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August 1, 1995

French Culture Exhibit Open Sundays

Through the generous support of private donors, the exhibition of treasures from one of the world's great libraries, the Bibliotheque nationale de France, scheduled to open at the Library of Congress Sept. 8, will be open special hours on Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The rest of the Library will remain closed on Sundays. The exhibition will be open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed on federal holidays.

The exhibition will open to the public on Sept. 8 and close on Dec. 31.

"Creating French Culture" explores the central role of culture in the development of the French nation, through the exhibition of more than 200 rare manuscripts, books, maps and other objects, most of which have never before been displayed outside France. It will be on display in the recently renovated Southwest Gallery and Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., across from the U.S. Capitol. The West Front doors of the Jefferson Building will be open for the duration of the exhibition. The Jefferson Building, still under phased renovation, will be open to the public in its entirety in the spring of 1997.

Tickets are required to enter the exhibition. Same-day passes, free of charge, will be available at the Library outside the exhibition space. Advance tickets are available, for a handling/mailing charge, from Ticketmaster. For ticket information call (202) 432-SEAT from Washington, D.C.; (410) 481- SEAT from Baltimore; (703) 573-SEAT from Northern Virginia; and from outside the Washington metropolitan area, call (800) 551-SEAT.

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PR 95-109
ISSN 0731-3527

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