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May is Holiday Season in Paris: So What Museums are Open?

Posted May 8, 2013 by


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There are few months in France that embody the legendary “joie de vivre” as much as the month of May. There are no less than 5 national holidays in May on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 19th and 20th.

While those holidays may help the French make the most of their beautiful springtime, these holidays can be a bit of a headache to travelers. Nearly all of the most famed Parisian attractions are closed for at last one of those holidays, so you’ll have to take care to plan your trip accordingly.

To help you plan better, we complied a quick list of museums and their May schedules:

Museum of the Middle Ages open on 8, 9, 19 & 20

National Museum Eugène Delacroix open 8, 9, 19 & 20

Museum of Asian Arts-Guimet open 8, 9, 19 & 20

Henner Museum closed on May 19 & 20, open on 8 & 9

Louvre Museum open on 8, 9, 19 & 20

Musée de l'Orangerie des Tuileries open 8, 9, 19 & 20

Pompidou Centre open on 8, 9, 19 & 20

Quai Branly Museum open 8, 9, 19 & 20

City of Architecture & Heritage open 8, 9, 19 & 20

Musée d'Orsay closed May 20, open on 8, 9 & 19

Rodin National Museum closed on 20 May open on 8, 9 & 19

Museum of Decorative Arts closed on May 20, open on 8, 9 & 19

National Centre for the History of Immigration closed May 20, open on 8, 9 & 19

Erotic Museum open on 8, 9, 19 & 20

Grevin Museum open on 8, 9, 19 & 20

Luxembourg Museum open 8 9, 19 & 20

Maritime Museum open on 8, 9, 19 & 20

Musée Marmottan Monet closed May 20, open on 8, 9 & 19

National Museum of Natural History open on 8, 9, 19 & 20

Art Galleryopen on 8, 9, 19 & 20

Fondation Cartier open on 8, 9 & 19

Museum of Air & Space closed May 20, open on 8, 9 & 19


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