Publié le 7 September 2019

European Heritage Days at the Élysée Palace

Are you free on the weekend of 21 and 22 September?

For the European Heritage Days, you are invited to come and discover the Élysée Palace which has experienced and made history: the French President’s office, the recently renovated Salle des Fêtes where state receptions and dinners are held, the Cour d’Honneur where the president welcomes his foreign counterparts, and even the gardens.

In the past, visitors had to wait up to eight hours to enter. Eight hours during which they chatted with their friends, with other visitors and made new friends. But, an eight-hour wait is long. This year, in order to make your visit more enjoyable, we have set up online registration so that you can choose the time you’d like to come.

Just follow these three steps:

Step 1: Register for your visit on our website.

Choose the day (21 or 22 September) and the time, but remember spots are limited, so don’t delay! You can register up to five people for the same address. Make sure you have all the correct information for the visitors ahead of time because once you’ve registered you can't change the information.

➔ Due to the many people interested, there are no more spots open for either day.

For those of you who have registered and are waiting to receive your invitation:
 

If you are coming from outside of Paris, this will be taken into account. During the third week of September, and depending on the number of spots available, you will receive your invitation by email. All visitors must have an invitation to visit the Élysée Palace.

 

Step 2: You come to the Élysée Palace on the designated day, at the designated time and at the designated entrance, with your invitation and proof of identity.

 

Step 3: Enjoy your visit. Don’t forget your telephone and earphones if you’d like further explanations and anecdotes in recordings accessible throughout the visit. An information leaflet will also be available for €5.00.

 

This year, you can enjoy:

 

Not one, not two, but three exhibitions.

You often see photos in newspapers and magazines, but this year they will be exhibited in the Élysée Palace gardens. The main agencies working with the President of the French Republic will be showcasing a total of ten photos on the theme of Regards sur l’Élysée. Visitors will vote for the photo they like best and it will be awarded the Prix du Public. It’s a way of taking part in democratic vote and we’re counting on you.

Last year’s winner, the independent photographer Sébastien Muylaert will also be exhibiting his work.

All year round, interns, including young photographers,provide a wide range of services at the Élysée Palace, . The work of seven of them will be exhibited. And we can already share with you that our interns have got talent. 

It is an opportunity to discover unique expertise.

The Élysée Palace is the culmination of the expert work of roofers, stonemasons, carpenters, sculptors, gilders, embroiderers, soft furnishing providers, ceramic artists, crystal engravers, silversmiths and copperware specialists. All will be in attendance on the European Heritage Days via the French agency in charge of heritage and real estate projects, OPPIC, and the French agency in charge of the conservation and restoration of historical furniture, Mobilier National. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have. As experts in their fields, they are happy to share their knowledge. In the gardens, you can even try your hand at stonework.

The Music of the French Republican Guard.

Every day, the music of the French Republican Guard can be heard playing in the Cour d’Honneur, while the President of the French Republic receives his foreign counterparts. But this time,  it will be played for your ears only.

A HUGE colouring project.

Your children’s creativity will be required. A huge drawing to be coloured in by your children will be set up in the gardens.

The official gift shop, working for a good cause.

By purchasing our porcelain mugs, marinière shirts, key chains, snow globes and other products, you are helping to give a second life to the Élysée Palace three hundred years after its construction. All the gift shop’s proceeds go to restoration projects whose progress you can see with your own eyes. While having fun shopping, you can also help safeguard our common cultural heritage.

 

We will know let you register to discover everything waiting for you during your visit. We are counting on your to share your best photos on social media tagging the @Elysee account. The best Instagram stories will be shared.

Practical information

FAQ - European Heritage Days at the Élysée Palace

21 septembre 2019

Doors will be open from 8:00 to 18:00. The last visit will begin at 17:00.
The visit is accessible for persons with reduced mobility and there will be a changing area for babies.

Access:

Entrance via Avenue Gabriel at the Place de la Concorde, with proof of identity and your invitation. Only people with an invitation can visit the Élysée Palace.
Public transport: Metro lines 1, 8 and 12 to Concorde.

Security information:

Any item considered dangerous will not be allowed inside the Élysée Palace.
There are no facilities to store prohibited items.
No animals, except for service dogs, are allowed to enter.

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