12th European Night of Museums in the Marais

Every year, the European Night of Museums is the opportunity to offer a breeding ground. Most Paris museums open their doors for free so you can see their collections and their temporary exhibitions. At the Hotel Mareuil, we love strolling around in the Marais, we invite you to discover the main attractions of the neighbourhood during this arty evening!

In the 3rd arrondissement
We begin the festivities at the Cognac-Jay Museum, where visitors will attend a tour, with readings and music. Tales and fables from Voltaire or Diderot will be recited on Rameau and Mozart music. At the Museum Carnavalet, an opera show will be performed in the gardens. The Musée national Picasso will offer free access to its exhibitions, including the one of Miquel Barceló, “Sol y sombra”. Finally, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will be organising video screenings, in partnership with the winners of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

© DES SIGNES, studio Muchir Desclouds

In the 4th arrondisssement
Victor Hugo’s House will be opening its doors during a free tour of the flat where the writer and his family have been living from 1832 to 1848. The Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles will invite us to go all over the exhibition of the Belgian painter Paul Delvaux, known for his pictorial and poetic style. The Polish Library in Paris will be programming a concert of classical music. As for the Centre Georges Pompidou, it will enable the public to stroll in its permanent collections, visit the exhibition of French artist JR, and will bring us many other surprises!

12th European Night of Museums in the Marais, on Saturday May 21st, 2016.
Free entrance.

Centre Georges Pompidou
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Metro : Rambuteau (line 11).


Discover the capital with Paris Visites!

The Mareuil hotel suggests to discover places, walks or cultural and gourmet activities not to be missed in Paris, thanks to its blog. To visit the most beautiful tourist areas of the city, we call on Paris Visites. This site founded by Michel Faul, proposes to discover the history of Paris through guided walks filled with anecdotes.

Michel Faul, a passionate man
Behind this guide conceals a history fanatic, who published several biographies of unusual characters of Parisian and French history, literature and music. By creating Paris Visites, he had the desire to share his knowledge and passion with tourists and curious Parisians.


Michel Faul © Bergeot

The best seller visits
Paris Visites sets up numerous tours, including the Parc Monceau, in the neighbourhood of Les Halles, Montorgueil, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, towards the faubourg Saint-Antoine, nearby Bastille, or even place de la Concorde or in the Latin Quarter. Three of them are distinguishable and in high demand. The first presents the heart of Paris over the Seine, from the Louvre Pyramid to Notre-Dame de Paris, until the Conciergerie. The second takes us to Montmartre, a village in Paris, with its Sacré-Coeur Basilica, its vineyards and its famous painters. The last one focuses on the southern part of the Marais and the famous Place des Vosges, so chic, to the medieval Marais with its so typical half-timbered houses, not forgetting the Jewish quarter.

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Our favourite tour: “Les joyaux de Paris”
In 2h30, Paris Visites invites you to a personalised ride in minibus or limousine. You can choose 6 or 7 places to visit which always made you dream! You want to create exclusive activities such as wine tasting or accordion recital? Ask Michel Faul what you would like, and create a custom tour!

Rate for a walking tour of 2 hours in a legendary district of Paris.
From 1 to 4 people: €130.
From 5 to 10 people: €200.

Rate for the “Joyaux de Paris” tour: Estimate on request (transportation included).

Learn more about Paris Visites.

Discover the History of the Marais at the Carnavalet Museum

The Carnavalet Museum focuses on the history of the Marais, one of the most emblematic districts of Paris. The retrospective “The Marais and its Legacy” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s)”) invites us to discover how it has been renovated, since the first Protection and Development Plan which was set up by the Malraux law, voted in August 4th, 1962.

André Malraux, a visionary
The writer soon realises that this historic borough needs to be protected, almost twenty years after the Second World War. Through the testimonies of inhabitants of the Marais, as well as the producers’, the photographers’, and the historians’, we discover the different stages of modernisation of the 126 hectares related to the 3rd and 4th districts. What was the cultural, economic and social evolution of this site? What were the most significant conservation efforts? The public will find answers to these questions in the museum, also nestled in the heart of the Marais. By the way, a second Protection and Development Plan was voted in December 2013, over 50 years after André Malraux’s. This beautiful exhibition that enables to learn a little more about the history of Paris can be visited with family, during a Sunday stroll in the Marais.

The Marais and its Legacy – ©SDP

“The Marais and its Legacy – 50 years of protection, since the Malraux law” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s) – 50 ans de sauvegarde depuis la loi Malraux”) exhibition, from November 4th 2015 to February 28th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Closed on some bank holidays and on Monday.
Full rate: €9 / Concession (18-26 years old): €6 / Free for underage.

Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
16, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 59 58 58
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) or Saint-Paul (line 1).



Exhibitions you should not miss this fall

This fall, two exhibitions are eagerly awaited by Parisians: the Picasso Mania at the Grand Palais and the Warhol Unlimited at the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris. Both present great artists who have marked Art history, and last more or less the same time.

1 / Picasso Mania at the Grand Palais
The Grand Palais offers to come back to the creation of the myth of Picasso. How this name became famous? How it influenced its contemporaries? One hundred masterpieces by Pablo Picasso are thus confronted with contemporary works signed by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, or Roy Lichtenstein. This important retrospective also focuses on the iconic works by Picasso, as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica, and comes back to the different stylistic phases of the artist.

Exhibition “Picasso Mania” From October 7th to February 29th 2016.
Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am to 10pm, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 8pm.
Full rate: €13.

Picasso.mania – © Rmn-Grand Palais Poster, Paris 2015/ Gjon Mili/The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images Succession Picasso 2015

Grand Palais
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

2 / Warhol at the Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris welcomes more than 200 works of icon Andy Warhol. In addition to presenting its Jackies series (1964), Flowers (1964-1965) and Electric Chairs (1964-1971), the museum also hosts 102 screen-printed paintings from the series of Shadows (1978-1979). This is the first time these 17 color works are on display in Europe. “Warhol Unlimited” highlights the serial dimension of the artist’s work.

Exhibition “Warhol Unlimited” From October 2nd 2015 to February 7th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 10pm.
Full rate: €12.


Shadows, 1978-79, Dia Art Foundation, Photo Bill Jacobson – © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.   ADAGP, Paris 2015

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
11, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
Metro: Iéna and Alma-Marceau (line 9).

The Saint-Jacques tower is open throughout the summer

For the third consecutive year the the Saint-Jacques tower opens its doors to the public during the summer. It has for long been a pilgrim starting point. The St Jacques-de-Compostela has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, The 54 meters high tower offers a unique view of all Paris. This Parisian monument was erected in the early sixteenth century and can boast of being of a flamboyant Gothic style.

More than just a historical building
Besides being one of the most beautiful Parisian monuments, the Saint-Jacques tower also works as a weather station. And at it’s peak, the weather station ‘Montsouris Observatory’ uses it, who is as well providing data to ‘Météo France’.


Saint-Jacques tower © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

A sporting climbingLike the towers of Notre Dame, the ascent of the Saint-Jacques tower has to be earned! With 300 steps, the tower is a long climb, which is not something for people with vertigo, claustrophobia or people who suffers from heart problems. But once you get to the top, you will discover and see a unique view of the French capital, and at the corners of the terrace where you will see the carved symbols of the four evangelists. A climb which remains athletic and precious!

Open from June 5th to September 27th, 2015.
Wednesday to Sunday from 3:30p.m. to 6p.m.
Full price: €10 / Reduced price: €8.
Book your guided tour (in French).

Square of the Saint-Jacques tower
19, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).

Paris Rendez-Vous: the elegant concept store of the City Hall of Paris

Located close to the City Hall, in the heart of the Marais, Paris Rendez-Vous, the official store of the City Hall of Paris is the rallying point for tourists. Included in this concept store there is a bright sleek, modern design, many gifts and souvenirs, as well as a space dedicated to giving visitors access to a multilingual documentation on the activities offered by the City of Paris, and tablets free of charge.

© Facebook Paris Rendez-Vous

A concept store at the crossroads of business routes
Shop side Paris Rendez-Vous has not finished surprising you with its unusual objects reflecting the diversity and richness of Parisian life. Each borough is represented: the 6th with emblematic wooden sailboats from the Jardin du Luxembourg, the 1st with Fermob chairs in the Garden of Tuileries, or the 11th with Bastille bio coffee beans from Comptoirs Richard. Younger guests can have fun by coloring Paris on the poster that mesures 6 meters installed in the shop, and cyclists will be happy with a choice of accessories and various guides to the most dedicated athletes Parisians. A space strategically located in the heart of the capital, close to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Ile-Saint-Louis.

© Facebook Paris Rendez-Vous

Open Monday to Saturday from 10a.m to 7p.m.

Paris Rendez-Vous
29, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).


Philharmonie de Paris: the new museum dedicated to music

Located in the extension of the Cité de la Musique in the heart of eastern Paris, the Paris Philharmonic revitalizes the neighborhood. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the building’s futuristic curves are made of shiny aluminum spins, covered with 340,000 aluminum birds of seven shapes and in four different colors. The set is very mineral and innovative for the capital.

Façade – Open Days January 17th and 18th 2015 © Beaucardet

A 2,400-seats concert hall
The Philharmonie de Paris has a symphony hall of 2400 seats, located in the heart of the building. Just like the shape of the building, it was designed to completely immerse the viewer in the music, with its wraparound configuration based on design, ergonomics and acoustics. The program is intended eclectic as the public can enjoy dance performances, jazz concerts, or classical, world and current. The Philharmonie de Paris has two permanent shows, the Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, but it also receives three other reputable shows: the Paris Chamber Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, and the Orchestre National d’Ile-de -France. Something for all music lovers.

15-01-2015 Gala – Great Hall © William Beaucardet

A place of musical and cultural expression
Next to this room out of the ordinary were installed five rehearsal rooms for musicians and ten chamber music studios. This educational center is open throughout the year for group workshops of children and adults who want to discover music. The Philharmonie music museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. From March 2015, the museum will offer a retrospective dedicated to the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, and another dedicated to music and fashion icon David Bowie, retracing the route of this unique dazzling artist.

“David Bowie” exhibition: from March 3rd until May 31st 2015.
“Pierre Boulez” exhibition: from March 17th until June 28th 2015.
The music museum is open Tuesday-Friday from noon to 6pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays.

Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel: +33(0)1 44 84 44 84
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).


Fall 2014 : Art in Paris

The end of October, 2014, has been full of renewal for Art in Paris. Two famous museums – La Monnaie de Paris & Musée Picasso – have just reopened, while the Fondation Louis Vuitton celebrates its grand opening. Three venues worth a visit as we approach the end of the year.

Monnaie de Paris
After years of work started in 2011, the Oldest institution in France partially reopened on October 25, 2014. La Monnaie de Paris coins money, medals and other collection pieces which visitors can buy on site. The museum is planning several exhibits this year, starting right away with American artist Paul McCarthy. Also in the making is a three-star restaurant to be designed by highly recognized architect Jean-Michel Willmotte, while the kitchen should be headed by chef Guy Savoy.


Staircase ® Gilles Targat

Open daily from 11am to 7pm, until 10pm on Thursday.
Free admission.

Monnaie de Paris
11, Quai de Conti
75006 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 46 56 66
Metro station: Pont Neuf (line 7).

Musée Picasso
After 5 long years of work, the museum just reopened on October 25, 2014. Art lovers around the world had been waiting for this event, and will now be able to learn about all the different genres used by Picasso: cubism, primitivism, polymorphism, or war painting. The museum has acquired two new works from Picasso’s own daugher, Maya, including a notebook filled with erotica. As for the date of the grand reopening, it has been chosen with care and set to Picasso’s birthday.

© Musée national Picasso-Paris/Béatrice Hatala

Open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am to 6pm, weekends from 9:30am to 6pm.
Full admission is 11€ / Free admission for people under 18.

Musée Picasso Paris
5, rue de Thorigny
75003 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 85 56 00 36
Metro station: Chemin Vert or Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

La Fondation Louis Vuitton
Bernard Arnault dreamed of it, and has now done it. The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened its doors on October 27, 2014. It is nestled in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, located in the Boulogne woods (bois de Boulogne) on Paris’s west side. This new arty venue promotes contemporary art via temporary exhibits and displays. Some of the pieces presented on permanent exhibit are taken directly from the business man’s own collection. The first exhibit features architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the resolutely futuristic building.


Iwan Baan for Fondation Louis Vuitton ©Iwan Baan 2014

Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 7pm, Friday from noon to 11pm, and weekends from 11am to 8pm.
Full admission is 14€ / 10€ under 26 / 5€ under 18 / Free for children under 3.

Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne
75116 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 69 96 00
Metro station: Les Sablons (line 1).


41st FIAC

Tomorrow is a big day for art lovers : this October 23rd welcomes FIAC in Paris. It is the 41st rendition of the art show specialized in displays featuring modern art, contemporary art and emerging creations. 191 international galleries are involved this year, coming from all over the world, including Norway, Saudi Arabia, Japan, India, and 48 from France.

(OFF)ICIELLE : an all new FIAC event

A new event is part of FIAC 2014 and will be held on the Docks : it is called (OFF)ICIELLE – Cité de la Mode et du Design (city of fashion and design). It is an opportunity to discover new and upcoming artists, as well as lesser known but already accomplished talents. Movies, concerts and other performances will take place throughout the festival. (OFF)ICIELLE is also held at the Grand Palais, where the 3 display halls on the 2nd floor feature emerging contemporary art galleries such as Hannah Hoffman, Monclova or Shane Campbell.

FIAC, October 23-26, 2014.
Open from noon to 8pm, until 9pm on Friday.
Full admission: 35€ / 20€ under 26 / Free for children under 12.

© M/M (Paris)

Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro station: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design
34, quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 76 77 25 30
Metro station: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10, RER C), or Quai de la Gare (line 6).

La Villette celebrates Street Culture

Well known for urban culture, La Villette is host to a Street Festival this coming May 30 through June 1st. All forms of street culture will be represented: dance, art, fashion, food. Originating from hip hop, the festival now embraces all current forms of urban culture, as a testimony to an everchanging society. For 3 days, the Grande Halle will be home to free hip hop dance workshops (as well as break, popping, etc…), as well as beatbox, skate board, or the art of movement with the participation of the Yamasaki. Food trucks will be found on site to allow hungry strollers to continue their walk among Street Culture fashion booths, or go admire the 2 graffiti frescos produced for the festival. Two highly anticipated concerts featuring greats of American hip hop will take place on May 30 and 31: the stage will welcome Public Ennemy, as well as KRS-One and Pusha-T. Among other animations, you will also be able to enjoy dance battles.

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Villette Street Festival, from May 30 to June 1st, 2014.
Starting at 2pm.
Free admission to workshops and animations (as long as seats are available).
Concerts: 35€ / under 26 years old: 24€.
Friday, May 30 at 8pm: Pusha-T / Flatbush Zombies / The Underachievers.
Saturday, May 31 at 8pm: Public Ennemy / KRS-One / Oddisee.

Grande halle de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro station: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

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