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Nuit des Musées 2016

Unleash your inner Ben Stiller with free night-time access to some of Paris’s most well known museums, Saturday May 21 2016

© Karen Knorr
Karen Knorr, 'The Wolf's and the Stag's Room' (photo exposée lors de l'exposition 'Fables' dédiée à la photographe en 2008)

When? Saturday May 21 2016.
What? Free overnight entry to a swathe of Paris museums.
Where? Across Paris.

Good news for anyone balking at exorbitant entry fees for Paris’s big collections: all night on 21 May 2016, 1,300 French museums will open their doors for free for the 11th edition of Nuit des Musées. Prepare yourself a sandwich and some strong coffee, get ready to queue (particularly for the heavyweights), and delve into the depths of the Louvre, Palais de Tokyo, MAC/VAL, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and many more. You'll emerge shattered, but with your wallet not a centime lighter.

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Some museums participating in Nuit des Musées 2016

Musée de la Chasse

A two-year overhaul turned the three-floor hunting museum from a musty old-timer into something really rather special. When it reopened in 2007, it had kept the basic layout and proportions of the two adjoining 17th-century mansions it occupies, but many of its new exhibits and settings seem more suited to an art gallery than a museum...

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The Marais

MAC/VAL

Opened just days after the 2005 banlieue riots ended, this contemporary art museum has earned a fearsome reputation for artistic savvy. Its collection offers a stunning snapshot of French art from 1950 to the present, including installations by Gilles Barbier, Jesús Rafael Soto and Christian Boltanski...

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Beyond the centre

Palais de Tokyo

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When it opened in 2002, many thought the Palais' stripped-back interior was a design statement. In fact, it was a response to tight finances. The 1937 building has now come into its own as an open-plan space with a skylit central hall, hosting exhibitions and performances...

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Château de Versailles

Centuries of makeovers have made Versailles the most sumptuously clad château in the world – a brilliant, unmissable cocktail of extravagance. Architect Louis Le Vau first embellished the original building – a hunting lodge built during Louis XIII's reign – after Louis XIV saw Vaux-Le-Vicomte, the impressive residence of his finance minister Nicolas Fouquet...

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Musée Cernuschi

Since the banker Henri Cernuschi built a hôtel particulier by the Parc Monceau for the treasures he found in the Far East in 1871, this collection of Chinese art has grown steadily. The fabulous displays range from legions of Han and Wei dynasty funeral statues to refined Tang celadon wares and Sung porcelain...

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Musée Henner

During his lifetime, Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905) was one of France's most respected artists, winning multiple prizes and official state honours. While the Impressionists were revolutionising the rules of painting in the late 19th century, Henner was carving himself out a sturdy reputation as a talented landscape painter and exceptional portraitist...

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Musée Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix moved to this apartment and studio in 1857 in order to be near the Eglise St-Sulpice, where he was painting murals. This collection includes small oil paintings, free pastel studies of skies, sketches and lithographs, as well as his palette...

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St Germain des Prés

The Louvre

The world's largest museum is also its most visited, with an incredible 8.8 million visitors in 2011. It is a city within the city, a vast, multi-level maze of galleries, passageways, staircases and escalators. It's famous for the artistic glories it contains within, but the very fabric of the museum is a masterpiece in itself – or rather, a collection of masterpieces modified and added to from one century to another...

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1st arrondissement

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