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For several months now, many cultural establishments have been under construction in Paris. If the two lockdowns have delayed some openings, 2021 should be the year when we will be able to enjoy brand new cultural places! Let’s take a look at the work in progress in Parisian establishments.

Museum reopenings planned for 2021

La Bourse de Commerce – Pinault collection

Initially scheduled for June 2020, the opening of the Exchange is expected to take place on January 23rd. On 6800 m² it will host the Pinault collection of contemporary art.

Bourse de commerce Pinault Collection, Paris.
Photo Patrick Tourneboeuf – Courtesy Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection © Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, NeM / Niney & Marca Architectes, Agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier, Setec Bâtiment

The Hotel de la Marine

The Hotel de la Marine, which has dominated the Place de la Concorde since the 18th century, should open in the spring. This majestic palace first served as the Crown Furniture Guard (ancestor of the National Furniture) before being transformed into the Ministry of the Navy after the Revolution, taking the name Hotel de la Marine. After the transfer of the High Command of the Navy to the new site of the Ministry of Defense in the 15th arrondissement of Paris in 2015, the management of the Hôtel de la Marine was entrusted to the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. It will notably house Qatar’s Al Thani collection for a period of 20 years.

The Hunting and Nature Museum

This unusual museum in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris closed its doors in July 2019 to allow for expansion work and the opening of a tea room. Its reopening, scheduled for spring 2021, is eagerly awaited!

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

The Carnavalet Museum – History of Paris

Located in the heart of the Marais, the Carnavalet Museum is dear to the hearts of Parisians as it is dedicated to the history of the city of Paris. Closed for several years already, the works have been delayed by sanitary measures. The date of reopening has not yet been announced but should take place in the coming months.

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Projection of the future Carnavalet Museum © François Chatillon Architect

The Poincaré House – House of Mathematics

For several years, several researchers have been campaigning for the creation of a museum of Mathematics in Paris. This museum will be created in the Poincaré Institute, which is expanding to offer conference spaces dedicated to research as well as a place for exhibitions on mathematics. A total of 1,700 m² dedicated to mathematics is expected to be created.

Construction work began in the fall of 2020 and can be followed on the official website. The opening is scheduled for September 2021.

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Project of the House of Mathematics © DR

The Paris Sewer Museum

Closed since July 2018 for renovation, the Paris Sewer Museum should reopen this year as well.

In 2022 and after?

The Cluny museum – museum of the Middle Ages

The Cluny museum (museum of the Middle Ages) has been under construction for several years now. For a long time partially open, it closed its doors completely a few months ago for the last phase of the building site. The reopening of the museum is expected for the beginning of 2022.

BnF Museum

The National Library of France is also about to open its museum. The Richelieu site will host a selection of 700 to 1,000 of the library’s most remarkable pieces: famous works, rare pieces, prints, photographs, objects and costumes. It is scheduled to open in 2022.

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© Guicciardini & Magni Architetti / BnF

The Grand Palais

The Grand Palais and the Palais de la Découverte are beginning to change! Extensive restoration work is planned, with the building being brought up to standard and the spaces being restructured.

In 2024, the Nave of the Grand Palais will host the taekwondo and fencing events of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. The cultural areas are scheduled to open to the public in spring 2025.

An ephemeral Grand Palais should see the light of day on the Champ de Mars between 2021 and 2024 to make up for this closure.

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