Museum Re-Openings & News
The Maison de Balzac, home of the prolific 19th-century author of French classics such as The Human Comedy, has finally reopened after complete renovations. Even if you don’t care about French literature, the house’s adorable cottage garden has great views over the city from the 16th arrondissement hillside (see photo above).
The beautiful gardens of the Albert-Khan Museum in Boulogne-Bilancourt will be open to the public beginning the weekend of the annual Heritage Days (Sept 21-22, 2019). Reachable by metro, these gardens are a nice escape from the city (the Japanese harden is shown in the photo below). The museum itself remains closed for renovations.
The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris reopened in October after extensive renovations (reorganization of the collections, wheelchair accessibility and cleaning of the facade).
Due to overcrowding, the Louvre is still requiring everyone (including Museum Pass holders) to reserve a free entrance time slot to guarantee you can visit the museum. You can try to just show up, but you might not get in if it’s too crowded. Some of the chaos is due to the closure of several rooms in the museum and the overwhelming number of visitors for the Da Vinci exhibit. If you’re not 110% determined to visit the Louvre, why not give it a miss and try one of the city’s hundred other museums?
The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in the Marais and La Maison Victor Hugo at Place des Vosges have both closed for renovations until end of 2020. Oddly, only the French version of the latter’s website says the museum is currently closed. D’oh!
The Musée Carnavalet “History of Paris Museum” in the Marais is scheduled to open by the end of the year, but if you’re quick you can reserve a spot on the free “behind-the-scenes” tour of the museum during the Heritage Days this September (only in French, sign up online here).
La Musée Cluny‘s Medieval house and courtyard are closed until spring 2021 for renovations, while the Roman baths section of the museum remains open. The Unicorn tapestries and 70 other works form the permanent collection are viewable in a temporary location.
La Musée National de la Marine (Naval History Museum) in Paris at Palais de Chaillot has closed for massive renovations through 2022.
The Musée des Egouts de Paris (Paris Sewers Museum) is closed for renovations through summer 2020.
The Roland-Garros Museum, previously known as the Tenniseum, is closed indefinitely while the stadium is still undergoing renovations.
You can usually find the latest updates directly from the Paris Office of Tourism website.
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