By Laurent P., Cécile D. Photos by Laurent P. Published on August 4, 2022 at 8:21 p.m.
For this 39th edition of Heritage Days, the Paris Archives are opening their doors to you on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022 to offer you tours of its private mansion and its exhibition.
For the Heritage Days 2022, the very nice site National Archives of Paris opens its doors to us in the heart of the Marais. Meet them Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022 in the 4th district of Paris from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy the permanent collections and exhibitions. It’s free and accessible to everyone. family from 6-7 years old.
Created at the time of the French Revolution, the National Archives ensure the collection, conservation and enhancement of the central archives of the State. Nearly 300 linear kilometers of archives, from the 7th century to the present day, are preserved there. They are now installed on three sites: Fontainebleau, Paris and Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, the latter being open to the public since January 2013. The site of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas is dedicated to the archives after the French Revolution; it hosts nearly 180 linear kilometers of public and private archives accessible in the reading room.
And concerning the event, this 39th edition of Heritage Days is an opportunity to discover the history of many museums, institutions and establishments in France. An event which, this year, is on the theme of “Sustainable heritage“, theme still as topical in the era of climate change which is happening more and more rapidly and radically.
Enjoy a lively program on Saturday and Sunday – Free admission :
- Guided tour of the Great Depots – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September, departure every half hour from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
In prestigious buildings, housing the medieval and Ancien Régime archives, the Louis-Philippe and Napoleon III depots are only open during rare events. This is an opportunity to discover the Iron Cabinet.
- Exposure “Essentials”: the 1944 ordinance establishing the right to vote for women” – Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The exhibition traces the history of the struggle for women’s right to vote at the beginning of the 20th century, with the rise of feminist associations. And despite progress on the issue in the Assembly, it was the Senate that blocked, until the Second World War that changed the situation.
- Self-guided tour of the Hôtel de Soubise – Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Come and discover the rock decorations of the apartments of the Prince of Soubise. Designed by Delamair and Boffrand, it has housed the National Archives since 1808.
- Guided tour of the Hôtel de Rohan and the decorations of the Chancellery of Orléans – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., departure every hour
At the end of an exceptional restoration campaign, four salons of the Hôtel de la Chancellerie d’Orléans, demolished in 1923, have been rebuilt on the ground floor of the Hôtel de Rohan. The guided tour will allow you to discover the extraordinary history of these decorations, the pinnacle of refinement and decorative originality of the second half of the 18th century. On the first floor, the famous Cabinet des Singes and Cabinet des Fables will also be part of the tour.
- Young Audience Workshops – Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On the program, three workshops: meetings with the art technicians of the National Archives, workshop “Medieval initials and medieval calligraphy” and “Baguettes, passe-partout and Marie-Louise!”. From 6 to 15 years old for the last two workshops.
- Guided tours of the historic library and the Oppenord lounge – Saturday September 17 at 2 p.m.
The Historical Library houses a wealth of approximately 150,000 volumes and 2,000 periodicals. In the Hôtel d’Assy, you will admire a very beautiful 18th century salon, the work of Gilles Marie Oppenord.
Don’t hesitate: go discover this emblematic place of the capital.