The Musée d’Orsay will keep you busy during lockdown

We’re all spending more time at home that we would like to at the moment, but the museums of Paris know they’ll be reopening before too long, and several of them – like the Musée d’Orsay, very close to our hotels – are happy to help you pass the time with events, online courses, podcasts and more so you won’t forget them.

Here are a few examples of what’s on offer…

The Musée d’Orsay is one of the museum’s with the biggest online presence, actively running a Facebook page, Twitter account, smart-looking Instagram feed and (since last week) even a Tiktok!


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However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the venerable museum. On YouTube you can watch their Une œuvre, un regard series (subtitled in English) which is now into its second season. Each video lasts just a few minutes, with a well-known personality explaining why a certain work of art touches them. It’s frequently very interesting.

A similar series of videos (recently launched with Naomi Campbell) has celebrities reading a text pf their choice by Baudelaire…

And Orsay en mouvement offers to explain the main artistic movements of 1848-1914 in around five minutes. It’s very well filmed (jump to the second video to start the series off – the first film is a non-subtitled introduction).

Depending on their programming, you can also check out some of the other cultural events on offer at the museum, like the concert Le carnaval jazz des animaux by The Amazing Keystone Big Band, narrated by actor Samuel Labarthe.

The concert is an hour long, and was part of the event around the museum’s exhibition The Origins of the World. You can watch it for free below.

The museum’s website also has Works in Focus, over a thousand works with short explanations to help you appreciate them – architecture, sculpture, photos, paintings… You name it, they’ve got it!

And if your kids speak or are learning French, you might like to check out the museum’s website especially for children – Les Petits M’O. Here, you’ll be able to discover artists and their works, as well as listen to some short stories like the ones below. More can be found on the museum’s Soundcloud page here.

Check out the museum’s website for the full selection of free cultural entertainment on offer. There’s a lot to experience!

The Musée d’Orsay is here

Open (after lockdown ends) every day except Mondays from 9.30am-6pm (9.45pm Thursdays)

Admission: 16€ / 13€

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