Through the use of a touchscreen tablet (collected from the venue’s ticket office upon presentation of your ticket) HistoPad offers visitors an immersive, enhanced tour of the medieval and revolutionary spaces within the Conciergerie.
Using augmented reality techniques, 3D reconstructions and interactive features, this fun and engaging option allows users to gain a deeper understanding of the historical meaning and past history of this important landmark. Through HistoPad, visitors can discover what the rooms of the Palais de la Cité looked like during the 14th century under the reign of Philip IV and during the French Revolution in the 18th century.
This innovative and exciting experience will appeal to grown-ups and children alike, and even includes a kids’ treasure hunt!
The Centre de Monuments Nationaux invites artist Stéphane Thidet for a “Diversion” of the Seine at the Conciergerie - 30 March to 31 August 2018
‘Détournement’ (Diversion in English), created by Stéphane Thidet at the invitation of the Centre de Monuments Nationaux, is a piece just as audacious and poetic as his recent installations ‘Sommeil’, a frozen forest sprawled across the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris for Nuit Blanche 2016, and ‘Bruit blanc’, an ice sculpture presented in the Ballroom Grove at the Palace of Versailles last winter.
Continuing his use of natural elements in his work, Stéphane Thidet has diverted part of the Seine, creating a snaked path for the water through the interior of the Conciergerie before directing it back to the river. Considering the flood of 1910, the watermarks of which are still visible on the monument’s columns, the artist wanted to reintroduce the river’s flow to these walls in a peaceful and controlled manner. Using an elaborate technical system, Stéphane has created a temporary meandering of the river within the Conciergerie.
A variety of cultural events are on offer to open this installation to the public and deepen the relationship between the river and the Ile de la Cité, including an opportunity to meet Stéphane Thidet, a conference with historian Isabelle Backouche, family open days and storytelling tours. The installation will also be open for two exceptional nights; 9 May and 6 June. And, for the first time in 2018, the entire Conciergerie will stay open for the European Night of the Museums on 19 May.
This exhibition is supplemented by a publication in Éditions du patrimoine as part of the “One Artist / One Monument” collection with an essay by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, art critic and exhibition curator at the Palais de Tokyo. This will be available in the spring.
The Conciergerie ticket is included in the Paris Region Pass - Experience.
9:30 to 18:00
Closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Tickets and pricing
Reduced rate for unemployed and disabled persons, applicable on-site only.
Ticket valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
Entry to the Conciergerie is free on the first Sunday of each month (fee payable for the HistoPad).