Heritage Days 2021: ten sites to visit across France


Free access but sometimes with health pass and by reservation, the 2021 edition of European Heritage Days, which takes place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September, intends to return to normality.

In 2020, the pandemic had forced many cultural places to give up welcoming the public. This year, nearly 23,000 events are organized across France. We have selected ten places that exceptionally open their doors or offer special events.

Le Mobilier national, in Paris

Le Mobilier national, in Paris.

Royal furniture under Henri IV, reorganized under Louis XIV, created to furnish royal and imperial residences, the Mobilier National ensures the conservation and restoration of the 130,000 objects of furniture or textiles that make up its collections. Even today, the institution manages the furnishings of the high places of the Republic.

For Heritage Days, visitors will exceptionally be able to discover the funeral sheet of the return of Napoleon’s ashes in 1840, on the occasion of the bicentenary of the emperor’s death. The public will also be able to enter the restoration and creation workshops and admire the furniture and lighting from the 1930s and 1950s just restored.

National furniture, 1, rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 13e. Free visit on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Notre Dame of Paris

View of the facade of Notre-Dame-de-Paris.

How is the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris organized? Still closed for work after the fire of April 15, 2019, the cathedral opens behind the scenes of its construction site to allow the public to meet those who have worked to secure and consolidate the site.

Demonstrations, workshops, meetings and conferences will be organized with the various trades mobilized on the site: scaffolders, carpenters, sculptors, organ builders, architects.

On the forecourt of Notre-Dame. Free visit on presentation of the health pass, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Headquarters of the National Order of Pharmacists in Paris

The headquarters of the national order of pharmacists, in Paris.

Composed of two buildings, the headquarters of the National Order of Pharmacists, located at the foot of Parc Monceau, reflects the architectural style of the end of the Second Empire, of which many buildings have now disappeared.

The brick and stone facade of the first building impresses with its sculpted Renaissance cornice that separates the ground floor from the first floor. The second floor is marked by a Byzantine-Venetian style. The large wooden staircase leading up to the upper floors is adorned with twelve panels representing scenes from mythology. The second building, neo-XVIII stylee century, is extended by a winter garden which overlooks the Parc Monceau. These two buildings now house utility objects as well as posters and books on the history of pharmacy. And in particular a collection of 800 blown glass jars containing the drugs that made up the therapeutic arsenal in the 19th century.e century.

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