The European Heritage Days in Paris are an invitation to discover France’s monuments in a way that is not usually possible. During the course of a weekend places usually closed to the public open their doors for free. Even the Polaine Bakery is on the schedule (reservations required).

For 2015, the theme is 21st Century Heritage, a story of the future. Children and adults alike are invited to learn more about contemporary architecture and its integration into the environment, as well as discovering new construction techniques, innovative materials, modes of representation (from drawings and watercolours to digital images and 3D models).

In addition to exploring the great monuments of Paris (Palais de l’Elysée, Matignon, Musée d’Orsay and the Arc de Triomphe), visitors can discover contemporary buildings such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Cité de la Mode et du Design.

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