Make the most of virtual tours
Faced with an unprecedented health crisis linked to the COVID-19 virus, the museums of Paris and its region must unfortunately remain closed until further notice. While waiting for this much hoped-for reopening, they continue to pull out all the stops to make us dream through some great cultural experiences.
Virtual exhibitions, augmented reality, immersive videos, digital explorations… take a tour of the online world of exhibitions and museums that you can visit without getting off your sofa.
The best of virtual exhibitions to (re)discover from your home.
Grand Palais: The Pompeii exhibition as though you were there
Based on its success, the exhibition was to be extended until November 2, 2020. If you didn’t get the chance to discover it, here are videos, augmented reality, reading, games, drawings… it’s Pompeii at home!
Musée d'Orsay: the extraordinary story of the monument that is home to the museum
From 1898 to the present day, discover the incredible story of this station which has become an exceptional museum exhibiting the world’s largest collection of impressionist works.
Château de Versailles: interactive history
Thanks to the combination of technology and the works chosen by the curators, the history of the château de Versailles and its renowned inhabitants can also be discovered in interactive mode. The canvases, sculptures and engravings tell you about fashion and gastronomy, the Sun King and artistic rivalry… Versailles has definitely not finished making us dream!
La Petite Galerie du Louvre: the artist and the Renaissance
The Petite Galerie du Louvre, specifically dedicated to artistic and cultural education, explores, with the exhibition “The Advent of the Artist”, the artist in his work, echoing the Louvre’s Renaissance collections. The great Italian masters are just a click away!
MAHJ: the virtual exhibition dedicated to Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the MAHJ, the exhibition Sigmund Freud. From Looking to Listening renews our perception of the work of the inventor of psychoanalysis. 200 pieces - paintings, drawings, engravings, books, objects and scientific devices - to understand his intellectual and scientific evolution. A first in France!
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain: art and activism from photographer Claudia Andujar
Get to know Claudia Andujar, a photo journalist who for the last 50 years has been committed to defending the Yanomami, one of the largest American Indian groups of the Brazilian Amazon, through the exhibition site dedicated to them Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle (in French).
Maison Européenne de la Photographie: a “marriage market” in Shanghai
The Chinese artist featured in the exhibition Guo Yingguang - The Bliss of Conformity offers an insight into a very unusual use of public space: every weekend in Shanghai, large numbers of parents descend upon the People’s Park to find… a marriage partner for their children!
Archives départementales des Hauts-de-Seine: in the footsteps of world exhibitions
Since the 19th century, the countries participating in world exhibitions have competed by exhibiting their best technical, industrial, commercial, artistic and architectural creations. A fascinating excess.
Cyril Kongo on the rooftop of the Grande Arche: street-art in virtual mode
Street-art invites itself on the rooftop of the Grande Arche! As if perched 110 metres high, discover the works of Cyril Kongo regarded as one of the greatest graffiti artists of the last 30 years. From his first works in the street to his collaboration with Karl Largerfeld and the Chanel house, Kongo has forged his own style, nourished by his encounters and experiences. A virtual exhibition in XXL mode!
Did you miss them or do you want some more? Many museums propose to discover or rediscover their past exhibitions and their permanent collections.
Exhibition Body and Soul. Italian Renaissance Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo - from October 22, 2020 to January 18, 2021.
You have not yet been able to discover the great masters of the Italian Renaissance? They come to you with a filmed wander through the exhibition and the presentation that was made on 29 October 2020 at the Louvre auditorium by the heritage curator Raphaël Bories (in French).
Exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Paris! – from July 1 to October 19, 2020.
In 1985 Christo packed the Pont-Neuf in Paris. Discover the history of this crazy project, between 1975 and 1985.
Boltanski exhibition. Life in the making – From November 13, 2019 to March 16, 2020.
Browse through the work of one of the greatest figures of contemporary creation.
Francis Bacon: Books and painting Exhibition – September 11, 2019 to January 20, 2020.
The last 20 years of Francis Bacon’s production put in relation to his literary sources.
Vasarely exhibition. The sharing of forms – From February 6 to May 6, 2019.
Discover the first major French retrospective devoted to Victor Vasarely, the father of optical art.
La Poste Museum - Dreaming the universe
Exhibition Back Side / Fashion from behind - Exhibition outside the walls of Palais Galliera, from July 5 to November 17, 2019.
Observing the garment from the back is an original proposition.
An opportunity to discover some cult pieces from the history of fashion, which interact with the works of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle.
Exhibition In the Drawing Room - From June 16 to October 4, 2020.
The art of drawing of the French school before 1900 through the formidable catalog of the Prat Collection.
Exhibition Romantic Paris 1815-1848 - From May 22 to September 15, 2019.
Immerse yourself in the artistic, cultural and political ferment of the capital during this period.
Virtual museum visits
You are not allowed to travel ? Many museums of Paris and its region come to you through lively visits.
Visit one of the largest museums in the world for free and without queuing? The Louvre’s website offers you access to its artworks and its collections through podcasts, cartoons, and videos.
Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection
City of Paris museums
In addition to their fabulous digital collections which can be viewed online, with more than 300,000 listed works, the 14 museums of the City of Paris* offer original themed tours(http://www.parismusees.paris.fr/en/actualite/discover-our-museums-and-their-collections-from-home) allowing their collections to be mixed and matched.
*The 14 City of Paris museums are: Musée d’Art moderne de Paris ; Balzac’s house; Musée Bourdelle ; Musée Carnavalet ; Paris Catacombs; Musée Cernuschi ; Musée Cognacq-Jay, Archaeological Crypt of the île de la Cité ; Musée de la Libération de Paris - musée du Général Leclerc - musée Jean Moulin ; Palais Galliera; Petit Palais ; Victor Hugo’s House; Musée de la Vie romantique ; Musée Zadkine.
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
From Oceania to Africa, taking in Asian arts on the way, the entire Tribal Arts world is just a click away!
Musée de l’Orangerie
Did you know? Monet bequeathed his Water Lilies to the French nation immediately after the armistice of 11 November 1918, as a symbol of peace.
This monumental fresco is on display at the Orangerie museum in accordance with plans drawn by the artist himself, and you can now explore it from your own home.
An experience not to be missed!
Marmottan Monet Museum
What better way to spend a time of confinement than daydreaming?
That’s the invitation extended by the Marmottan Monet museum, which is home to the world’s premier collection of Monet works, among other things.
Short videos with English subtitles allow you to explore the works in the museum’s collections.
MAD Paris - Musée des Arts Décoratifs
A 360° virtual visit takes you into the collections of this museum, which also offers activities for younger visitors.
The Museum of Decorative Arts partnered with Maison Dior to revisit the exhibition devoted to the famous couturier. Not to be missed under any circumstances, or to be revisited for pleasure, on video.
Cité de l'architecture
Access the virtual exhibitions of the 20th Century Architecture Archive Center of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine.
A collection to discover!
Jaquemart André Museum
Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Vigée-Lebrun… Discover the museum’s must-see in video.
Charles De Gaulle, Tony Parker, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe… the Musée Grévin lets you spend your lockdown in the company of these celebrities… made from wax!
Visit every room in the museum in this 360° tour. An immersing experience!
Musée de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris
The museum invites you to discover its exceptional collection of 7000 objects, instruments and works of art dedicated to the world of music.
Musée de Cluny
The museum of Cluny is currently undergoing a facelift until 2022, but take advantage of the confinement to discover its collections and deepen your knowledge of the medieval world in 3D.
Enjoy your virtual visit in Paris Region!
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