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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.


    • 07 Oct 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at 10 rue Servandoni – 75006 Paris (Metro: Saint Sulpice (line 4))
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    Opened in 2013 in the 6th arrondissement, between the Luxembourg Gardens and the Saint-Sulpice church, Mundolingua is a unique museum dedicated to speeches and languages. Language is one of the most fundamental skills in people. It is also something that has played a decisive role in the evolution of mankind and modern society. Come and discover during a guided visit the language in its broadest form. The museum is made of several rooms with themes as various as the production of sounds, the brain mechanisms, alphabet and even invented languages as Esperanto.

    Guide with linguistic expertise is provided by the museum.

    photo credit ©mark oremland

    • 21 Oct 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 23 Rue de Sévigné, 75003, Metro Saint Paul (line 1)

    Recently reopened after four years of major renovations, the Carnavalet Museum -History of Paris is located inside two private mansions in the heart of the Marais area. The Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris and houses impressive collections. Following a chronological guideline, the display pathway presents 3800 works that tell the story of Paris from prehistoric times to the present day. From Neolithic canoes to shops signs, from the 18th century woodwork to French Revolution, you will discover the secrets of the capital. Come and explore with Sandra Cominotto, this French historic site and its must-see paintings, sculptures, furniture and items of art, in a special guided tour.

    Sandra Cominotto became a guide following her studies in art history and archeology at la Sorbonne and Ecole du Louvre. She has presented both exhibitions and Paris monuments, covering subjects including the history of cities, districts, monuments and works of art from an historical, social and technical point of view. She has several years of experience working for Paris museums.

    photo credit: © Lionel ALLORGE

    • 08 Nov 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meet at 15, Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris (Metro: Alma Marceau (line 9)

    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.


    photo credit ©Pierre Lannes

    • 23 Nov 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 14 rue de Trévise 75009 Paris, Metro Cadet, Line 7

    Located in the ninth district, the first French YMCA (reads UCJG in French) appeared in 1852. The Paris YMCA is the emblematic place of the signing of World Young Men’s Christian Association’s Constitution. In 1893, the association inaugurated its headquarters, built with the aid of generous French and American donors. The principal aim was to offer young people that are “isolated, badly housed and without family support” the opportunity to find a Home in Paris. Today, YMCA has 3 residences in Paris with 150 students and workers who can take advantage of cultural, leisure and sports amenities.

    Come and discover, with a guide provided by Paris YMCA, the history of this building ranked as a National Historic Monument at 14 rue de Trévise. You will have the opportunity to visit the gymnasium - which hosted in 1893 the first ever basketball game in Europe-, the indoor pool – one of the first in the French capital – , shower rooms, a bowling lane, a library, a music room and some reception rooms. WICE will make a donation to YMCA for the restoration of this building on this very special occasion.

    Christelle Bertho (guide provide by Paris YMCA)

    photo credit: © Veronique Katz

Past events

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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