On 18 May,
Paris will take part in the annual Night of Museums, with more
than 150 museums and cultural spaces opening their doors at sunset for a free, fresh
look at the capital’s cultural heritage.
2005 to attract a younger public to the city’s museums, the successful event has
since expanded throughout Europe. From early evening to around 1 am, drink in
the festive vibe as establishments put on special events and activities,
including concerts, performances, light installations and guided tours.
this year include story telling on the theme of transformation at the hunting
museum, Musée de la Chasse et de la
Nature; previously unseen fine artworks from the reserves at the grandiose Petit Palais; a dance performance
underneath Monet’s iconic Waterlilies at the Musée National de l’Orangerie; and a performance by contemporary artist
Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Louvre,
which will move to the Monnaie de Paris museum over the
course of the evening.
full programme of events, see the Nuit des
Musées website and follow the Facebook and Twitter pages.
Kim Laidlaw is the
Paris Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes www.unlockparis.com.