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The 10 great classics not to be missed during the sleepless night

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Like every first Saturday of October, the white night returns. The opportunity to get a shot of contemporary art but also to (re)discover the mythical monuments of the capital through (or not) a 10 kilometer night race: La Grande Traversée. For the 18th edition which will take place this weekend, we have selected the most beautiful cultural sites… to be repeated without moderation!


1. The Louvre Museum

Obviously, we could not establish this ranking without putting in top position the largest museum in the world: the Louvre. With nearly 600 works, it is undeniably one of the unmissable spots.

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris


2. The Eiffel Tower

Very popular, the Eiffel Tower attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year. However, the 'real' Parisians don't really take the time to wander around the top of the Dame de Fer… So it's the perfect opportunity to drop by.

Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris


3. The Pompidou Center

Its museum, its rooftop restaurant (Georges), its library or even the tangle of multicolored pipes on its facade make Centre Pompidou, a cult Parisian place. For Nuit Blanche 2019, Beaubourg is taking part in the Great Crossing. During their journey, marathon runners will be able to admire the modern and contemporary works of the site.

Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris


4. The Grand Palace

Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the Grand Palais organizes nearly 90 events and welcomes no less than 3 million visitors each year... We especially like to go there for the FIAC and for its ephemeral ice rink during the winter.

3 Avenue du General Eisenhower, 75008 Paris


5. The Little Palace

Located just opposite its big brother, the Petit Palais is a safe bet for the Nuit Blanche. The general public will be able to admire The sleep by Courbet or even Landscape at the tomb, noon from Géricault, until 22 p.m.

Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris


6. The Luxembourg Museum

For the Nuit Blanche, those who make the trip will have the chance to discover the work of Joseph Haydn played by the ESSEC choir and orchestra at the Luxembourg Museum. You will also have access to the exhibition “The Golden Age of English Painting” and will therefore be able to admire the works of Reynolds and Turner with your eyes.

19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris


7. The National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet

Although it is not one of the most famous Parisian museums, the Guimet Museum is well worth the detour. Visitors (and marathon participants) will be able to admire remarkable prints and other photographs taken by the poet Victor Segalen in China, as well as Japanese prints of the Tokaido – the road to the East Sea.

6 Place d'Iéna, 75116 Paris


8. The Orangery Museum

Famous for its Waterlilies of Monet, the Orangerie Museum sits in the Tuileries Garden. The notable feature during the sleepless night? You can listen to chamber music (Debussy, Beethoven...) until 4 am!

Tuileries Garden, 75001 Paris


9. The Philharmonie de Paris

During the white night of October 5, several concerts will be organized at the Philharmonie de Paris. In addition to cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton's “Odyssées”, the famous Trio Wanderer will also be honoured. Admission will be free from 18 p.m. to 6 a.m.!

221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris 75019


10. The Picasso Museum

Located in the Marais, the Picasso Museum attracts many art aficionados as well as of course all the great fans of the Spanish painter. From 18 p.m., you will have free access to the “Magic Paintings” exhibition, devoted to the abstract figures painted by the founder of Cubism.

5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris

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