For this year’s European Heritage Days, whose theme will be “Youth and Heritage,” the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs will open three locations to the public on September 16 and 17: the Hôtel du Ministre at the Quai d’Orsay, and the diplomatic archives in Courneuve and Nantes.
At the Quai d’Orsay, visitors can view the photo exhibit “Union(s) européennes, ambassadeurs de l’Europe de demain.” Featuring work by Frédéric de la Mure, the Quai d’Orsay’s official photographer for more than 30 years, the show offers portraits of French-European families of 18 nationalities that formed as a result of the Erasmus+ exchange program.
Visitors can also learn about the history of the Hôtel du Ministre in a walking tour enabling them to view such rarely accessible locations as the minister’s office and the king and queen’s bathrooms. In the large dining room, art restorers and binders who preserve our national heritage will share their expertise.
Musical interludes are provided by such groups as the Garde républicaine, the Diplo Voce chorale, and the French and German student orchestra. In the gardens, the ministry beekeeper will show visitors where honey is made.
For more information, visit our page on the Journées européennes du patrimoine 2017 (in French).