French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) Tours

French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France)
The French National Library (Bibliotheque Nationale de France) is a major research and conservation library that dates back to the Middle Ages. The library’s collections contain 14 million books and printed documents, and nearly 150,000 documents are added to the collections every year. The library is comprised of four main buildings: Site François-Mitterrand, the center for digital projects and collections; Site Richelieu-Louvois, which houses the departments of manuscripts, prints, cartography, music, theater, coins and medals; Site de L’Arsenal, containing the library of the French arsenal (more than a million books are in this building alone); and the Bibliothèque – Musée de l’Opéra, with collections related to the National Opera of Paris and the Comic Opera Theater.

The library hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year including exhibitions, lectures, symposiums, and concerts. Guided tours of each of the buildings offer a glimpse into the library’s history and the building’s architecture (the François-Mitterrand Library), the museum of coins and medals (Richelieu Library), and the old military arsenal (Arsenal Library).

Practical Info

Bring a valid ID for access to the library’s reading rooms and exhibitions. Large bags and suitcases are not allowed in the library. The library’s virtual, rotating, and permanent exhibitions range in price from 7 – 14 Euros. Permanent exhibitions include: Globes of Louis XIV; Discovering the Bibliotheque Nationale de France’s Garden; the Museum of Coins, Medals, and Antiques. Rotating exhibitions have included Anselm Kiefer and the Alchemy of Books; Prints from Goya to Redon; and French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV.
Address: Quai François Mauriac, Paris 75013, France
Hours: Varies, almost always open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Pricing for exhibits varies from 7 – 14 Euros
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Dinner Cruise

Ensure a memorable night out in Paris with a gourmet dinner cruise along the Seine River. Float past the city’s famed monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral aboard a luxury Bateaux Parisiens riverboat. Soak up the magic of Paris from an onboard dining room while enjoying a gourmet 3-course meal. Please note that Champagne and live music are also included on select 8:30pm departures.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Lunch Cruise with Live Music

Glide down the River Seine while enjoying a gourmet 3-course lunch aboard a Bateaux Parisiens river cruise. Soak up views of riverside attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Musée d'Orsay as you dine on seasonal selections from an à la carte menu, accompanied by wine. Enjoy live entertainment and a welcome glass of Champagne for a bubbly beginning to the 2-hour experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Paris Seine River Cruise with 3-Course Dinner

Sit down to a 3-course Gallic dinner and pass Paris' top sites on this 4-hour evening cruise on the Seine River. From the panoramic windows of the dining room, look out at the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, Pont Alexandre III, and other glittering waterfront sights. Upgrade to include Champagne, cocktails, wine, or beer, and head to the top deck for open-air views of the City of Light.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour and Market Food Tasting

Spin through the French capital and sample the flavors the locals love on this 4-hour Paris bike tour with market food-tasting. Head through the bustling Marais district with a guide and soak up the stylish feel. Explore iconic squares including Place de Vosges and Place de la Bastille, and spin through the pretty Parc de Bercy on the banks of the Seine River. Stop off along the way at a local food market, and taste some of the fine cheeses and deli meats for which France is famous.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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