The Cité du Vin will reopen its doors to visitors on Friday 19 June after being closed to the public since 14 March due to the health crisis. Specific measures (reduced visitor capacity, compulsory wearing of masks, provision of hand sanitiser gel, etc.) will be put in place to guarantee visitors a completely safe experience.
Enhanced health measures
The Cité du Vin will reopen its doors to visitors on 19 June after more than 3 months’ closure due to the health crisis in France. “Even though we have kept in touch with our visitors during this period thanks to content shared online on our website and social networks, it is a satisfaction for the entire team at the Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations to once again welcome the public to the Cité du Vin,” says Philippe Massol, Managing Director.
To guarantee the safety of its visitors and employees, the Cité du Vin will apply new health safety measures from 19 June: visitor capacity halved in the Permanent Exhibition and reduced threefold in the Belvedere to guarantee social distancing, signposting within the building to avoid visitors crossing paths, compulsory wearing of masks for those aged 11 and over, repeated use of hand sanitiser gel to allow exhibits to be touched without risk. “We have also equipped our touch screens with an anti-microbial film designed by a French company and we will invite visitors to use their own headphones or earphones when visiting the permanent exhibition, even though the digital exhibition guides and their headphones are, of course, scrupulously cleaned after each use,” adds Philippe Massol. The number of people allowed in the shops and restaurants will also be limited. The temporary exhibition hall, the tasting rooms, the reading room and the Thomas Jefferson auditorium will remain closed for the time being.
Postponement of exhibitions, events and projects
The temporary exhibition Drinking with the Gods, initially planned for April to August 2020, has been rescheduled for 9 April to 29 August 2021. For cultural events that had to be canceled due to the closure, a new programme will be scheduled for the last quarter of 2020 or in 2021. “2020 will be a very unusual year, with a very significant drop in visitor numbers, in particular due to the absence of foreigners, who represented almost half of our visitors in 2019. This is why we are now working on new projects for 2021, which already promises to be a busy year!” says Philippe Massol.
Until then, the reduced and controlled visitor numbers during this summer period will provide more comfortable conditions for those who have not yet visited the Cité du Vin or wish to revisit it, whether local residents or French tourists.
Free for under 18s
And to celebrate its reopening and allow a family audience to come and discover the cultures and civilisations of wine from around the world, entry to the Permanent Exhibition and the Belvedere will be free for children (up to 17 years old) accompanying their parents, on request at the Cité du Vin reception desk until 31 August 2020!*
* Offer valid on request only, at the Cité du Vin reception desk, for an individual dated ticket valid until 31/08/2020, limited to 5 children per family. Not valid for groups. Not valid for e-tickets. No refund for tickets already purchased. Cannot be combined with other promotions.
Support the cultural seasons at Cité du Vin with the Foundation for wine culture and civilisations: http://fondation.laciteduvin.com/en
Photo : Mamie Boude/ Cité du Vin / X-TU architects
About Cité du Vin
Located in Bordeaux, the Cité du Vin is a new generation cultural centre, unique in the world, where wine is presented in its cultural, civilisational, heritage and universal dimensions.
The 4th most visited museum outside the Île-de-France region, with more than 400,000 visitors a year since its opening, the Cité du Vin showcases vineyards from around the world through a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions, wine culture workshops and numerous events. Managed and developed by the Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations, the Cité du Vin is accessible to the widest audience. A spectacular journey around the world, across the ages, in all cultures!
Ongoing events at Cité du Vin
- Visit of the Permanent exhibition with the interactive travel companion and a world wine tasting in the Belvedere.