Museums Night 2019 at Paris Petit Palais

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 17 May 2019 at 15h44 · Updated on 17 May 2019 at 17h06
For Museums Night held on Saturday May 18, 2019, the Petit Palais welcomes visitors for free from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. A night giving pride of place to dance and living sculptures – among others…

For Museums Night 2019 on May 18, the Petit Palais is happy to welcome us and this year, the museum has many surprises and delights in store: in the rooms and the garden for a very unique night: dance, mime, comedy and other living sculptures… Visitors can even play and discover a mystery word summarizing the spirit of this night, walking around the different parts of the cultural venue.

On the menu of Museums Night at the Petit Palais:

In the Sculpture Gallery and the Garden:

  • From 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.: the Petit Palais offers visitors to escape for a while and enjoy poetry, meeting living statues and talking bushes. Actors will take you to their fantasies, to the heart of the Sculpture Gallery and invite you to open your ears in the garden, listen to the music played by the Conservatoire Camille Saint-Saëns.
  • From 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.: classic music fans will be delighted to listen to a baroque trio playing the Sonata N°3, op.2 in F major for two flutes and continuo by Arcangelo Corelli.

In the Grand Format Gallery:

  • From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: art connoisseurs will have the chance to come closer to some portraits displayed and commented by 9-year-old pupils who will become lecturers for the night. An original way to approach art.
  • At 8 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.: the museum offers conferences about the place and its story, in front of “a huge painting with many characters”. Called “La Conférence inattendue” [The unexpected conference], they stage characters “coming from the painting”… unless it’s the spectators who step inside the work.

In the Salle Jaune – La Modernité :

  • At 8 :30 p.m., 9 :15 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.: Antique museums step outside the painting to perform a magical show, to the sweet sound of the flute. On the menu, Pavane for a Deceased Infanta by Maurice Ravel, or even The Girl with Flaxen Hair, Sphynx and The Little Shepherd by Claude Debussy.

On the Rotunda:

  • At 8:15 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: dance fans can admire “enchanting Scheherazades escaped from the Tales of the Arabian Nights” which choreography is mostly inspired by the Russian Ballets, the whole musically accompanied by the Conservatoire Camille Saint-Saëns set in Paris 8th arrondissement.

And if the weather is nice, don’t hesitate to have a look in the semi-circular garden lined with a richly decorated peristyle by Charles Girault who created the Petit Palais for the World’s Fair 1900.

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Practical information

Opening Time
On 18 May 2019
From 6:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.



    Avenue Winston Churchill
    75008 Paris 8


    Recommended age
    For all

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