European Heritage Days 2022 at the Institut de France: little-known place in Paris

Published by Cécile D., Laurent P. · Published on 2 August 2022 at 14h11
The Institut de France takes part in the 39th edition of European Heritage Days on September 17 and 18, 2022. The occasion to discover one of the least known institutions in Paris!

Have you heard about the Institut de France? This institution hidden in a wonderful building in Paris 6th arrondissement is the least known institution. And yet, this organization bringing together the scientific, literary and art elites of the country was created in 1795!

Culture reaching its climax… This is what offers the Institut de France – a place aiming at offering to the five Academies (French, Sciences, Fine Arts, Moral and Political Sciences), a harmonious setting to work to the improvement of their respective field.

Feel like discovering more? Make the most of European Heritage Days to discover this unique institution. On September 17 and 18, 2022, the Institut de France opens for free for self-guided tours themed on sustainable heritage.

Created in 1795, the Institut de France is housed within the Palais du Quai de Conti, set in the former Quatre Nations college. Founded between 1662 and 1688 by Cardinal Mazarin, it manages four libraries for research: the Bibliothèque Mazarine, the Bibliothèque de l'Institut, the Bibliothèque de la Fondation Dosne-Bibliothèque Thiers and the Bibliothèque du Musée Condée in Chantilly.

Discover the story of the institution, its architecture, its cupola, the session halls as well as it missions during the open house on European Heritage Days. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the building and meet academicians here to sign their books.

The 39th European Heritage Days are the occasion to dive into the history of an iconic building and learn more about one of the cultural institutions in France. Shall we go, then, friends? 

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 17 September 2022 to 18 September 2022



    23, quai de Conti
    75006 Paris 6


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