October 16, 2021

Heritage Days in Paris: five unusual places open to the public

The headquarters of the Communist Party in the 19th arrondissement of Paris will be accessible to the public during Heritage Days from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September 2021. (© Wikimedias Commons / Guilhem Vellut)

Push a door usually closed to the public and discover a universe that had remained secret until then. From Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September 2021, the 38th edition of European Heritage Days To Paris will allow the public to explore inaccessible places or unsuspected existence.

Make history by visiting the oldest basketball hall in the world

Inaugurated in December 1893, the oldest basketball hall in the world is nestled in the 9th arrondissement. This historic room, located rue de Trévise, belongs to the Union Chrétienne des Jeunes Gens de Paris (UCJG de Paris), the French avatar of the YMCA (Young Men Christian Association) movement which invented basketball in 1891 in Springfield (United States). United) and exported it to all over the world.

Located rue de Trévise, this hall is the oldest basketball hall in the world.
Located rue de Trévise, this hall is the oldest basketball hall in the world. (© MAM / news Paris)

Open to the public only during Heritage Days, it notably hosted the filming of the video forEddy from Preto for his Normal song.

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Travel through time at the Museum of Fairground Arts

Come closer, come closer! Under your astonished eyes, in the old cellars of Bercy, Jean-Paul Favand’s “troupe of objects” retraces more than two centuries of the history of fairground arts.

Cabinet of curiosities, sound and light show, living museum ... The museum of fairground arts in Paris traces nearly two centuries of history.
Cabinet of curiosities, sound and light show, living museum … The museum of fairground arts in Paris traces nearly two centuries of history. (© MAM / news Paris)

An incredible collection that the owner of the place has gleaned for 50 years, making his life a real treasure hunt. During the Heritage Days, visitors will have access to the backstage of this timeless place and will be able to learn more about the meticulous restoration of the carousels, automatons or other precious witnesses of the history of the funfair.

53 avenue des Terroirs-de-France
From 0 to 12 euros depending on the visit chosen (visit to the reserves, the backstage or the pavilions of Bercy)
online booking

Discover the imprint left by the women of the past

On the occasion of Heritage Days, the curious will be able to follow in the footsteps of the women who have made history. In the streets of the 13th arrondissement, master’s students in Heritage and Museum tell how, from religion to patronage, women have exercised their power over the centuries.

Walkers will also be able to walk around the Butte-aux-Cailles district and discover the history of women involved in social or political struggles, for the recognition of their rights and the improvement of their condition.

Visiting Jean Lurçat’s lair

Jean Lurçat’s studio house, chosen for the new edition of the Loto du Patrimoine, is considered a Parisian masterpiece of the Modern Movement. Built in 1925 by his brother, André Lurçat, it is the first of eight houses built by the architect for artists, in the Cité Seurat in the heart of the 14th arrondissement.

Jean Lurçat's studio house was chosen for the 2021 edition of the Loto du Patrimoine.
Jean Lurçat’s studio house was chosen for the 2021 edition of the Loto du Patrimoine. (© Loto du Patrimoine)

Place of life and work of the painter Jean Lurçat, it has been maintained in its original state with its decor and furniture.

Immerse yourself in the work of Oscar Niemeyer, at the PCF headquarters

The headquarters of the French Communist Party, which has become a location for filming and haute couture fashion shows, is a work by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

The dome of the headquarters of the Communist Party in Paris.
The dome of the headquarters of the Communist Party in Paris. (© Wikimedias Commons / Guilhem Vellut)

The dome which houses the National Council Chamber is the flagship element of the architectural composition, representing the belly of a pregnant woman according to Oscar Niemeyer. Classified as a historical monument in 2007, this is where Angèle Jalousie’s clip was shot or part of the feature film The Foam of Days by Michel Gondry.

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