Paris: Museums & Chateaux …what will be open over Christmas … ?

I’ve already written about what stores will be open in Paris over the Christmas weekend. Seeing none will be on Christmas Day and very few on Sunday, 26 (Boxing Day), you will have to find something other to do here in Paris than shop. So which museums and châteaux will you be able to visit […]

Salvador Dali's Ascension painted in 1958

I’ve already written about what stores will be open in Paris over the Christmas weekend. Seeing none will be on Christmas Day and very few on Sunday, 26 (Boxing Day), you will have to find something other to do here in Paris than shop.

So which museums and châteaux will you be able to visit on those two days?

Of Paris’ main museums, do not except to find the following open on Christmas Day, but they will be open on the 26th:

  1. Les Invalides (Napoleon’s tomb)
  2. Quay Branly
  3. Louvre
  4. Orsay
  5. Orangerie
  6. Carnavalet
  7. Institut de Monde Arabe
  8. Marmottan – Monet
  9. Montmarte
  10. Rodin
  11. Zadkine
  12. Grand Palais
  13. Petit Palais
  14. Jeu de Paume
  15. Centre Pompidou
  16. Cernuschi
  17. Guimet
  18. Art Moderne
  19. Jacquemart- Andre
  20. Maillol
  21. Art et Histoire de Judaïsme

Marie de Medicis on view currently at the Museum Maillol's Treasures of the Medicis Expo

Open on both the 25th and 26th:

  1. Espace Dali. This is the Dali museum in Montmartre, a few steps from Place du Tertre in the 18th arrondissement (district) at Number 11 Rue Poulbot. There will undoubtedly be artists on Place du Tertre wishing to sketch you or to sell you one of their Paris landscapes, so after you’ve circled the square a few times, you can visit the Espace Dali. I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed. The tariffs are €10 for an adult and €6 for a child or student under the age of 26, but you must have your student I.D. to show. (That is $13/8: £8/5). If you are over 60, and a ‘Senior’ as you will be called here in France, you can go in for €7 ($9 / £6). The museum has a souvenir shop, of course, and you will be able to buy some Dali artifacts there. You will even be able to buy a Dali lithograph signed and numbered by the one with the handlebar mustache. It will cost you though: Say between €1000 to €3,000 – $1,300/4,000; £850 /2,510. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 18.30 p.m. and I will let you in on a secret: It is open every day of the week
  2. Érotisme (Yes, there is something for everyone in Paris!) This museum is on the border of Paris’ Red Light Pigalle (Pig Alley) district in the 18th arrondissement (district).  The nearest Metro station is Blanche and the museum is open from 10 a.m.to 2 in the morning.

Of the main chateaux close to Paris, all will be closed on Christmas Day, but the following will be open on the 26th:

  1. Versailles
  2. Fontainebleau
  3. Maintenon
  4. Rambouillet
  5. Sceaux
  6. St-Germain-en-Laye

So what to do on Christmas Day in Paris?

Moulin de la Galette - Vincent van Gogh

I suggest that you take the Metro up to Montmartre. It is Line (Ligne) 12, and please  do not give the buskers money because when you leave, the Parisians, of which I am one, will have their ears abused by the buskers’ off-key music.

You descend at Blanche station and you walk up Rue Lepic and cross Rue des Abbesses to continue your walk, or rather your climb because this will be uphill  to Rue Tholozé with the Moulin de la Galette ahead of you.  When you reach the windmill you turn right and you follow the crowds to Place du Tertre. There are very many restaurants there and they will be open on Christmas Day. Have some French onion soup and don’t be shy to dig in with a knife and fork; actually, an onion soup is only good when you need a knife and fork to eat it with. And dunk your baguette!

Then afterwards you can visit the Espace Dali and then you can take the funicular down to Pigalle (Pig Alley) where you will have to blindfold the children you have with you. You will need a Metro/Bus ticket for the funicular ride.

And Bon Noël.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “Paris: Museums & Chateaux …what will be open over Christmas … ?”

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    Carli Byrdsong Says:

    I really like your writing style, great information, thankyou for posting : D.

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