European Museum Night 2023


Montpellier-Sète, culture for children

On the occasion of the 19th edition of the European Night of Museums, Montpellier and Sète offer a rich program in their cultural establishments for all audiences.

As part of the City of Montpellier’s policy of developing a city for children, specific cultural activities have been designed for them to enable young Montpellier residents to discover art and culture in a fun and creative way and for families to celebrate the European Night of Museums together.

In the same way, the Museums and the Garden of Sète agglopôle méditerranée invite the public to discover their temporary and permanent collections in a new way. This is an opportunity for everyone to experience the museum in a friendly and fun way, with the following program: open house, night and theatrical tours, musical storytelling…
Find here the program dedicated to the young public within the framework of the European Night of the museums, Saturday May 13, 2023.

Les contes en vadrouille at MO.CO.
6:00 pm > 6:30 pm

In partnership with the early childhood center of the city of Montpellier, the MO.CO. invites “Les contes en vadrouille” for the European Night of Museums.
The storytellers will offer readings in the exhibition rooms.

Parents and children under 6 years old
Free. Reservations required at

Workshops: La table de Valentine
7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm, 10:15 pm

Time : 35 minutes
Participants are invited to make an everyday object out of self-hardening clay while experiencing each major sculptural gesture in a serene and meditative atmosphere. But beware, as in a great restaurant, where cutlery has a sometimes obscure use, the audience will have to choose the right tool to use.
From 7 years old
Free. Registration 30 minutes before each session at the museum reception desk (20 people)

Family reading time
7:15 and 7:45 pm

Time : 30 minutes
The professionals of the Early Childhood of the City of Montpellier propose to the families times of reading in the rooms of the museum to (re)discover the works in another way.
Two themes are proposed:

  • Salle 7 : “Les animaux“, selection of works echoing the works of the Nordic painters presented in the room.
  • Salle 39 : « Fleurs et jardin », selection of works echoing the works of the impressionist painters presented in the room.

For children between 2 and 5 years old accompanied by their parents
Free. On registration in the museum hall (20 people)

Family visit : Panique sur l’Olympe
7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:15 pm

Time :1h
After a session of the board game invented by the teams of the museum, the visit continues in the gallery of columns: readings of works on mythology and discovery of paintings are on the program. The history of the Gods, Goddesses and Heroes will no longer hold any secrets for you!
For children between 6 and 10 years old and their parents
Free. Registration 30 minutes before each session at the museum reception desk (16 people)

Family visit : The class, the work !
7pm > 11pm Continuous projection

Discover with your family the projects presented by the students within the framework of “La classe, l’œuvre”, an artistic and cultural education project set up by the Ministry of National Education in partnership with the Ministry of Culture. The main objective is to allow the students to appropriate the common heritage and to participate in its transmission in the form of expression of their choice (texts, photos, plastic productions, dance, performances, theater?)
Theme of the year 2023 at the Fabre Museum “Metamorphoses and hybridizations” around the works: François Girardon, Apollo and Daphne (after Le Bernin, 1690-1710, bronze) – Antoine-Louis Barye, Theseus fighting the Minotaur (1874, bronze)
Parents and children from 3 years old

Dramatized visit : Les Guides contemporains
At 8pm

Clotilde and Boniface Granjeu, incompetent guides from all eras, offer you to discover the Thau Lagoon Museum as you have never seen it!
A funny and offbeat visit led by the company Art Scène Lutin.

All public
Free on reservation at /

Musical tale : Eros et Psyché
At 8:30 pm

A musical tale adapted from “The Golden Ass” by Apuleius (2nd century) where Eros and Psyche are an allegory of the explosive alchemy of human love, of the meeting of feelings and desire, of the alliance of soul and body for better or worse.
Animated by the company l’Oiseau Lyre

From 9 years old
Free on reservation at /

Flash visits: The work of the ancient mosaicist
From 8pm to 11pm continuously

Enlightening glance of the mediator on the techniques of manufacture of the ancient mosaic. At nightfall, discover with a flashlight the shapes and colors of the pavements that decorated the Gallo-Roman villa of Loupian. Continuous tours led by the museum team.
All public
Free access. Information at /