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Late-night opening hours at Paris museums and galleries

Avoid the weekend crowds and enjoy a cultural post-work evening out at one of Paris’s top late-night openings

By Flora Hudson
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There’s no doubt that Paris has a world-beating array of galleries and museums, but make your way to any of these on a weekend and you can expect lengthy queues. But even if you’re busy during the week, there’s an easy way around this: many museums and galleries operate late-night openings at least once a week, meaning you can enjoy a post-work cultural visit in relative peace and quiet any day of the week.

We’ve rounded up the best late-night openings, day by day, to help you decide where to head next time you want to swap late-night chat shows for something a bit more cultural.

Late-night Paris Museums opening hours - Monday

Musée Jacquemart-André

Museums 8e arrondissement

Open until 8.30pm
Long terrace steps and a pair of stone lions usher visitors into this grand 19th-century mansion, home to a collection of objets d'art and fine paintings. The collection was assembled by Edouard André and his artist wife Nélie Jacquemart  and the mansion was built to house their impressive art hoard, which includes Rembrandts...

The Centre Pompidou

Museums Art and design 4e arrondissement

Open until 10pm
The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts designed by Italo-British architectural duo Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers make the Centre Pompidou or 'Beaubourg' one of the best-known sights in Paris. The exhibition space holds the largest collection of modern art in Europe...

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Palais de Tokyo

Museums Art and design Chaillot

Open until midnight
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. The roll-call of artists is impressive (Pierre Joseph, Wang Du and others)...

Late-night Paris Museums opening hours - Tuesday

Jeu de Paume
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Jeu de Paume

Museums 1er arrondissement

Open until 9pm
The Centre National de la Photographie moved into this site in 2005. The building, which once served as a tennis court, has been divided into two white, almost hangar-like galleries. It is not an intimate space, but it works well for showcase retrospectives...

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain

Museums Art and design Montparnasse

Open until 10pm
Jean Nouvel's glass and steel building, an exhibition centre with Cartier's offices above, is as much a work of art as the installations inside. Shows by artists and photographers often have wide-ranging themes, such as 'Birds' or 'Desert'. Live events around the shows are called Nuits Nomades...

Late-night Paris Museums opening hours - Wednesday

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Museums Art and design Le Marais

Open until 8.30pm
Opened in 2003, this two-floor gallery is dedicated to the work of acclaimed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. It consists of a tall, narrow atelier in a 1913 building, with a minutely catalogued archive, open to researchers, and a lounge on the fourth floor screening films...

Louvre at Night
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The Louvre

Museums Art and design Louvre
Open until 9.45pm
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...
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The Centre Pompidou

Museums Art and design 4e arrondissement
Open until 10pm
The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts designed by Italo-British architectural duo Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers make the Centre Pompidou or 'Beaubourg' one of the best-known sights in Paris. The exhibition space holds the largest collection of modern art in Europe...

Palais de Tokyo

Museums Art and design Chaillot

Open until midnight
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. The roll-call of artists is impressive (Pierre Joseph, Wang Du and others)...

Late-night Paris Museums opening hours - Thursday

Musée d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris
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Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Museums Art and design Chaillot
Open until 10pm
This monumental 1930s building, housing the city's modern art collection, is strong on the Cubists, Fauves, the Delaunays, Rouault and Ecole de Paris artists Soutine and van Dongen. The museum was briefly closed in May 2010 after the theft of five masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Modigliani and Léger.

The Centre Pompidou

Museums Art and design 4e arrondissement

Open until 10pm
The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts designed by Italo-British architectural duo Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers make the Centre Pompidou or 'Beaubourg' one of the best-known sights in Paris. The exhibition space holds the largest collection of modern art in Europe...

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Palais de Tokyo

Museums Art and design Chaillot

Open until midnight
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. The roll-call of artists is impressive (Pierre Joseph, Wang Du and others)...

Late-night Paris Museums opening hours - Friday

Musée du Quai Branly

Museums History 7e arrondissement
Open until 9pm
Surrounded by trees on the banks of the Seine, this museum, housed in an extraordinary building by Jean Nouvel, is a vast showcase for non-European cultures, dedicated to the ethnic art of Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas...
Louvre at Night
Heloise Bergman / Time Out

The Louvre

Museums Art and design Louvre

Open until 9.45pm
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...

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The Centre Pompidou

Museums Art and design 4e arrondissement
Open until 10pm
The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts designed by Italo-British architectural duo Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers make the Centre Pompidou or 'Beaubourg' one of the best-known sights in Paris. The exhibition space holds the largest collection of modern art in Europe...
Art ludique
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Art Ludique - Le Musée

Museums Specialist interest 7e arrondissement

Open until 10pm
Lovers of cartoons, rejoice: the new-ish Art Ludique museum is a shiny tribute to everything hand-drawn (and more). Situated in the heart of the Docks en Seine complex, it puts on a range of exhibitions on everything from graphic novels to video games and Japanese anime...

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Fondation Louis Vuitton
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Fondation Louis Vuitton

Art 16e arrondissement

Open until 9pm
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, this impressive new space plays host to Louis Vuitton Group CEO Bernard Arnault’s art collection.  Visually stunning, the FLV is shell-shaped and made up of twelve glass sails that soar above the park's greenery. Inside is a huge auditorium divided into eleven galleries...

Palais de Tokyo

Museums Art and design Chaillot
Open until midnight
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. The roll-call of artists is impressive (Pierre Joseph, Wang Du and others)...

Late-night Paris Museums opening hours - Saturday

Musée du Quai Branly

Museums History 7e arrondissement
Open until 9pm
Surrounded by trees on the banks of the Seine, this museum, housed in an extraordinary building by Jean Nouvel, is a vast showcase for non-European cultures, dedicated to the ethnic art of Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas...

The Centre Pompidou

Museums Art and design 4e arrondissement
Open until 10pm
The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts designed by Italo-British architectural duo Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers make the Centre Pompidou or 'Beaubourg' one of the best-known sights in Paris. The exhibition space holds the largest collection of modern art in Europe...
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Palais de Tokyo

Museums Art and design Chaillot

Open until midnight
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. The roll-call of artists is impressive (Pierre Joseph, Wang Du and others)...

Late-night Paris Museums opening hours - Sunday

The Centre Pompidou

Museums Art and design 4e arrondissement
Open until 10pm
The primary colours, exposed pipes and air ducts designed by Italo-British architectural duo Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers make the Centre Pompidou or 'Beaubourg' one of the best-known sights in Paris. The exhibition space holds the largest collection of modern art in Europe...

Palais de Tokyo

Museums Art and design Chaillot
Open until midnight
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. The roll-call of artists is impressive (Pierre Joseph, Wang Du and others)...

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