Help with Paris White Nights/Free Sunday

Old Aug 23rd, 2019, 03:06 PM
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Help with Paris White Nights/Free Sunday

We are arriving in Paris on mid-afternoon the 1st Saturday in Oct. It is White Night and the next day -Sunday the national museums are free and the Champs-de-Elysees is closed. We will be in Paris until the next Saturday, with a day trip to Chartes. It is our 1st time. We will be rested since it is the last stop on our visit. We are thinking of doing a little White Night, but not too late . We are in our sixties and in good shape and like to go to things in the morning. We are staying in the St Germain neighborhood near St Chappelle, We will buy a museum pass and a timed ticket to the Louvre, because of the crowds we have heard about and a timed ticket to the Palais Garnier tour. We are wondering

What is a good way to experience White Night for a few hours Sat night ?
Is it reasonable to get into major museums Sunday morning? Will they be very crowded because they are free that day, or will many people be sleeping late because of White Night the day before?

Sorry for the long note and thank you for any help you can give.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2019, 04:51 PM
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The fete montmartre might overlap your trip. It might be worthwhile to do that during the day.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2019, 08:57 PM
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No guarantees. Free museum Sundays finds crowds at most museums. Obviously, the farther away from central and tourist Paris the fewer the crowds. The Art Deco Jewel Musee de l'Histoire de l'Immigration is seldom crowded because of its Porte Doree location at the edge of the Bois de Vincennes. To me,it and the Petit Palais,are the most beautiful museum structures in Paris.

Venues for Nuit Blanche change from year to year. It's best to check the web for information. Here's a start. More complete information is usually available mid-Sept.

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Old Aug 24th, 2019, 01:38 AM
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The Nuit Blanche begins at 19:00 when it isn't even dark yet. I am usually done with it before midnight, depending on how many venues I have visited. However, the real diehards keep going until 07:00. Some metro lines will be running all night.
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We went last year for the first time and I remember not being able to find much info until the last minute. We were going to go to two venues but only got to Parc de la Villette - really enjoyed the installations there. Came up from metro after midnight and stopped at a café for a nightcap.

Wishful thinking for first Sunday, but I would plan for crowds unless you go to a smaller museum as someone else suggested. We did Picasso on a first Sunday a few years ago, knowing what we were getting into and prepared for it. Never again.
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Old Aug 26th, 2019, 08:01 AM
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The Architecture Museum at Trocadero is one of our favorite-usually very interesting exhibitions and lovely views as well:
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Yes, the immigration museum is worth a side trip, partially for its sumptuous architecture and partially for its own history, evolving from a storehouse of colonial glory to an examination of modern multi-cultural reality. Bonus: Through this year an exhibit examines the role of popular music in the immigrant experience, contrasting Paris and London. Even though I don't understand the rap styles, I loved the earlier stuff, especially videos of My Boy Lollipop and Jimmy Cliff.
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