Paris Nuit des Musées 2012

This Saturday, Europe will welcome the annual Nuit des Musées with art museums open throughout the night in Paris and several other European cities. For the 8th consecutive year, Paris will celebrate art throughout the night of May 19th as hundreds of museums open, free of charge, for the Nuit des Musées (Night of Museums). The UNESCO sponsored event, held in over 40 European cities, continues to be a great suucess in the City of Light. This year its varied program, includes traditional art exhibits, concerts, family activities, and much more. Read on for our top suggestions:









Musée Carnavalet 

French Photographer, Eugène Atget’s retrospective of Paris from the years 1898-1927 continues at the Musée Carnavalet as a chamber choir brings illuminates the gardens throughout the evening.


Musée D’Art Moderne

Robert Crumb’s quirky comics continue to be on display at the Musée D’Art Modern, in addition to concert from the students of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, playing jazz all night.


Le Petit Palais

At the Petit Palais children can view the museum through magical glasses in addition to other activities aiming to bring the museum to their level and to life. While children experience the museum’s hidden magic, parents can enjoy realist Gustave Courbet’s exhibit. Courbet will be the central theme of the night as several presentations revolve around his works from elaborate performances to looking further in depth at his paintings.



Le Grand Palais 

The Grand Palais has a variety of events and exhibits scheduled throughout the evening. Events range from activities for children to the Animal Beauty exhibit which will be open throughout the night with additional elements added.  DJ Joakim Bouaziz will be playing music throughout the night in addition to a  live performance later on in the night.


More information about the night can be found on the Nuit des Musées website:, Facebook page:, and Twitter:!/nuitdesmusees