The Grand Palais, one of Paris’ most historic sites, will be temporarily closing. From December 2020 to March 2023, the beautiful building will be shutting its doors to the public in order to complete restorations. Work such as this has been discussed for many years only to be postponed due to funding. Now, it is finally happening after €128M has been approved and as Paris prepares to host the Olympics in 2024.
The building is in a delicate state and needs thorough restoration work to be done in order to ensure that the space will survive the test of time.
While renovating and restoring this remarkable place, the work will focus on updating the Palais de la Découverte, creating spaces for larger exhibitions, stabilizing the structure, restoring the famed building’s flow, and working on updates to expand the visiting capacity. All of this work is being overseen and managed by François Chatillon who is the chief architect of Historic Monuments for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Chatillon has also invited architects Umberto Napolitano and Benoît Jallon to aid in the restoration process.