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Europe’s Heritage Days offer free entry to museums and cultural sites


Matisse Museum c. Ville de Nice

The 37th edition of Europe’s heritage celebrations takes place in mid-September across Europe. In France, the Journées du Patrimoine fall on the 19th and 20th. These days most cultural centres, including museums and heritage sites will be open to the public and free of charge. So make a list of places you've been meaning to visit!

This initiative, which also gives access to rarely opened historical sites, was launched by the Council of Europe in 1985. However, it only officially became a co-organised event with the European Union in 1999. Since then, there are 50 signatory countries to the European Cultural Convention that participate throughout these two days every year. Locals and tourists are encouraged to take advantage of this event to attend free visits and learn about Europe’s cultural heritage.

The objective behind these events is to remind residents and tourists about the cultural richness and diversity there is here. It’s the opportunity to learn about Europe’s history and find out more about the many various cultures that have always existed. The interest in this history not only informs everyone about the necessity to protect the European heritage, but it also counters racism and xenophobia.

From 19 - 20 September, most Châteaux, Villas, museums, galleries and churches will be free! This includes MAMAC, the Chagall and Matisse museums in Nice, the Fernand Léger Museum in Biot, Fort Carré in Antibes, all museums and heritage sites in Cannes, and so much more. For a complete list of sites in the Alpes-Maritime, click here.

On 27 September, Monaco opens the doors to their government offices, gardens, and some of the museums. Guided tours can be arranged, see the Visit Monaco website for details.

Free cultural sites and events, such as concerts, in the PACA region follow this year’s theme, “Art and Entertainment” :

Eglise Saint-François-de-Paule, Nice 06046

Opera concert and piano recital. 

Opera arias by Mozart, Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod and piano pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, with Elena Kuzheleva, soprano, and Roman.


Lycée horticole Vert d’Azur, Antibes 06600

Hydraulic machine - La Noria. 

Hydraulic machine made up of buckets attached to an endless chain to bring up water from a well with the help of a hydraulic machine.


Théâtre du Tribunal, Antibes 06600

Visit of the Tribunal Theatre.

Guided tour of the theatre: dressing rooms, control room and stage. Historical background of the building. 


Bibliothèque Raoul Mille, Nice 06000

A thousand heritages - Raoul Mille Library.

Exhibition, workshops, interviews, games and documents to be discovered on the theme.


Basilique Notre-Dame, Nice 06000

Lyric concert "Heritage and transmission". 

Transmission of the European Heritage. Compositions by Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Ravel, Schumann, Debussy, etc.


Theatre de l'Artistique, Nice 06000

Baroque Music Concert - L'Artistique.


Centre du patrimoine - Le Sénat Nice 06300

Discovery tours: “from school to heritage.”


Villa Saint-Hilaire, Grasse 06130

Sightseeing and curiosities in the library.

Treasure hunt: “Farfouilles et curiosités à la bibliothèque.”


Moulin à huile du XVIIIème siècle, Saint-Blaise 06670

Guided tour of Saint-Blais heritage.


Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet 06110

Discovery exhibition Bonnard, Le Cannet.

This exhibition follows Bonnard's career, from his first success with the France-Champagne poster.


Résidence d'artistes Le Suquet, Cannes 06400

Suquet des Art(istes).

Self-guided visit Suquet des artistes - Artists' Residence (7 rue Saint Dizier, Suquet.) 


Place de la Combe - Fontaine, Coursegoules 06140

Guided tour of Coursegoules. 

Discover the history of Coursegoules during a free guided tour!


Galerie du faune - atelier cegede, Antibes 06600

Open door workshop 2020.

Open door workshop Open door workshop Exchange & discussion on ink - acrylic - watercolour techniques.


Eglise St- Michel Villefranche sur mer, Villefranche-sur-Mer 06230

Free concert!


Chapelle Saint Elme, Villefranche-sur-Mer 06230

Free access to the Musées de la Citadelles Fondation Musée-Volti.


Chateau Saint-Georges, Grasse 06520

Visit of the Chateau Saint-Georges.

Guided tour of the Chateau Saint-Georges of the famous perfumer Léon CHIRIS built in the 19th century.


La Penne, La Penne 06260

Itinerary to discover the heritage of Pennois.


Chapelle Notre-Dame d'Espérance, Villeneuve-Loubet 06270

Open doors of the Notre-Dame d'Espérance chapel.

Let yourself be told the story of this chapel built on the site of the siege castle during the conquest of the Gaudelet by Romée de Villeneuve (13th century), lord of Villeneuve.


Musée d'Histoire et d'Art, Villeneuve-Loubet 06270

Visit the Museum of History and Art.

Discover the temporary exhibition "The Free French and their leader, General De Gaulle".


Château des Baumettes, Villeneuve-Loubet 06270

Open doors of the Château des Baumettes.

Come and discover the exhibition "Impressions of Romagna", which revisits the ancient tradition of the stamp industry. 


Musée d'Histoire et d'Art, Villeneuve-Loubet 06270

Open doors at the Town Hall.

Accompanied by the elected representatives of the town council, discover the exhibition "Our municipal schools from yesterday to today."



Eglise Saint-Marc, Villeneuve-Loubet 06270

Visit to the church of Saint Mark.

The association Friends of Saint Mark invites you to visit the building and discover the eleven stained glass windows of the church.


Lucéram, chapelle St Jean, Lucéram 06440

Museum of Old Tools and Local History.

Free visit In the Chapel of St Jean, come and discover one of the most beautiful collections of antique tools.


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- Charlotte Gillet