Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, launches the European Heritage Days which will take place on 16 and 17 September 2017 on the theme of youth. This 34th edition is resolutely focused on young people and their awareness of heritage, the history of the Nation and the history of art, or heritage crafts. It is consistent with the Minister’s priorities for arts and cultural education.

Programming at the Palais-Royal

The Ministry of Culture is once again opening its doors and this year is offering a programme of activities to raise awareness among young people about the knowledge and preservation of heritage in all its diversity. It will be exceptionally accessible from Friday 15 to accommodate students from the 5th to the terminale.

Digital workshop 

The workshop presents original devices facilitating access to heritage and culture. The public is invited to try new ways of visiting heritage places. On the program: video game, 360° tour and virtual reality helmets. Students from the École du Louvre will lead this workshop. [With the participation of Art Graphique & Patrimoine, Centre des monuments nationaux, Dassault Systèmes, Histovery, Iconem, Institut National de l'Information Géographique et Forestière, Ministère de la Culture et de Ricoh Imaging]

Workshop of demonstrations of know-how 

The Club du Vieux Manoir, the Union Rempart and Chantier Histoire et Architecture Médiévales (CHAM), three volunteer building associations and the Groupement d'entreprises de restauration de monuments historiques (GMH) present workshops for demonstration and discovery of know-how: wood and stone work, stained glass, medieval calligraphy, mosaic… , as well as the diversity of heritage professions.

National Furniture 

An exhibition of some fifty works on an institution steeped in history that still today combines the excellence of centuries-old know-how with the vitality of artistic creation and contemporary design.

Adventure(s) at the Palais-Royal

The application CulturoGame, a true urban rally, invites you to a walk in the Palais-Royal to meet the illustrious women and men who have marked the history of this emblematic place in the heart of Paris. A new and free game to download on smartphone.

The National Monuments Centre hosts the Subodore installation. The designer Chantal Sanier wanted to revive ten historical characters of the Royal Palace by their olfactory identity. Incense for Richelieu, jasmine for the Sun King... These are ten fragrances to discover in the Gardens of the Royal Palace.

Friday 15 September: «Les Enfants du Patrimoine»
As of Friday, September 15, more than 300 middle and high school students from Paris are invited to discover in preview the animations planned at the Palais-Royal. 
For more than 10 years, the Conseil d'Architecture, d'Urbanisme et de l'Environnement d'Île-de-France has been integrating the young generation into the Journées européennes du patrimoine by offering them an educational and playful opportunity to discover the heritage from

Crafts in the spotlight in the park of the Hotel de Matignon

Heritage enthusiasts have the opportunity to continue their journey of initiation to know-how and heritage professions at the Hotel de Matignon. In addition to discovering gestures, materials and tools, visitors will also be made aware of the evolution of crafts through the development of new technologies. These workshops are complemented by a presentation of training in the field of crafts. [With the participation of École Boulle, Le Mobilier national, Sèvres - Cité de la céramique, École Camondo, École Estienne, École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d'art, École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués Duperré]
> Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm - 57 rue de Varenne 75007 Paris

The Minister’s Agenda (to be specified)

  • Friday, September 15: Françoise Nyssen will launch the European Heritage Days from the Ardennes, at the Sedan Castle, the largest military fortress in Europe.
  • Saturday, September 16: The Minister will be present at the opening of the Palais-Royal to welcome visitors to her office. She will then visit the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, which this year offers a rich programme of exhibitions, activities and discoveries.

European Heritage Days in figures:

In France

  • 17,000 locations open
  • 26,000 animations
  • 1,600 first participations
  • 12 million visitors in 2016

In Europe

  • 50 participating European countries
  • 50,000 monuments and open sites
  • 30 million visitors

Practical information:


  • The visit of the Ministry of Culture is part of the tour of the Royal Palace which also includes the discovery of the Council of State and the Constitutional Council.

Access via Place Colette, 75001 Paris

Free visit Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm

Ministry of Culture – Good Children’s Building

These days are also held on social networks: #JEP @JEP