The 19th edition of the European Night of Museums, on May 13, 2023, is an opportunity to discover the hundreds of participating Norman museums and to enjoy a selection of eclectic and abundant events.

Designed in a spirit of openness and accessibility, this event aims to attract all audiences. Thus, a special program is established to transmit culture and heritage, through guided tours, fun routes, workshops, screenings, but also live entertainment and other exceptional animations.


Of exhibitions events will be to discover in the museums of France

Two exhibitions tracing the Scandinavian epics, at the heart of the region’s history


« Vikings and Normans », musée de Normandie, Caen (Calvados)

The exhibition tells the links between the barbaric invader of the north and the peaceful Normans, in the imagination and in the representations. It is the whole Viking myth that is traced through 150 objects, from its birth in ancient sources, through decorative arts and painting, to current series and video games. 

Saturday 13 May 18h to midnight, free.


« Normans. Migrants, conquerors, innovators », Beauvoisine museums (museum and museum of antiquities), Rouen (Seine-Maritime)

This meeting allows you to better understand the historical context of the expansion of medieval Scandinavia on the European continent, and to understand its richness and multiple cultural contributions: language, art, religion, material culture, etc.

Saturday 13 May 19h to 23h, free.


But also exhibitions labeled « Exhibitions of national interest »

 ' Who are you Apollo? From Juliobona to Pop Culture», gallo-roman museum of Lillebonne (Seine-Maritime)

Revisits the discovery of Lillebonne’s gilded bronze Apollo in 1823, around an unprecedented exhibition presenting the many facets of divinity. The ancient and historical representations of the god, will dialogue with its current representations, and will allow to understand the evolutions of this mythical character.

Saturday 13 May 18h to midnight, free.


«Slavery, Norman memories», musée Eugène Boudin de Honfleur (Calvados), hôtel Dubocage de Bléville du Havre (Seine-Maritime), musée industriel de la Corderie Vallois de Notre-Dame-de-bondeville (Seine-Maritime)

The exhibition presented simultaneously in the three museums presents a first state of scientific knowledge on the involvement of Normans in the Atlantic trade and slavery between 1750 and 1848. Each museum will approach the issue of trafficking from a different angle: the site of Honfleur will develop the maritime aspect by shedding light on navigation and the different places that punctuate it, in Le Havre it will be the different actors (shipowners, crews, plantation owners, etc.) which will be treated, as for the site of Rouen it will focus on economic and industrial issues.

  • Guided tour of the exhibition at the Eugène Boudin Museum in Honfleur Saturday 13 May at 10pm, free.
  • Free visit of the exhibition at the Hotel Dubocage in Bléville du Havre Saturday 13 May 19h to 23h, free.
  • Show «Le bourdon: mémoires visibles et invisibles de l'esclavage» Saturday 13 May at 8 pm, free, recommended booking 02 35 74 35 35.


The museum : un child supportincomparable agogic

Since 2013, the Ministries of Culture and National Education, Youth and Sports have put in place a new system called «class, work!» The aim of this project is to offer school students the opportunity to take ownership of a common heritage and, at the end of an evening, to pass it on to their classmates and friends.


This operation thus makes it possible to develop the familiarity of young people, especially school children, with museums and to strengthen the links between educational and cultural institutions in the same territory.


Time of restitution sur the entire regional territory

At the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, where students worked on a work inspired by that of David Hockney A Year in Normandie At the Louviers museum, children tried their hand at self-portraits, or at the Louis-Philippe d'Eu museum, where they played the budding architects and created the models of their dream museums.