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About this course

We provide you with unusual guided visits of museums specializing in painting, sculpture, architecture, as well as French and international institutions. We also give you the opportunity to find out more about the French handcraft thanks to visits of different workshops relating to tapestries, perfume and luxury products. All of our visits are led by highly experienced and English-speaking guides.

Alternatively, if you want to get to know Paris better, why not join one of our experienced guides on a walking tour of specific locations. We offer themed walks though Paris. They will guide you through the back streets of Paris, typical markets, hidden courtyards, passages and interesting buildings. Our guides will show you traces of earlier times while telling you about the events that happened there and the people who once lived there. You are guaranteed to learn something new about Paris on every walk.

Upcoming Events

    • 12 Dec 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • meet in front of Hotel Drouot, 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
    • 5
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    Drouot is the oldest and biggest auction house in France and probably in the world. Composed of a large number of auctioneers, its main location Drouot-Richelieu comprises 15 sales rooms dedicated to the sale of artworks.

    Euphoria and excitement are palpable in this very unique place, where items from every time and geographic provenance, paintings, sculptures, furniture as well as jewellery, watches or rare objects are offered on sale and will go to the highest bidder - 400.000 in all through the year, a delight for art lovers and amators, as well as the simply curious.

    In our visit, we’ll see the afternoon sales happening and the exhibition for future sales, discuss the art market and go see galleries in the area.

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager. She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 19 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • meet at 58 rue de Richelieu 75002 Paris (nearest metro: Bourse - line 3 and Palais Royal - Line 1 and 7, Pyramides - Line 7 and 14)
    • 10
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    The Richelieu library, historic home of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in the heart of Paris's 2nd arrondissement, has reopened its doors after several years of renovations.

    This historical site traces its history back to the 14th century. Manuscripts, Illumination books were being collected by the French King Charles V. The Richelieu site is the cradle of the National Library; it hosts art books ranging from the oldest manuscripts kept in France to contemporary ones, a collection of medals, coins and antiques, prints and photographs. Recently renovated, the court, the rotunda, the glass gallery have regained their splendor. The salle Labrouste (study room) will be seen from the outside as it is accessible only to the researchers and students.

    Come and discover with the guide provided by the BnF, this amazing site.


    Photo Credit: BNF Richelieu

    • 13 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 17 Quai d'Anjou, 75004 Paris (nearest metro: Sully Morland - line 7)
    • 25
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    Recently reopened, the Hôtel de Lauzun is located on the eastern edge of île Saint-Louis. It is one of the most beautiful and rare Parisian mansions, having preserved its 17th century decorations.

    The famous Duke of Lauzun, suitor to the Grande Mademoiselle (niece of the Sun King), the Duke of Richelieu (descendant of the  famous Cardinal) , Baudelaire and its ‘Haschischins’ club were some of the most noticeable occupants of this mansion.

    Restored in the 20th century, the Hotel de Lauzun offers a magnificent grand staircase, a succession of small cabinets adorned with painting and friezes, and a beautiful wrought iron balcony overlooking the river Seine.

    Do not miss this must-see exceptional mansion!

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Photo Credit: Lauzun



    • 24 Feb 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 47 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris (nearest metro: Cluny-la Sorbonne - line 10)
    • 20
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    Located in the Latin Quarter, la Sorbonne University is the most famous university in France, specializing in Social Sciences. The seat of the University of Paris until the Revolution, and politically influential, it was founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon and Saint Louis(Charles IX) and rebuilt twice from 1600 to 1650 upon the wishes of the Cardinal Richelieu and then again during the 19th century.

    Join us to discover this magnificent palace by visiting the entrance hall, the main staircase, the courtyard, the large amphitheatre, the wide reception rooms with their splendid paintings.

    This visit will give you an insight into the history and architecture of this remarkable institution.

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.


    • 06 Mar 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Musee des années 30 Espace Landowski, 28 Avenue André Morizet, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt (nearest metro: Marcel Sembat - line 9)
    • 13
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    Located in the Espace Landowski in Boulogne-Billancourt, a near western suburb of Paris, this unsual museum is specialized in artistic and industrial objects of the 1930s. The Thirties was a famous decade  for their technical, industrial, social, architectural and artistic innovations and Boulogne-Billancourt welcame during that decade a lot of famous “name” industrialists (Renault, Voisins, Blériot for cars and planes..),  filmmakers or actors (Renoir, Pagnol, Abel Gance, Marcel Carmé..),   architects (Le Corbusier, Mallet-Stevens…).

    Come and discover with an instructor provided by the museum more than 1000 sculptures, 800 paintings, thousands of drawings but also furniture, ceramics, of these intensely creative Thirties.

    About the Instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes was involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before returning to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain


    • 19 Mar 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Meeting point : in front of Artcurial auction house, 7 Rond-point des Champs-Elysées Marcel-Dassault, 8e
    • 12
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    At the bottom of the Champs-Elysées, close from Grand Palais and the most luxurious hotels, the Matignon Avenue area concentrates most of the biggest international and French auction houses in Paris (Artcurial, Christie's, Sohteby's...).

    A few renowned contemporary art galleries have also chosen to locate there. During our visit, we’ll see hot artworks and furniture for sale in the galleries and in the auction houses. If you have questions about today’s unpredictable art market, we’ll be happy to comment and give you our art insider insights. A small walk to the monumental bucket of tulips close-by will be another occasion to express your opinion.

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager. She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: Gagosian Gallery

    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 15, Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris: metro Alma Marceau (line 9) or Franklin Roosevelt (line 1)
    • 19
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    Opened in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is without doubt one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in Paris.

    This listed building houses three theaters – Le Grand Théâtre is home to opera, dance, symphony concerts and recitals, while the more intimate settings of La Comédie and Le Studio host repertory theater.

    This art deco style building was designed by a daring group of artists: the architects Van de Velde and the Perret Brothers, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle who carved Isadora Duncan among others in the bas-reliefs on the facade, the painters Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard and René Lalique who designed the lights.

    The artistic adventure of the theater was marked throughout the century by the presence of prestigious composers, conductors, dancers and singers.

    This theater remains noted for the “scandal” of the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes whose music and choreography were shocking at that time.

    About the Instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain


Past events

04 Dec 2019 VD041 The Foreign Missions Society of Paris: An Unusual Site in the 7th District
18 Nov 2019 VN181 The 19th Century Private Apartment of a French Philosopher
14 Nov 2019 AN141 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
07 Nov 2019 VN071 An Exclusive Visit of Hermes in Saint-Germain des Prés
16 Oct 2019 VO161 Paris and its Universal Exhibitions: An Architectural Promenade
10 Oct 2019 AO101 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
10 Oct 2019 VO101 The Domaine of Coubertin: A Must-See Park of Sculptures
08 Jul 2019 VL081 Marais Fashion Tour
06 Jun 2019 VU061 Architectural Walk in the 16th District: From Le Corbusier to Guimard through Mallet-Stevens
24 May 2019 VY241 The Amazing Père Lachaise Cemetery
13 May 2019 VY131 La Butte aux Cailles: a Charming Walk in the 13th District
17 Apr 2019 VA171 Musée de la Légion d'Honneur: An Exceptional Collection
06 Apr 2019 AA061 Visit Chateau d’Hardelot with Author Stephen Clarke
03 Apr 2019 VA031 THE BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu): An Exceptional Historic Site
27 Mar 2019 VM271 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
11 Mar 2019 VM111 A Private Visit of La Ruche
11 Feb 2019 VF111 The Prestigious Premises of Hôtel France Ameriques
09 Jan 2019 VJ091 The Museum of the Romantics and the New Athenes District
03 Dec 2018 VD031 Walk: Picpus Cemetery and the Nation District: An Historical Walk in the 12th District
14 Nov 2018 VN141 An Exclusive Visit of Hermes
07 Nov 2018 VN071 The Prestigious Reception Rooms of the Hôtel de Ville
20 Oct 2018 VO201 The Hôtel de Lauzun: A "Must See" Mansion
10 Oct 2018 VO101 The New Camille Claudel Museum
15 Jun 2018 VU151 Le Chateau de Maisons Lafitte: an architectural masterpiece of Mansart
30 May 2018 VY301 Paris Walks: Franco-American Friendship Historic Trail - Right Bank
16 May 2018 VY161 Museum Nissim de Camondo: a fascinating museum
03 May 2018 VY031 Belleville and Menilmontant: another facet of Paris
11 Apr 2018 VA111 The BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu): An exceptional historic site
07 Apr 2018 VA071 Paris Mosque and the Botanical Garden (Jardin des Plantes)
19 Mar 2018 VM191 Resistance and the Liberation of Paris
05 Mar 2018 VM051 The Hotel de Lauzun: a 'must see' mansion
05 Feb 2018 VF051 The Prestigious Premises of Hôtel France Ameriques
23 Jan 2018 VJ231 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
27 Nov 2017 VN271 The Montagne Sainte Geneviève and the History of the Universities and Colleges of Paris
15 Nov 2017 VN151 The Church and the Monastery of the Val de Grace and Its Fascinating Museum
09 Nov 2017 VN091 Parc de la Villette (Cancelled-Undersubscribed)
12 Oct 2017 VO121 The New Camille Claudel Museum
08 Jun 2017 VU081 Saint Denis Royal Basilica: A Jewel of Gothic Art
22 May 2017 VY221 A Private Visit of La Ruche
09 May 2017 VY091 The Chaillot Hill and the Architecture of the 1930’s
27 Apr 2017 VA271 Art Nouveau Architecture in the 16th arrondissement
04 Apr 2017 VA041 Arsenal Library: Part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
11 Mar 2017 VM111 La Sorbonne University: A Symbol of Parisian Prestige
23 Feb 2017 VF231 The Prestigious Reception Rooms of the Hôtel de Ville
12 Jan 2017 VJ121 MUNDOLINGUA : a unconventional and educational Museum of languages
06 Jan 2017 AJ061 Josephine and the Bonaparte family
08 Dec 2016 VD081 Musée Prefecture de Police: a unique and intriguing Museum
02 Dec 2016 AD021 Cocottes and courtesans in the late 19th Century
28 Nov 2016 VN282 African-American Paris, Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf
25 Nov 2016 AN251 Paris and its sumptuous hôtels particuliers
16 Nov 2016 VN161 A private collection of art lovers in their home
12 Nov 2016 VN121 Hôtel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion
07 Nov 2016 VN071 The prestigious premises of Hôtel France Ameriques
18 Oct 2016 VO182 The People's Paris: from La Republique to Buttes Chaumont
04 Oct 2016 VO041 The Villa Savoye and the Historic Downtown of Poissy
10 Jun 2016 VU101 Paris Walks - The Village of Montmartre
03 Jun 2016 VU031 Chateau de Malmaison: a Fascinating Napoleonic Museum
27 May 2016 VY271 Paris Walks - The Two Islands: Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis
21 Apr 2016 VA211 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
04 Apr 2016 VA041 Paris Walks - Fashion and Historical Tour: Palais Royal - Les Halles - Le Marais
23 Mar 2016 VM231 Museum of Counterfeiting: a unique museum
11 Mar 2016 VM111 Paris Walks: Discover the architecture of today in the centre of Paris
29 Feb 2016 VF291 The prestigious premises of Hotel France Ameriques: a private visit
18 Feb 2016 VF181 Hotel De Soubise: The Finest Private Mansion in Marais district
16 Jan 2016 VJ161 Hotel de la Paiva: The Sumptuous Mansion of the ‘Courtesan of the Champs Elysees’
09 Jan 2016 VJ091 Hotel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion
17 Nov 2015 VN171 Paris Walks - Theater District and the Arcades
04 Nov 2015 VN041 A Private Visit of La Ruche
13 Oct 2015 VO131 Hotel de Guenegaud: a beautiful, unique and eclectic museum
13 Jun 2015 VU131 Paris Walks - The Unknown, Exotic, & Esoteric 7th Arrondissement
26 May 2015 VY261 Paris Walks - Jefferson, Franklin & the American Founding Fathers
21 May 2015 VY211 The Arsenal Library: Part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
16 May 2015 VY161 Paris Walks - Buttes Chaumont Quartier
10 Apr 2015 VA101 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées : A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
25 Mar 2015 VM251 Paris Walks - Jardin du Luxembourg and Surroundings
18 Mar 2015 VM181 Hotel De Soubise: The finest private mansion in Marais district
12 Mar 2015 VM121 French Royal Tapestries at the Manufacture des Gobelins
04 Mar 2015 VM041 Paris Walks - French Revolution on the Right Bank
29 Jan 2015 VJ291 Perfume Tour: Confidential Perfume Houses
03 Dec 2014 VD031 Curie Museum: An Historic Site
20 Nov 2014 VN201 Hotel de Lauzun: a “must-see” mansion
06 Nov 2014 VN061 A Private visit of La Ruche
16 Oct 2014 VO161 A Unique Opportunity to Visit the Sainte-Genevieve university library
14 Oct 2014 VO141 Paris Walks - The Jewish History of Paris
09 Oct 2014 VO091 Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris : Heritage and Architecture
07 Oct 2014 VO071 Commemorative WWI Paris Walk - Suresnes Memorial
27 Sep 2014 ES271 Open House 2014
20 Sep 2014 VS201 Paris Walks - Art Nouveau in Paris
19 Jun 2014 VU191 Paris Walks - Père Lachaise Cemetery
11 Jun 2014 VU111 The Romantic Parc Bagatelle: Visit With a Botanist
03 Jun 2014 VU031 Perfume Tour: Confidential Perfume Houses
24 May 2014 VY241 Hotel de la Paiva: The Sumptuous Mansion of the ‘Courtesan of the Champs Elysees’
29 Apr 2014 VA291 Paris Walks - Writers and Artists of the Left Bank
22 Apr 2014 VA221 The French Senate: Amazing and Unique Architecture
01 Apr 2014 VA011 An Exclusive Visit of HERMES
29 Mar 2014 VM291 Paris Walks - Paris in the Middle Ages
25 Mar 2014 LM251 Perfume Workshop: Searching for Scent in Paris
18 Mar 2014 VM181 Paris Walks - Theatre District and Arcades
07 Mar 2014 VM071 Museum Nissim de Camondo and History of Parc Monceau
04 Mar 2014 LM041 Paris Lingerie Tour: Behind the Seams of French Lingerie
11 Feb 2014 VF111 Théatre des Champs Élysées : a 20th century architectural jewel
06 Feb 2014 VF061 Cognacq-Jay Museum: a 18th century exceptional collection of Decorative Arts
21 Jan 2014 VJ211 Behind the Scenes Visit: the Must-See Harcourt Studio of Photography
15 Jan 2014 VJ151 Perfume Tour: Confidential Perfume Houses
10 Dec 2013 VD101 The Prestigious Reception Rooms of the Hotel de Ville
04 Nov 2013 VN041 Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine : Art déco, "Made in France" style, exhibition
19 Oct 2013 VO19 Paris Walks - Gallo-Roman Lutetia
17 Oct 2013 VO171 Musée de la légion d'honneur: an exceptional collection
10 Oct 2013 VO101 The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris : Heritage and Architecture
16 Apr 2013 LA161 Paris by Arrondissement - the 18th
17 Jun 2011 AU171 A Day Away at Giverny: The Monet Foundation and the Museum of Impressionisms
26 Apr 2011 LA261 Paris by Arrondissement - the 19th
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