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Walks & Visits

About this Department

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

    • 08 Feb 2022
    • 08 Mar 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • 23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003, Paris Metro: Saint Paul (line 1)
    • 7
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    After nearly five years of closure and a €55 million makeover, the Musée Carnavalet reopened to the public in the Spring of 2021. A hidden gem that's set in two grand buildings dating back to the Renaissance, the Carnavalet first opened in 1888 and is dedicated to the history of the city. Its permanent collection traces Parisian history across over 100 rooms and some 615,000 artifacts, dating from the prehistoric period to the present day

    During its closure, unprecedented work was carried out to restore the buildings and their contents in a way that highlights this exceptional heritage. The entire set of 3,800 works displayed, the grand interior decorations and the façades have all been restored.

    Whether you attend the entire series, or simply one or more of the  unique English-language guided visits, each Within The Walls of Musee Carnavalet immersive session will give you an exclusive glimpse into the evolution of the Capitol.  

    Session 1, Tuesday, 8 February, 2022  3:50PM - 5:20PM

    Paris, Capital of Romanticism

    From 1830 onwards, for a period of some twenty yeas, Paris was the capital of Romanticism, and home to a generation enthused about the present and passionate about history.  Novels were often reworked for the stage. The portrait busts of well-known celebrities created by sculptor Dantan reflected the effervescence of Parisian cultural life. The French capital attracted talents from all over Europe: writers but also painters, illustrators, and musicians, such as the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

    This session introduces you to a unique collection comprised of a wide variety of writings, sculptures, engravings, and more from these artists and this period. 


    Session 2, Tuesday, 8 March, 2022  2:30 - 4:00PM

    Paris in 1900

    The transformations of the capital continued to the rhythm of the universal expositions. In 1900, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais replaced the Palais de l’Industrie (1855). They were accessed by a new bridge over the Seine, called the Pont Alexandre III in celebration of Franco-Russian relations. Paris continued its modernization by acquiring an underground rail network,(the metro), and new stations above ground facilitated travel and exchanges. Paris benefitted from improved street lighting at night; six companies supplied the capital with electricity.

    For the final visit in our Historical Series, visitors are invited to discover this beautiful collection that reflects Paris in 1900.  

    photo credit: ©musee carnavalet/antoine mercusot


    • 08 Mar 2022
    • 22 Mar 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom) Sessions 1 and 2, In-person (Visit of exhibition) for Session 3
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    Explore the world of New Media Arts, its diverse categories, its digital and analogue aesthetics, and the theory that informs its practitioners. Interactive everyday objects, artworks you can view only through your browser, a photograph as a memory or reenacted moment, or 130 lines of code. What is New Media Art?

    In "An Introduction to New Media Art," we'll examine the precursors and their contemporary peers that have helped shape the definition of new media. We'll also develop a vocabulary by discussing the mediums, tools, and technologies explored by New Media artists. These explorations will be conducted through case studies, examples, and a gallery visit. 

    Session 1, March 8

    This session will include an exploration of the history of technology in art from the camera obscura to the home computer, a look at the old guard, the 70s, and the emergence of new media arts as an art form and more.

    Session 2, March 15

    Included is a deeper dive into the history of media arts, a discovery of the mediums, programs and computer languages a media artist might utilize. We will also explore through case studies a selection of contemporary media artists including their most seminal works and finish with a discussion about NFT's.

    Session 3, March 22

    The series concludes with a visit to the group exhibition "Decision Making - The Decisive Instant" at the Centre Culturel Canadien and Némo Biennial, curated by Alian Thibault, Catherine Bédard and Dominique Moulon (one of the leading media art theorists). Participants will visit the exhibit with their new understanding of what New Media Arts is all about.

    About the instructor: NAOMI COOK lives and works in-between Montréal and Paris, studied art and philosophy at Concordia university, Montréal and received a Master 2 / Diplôme des Beaux-Arts de l’ESADHaR, Le Havre, France. Her work consists of research into large data sets as a way of creating visual representations that reveal embed patterns and poetry. She was recently interviewed by Magdalena Zborowski for the first issue of Has Magazine “Big data and singularities.” Her first book — Asterisms, was published by Anteism Books in 2021. 

    Photo credit: Nam June Paik “Budhha TV”

Past events

02 Dec 2021 VD021 Cognacq-Jay Museum: An 18th Century Exceptional Collection of Decorative Arts
08 Nov 2021 VN081 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
21 Oct 2021 VO211 Carnavalet Museum: The Highlights of Its Rich Collection
18 May 2021 LM181: Numerology: Personal Year Cycles
10 May 2021 LA271: The History of French Fashion
07 Apr 2021 WICE Talks: NPS Special Presentation - Bryce Canyon National Park, FREE for Members
23 Mar 2021 AM2301: The History of Paris and its Angels Part 2 of 2
18 Mar 2021 VM111: Women Artists and Their Art: The Contributions of Women in Art History Part 2
17 Mar 2021 WICE Talks: NPS Special Presentation -Yellowstone National Park, FREE for Members
16 Mar 2021 AM1601: The History of Paris and its Angels Part 1 of 2
09 Mar 2021 AM091: Manhattan in Sixty Minutes
25 Feb 2021 VF251: Representation of the Feminine Nude in Western Art: The Contributions of Women Artists in Art History Part 1
26 Jan 2021 VJ261 POST-WAR ARCHITECTURE in Paris and The Grand Projects
19 Jan 2021 VJ191 PARIS ARCHITECTURE: From Art Nouveau to Modern Art
05 Jan 2021 VJ051 Private Parisian Mansions: A Famous Element of French Heritage
15 Dec 2020 VD151 The Famous Cocottes and Courtesans of the 19th Century
20 Nov 2020 VN201 PARIS ART AND ARCHITECTURE (Online 4-part Series)
15 Oct 2020 VO151 Walk: Luxembourg Garden and Its Surroundings
24 Sep 2020 VS241 Promenade Along Paris Bridges: Pont Neuf to Alexandre III Bridge
24 Mar 2020 VM241 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
19 Mar 2020 AM191 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Matignon
06 Mar 2020 VM061 An Unusual Museum: The Museum of 30’s in Boulogne-Billancourt
24 Feb 2020 VF241 La Sorbonne University: A Symbol of Parisian Prestige
24 Jan 2020 VJ241 The Balzac Museum: A Legendary and Intimate House
13 Jan 2020 VJ131 The Hôtel de Lauzun: A "Must See" Mansion
19 Dec 2019 VD191 THE BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu): An Exceptional Historic Site
12 Dec 2019 AD121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
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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