A Night at the Museum!

May 20, 2016

You might have read our earlier blog about Museum Night Fever in Belgium this year, which took place in March and saw 24 of the Belgian capital’s biggest and best museums take part in a nocturnal celebration of the culture of the city with workshops, gatherings, meet-and-greets, recitals, DJ sets and more.

Well, this May the European Night of Museums event comes to France, but this time it’s a national celebration and will hit museums in cities all over the country. Over 1000 museums will take part in events this year, with most of them being open to the public both during the day and then hosting special events between 6pm and 1am.

Paris is known for its world-famous museums, particularly The Louvre, which has been commemorated in films such as the Da Vinci Code, and hosts all kinds of incredible artworks. On Saturday 21 May it will host a free exhibition of the works of Hubert Robert from 1733-1808, which is a must-see for fans of landscape painting.

The smaller Louvre-Lens in the north of France will also host events on the night, including an imagination workshop which will compare your mind with that of Charles Le Brun and a 30 minute flash guide to the Charles Le Brun exhibition.

Meanwhile, the Côte d’Azur’s Petit Palais will be free for all visitors on the night from 8pm onwards, as well as a 30 minute flash guide through the entire museum with professional museum guides. The Musee d’Orsay will host the Amazing Keystone Big Band, a jazz group who will accompany you musically as you travel through virtuoso art from the years 1848-1914.

For a refreshing change from the art and history museums across France, why not pay a visit to the Musée Régional du Cidre in Normandy, which details 5 centuries of cider manufacture, including the original equipment, costumes, pottery and more. There is also a film which highlights the importance of the drink in Normandy.

With over 1000 museums taking part across France, this is just a small selection of what is on offer, and each year it grows bigger and bigger. If you’re ever looking for a time to travel to France, or to Europe in general, then European Night of Museums is the perfect excuse, combining culture and leisure so effortlessly.

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