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Before The Incas

January 19 - May 1

Drawing on recent archaeological breakthroughs, the Musée du Quai Branly offers an insight into the organisation of power within Peru's ancient societies before the rise of the mighty Incas. Until April 1 www.quaibranly.fr


Apr 1, 2018 - Apr 1, 2019

From the scrawls carved by Nazi soldiers on the eaves of Vincennes to the initials chipped by shipwrecked sailors into La Rochelle’s mighty towers, graffiti is part of the very fabric of France’s monuments. And from April, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux will turn the spotlight on these scribbled mementos, offering an alternative history of the nation’s landmarks and an insight into the lives of the ‘vandals’ who altered them. The Château de Vincennes will lead the charge, charting its…


May 19

With crowds expected to start forming orderly queues from mid-afternoon – for a 6pm start(!) – it’s fair to say this Nuit des Musées business is for confi rmed (and patient) culture vultures. Every year, the fleeting event sees close to 1,200 monuments, flagship museums and châteaux up and down the nation fl ing their gates open after-hours free of charge, with behind-the-scenes access to exhibits and workshops thrown in (all until the last stroke of midnight). As usual, a…


Mar 1, 2019

She broke through the Germans’ supposedly impenetrable Hindenburg Line during the Battle of Cambrai only to be summarily buried after WW1. Now, after being unearthed by a local hotelier some 19 years ago, Deborah – one of the last surviving Mark IV tanks – has been unveiled as the centrepiece of the new Cambrai Tank 1917 museum in Flesquières. Come and pay your respects to the hefty Iron Lady who hastened the end of trench warfare. www.tourisme-nordpasdecalais.fr

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