Each year, for one night only, the great museums of Europe open their doors for free to the public late into the night. This year the Nuit des Musées is taking place in May and you’ll be able to get late night entry into over 1,000 venues, including such iconic institutions as the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay. The museums usually put on special events for the occasion, such as behind the scenes tours, lectures and workshops, making this a great opportunity to rediscover your favourite galleries or to explore new venues for the first time. So, if you’re planning to visit Paris soon, this is an ideal time for your trip.
Although the Nuit des Musées takes place across France, and indeed at venues throughout Europe, the Paris museums and galleries are the most visited. Most of the museums are located in the city centre and are easily accessible via métro, RER, tram or Vélib bicycle service. You can plan your travel around town here. Access to the permanent collections is free, although there may be a charge for temporary exhibitions. The venues normally remain open until midnight, although some do stay open later. For more information about the special events that each museum is running for Nuit des Musées, please see the official website.
How will you approach this year’s Nuit des Musées? One option is to revisit your favourite Paris museums, this time under the cover of darkness, taking advantage of some of the special events that are taking place: how about watching a late-night ballet taking place in the beautiful halls of the National Museum of Modern Art or taking in a classical concert in the gardens of the Bourdelle Museum? Or you can use the opportunity to visit a smaller museum that you may not be familiar with yet, such as Victor Hugo’s house or the Cognac-Jay Museum
Make the most of your trip to the Nuit des Musées by making sure you stay in the perfect rental accommodation while you’re in Paris. At Eventful Stays, you can choose to stay in luxury penthouses, stylish townhouses, chic apartments, boutique bed and breakfasts, amongst many more…all within easy reach of the the city’s famous museums. Check out our accommodation in Paris.
While you’re in Paris to discover the city’s great museums, make sure you leave time to check out some of the other sights on offer: immerse yourself in the magnificent history of Notre Dame Cathedral; admire the city’s architecture from the water on a River Seine cruise; and pay a visit to great historical and cultural figures of days gone by at the Pére Lachaise cemetery.
To find out information about the Nuit des Musées in Paris, please head to the official website, where you’ll be able to find out more about the history of the event, a full list of participating museums in Paris and a list of prices for temporary exhibitions.