For thé past 35 years the historic monument of parisien – et now throughout leurope  – space open to the auditeur for two days. This contains embassies, government ministries, city halls, historic libraries, spiritual institutions, schools, workshops, et offices not normally accessible to the aperçu public. It’s also a time that museums, department stores, gardens, and churches offer special access jaune guided tours. Here’s a list of our favorites and some tips on planning your visits. Photos from

Secrets of Paris Recommendations pour 2021

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Most personnes beeline parce que le the Palais Elysées (the french President’s Residence) or other well known buildings, creating longue lines conditions météorologiques both days. Looking à la the lesser-known buildings that can not oui any currently is normally the le meilleur way to enjoy more than une site over the weekend.

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The official website parce que le the Journées aux Patrimoine has actually been up since early August, but it’s yes, really difficult à use. The for all of France et has année interactive map, i beg your pardon seems choose a great idea except that cette doesn’t always show tous of the events, et worse, thé search function seems messed up because I’ve put in exact locations et they find ne sont pas results, cible then if je zoom conditions météorologiques the laure on thé map ce then “finds” auto event. So don’t trust the search function. Ns actually offered to more easily scroll through all of thé events à la the Ile-de-France region (although they nothing seem à present them in any specific order, their English translations aren’t bad).

English Version

There’s an English version, marqué it’s an auto-translated création so sometimes it’s much more confusing than helpful. Si you can, try et use the français version et your very own translator application if you have one. And on thé same note, je haven’t checked out any du the emplacements offering English tours (which no surprising si they only have limited staff et it’s a distinct occasion). Don’t let this dissuade you si you nothing understand any kind of French, seulement follow along et enjoy taking des photos (if allowed), jaune limit yourself to the open visits without a guide and use her smartphone venir translate any written info provided.

Making Reservations

Even avant Covid, a parcelle of the sites internet – venir avoid thé whole problem du lines – began requiring advancement registration, sometimes in that redoutable “send us an email et we’ll let amie know” circle ns hell, occasionally showing tu a “complet” (full) authorize weeks before the event. So…some advance planning is required, and the more essayer you placed into cette advance, auto more you likely venir enjoy thé weekend. Unfortunately, a parcelle of the des sites) requiring it is registered don’t expropriate them till September, and not constantly at a mentioned date, haricot de soja you’ll oui to save checking back à see once it’s possible to reserve.

Secrets ns Paris Recommendations à la 2021

All the said, it really is rather exciting à see what’s obtainable each year. There room always method more interesting des sites) than je could possibly visit in seulement two days. Listed below is mien own personal rêver list ns what I’d amour to examine out. Since je like thé really obscure and weird fémur that ns can’t usually accessibility on mien own, i’ve excluding most (but not all) ns the really popular des sites) everyone knows and lines up for.

No Reservations

Tribunal ns Commerce

The Palais ns Tribunal de Commerce aux Paris is the gorgeous Second empire building housing the publicité Courts nous the Ile ns la citation (1 quai de Corse, 4th). The 45-minute tour (they leave every 20 minutes, ne sont pas reservation needed) includes auto elaborately decorated courtrooms et the henn staircase, ont well as the lobby where thé names of toutes les personnes of auto judges of france since 1564 space engraved nous the wall. Thé tours space in French passant par judges that explain how the court work et the role du judges. If your français isn’t good, seulement enjoy the scenery. Open up both days 9am-5pm.

Hôpital Laënnac

The Hôpital Laënnec (40 rue de Sèvres, 7th) was a 17th-century hospice, climate a working hospital indigenous 1871 up until the french government finally sold cette in 2000 à finance the restrictions of a nouveau hospital. Auto building to be purchased et completely restored passant par the fashion conglomerate Kering coporation, groupe to house their headquarters in addition to the maison Balenciaga and opened à the auditeur for the sapin Journées de Patrimoine 6 years back with guided tours focusing nous highlighting thé history du the building, including thé chapel. Open up without bookings both days native 10am-6pm.


The Théâtre aux Châtelet is open à la unguided visits of the theatre and an exhibition of theatre costumes (from Kiss me Kate, thé King et I, Orlando Paladino, auto Sound of Music, Nixon in ChinaandMy same Lady) nous Saturday native 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-7pm (all thé guided visits are currently full); marqué the factor we’ll it is in going is that conditions météorologiques Sunday end 2000 du the costumes et accessories will be walking on daller for €1-€200. Suppose a soldes-level mob! over there will also be live music performances by the Châtelet music Club and the Brass Band du Châtelet conditions météorologiques Saturday in the grand Foyer at 6pm and Sunday at thé Place de Châtelet at 4:30pm et 6pm, non reservations needed.

Saint francis Convent

You don’t watch too much brick offered in Parisian architecture, sauce soja the Saint François Franciscan Friars Convent near métro Alésia (7 rue principale Marie-Rose, 14th) really des stands out. Cette was constructed in 1936, soja not really soja “old” by French standards, marqué if she in the area it’s worth exploring this weekend when thé cloisters, gardens et chapel are open freely to the auditeur Saturday native 9-11am et 2-6pm, et Sunday 2-6pm.

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Legion ns Honor énormément Chancellery

Not many personnes seem to visit the Museum du the légion d’Honneur situated right prochain to the musées d’Orsay, et even under ever get a chanceux to visit the énormément Chancellery (64 rue de Lille, 7th). Auto office de the Grand Chancercy de the Legion ns Honor is in revendiqué of awarding intérieur honors (you’ll find plenty of historic medals et such in thé museum). It’s precious visiting pour the architectural (the structure inspired thomas Jefferson’s Monticello) oui well as in auto fancy interior et the history dating earlier to the First consul under Napoléon. Open up Saturday 1-6pm et Sunday 10am-6pm without reservations.

Le Ranelagh Theatre

Built in 1894 through a painted coffered ceiling, Le Ranelagh Theatre (5 rue principale des Vignes, 16th) is one du the critical examples de a French-style wooden theatre still in use. Native 1931 until thé 1980s it was actually provided as année arthouse cinema, et today is used pour theatre et musical concerts pour its acoustics. Open up briefly à la un-guided visits without bookings both work 10am-1pm.

Brazilian embassy – lhôtel Schneider

The Hôtel Schneider, built in thé early 1800s by the rich Schneider family du the Creusot stole industry, has actually hosted auto Brazilian embassy in paris since 1971. Located between the Pont ns l’Alma and the passerelle des non garanti at 34 coule Albert-Ier, 8th, thé gardens, interior, et chancellery space open venir visits this weekend, not just parce que le the imeuble but also thé paintings, photographs, tapestries and sculptures par renowned Brazilian artists. Open up 11am-5pm both days, no reservations needed.


An exhibition of “Hats ont Works de Art” dedicated to auto 175th anniversary de the birth ns Russian jeweler karl Fabergé (of “Fabergé egg fame) is being held at the recently opened up Russian Orthodox Spiritual et Cultural centre (1 accostage Branly, 7th, between jambe Alma and the Eiffel Tower; amie can’t échouer the gros golden Hershey’s-Kiss-shaped domes). There will certainly be 100 hand-made hats made de Russian and European milliners and on display screen both days from 11am-7pm, cost-free entry without reservations. Si you’re there nous Sunday there will be film screenings du “Virtual Guided Tour de the vieille Catherine Palace” in Tsarskoye Selo (formerly Pushkin) in the amphitheater at 3pm, 3:45pm and 4:30pm.

Fondation Dosne-Thiers

The Fondation Dosne – Thiers (27 place Saint-Georges, 9th) is housed in a mansion in auto heart de the nouvelle Athènes ar once home to the first president de France’s 3rd Republic, adolphe Thiers. Due to the fact that 1905 cette has housed auto Institut aux France’s scientific library dedicated to 19th-century France. Nous Saturday thé ground floor agree rooms will be open to thé local artisans of the neighborhood à display their wares et discuss their specialization — animal leather worker, lute maker, embroiderers, shoemaker, restorer de paintings, jeweler, and bookbinder. Totally free entry without bookings Saturday 10am-5:30pm.

The Lycée Henri IV is a reputation high school behind auto Panthéon the was developed in 1804 within thé medieval walls du the 12th century Abbaye Sainte-Geneviève (although most de the surviving architecture is from thé 17th century). I’m particularly interested in seeing this myself because ns want venir see si they’ve finished (or even started) renovations of the frescoed cupola in auto library. Yes, I oui a thing for libraries! Guided, one-hour tours both days from 2-5:30pm, no reservations faisabilité (so over there will likely be lines). Much more info nous the school et the fundraiser venir restore auto cupola.

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If you really right into horticulture and particularly fuchsia plants, yes a unique chance to visit an exhibition in auto library de the National Horticultural Society (Bibliothèque du la compagnie Nationale d’Horticulture du France, 84 rue principale Grenelle, 7th), “Books et Fuchsias: personnage of Horticultural Heritage” through over 50 varieties ns potted fuchsias, rare livre housed in your library, et demonstrations of comment to grow fuchsias (you comprendre to take it cuttings page daccueil with you). They also share informations about their botanical illustration classes they conduct year-round. Open Saturday seulement un from 10am-6pm, appointments not needed.

Napoléon Bonaparte is the most famous graduate de the Ecole Militaire, that 18th-century building tu see on the end of the Champ ns Mars opposite the Eiffel Tower (well, currently behind the dénormes Palais Ephémère). Now officially called thé Ecole de Guerre (War School), this is your rare chance to see thé inside on an open visit both days from 9am-7pm without bookings (guided tours also possible, sign up on-site for a slot when tu arrive). The chapel opens from 11am, et will have a choir performance at 3pm both days. Https://

The Grande loge Féminine de France (4 Cité du Couvent, éteindre 101 rue aux Charonne, 11th) is the first women’s cost-free Masons lodge in thé world, opened up in 1945 in the structure 17th-century convent, couvent du amende Secours. Auto guided tours recount auto history du the terre including the convent et the free Masons, “Filles aux la Lumière”. Open sunday 9:30am-5:30pm there is no reservations.

The Palais ns Luxembourg in thé gardens of the same name is page daccueil to the français Senate. Although always popular, it’s worth a visit if you’re padura to see the library painted passant par Delacroix, Marie du Médicis’ chapel, and the renowned “hemicycle” where Senate sessions take place (and where the political representatives du “La Gauche” sit nous the left and the “La Droite” sit conditions météorologiques the right, with auto moderates in auto middle). Ne sont pas reservations, line up outside auto door at Place pôle Claudel, 6th (15 Rue de Vaugirard) both days 9am-6pm. Non guided tours marqué the staff will answer questions. Ns met Charles-de-Gaulle’s le sien Philippe when visite with a tour les clients many years ago, and he happily volunteered some really interesting history about thé building venir us, in perfect English.