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Every 3rd weekend of September since 1984, the Journées européennes du patrimoine (European Heritage Days) mark an exclusive public opening of public and private cultural sites in Europe.

Paris in particular hosts many such sites (nearly 16,000!), usually closed to the public, as well as offering many other events such as workshops, conferences, walks, and exhibits. This year, in its 32nd edition, the theme will be “Patrimoine du XXIe siècle, une histoire d’avenir” (or, Patrimoine of the 21st century, a history of the future).

September 16th & 17th 2017 are the days on which these cultural sites are open for locals and tourists alike to learn more about its “patrimoine,” loosely translated into historico-cultural heritage.

You can discover ministerial offices, churches, museums, archives, and galleries for free. Whether you are interested in French culture and history or looking for a French experience with family, these days of patrimoine are a perfect eye-opening experience to a normally closed-off Paris.

The Palais de L’Elysée: Discover the Home of the President of France

Enter the home of the President of France since 1848 (François Hollande since 2012), the most beautiful house in Paris, officially called “Hôtel d’Evreux” (Napoleon lived there in the early 1800s). From the wonderful gardens to the President office and the Salon Murat, discover some rare treasures and objects gathered by the former presidents along their travels around the world.

Palais de l'Elysée, by the tourist in Paris

When? On Saturday and Sunday, free visits from 8am to 7pm
Where? Avenue Gabriel, Grille du Coq, 75008 Paris. Metro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (Lines 1 & 13).

The Senate and the Luxembourg garden: A visit for the family

Built by Marie de Médicis in 1815-1831, this Palace inside the Luxembourg garden is a must-see when it comes to architectural heritage in Paris. Home of the French Senate, visit the assembly room (magnificent auditorium), the library and of course the gardens. Your children will love it. Read here why!

Le Sénat Paris, by the tourist in paris

When? Saturday & Sunday, from 8:30am to 6pm
Where? 15 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris.

Some Hidden Spots

From Hotel Potocki finished in 1884 in an extravagant Art-Deco style where the Chamber of Commerce and Industry now meet, to the prestigious administration school ENA, to the magnificent Hotel de Monaco constructed in 1774 where the Polish Ambassador resides, there will be plenty of opportunities to see a hidden Paris. 

And also

Among the places we have already recommended on our website, here are some worthy visits: The Saint-Jacques Tower, the Museum of Vie Romantique, The Museum Cernuschi, The Hotel Banke, The Louis Vuitton Foundation, The Philharmonie de Paris.

Find more information and details about the opening hours on their official Facebook and Official Site (link in French). Full program here.

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When:
September 16th & 17th 2017

Where: Palais de l'Élysée, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France