If you’re planning a spring trip for Paris, make sure to be in town on Saturday, May 17 (2008).(I’ve seen different dates posted, and because the official site isn’t set yet for 2008, be sure to reconfirm! This is the tentative date set for the annual national (as well as throughout Europe and parts of South America) free museum night.
The theme in France for this year’s museum night will be ‘The museum opens its doors’.
In past years, over a thousand museums thoughout France and Europe have participated in this event. Doors open around 7 pm and stay open, in some cases, until 1 am.
Become Part of Art
If you want to get really into the museum experience, you can actually become part of a work of art.
You can book into the ‘Hotel Everland’ which is actually a 35 meter capsule with a double bed, a bathroom and a minibar located on top of the Palais de Tokyo. You’ll have a stupendous panorama of Paris (the next best thing to sleeping on top of the Eiffel Tower!) which is not far from you.
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The Hotel Everland is actually an architectural model/sculpture designed by Swiss artists Sabina Land and Daniel Bauman.
For 435 Euros you can become the living part of their work. There are some prerequisites. You need to wait until 4:30 pm before the guided visitors depart (and you can than have the vista all to your self and your significant other). The Hotel Everland is a temporary display. It closes December 31, 2008, so don’t procrastinate!
Check out the Everland Webcam- What a View!
Regarding museum night, be sure to check the www.culture.fr for updates on date and time confirmations. I’ve noted that their www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr doesn’t yet have the 2008 dates posted.
P.S. Thanks Bonnie, for asking about the 2008 dates for the Nuit des Musees. Parislogue readers who e-mail questions receive not only answers but posts dedicated to their question (when it’s a subject helpful to other readers). So, don’t hesitate to ask questions or leave comments. If your comments ever get rejected as spam, e-mail them directly to me – and I’ll get them posted.