Deconfinement does not (yet) rhyme with culture. Despite the authorization to reopen certain museums announced by the french government for May 11, in fact cultural establishments are still few in number to welcome the public again and one wonders when will museums and monuments in Paris reopen?

The reopening is being done gradually to control the flow of visitors, to maintain a social distance and to put in place barrier measures (wearing masks, provision of hydroalcoholic gel) that will help to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In Île-de-France, the reopening of cultural establishments is taking place gradually, but fortunately, more and more museums are announcing a reopening in the coming weeks. So when will we be able to return to the museums? And under what conditions? Here’s an update on the schedule for the reopening of museums and monuments in Paris and the Paris region.

This list will be updated regularly (last update on May 29). Feel free to add a comment to inform me of a new opening.

Museums open in May

  • Museum of Illusions: from May 11th – online booking recommended
  • Espace Lafayette Drouot: from May 12 – online booking recommended
  • French Playing Card Museum (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine): from May 13 – mask required
  • Toy museum (Poissy, Yvelines): from May 13 – by reservation only, mask required
  • Musée de la Batellerie et des voies navigables (Conflans Sainte Honorine – Yvelines): from May 13 – mask required, 30 visitors maximum
  • Giacometti Foundation: from May 15 – online ticketing only, maximum 10 simultaneous visitors, mask required
  • Breteuil Castel (Choisel, Yvelines): from May 15 – mask obligatory in the castle, free entrance for the nursing staff
  • MUS Musée d’Histoire Urbaine et Sociale de Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine): from May 20th
  • Chantilly Castel (Oise) : from May 21st – except the park and the stables, mask obligatory
  • Vaux-le-Vicomte Castel (Seine-et-Marne): from May 21st – garden and park only (closed castle), online booking required
  • Chaalis Abbey (Oise): from May 21st – mask obligatory
  • Lafayette Anticipations Foundation: from May 25 – 6 simultaneous visitors maximum, mask required
  • Toile de Jouy museum (Yvelines): from May 26 – mask obligatory, 10 simultaneous visitors maximum
  • Atelier des Lumières: from May 26 – online booking required, mask required, temperature control at the entrance, closed cloakrooms
  • Jacquemart André Museum: from May 26 – temporary exhibition only, the permanent route is closed – online booking obligatory, mask obligatory, temperature control at the entrance, cloakrooms closed, maximum 60 simultaneous visitors
  • Maison Populaire de Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis): from May 27online booking required, free admission
  • Rosa Bonheur Castel (Seine-et-Marne): from May 27 – online booking required, mask required
  • Bossuet Museum (Meaux, Seine-et-Marne): from May 27
Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle
Vaux-le-Vicomte Castle

Museums reopening in June

  • Marmottan-Monet Museum: from June 2nd
  • 11 Conti museum (Monnaie de Paris): from June 2nd – free all June, 10 visitors maximum, reservation required, mask must be worn
  • Fontainebleau Castle: from June 2nd – gardens only
  • National Gendarmerie Museum (Melun, Seine-et-Marne): from June 3 – reduced fare for all until August 31
  • Exploradôme (Vitry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne): from June 3 – online booking required
  • Musée en Herbe : from June 12 – Wearing a mask is required for adults
  • Bourdelle Museum: from June 16th
  • Libération de Paris Museum: from June 16th
  • Balzac House : from June 16th
  • Petit Palais: from June 16th
  • Cernuschi museum: from June 16th
  • Catacombs: from June 16th
  • Palais de Tokyo: the precise date has not yet been communicated.
  • Maillol museum: the precise date has not yet been communicated.

Museums reopening in July

Most of the reopenings are expected to take place during July, but no specific dates have yet been announced. However, we can expect to see a reopening:

  • Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.
  • Cognacq-Jay Museum
  • Louvre Museum
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Pompidou Centre
  • Fontainebleau Castle

Later on

Most of the Parisian museums under construction have had their reopening date postponed. With the confinement, the building sites have indeed fallen behind schedule.

Thus, the reopening of the Palais Galliera (fashion museum), the Carnavalet museum, the Hôtel de la Marine, the Zadkine museum, Victor Hugo’s house and the Bourse de Commerce (Pinault collection) have been postponed.

Bourse de commerce Pinault Collection, Paris.
Bourse de commerce, Paris. Pinault Collection ©Patrick Tournebœuf/Tendance Floue for Pinault Collection, Paris.

Elsewhere in France?

The site of the French Ministry of Culture offers a map of cultural places open in France. Although it does not appear to be exhaustive, it does however give an overview of the places that welcome the public throughout the country.

What about exhibitions?

With the closure of the museums, several exhibitions have been postponed, extended or cancelled. The exhibition calendar for 2020 has therefore been completely turned upside down and the reopenings are also being done gradually.

You will find below the calendar of exhibitions announced for the next few weeks (dates confirmed).

MuseumExhibitionBeginning dateClosing dateFree ?
Bourdelle museumThe Strange Tales of N.H. Jacobsen16/06/202026/07/2020
Museum of Romantic LifeHearts of Romanticism in Contemporary Art16/06/202013/09/2020
Museum of the Liberation of Paris1940: Parisians in the exodus16/06/202013/12/2020
Balzac houseThe Human Comedy, Balzac by Eduardo Arroyo16/06/202016/08/2020
Petit Palais, fine art museumThe Power of Drawing - Masterpieces from the Prat Collection16/06/202004/10/2020
National Museum of Natural HistoryPrecious stones16/09/202014/06/2021
Luxembourg museumMan Ray et fashion23/09/202017/01/2021
Marmottan-Monet museumCézanne and the Masters, a dream of Italy02/06/202003/01/2021
Marmottan-Monet museumMartine Martine, tribute to Martine and Léon Cligman02/06/202011/10/2020
Centre PompidouMatisse, like a novel21/10/202022/02/2021
Giacometti FoundationSearching for missing works15/05/202021/06/2020
Guimet museumFuji, land of snow15/07/202028/09/2020
L'enseigne des OudinsThe Verame Phenomenon26/05/202003/10/2020Yes
Army museumLike in the '40s...17/09/202010/01/2021
Ordre de la Libération museum1940 ! Paroles de rebelles17/09/202003/01/2021
Musée de la Carte à JouerCartomancie entre mystère et imaginaire11/05/202007/06/2020
Atelier des LumièresMonet, Renoir... Chagall. Voyages en Méditerranée26/05/202003/01/2021
Atelier des LumièresYves Klein, l’infini bleu26/05/202003/01/2021
Lafayette Anticipations foundationRachel Rose25/05/202013/09/2020Yes
Jacquemart André musemTurner, peintures et aquarelles26/05/202011/01/2021
Espace Lafayette DrouotThe World of Banksy : The Immersive Experience12/05/202031/12/2020
Paris la Défense & Seine Musicale3rd edition of the Extatics26/06/202004/10/2020Yes
Maison Populaire de MontreuilI'm from nowhere good27/05/202011/07/2020Yes
Musée en HerbeSpider, Fireflies and Butterflies13/06/202028/02/2021
Petit PalaisThe Golden Age of Danish Painting (1801-1864)22/09/202003/01/2021
Exhibitions in Paris
Vladimir Borovic / Shutterstock

So, what to visit in Paris?

What to do in Paris while waiting for our museums and monuments to reopen? Don’t hesitate to turn to the art galleries, many of which have opened their doors in recent days, and to the churches to (re)discover a magnificent architectural heritage – we’ll talk about it again soon!


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