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2023 The Year of (RE)OPENINGS 

2023 has already seen several (re)openings, with more set to happen during the year.  With renovations and public works there is plenty to discover and rediscover throughout the year.



The Censier campus, will host CÉSURE in 2023

The Sorbonne Nouvelle has moved to Nation, leaving the Censier campus behind. The Plateau Urbain team is taking over the former university site to turn it into a huge cultural center called CÉSURE. Although the opening date has not yet been announced, the place promises us a great “cultural and festive program, with a canteen coupled with an Emmaüs Campüs shop, an amphitheater, an interior courtyard and other spaces to discover”.


Former Censier campus of the Sorbonne Nouvelle, 75005 Paris

Open Summer 2023.



Les Verrières: The New African Art Center

The Verrières space before it opens to the public – © Nicolas Brasseur

In February 2023, a new space dedicated to African art will open in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés. Initiated by Charles-Wesley Hourdé, an expert specializing in the ancient arts of Africa, Oceania and America, this art center will bring together ancient arts and contemporary creations from the continent. The objective is to promote African culture and to present the diversity of these artistic movements over the centuries.

Les Verrières

41 rue de Seine 75006 Paris

Opened in February.


The Bourdelle Museum: The Historic Sculptor’s Studio

The Bourdelle Museum – © Haarkon

A stone’s throw from Montparnasse station, Antoine Bourdelle’s former workshops dating from the 19th century plunge us into the intimacy of the sculptor’s surroundings: his work and his peaceful gardens. Since January 2021, the Bourdelle museum has begun consolidation work in order to preserve this remarkable place, which we will finally be able to experience when it reopens in March 2023.

Bourdelle Museum

18 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris

Reopened March, 2023.

Hangar Y: Art, Science And Innovation

The historic building renamed Hangar Y – © Hangar Y

Abandoned for 70 years, the mythical building of the aeronautical site of Meudon is transformed into Hangar Y. Classified as a historical monument, this cultural place wishes to celebrate ecology, travel, new technologies and the conquest of space in this extraordinary place. It will welcome artists, performers, and DJs  in its 3,000 m2 space on the edge of the city’s forest.

Hangar Y

Avenue de Trivaux, 92360 Meudon

Re-opened March, 2023.



Quai De La Photo: The New Floating Art Center 

The new floating center Quai de la Photo – © 2022 Quai de la Photo

At the foot of the Pont de Bercy, the Quai de la Photo will offer free exhibitions bringing together famous and emerging photographers. This 1000 m2 space will reserve a vast area for artistic discoveries, and will offer a corner where you can have a drink and snack. The site will also house an integrated marina and boarding port allowing river excursions aboard historic 100% electric boats.

Quai de la Photo

Pont de Bercy, 75013 Paris

Opening in late spring 2023



Serge Gainsbourg’s House: The Long-Awaited Opening 

Serge Gainsbourg’s house

Serge Gainsbourg’s house located at:  5 bis rue de Verneuil  in the 7th arrondissement, is one of the most legendary houses in Paris. In this house where the singer lived, everything has remained the same: vinyl records, furniture, cigarette butts… Unpublished digital content will also be on display, as well as the treasures accumulated by the singer. In addition to the museum, a  bookstore-boutique will offer exceptional works, while the Gainsbarre will be a café during the day and a piano bar in the evening.

Maison Gainsbourg

5 bis rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris

Opening in June 2023



Boom Boom Villette: A New Immersive Concept

Boom Boom Villette – © Malherbe Paris, Apsys

On 25,000 m2 , Boom Boom Villette invests the former Vill’Up to become one of the largest places in France dedicated to immersive experiences, street food and urban art. A space of 4,000 m2 will bring together several restaurants from all over the world, and there will be DJ sets, concerts and performances all year round.

Boom Boom Villette

La Villette, 75019 Paris

Opening in summer 2023



Bobigny Station: A Memorial For The Deportees

The Memorial of the former Bobigny station – © Wagon lanscaping

The former Bobigny deportation station will be transformed into a memorial to pay tribute to the Jewish deportees of the Second World War. The railway site will be completely redeveloped as a place of memory with an educational trail for visitors. The inauguration will take place on July 18, 2023, a date which will mark the 80th anniversary of the departure of convoy 57, the first convoy of deportees bound for the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland.

Former Bobigny station

151 avenue Henri Barbusse, 93000 Bobigny

Opening on July 18, 2023



The Docks Of Saint-Ouen: A Huge Gourmet Hall

The Saint-Ouen Docks hall

In September, a large gourmet hall will be open 7 days a week, from 8am to midnight at the Docks de Saint-Ouen. This former train factory opens up a bright space with a large glass roof and a central patio. You can eat there, have a drink, shop at the organic market and spend festive evenings there.

The Halle des Docks

Cours des Lavandières, 93400 Saint-Ouen

Opening in September 2023



The National Maritime Museum: The Reopening Of A Historic Site

The National Maritime Museum

Closed since 2017, the National Maritime Museum will finally reopen its doors at the end of 2023. Located on  Place du Trocadéro, this place combines art, history and  science to tell the maritime adventures of the world. It is also one of the two oldest marine museums in the world! Entirely redesigned, the route will reveal the many collections in a scenography that will take us on a journey to the five continents.

National Maritime Museum

17 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris

Reopening in October 2023


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