It is a great pleasure to see the seventeenth edition of the European Night of Museums finally taking place throughout France. It will take place on Saturday, July 3, at the same time as the long-awaited Festival season begins. 

This seventeenth European Night of Museums will put artistic and cultural education, which is one of the priorities of the Government, in the spotlight, thanks to the operation La classe, l’œuvre! , conducted jointly by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports. In a number of museums, it will be the students themselves who will provide the visit, presenting to the visitors works studied during the year. These will be great moments of sharing between students, teachers, parents and visitors – a way of seeing the great works of the past through the eyes of the younger generation. It is also to this change of gaze that this event invites us.

To all the visitors, whom I hope to be very numerous, I wish you an excellent «Night». Long live our museums, which bring us so much!

Ministry of Culture/ Didier Plowy