Bastille Day Celebration

Vive la France! Celebrate French culture in conjunction with the Norton’s world-class collection of works by French artists. Enjoy live music, films, fabulous cuisine, try the French sport of Petanque, catch a gallery talk, and discover your inner artist making art inspired by works by French artists on view in the galleries.

Admission is FREE. No RSVP required.

Schedule of Events

  • South Florida Petanque Club

    Meet enthusiasts of this French game that is a bit like bowling and bocci, and try the sport yourself.

    12-4pm
  • Plein-Air Painting

    Watch award-winning plein air painter Hope Ries as she captures scenes in the Museum Garden.

    12-4pm
  • Art Making Workshop

    12:30pm and 2:30pm
  • Spotlight Talks: French Artists and Subjects

    15 minutes docent led talks throughout the galleries highlighting artworks by French Artists and French subjects. 

    1pm and 1:15pm
    2:15pm and 2:30pm
    3:15pm and 3:30pm
    4pm and 4:15pm  

    Various Times
  • Music: Opera Fusion

    Gorgeous melodies from the Grand Opera and the café, as well as popular songs on French themes are sung by our region’s leading vocalists.

    1:30-2:30pm
  • Tour: Highlights of the Collection

    2-2:30pm
  • Film: Beauty and the Beast (1946)

    This early adaptation of the beloved fairy tale by poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau is considered one of the finest French films of all time.

    2:45-3:45pm
  • Tour: Architecture and Sculpture

    3-3:30pm
  • Music: French Horn Collective

    The French Horn Collective features diverse musicians performing French music, Gypsy Jazz, and French-American jazz standards.

    3:30-4:30pm
  • icon The Restaurant at the Norton will serve French selections for lunch and offer drinks and tri-color snow-cones.

This program was made possible by the generosity of the William Randolph Hearst foundation.

Open 7 days a week through
April 29, 2020!