Museum Night 2019 on the Left Bank, Saturday 18th May

One of the best cultural nights of the year is happening this weekend on the Left Bank (and all around Europe) – European Museum Night! – with special events and, above all, almost every museum in the city open free for the evening!

Here are a few ideas for visits you might like to do close to our hotels

It’s difficult to believe that the Pantheon is taking part in Museum Night for the first time (that’s what the website says), but from 4-6pm poets will be walking round the monument and reciting poetry, with more poetical performances in the evening and a conference later on.

Click here for the full programme at the Pantheon.

At the Irish Cultural Centre you can visit the exhibition “En attendant” by Tomi Ungerer for free, and there’s a showing of a documentary about the artist called “L’homme sur son île”, directed by Percy Adlon (“Bagdad Café”).

At the Curie Museum there are events starting in the afternoon, including ‘flash’ visits, and you can be told the story of Marie Curie, “the magician of radium”, told (in French) by Elisa Bou.

At the IMA (Institute of the Arab World) there’s a lot going on, with visits of their permanent collection, a workshop-performance by Nagham Hodaifa, showings of films, a special football match and free entrance to their exhibition about football in the Arab world.

For the full programme, click here.

The Maison d’Auguste Comte is open to visit for free. You may remember we posted a photo report of our visit not so long back (here). It’s an interesting step back in time.

The Hungarian Institute has an exhibition paying homage to Bauhaus.

The Natural History Museum is free for the evening. #yay!

The Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé has some ciné-concerts on offer, as well as guided visits of their weird and wonderful collection of record players and film projectors. Oh, and the temporary exhibition is free too.

The Giacometti Institute is free to enter, all day in fact!

La Nuit des Musées 2019 sur la Rive Gauche le samedi 18 mai

But that isn’t the half of it…

The Musée de minéralogie MINES ParisTech is free to enter (if you like precious stones and 19th century venues, this will be a treat for you).

The Zadkine Museum has nocturnal visits on offer and a violon / cello concert in the garden.

The Luxembourg Museum is allowing you to see their exhibition Les Nabis et le décor for free, as well as hosting a classical music concert.

The Monnaie Museum has a lot going on, the Musée d’Orsay is free, the UNESCO is open to the public, it’s party time at the Quai Branly Museum

And that’s just a taste of what’s happening on the Left Bank. There’s even more to see if you decide to cross over the Seine!

The full programme for Paris and the neighbouring region can be found on the official website and in the PDF embedded at the bottom of this article.

Museum Night 2019 is happening on the Left Bank (and all over Europe) on Saturday 18th May

Admission (generally) free

Opening hours variable depending on the venue

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To check out the full list of everything happening in the Paris region, click the ‘fullscreen’ button at the bottom right of the image below.