Paris Museum Night

Every year, Paris’ museums, art galleries and other star sights open to the public for free. Luckily, our trip to the city this May inadvertently coincided with this annual free fest…

Saturday, May 14th, our day of arrival, was Paris Museum Night (La Nuit des Musees).

From around 6pm until midnight (and later in some cases), everything from the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay to the Archaeological Crypt at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Centre Pompidou had free admission.

Rather than hop between as many different sights as possible, we opted to choose just one.

Our choice was an evening delving into the vastness that is the Louvre – the largest museum in the world.

I had read that the Louvre was best seen at night, because this added much more atmosphere. It was definitely atmoshperic walking around the many exhibits, with the added hue of soft lighting illuminating the historic walls and artefacts.

There was no way we were going to make it around the whole lot though. This would be a struggle if we had the whole day.

Instead we concentrated on the best bits – notably the sections on the ancient Egyptians which were fascinating.

I was in awe of the Winged Victory of Samothrace statue, which is effectively located at the top of a wide staircase.

I also spent a lot of time looking up at the amazing paintings on the ceiling.