On Saturday, October 14, come visit the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Consulate on the occasion of Open House New York (OHNY)!
Joining more than 240 sites across the five boroughs the Cultural Services and the Consulate, both housed in historic Fifth Avenue mansions on Museum Mile, will offer guided tours on Saturday, October 14, on the occasion of OHNY. Tours will give visitors a rare opportunity to see hidden corners of the buildings that are not generally open to the public, while learning about the rich architectural history of the two sites. They will be led by Francis Dubois, President of the Comité français du souvenir de Lafayette.
Open House at the Cultural Services
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy (located 972 Fifth Avenue) will host an open house from 2pm to 6pm. During this time, the first, second and third floors of the Payne Whitney Mansion will be open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the mansion at their own pace and view work from many French contemporary artists. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.
Guided Tours of the French Consulate
At the French Consulate (located 934 Fifth Avenue) tours will begin in the afternoon, from 2pm to 4:15pm. Highlights of this tour include the office of the Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre, as well as the Salon Rose, Salon Cheminée and Salon Chapelle reception rooms on the second floor which feature sumptuous pink tapestries, shimmering chandeliers, black and white hardwood flooring, and marble floor and walls.