Night of the Museums 2017

14 May 2017

UNESCO is proud to support the European Night of Museums for the 9th consecutive year, and give its patronage to this event taking place on Saturday 20 May 2017.

In opening the doors to its Headquarters in Paris, UNESCO will give the public the opportunity to discover the temporary exhibition presented by Tunisia, the Organization’s partner for the 2017 edition of the European Night of Museums, on the Tunisian archeological site of Dougga, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.  This event is also an occasion to discover the modern architecture of the Organization’s Headquarters – designed by Marcel Breuer, Luigi Nervi and Bernard Zehrfuss – and a part of its rich art collection, including works by Picasso, Miró, Calder, Erró, Giacometti, Chillida, Moore and Noguchi, among many others.

In celebrating 18 May, International Museum Day, and 21 May, World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development, UNESCO reaffirms the importance of museums as a place for dialogue, mutual understanding and common values. The European Night of Museums, at UNESCO and in more than 3500 museums across Europe, makes culture accessible to all and carries a message of tolerance, mutual understanding and peace.

Admission to this event is free and without prior booking, from 8 pm until midnight (last admission). Entrance at 7 place de Fontenoy (exit at 125 avenue de Suffren). Multilingual guides will be present throughout the evening to offer explanations on the works of art and answer any questions.

For those who are interested, this year it is possible to take part in a free guided tour (approximately 1 hour). These tours are accessible upon prior registration only, within the limit of available places (maximum 25 persons per group):

Visits in French at 20h15, 20h30, 21h45, 22h30 and 23h

Visits in English at 21:15 and 23:30

Requests for registration should be sent to before 17 May.

Please indicate :

- The first and last name of all persons to be registered (places are nominative);
-  The language and preferred time slot(s) for the tour.



European Night of Museums