Following the working meeting on flood management in France chaired this morning by the Prime Minister, who announced the creation of an emergency fund, Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication, gave a status update on the cultural sector.

In view of the necessary security of the works and monuments, and with a view to restoring public access to the heritage, the dates of reopening are as follows:

Museums and monuments already reopened to the public:

  • In Paris:
    • Musée de l'Orangerie: reopening Monday, June 6
    • Bibliothèque nationale de France (François Mitterrand website and Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal): reopening on Monday 6 June
    • Concierge: reopening Monday, June 6
    • Grand Palais: reopening on Sunday 5 June
    • Palais de la découverte: reopening on Sunday 5 June
    • Sainte-Chapelle: reopening on Sunday, June 5
  • Outside Paris (national monuments):
    • Château de Chambord: reopening Monday, June 6
    • Azay-le-Rideau: partial reopening on Monday, June 6
    • Rambouillet Park: reopening Monday, June 6
    • Château de Fougères-sur-Bièvre: reopening Monday, June 6 (except gardens)
  • Museums to reopen in the coming days:
    • Louvre Museum: reopening planned for June 8, except for the Islamic Art Halls
    • Musée d'Orsay: reopening of the large nave, the Impressionist gallery and temporary exhibitions on June 8

Visitors are invited to consult the websites of the institutions to check the latest state of the openings to the public.

The regional cultural affairs directorates of Île-de-France and Centre-Val-de-Loire remain available to accompany owners - individuals or local authorities - of monuments or objects protected under historical monuments, museums in France, illustrious houses and libraries with heritage funds.

In addition, the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF) and the Laboratoire de recherche des monuments historiques (LRMH) are fully mobilized to provide assistance and advice, in particular to assess damage and make recommendations for the restoration of works and monuments that have been damaged.

In this regard, C2RMF specialists will be able to host works in their workshops and organize emergency restorations following diagnostic visits on site.

The Minister would like to commend once again the mobilization and involvement of the teams that have made it possible to protect heritage collections as a preventive measure and ensure the protection of monuments. It also welcomes the effective implementation of preventive measures.


Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs of Île-de-France

Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs of Centre-Val-de-Loire
Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF)

Historical Monuments Research Laboratory (LRMH)