Museums Night 2018 at the Palais de la Découverte

Once again, the Palais de la Découverte hosts the Museums Night on Saturday May 19, 2018. Families are invited to walk Mars or discover mathematics.

On the occasion of the Museums Night which, this year, will be celebrated in about 2000 museums throughout Europe, the Palais de la Découverte organizes various family animations to trigger the curiosity and the interest of always more visitors.

On the menu:

  • Permanent and temporary exhibitions, and planetarium of the Palais de la Découverte in free access

The Palais de la Découverte opens for free from 6 p.m. to midnight, so that you can visit its permanent exhibitions and the temporary exhibitionsPasteur the experimenter”.

This exhibition, that charms us with its theatrical set, offers to look at Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) with a new eye, a national and emblematic scientific figure. Based on recent researches, this exhibition rocks the myth by revealing the work method of this great scientist as well as the true role of his collaborators. This new light is completed by the presentation of research, discoveries and concrete realizations of this pioneer of microbiology, reaffirming his essential contribution to the history of sciences.

The planetarium is also accessible for free with passes. Comfortably set under a 15-m wide cupola, at the center of which a planetarium reproduces an exceptional high-quality starry night. The spectator can observe visible galactic and extra-galactic objects. The observation of all the celestial phenomenon is possible from anywhere on Earth, at anytime in the past (Antiquity, Middle-Ages…) or future. With the incredible process of speeding up movements, may they be the Earth’s or planets’, we can also observe Paris sky 14,000 years from, discover the next Solar eclipse or the Moon occulting another planet. Finally, we can leave the Earth and see the solar system from another planet.

  • Geological walk on Mars and time travel (from 10 years old)

Minerals, from the Solar system to the bowels of the Earth
Travel in time and space by handling samples of rocks, minerals, meteorites.
Discover some mineral raw materials essential to – among others – the proper functioning of new technologies. Geosciences
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Duration: 30mn – In the Palais de la Découverte rotunda

Plate tectonics
The surface of the Earth is a true puzzle of “thin” rigid rock plates. They permanently move slowly and change the geography. Plate tectonics explain their movements.
9 p.m. – Duration: 60mn – Geosciences room

Geological walk on Mars
Since the 1970’s, Mars is more and more familiar. Pictures taken, and analyses conducted on the show enable us to carry out a true field geology, by comparing the structures we observe and the one studied on Earth.
10:30 p.m. – Duration: 60mn – Geosciences room

  • A walk through mathematics (from 11 years old)

A walk through mathematics to discover the extraordinary richness of mathematics at the Palais de la Découverte through a semi-improvised tour provided by the scientific guide, according to the attending audience and the questions asked.
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. – Duration: 60mn – Pi room

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Julie M.
Last updated on 17 May 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
On 19 May 2018
From 6 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.



    Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    75008 Paris 8


    Recommended age
    From 9 years old

    Official website

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