Suresnes, at the gates of Paris
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Cultural Heritage

Suresnes, small and charming city, at the gates of Paris has a great cultural heritage through the city. Follow the guide!

Suresnes Open-air School

The open air school was based on an idea to improve public health which was endorsed by the mayor at the time, Henri Sellier. The school offers an unusual architecture where the outdoors is always visible and themes of childhood, medicine, architecture, and the town are evoked. 



The movement of the open air schools started in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century. Their construction married air and light offering children both physical and intellectual development.


The creation of the open air School of Suresnes was thanks to the mayor Henri Sellier, who entrusted the task to the architects Eugène Beaudoin and Marcel Lods. This building, finished in November 1935, is situated on the south site of Mont-Valérien in 2 hectares of park land.


Classed as a historical monument since 2002, the open air school hosts the INSHEA, an institution for training and research into education for children with special needs.





Guided tours possible on reservation.

Contact details

+33 (0)1 41 44 31 00


How to get there

58-59, allée des Landes

  • SNCF train: from Paris Saint-Lazare or La Défense, stop at Suresnes Mont Valérien
  • Bus: 160, 241, 360, 563
  • Car: from Pont de Suresnes, follow the blue signs: American Military Cemetery and Memorial and take Chemin de la Motte.

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