If you have the opportunity to visit Paris for a few days in 2021, we suggest that you discover or rediscover completely renovated places that have just reopened to the public. Beware, no unexpected visit, you have to book in advance …
The Carnavalet Museum has just reopened after 4 years of renovation – Hard to be more Paris-centric than this magnificent building in the heart of Le Marais; This is the Museum of the History of the City of Paris … from prehistory to the present day. If you are a lover of the French capital, it is a must. All documentation has been translated into English. Online ticketing.
If you cannot get to Paris, you can nevertheless discover the Carnavalet museum from your living room thanks to a virtual tour prepared by ZoomOnParis.
La Samaritaine – This true testimony of Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture was closed for 15 years. Located opposite the Pont Neuf, the complex now contains a department store that offers luxury products. Its owner, the LVMH group, is widely represented there, but young designers are also in the spotlight. The original slogan of La Samaritaine was “You can find everything at La Samaritaine”. even if it’s not the case anymore, you should be dazzled by the renovation … it’s well worth the detour via rue de Rivoli.
The Hotel de la Marine – An emblematic monument on the Place de la Concorde, the Hotel de la Marine is a superb architectural ensemble created in the 18th century by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, the King’s first architect. Until 1798, it housed the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne before becoming, for more than two hundred years, the HQ of the Ministry of the Navy. In 2015, the Ministry of the Navy left the Hôtel de la Marine to join the new site of the Ministry of Defense located south of Paris. It has just opened its doors to the public after a nice renovation. Online ticketing.
Again, if you can’t make it to Paris this summer, ZoomOnParis offers virtual tours. Do not hesitate to check the dates on their site.
The Pinault Foundation is installed in the former Bourse du Commerce, in the Halles district in the heart of Paris. François Pinault entrusted the project to the Japanese architect Tadao Ando so that he created a place to give access to part of his impressive collection of contemporary art. The result is spectacular! Not only can we admire contemporary artists but a whole cultural program is planned in parallel. To discover absolutely. Online ticketing.
Napoleon’s Tomb at Les Invalides – The architect Louis Visconti (1791-1853) was responsible for the work on Napoleon’s tomb. First, a huge crypt is dug 6 meters deep. It measures 23 meters in diameter and has no roof: the public must be able to see the Emperor’s sarcophagus without going down into the crypt. Fans of Napoleon, the room which contains his improbable tomb was renovated on the occasion of the 200 anniversary of his death. The site.
Dali at the Atelier des Lumières – You liked Van Gogh Immersive in San Francisco, you will surely like Dali at the Atelier des Lumières. The short program should not disappoint, it features Gaudi! Book online
BONUS: The Night of Museums will take place on July 3, 2021 !! There are night visit opportunities but also many activities around culture. The Paris program.
Museums Night expands its reach outside of Paris and you can find the details of the program throughout France on the website of the Ministry of Culture.
Enjoy your visit to Paris and beyond, and have a great summer 2021.