 4 station "Saint-Germain-des-Prés"


    Official website

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