Since 1999, the European Museums Night has been inviting museums to open their doors free of charge in the evening to encourage the public to discover their collections. Very often, it is also an opportunity to attend or participate in various cultural activities organized for the occasion. The event takes place every year on the Saturday closest to May 18, International Museum Day. This year, it will be held on May 19, and a large audience is expected in the 2000 establishments participating in the event. From Cambrai to Marseille, via the capital, Petit Futé has selected its favourite initiatives in France
New guides at the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar:
The Unterlinden Museum is one of the most popular Alsatian museums. This May 19, you will be able to discover his permanent collection for free, the most significant of which is the famous Issenheim Altarpiece, made in the 15th century. For this very special evening, it is the schoolchildren, middle and high school students of the Strasbourg Academy who will present the works studied during the year
Barbie at the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Laon
The Museum of Art and Archaeology in Laon presents a splendid collection of Mediterranean antiquities from the Bronze Age to the first centuries after Jesus Christ. For this May 19th, the museum proposes an initiative that is anachronistic to say the least, since Barbie will be the star of the day! Indeed, the model doll will pose and have fun reconstructing some of the paintings on display at the museum
Straw at the MAC VAL :
The Musée d'Art Contemporain de Val-de-Seine, located in Vitry-sur-Seine, presents more than 1,600 works of art from the 1950s to the present day. Very active throughout the year, it reserves a very rich program for this Night of Museums. In particular, a taste tour of Kader Attia's exhibition "Roots Grow in Concrete" and works from the "Unreserved" collection will be offered. The ideal place to eat culture!
Overnight at the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology in Marseille:
From Cyprus to Rome and Greater Greece, the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Mediterranean Archaeology in Marseille offers a vast panorama of ancient civilizations. For the night of museums, it is in Egypt, to discover the mummies, that we leave. The visit will take place from 8pm to 10pm, in complete darkness, using a flashlight. An experience to live with your family!
An escape game at Nic's Villa Arson
You probably know the escape games, these life-size escape games that have been on the rise in recent years. This May 19, you will have the opportunity to participate in one of these investigation games, right in the heart of Villa Arson in Nice. A jewel of architecture from the 1970s, this national institution dedicated to contemporary art takes us into the future, in 2068. Can you solve the riddles to escape?
The celebration at the Strasbour Historical Museum
From the Middle Ages to the European institutions, the entire urban history of Strasbourg is retraced in its Historical Museum. As part of the 50th anniversary of May 68 and the exhibition "Strasbourg: freedom at the heart", the Historical Museum is being transformed into a real nightclub on 19 May! From 7pm to midnight, where you can dance to disco music in homage to the 1970s: bring your costumes and sequined wigs!
A sports night at the Saint-Étienn Museum of Art and Industry
It is here that you can discover Saint-Étienne's industrial past. The three gigantic collections of weapons, ribbons and cycles offer this museum national visibility. During the Night of the Museums, a "Vélo-circuit", in which it will be a question of driving your own vehicle by pedalling, is organized! Then, we can take the road for a real semi-night bike ride in Saint-Étienne. A sporting night in perspective!
Kinesthetic experience at the IAC in Villeurbanne
As part of the exhibition The Middle Earth, a Mediterranean project by Maria Thereza Alves and Jimmie Durham at the Institut d'Art Contemporain de Villeurbanne, a kinesthetic visit will be organized. Kézako? Very often, when visiting an exhibition, one is taken in by the author's approach and the motivations that his works reflect. We have very few questions about how we receive the work, in terms of our posture. This is what will be done during this "Night of Museums"!
"The day before" at the Picasso Museum in Paris
The Picasso Museum retraces the artistic journey of a genius. The "Guernica" exhibition, which has been held there since 27 March, is devoted to the history of one of his most important works. On May 19, you can visit it for free but also discover a new performance: "The day before". The artist Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil will propose his reconstruction of the sky of Guernica before the bombardment, using a thousand candles
All impressed in Giverny:
For the Museum Night, the Musée des Impressionnismes de Giverny opens its doors to children for workshop visits to deepen their knowledge of the works while giving pride of place to their imagination. From 8pm, the Opéra de Rouen-Normandie will delight the public with a musical journey from the 19th to the 20th century, led by the most influential composers in France and Japan in response to the exhibition Japonismes / Impressionnismes