The open air school of Suresnes

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 combined 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 Eugne Beaudoin and Marcel Lods. This building, finished in November 1935, is situated on the south site of the Mont-Valrien in 2 hectares of park land.

Classed as an historical monument since 2002, open air school hosts l'INSHEA (National institution for training and research into education for children with special needs).

INSHEA -Pavillon de l'Ecole de Plein Air


To visit the open air school, contact the MUSeum of Urban and social History of Suresnes, which organizes visits with specialists. To reserve and know the price contact : +33 (0)1 41 18 18 75

The staff of the INSHEA, who occupies the place today, can guide groups or individual. To know more about the reservation conditions and prices contact : +33 (0)1 41 44 31 00

Open during the European Heritage Days.

Ville de Suresnes


58/60 avenue des Landes
92150 Suresnes - France

Tl : +33(0)1 41 44 31 00



  • SNCF train: from Paris Saint-Lazare or La Dfense, stop at Suresnes Mont Valrien
  • 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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