January 1 marked the start of a six-month French experiment with free museum entry at a variety of cultural institutions. If you can read French, check out the press release here. For the rest of you, more info after the jump.
Officially 14 museums across the country are participating.
In and around Paris:
- National Archaeology Museum (Saint-Germain-en-Laye)
- National Museum of the Middle Ages (Cluny)
- National Museum of the Renaissance (Ecouen)
- Guimet Museum of Asian Art
- Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM)
- Bourget Air and Space Museum
The following museums will offer free entry for 18 to 26 year-olds one evening per week:
- Wednesday: National Musuem of Modern Art (Centre Pompidou)
- Thursday: Musée d’Orsay
- Friday: the Louvre
- Saturday: Musée du quai Branly
- Bourges: Jacques Cœur Palace
- Dijon: Magnin Museum
- Limoges: Adrien Dubouché National Porcelain Museum
- Oiron: Oiron Castle
- Pau: National Museum of Pau Castle
- Pierrefonds: Pierrefonds Castle
- Reims: Tau Palace
- Toulon: Naval Museum
There has been quite a bit of criticism in France about this “experiment” already, so there’s no guarantee it will be extended beyond the end of June 2008. If you’ll be in France between now and then, be sure to take advantage of the French taxpayers’ generosity!