This year, the Nuit des Musées returns to France. It will take place on Saturday May 14 and will allow the curious to visit known or unknown places of culture. Therefore, the opportunity is ideal to go to the capital this weekend, with many places affected by the event being particularly numerous.
History of the Night of the Museums
The 18th edition of the Nuit des Musées will take place throughout France and Europe on May 14. And if today France is considered to be the heart of the event, you should know that it was in Germany that it was organized for the first time in 1997, in Berlin more precisely. It was only in 1999 that the event came to France, in a different form. In fact, French museums were invited to welcome visitors for free on a spring Sunday. Buoyed by its success, this version was launched in 39 European countries in 2001. It was in 2005 that the event became the Night of the Museums. The objective then is to attract a new public to these cultural spaces.
TWO EDITIONS MARKED BY THE HEALTH CRISIS
This year marks the return of the physical event. In fact, the pandemic did not allow the classic celebration of the event in 2020 and 2021. However, it was still held in a digital version. Live on social networks or even podcasts, there was no shortage of ideas to make the Night of the Museums interactive. These two editions will even have made it possible to reach a new public that will probably have to travel this year.
The visits that you cannot miss in Paris
If you have already planned to go to the capital on the occasion of the Night of the Museums by car, do not forget that it is necessary to have the Crit’Air vignette to circulate in Paris. It would be a shame if you were fined for not respecting the law when you pretend to relax. Among the must-sees we find the Palace of Versailles. This is a unique opportunity to discover or rediscover this place from a completely different point of view. And in addition to visiting the gallery located in the Petite Ecurie, you can take the opportunity to move freely inside the National School of Architecture of Versailles. The entrance will be free and the last access will be at 11:00 p.m.
THE LOUVRE, TO DISCOVER THE MUSEUM IN A DIFFERENT WAY
Another place that you cannot miss under any circumstances, the Louvre. The museum will open its doors to the public between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Yes, access will be free, however it is more than advisable to reserve the ticket for the occasion. The very special atmosphere of the night will allow you to have a new look at the Louvre and the paintings that reside there. And if you want to get straight to the point to have time to get to know other cultural places, keep in mind that mini-discoveries will be offered at predefined times. In just 20 minutes, you will be able to discover the most emblematic spaces of the museum, while benefiting from the comments of a mediator.