Events in Paris to enjoy from the comfort of your couch

Exhibitions, concerts, opera ... culture in Paris can also be enjoyed virtually

Culture is very much alive for everyone to discover in new ways. Major cultural venues have an attractive online programme including exhibitions, shows and festivals for you. 

Here are the events to enjoy from home during the month of November, all from the comfort of your sofa, on your screen, and for free!

Virtual exhibitions on sport

 

Paris is a sporty city! Football, tennis, rugby, basketball, running ... Sporting events are on the calendar all year long.

And with the Olympic Games on the horizon, a virtual exhibition is a reminder of the emblems and values of these Games that have marked the History of sport since 1896. Numerous posters as well as short, unusual anecdotes are also to be discovered in the form of videos.

In addition, the Musée du Sport in Nice is paying tribute to Paris with its virtual exhibition ‘Paris Olympic City: from 1900 to 1924’. A great way to discover texts, photographs, sculptures, and posters from the capital's early days in this global sporting competition.

Finally, for basketball fans, the Espace Museal FFBB reveals the contents of its museum in 360°. Stroll around just as if you were there and admire the medals, jerseys, cups ... while learning all about the history of basketball.

Virtual exhibitions on fashion

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Studio

Paris, the capital offashion. For several centuries, the City of Light has been renowned for its unique dress style. Every year, this cradle of haute couture welcomes the collections of the greatest couturiers.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs takes a look at the history of fashion through its virtual exhibition on clothing from 1715 to 1914. Skirts, dresses, shoes, parasols ... see the changes in fashion over the centuries, admire the details, cuts and fabrics in a few clicks. A nice peek preview before being able to rediscover these wonderful fashion garments and items at this museum on Rue de Rivoli.

The Musée Yves Saint Laurent unveils some of its most beautiful works in a virtual exhibition in the form of triptychs. The couturier’s iconic pieces are also presented in the form of sketches and in photographs of films, events, plays and concerts where they have been worn. See the costumes of Zizi Jeanmaire, Catherine Deneuve, Anny Duperey and Arletty online before getting the opportunity to admire them in real life at the former fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent, on Avenue Marceau.

Centre Pompidou

 

Centre Pompidou © Amélie Dupont - Architecte : Renzo Piano et Richard Rogers

For its first virtual exhibition Centre Pompidou walks the visitor through the world of Spanish painter Joan Miró and in particular his Blue I, II, III triptych. Cutting-edge technology normally reserved for video games, enables the public to travel through the virtual exhibition spaces and access new resources that help provide a better understanding of the artist’s place in modern art, along with unique scenography.

And exhibition goers nostalgic for previous exhibitions held at the Centre Pompidou can now revisit Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Bacon, Boltanski, Prehistory, and Dora Maar via a virtual guided tour. The current exhibitions on Matisse, Martin Barré and Global Resistance are also available on video.

Antibodies at the Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo, Paris © 11h45 / Florent Michel

At this time of unprecedented health crisis, our relationship with the body, touch and skin takes on a whole new dimension. As an echo chamber to this topic, the Palais de Tokyo has invited 20 French and international artists including A.K. Burns, Xinyi Cheng, Kate Cooper, Pauline Curnier Jardin and Kevin Desbouis to reveal their perceptions and conceptions of the body.

Anticorps

Turner. Paintings and watercolours from the Tate at the Musée Jacquemart André

Affiche de l'exposition Turner. Peintures et aquarelles au musée Jacquemart-André Paris

Little time remained to see the sublime Turner exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart André, prolonged after the first lockdown. So that visitors do not now miss out on seeing the 60 watercolours and 10 oil paintings by the British painter, the museum has imagined a visual and sound exhibition in the company of, among others, Alain Souchon, Denis Lavant, Aurélie Saada and Titouan Lamazou. A perfect way to discern all the secrets of this collection from the Tate Britain in London.

Turner exhibition

Arab World Institute

© Institut du Monde Arabe

The cultural mediators of the Institut du Monde Arabe invite you to discover the museum’s collections through a series of virtual guided tours in the form of videos

Find out more about the virtual tours of the AWI

La Fondation Cartier 

American artist Sarah Sze presents ‘Night into Day’ at the Fondation Cartier from 24 October 2020 to 7 March 2021. While waiting to be able to visit it in person, you can find out more in a video interview and videos of artworks on YouTube. Finally, an exhibition devoted to the filmmaker Artavazd PelechianNature, The Seasons’ runs from 24 October 2020 to 7 March 2021. A website will soon be created to present his works online.

Paris Musées

Petit Palais, Architecture © Fotolia

A treasure chest! Paris Musées offers access to 150,000 digital reproductions of works from the City’s museums. See works from the various City of Paris museums (Maison de Balzac, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Bourdelle, Musée Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris, Musée Cernuschi, Musée des Arts de l’Asie de la Ville de Paris, Musée Cognacq-Jay, Musée de la Libération de Paris - Musée du Général Leclerc - Musée Jean Moulin, Musée de la Vie romantique, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Musée Zadkine, Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, Catacombes de Paris, Crypte Archéologique de l'Ile de la Cité) on 12 themed ‘tours’ and virtual exhibitions. These include: Paris 1900, Victor Hugo and the Ocean, Women’s Fashion and Sport 1880 – 1939 … Good news for people who missed the major exhibitions of the last few years!

More info : Paris Musées Collections

Universal Museum of Art – the museum in virtual reality

What a brilliant idea! The Universal Museum of Art is a museum entirely in virtual reality. Accessible from all devices, exhibitions and bespoke guided tours to discover in this innovative space. In partnership with many French museums including the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Orsay, the Petit Palais, the Musée CarnavaletMarmottan-MonetCognacq-JayMusée de l'Armée - les Invalides and many others, stroll around this 360° space as though you were in a real museum!

Universal Museum of Art

Cité de l’Architecture

Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine - Palais Chaillot, Paris

Good news! Since 2010, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine has a virtual listing of a large part of its exhibitions from its own collections. Available permanently to consult, Marcel Lods, Henri Ciriani, French architects in Berlin in the 20th century or Pierre Parat. A mine of information!

From your sofa, discover the exhibition Kinshasa Chroniques on the works of young Kinois artists, guided by a tour guide.

More info : Cité de l’Architecture virtual exhibitions

Musée d’Orsay

Musée d'Orsay Seine Vedettes de Paris © Joe DeSousa via Flickr

A temple for Impressionist paintings, the Musée d’Orsay houses many well-known sculptures, paintings and photographs dating from between 1848 and 1914. But did you know that before it became one of the largest museums in Paris, it was a railway station? Explore this superb monumental building through the virtual exhibition From Railway Station to Museum which retraces the history of this unique museum using magnificent documents.

More info : Exhibition From Railway Station to Museum

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower! This iconic Parisian landmark is also one of the world’s most well-known monuments. But what do you really know about it? A virtual exhibition ‘The Eiffel Tower in 1900’ reveals everything about the monument from the time of its construction; another view of Paris to discover.

More info : The Eiffel Tower in 1900

And if it's the view from the top that you miss, there are daytime and night-time views to discover in mobile version. Zoom in, turn around, the whole of Paris is yours to see!

Panoramic views from the top of the Eiffel Tower

Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Gui Yinggang, Atsunobu Kohira, Miha Grecu, Dionisio Gonzalez … The works of many artists like these are shown virtually at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, either in the form of concerts or photographic exhibitions.

More info : Maison Européenne de la Photographie presented virtually

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

La Mère - Jules Adler Expo

Did you miss the Museum of Jewish Art and History exhibitions? Don't panic! Some of them are virtually all yours to discover.

More info : The exhibitions in virtual visit of the MAHJ

Musée de l'Armée

Hôtel National des Invalides, façade extérieure, Paris © Fotolia - Crobard

Napoleon, Churchill, De Gaulle, France-Germany(s) 1870-187, Picasso and war ... Discover historical figures and all the latest army museum’s exhibitions in video format, in a 360° virtual exhibition or on mini websites. Suitable for enthusiasts and the curious browser, they are packed with photographs, historical facts, and anecdotes!

All the virtual exhibitions of the Musée de l’Armée

The Toit de la Grande Arche

Direction the Grande Arche de la Défense for a virtual tour of Cyril Kongo's exhibition, installed in December 2019 at a height of over 110 m. A magnificent overview of his finest urban works, featuring aerosol graffiti. A colourful exhibion. 

Cyril Kongo exhibition

Notre-Dame de Paris in more than 100 works

One year after the fire, Paris Musées is paying tribute to Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in a selection of more than 100 representations of works housed in various museums of the City of Paris. This free virtual exhibition gives you the opportunity to find out more about the architecture and key historical events surrounding one of France's favourite cathedrals.

Notre-Dame de Paris in more than 100 works

The Louvre’s programme

Figure d'artiste

The largest museum in the world has a virtual programme too. Watch concerts performed in the Auditorium or listen again to lectures given as part of the Louvre Chair’s programme on the museum’s YouTube channel YouTube du Louvre. The Louvre podcasts propose novel and fascinating investigative reports. And there’s plenty of content for children on the Petit Louvre website, which has tons of online activities.

Shows and concerts in Paris to discover virtually

Philharmonie de Paris

Philharmonie de Paris Salle Pierre Boulez © Charles Platiau DR

The Philharmonie de Paris provides lots of virtual content on its website. As well as a visit of the Musée de la Musique and replays of concerts of jazz, world music, symphonic music ... live performances are programmed to tune into from your sofa.

More info : Philharmonie Live 

The Crazy Horse programme

Crazy Horse CalineKa Rideau © RiccardoTinelli DR

On the Instagram account, find the Crazy Horse girls who share their passion for the art of dance and glamour. On the programme: colourful surprises, mini-shows, advice, beautiful pictures... The famous Parisian cabaret promises to bring magic even from a distance.

Crazy Horse Instagram account

Pierre Emmanuel Barré’s ‘New Show’ streamed from his website

Pierre-Emmanuel Barré - Affiche pfff, Paris

The dates of Pierre Emmanuel Barré’s latest one-man show ‘PFFF... a lecture by Pierre-Emmanuel Barré’ at the Trianon theatre have been postponed to later in 2021, but the stand-up comedian and radio columnist is streaming his ‘New Show’, recorded in May 2019 at Paris’s Grand Rex, from his website, on a ‘pay as much you wish’ basis. Could comedy be the best medicine to dispel the current gloom?

Pierre Emmanuel Barré’s streamed show

The Opéra Comique

Ercole Amante

The Opéra Comique offers replays of some of the shows that marked the 2020 season: Hippolyte et Aricie, Cabaret horrifique and many other surprises!

Shows at the Opéra Comique in replay

Plays performed by the Comédie Française

Comédie Française - Salle Richelieu © Cosimo Mirco Magliocca collection

Theatre-goers will be delighted with the offering of a selection of its best recorded performances uploaded by the Comédie Française to its YouTube channel and Facebook page. The Comédie Française has some wonderful surprises to share, drawing on the classics as well as lesser-known works.

Comédie Française

The Paris Opera

Il est possible de revivre depuis son salon les grands classiques qui se sont joués sur la scène du Palais Garnier ou de l’Opéra BastilleDon GiovanniLa TraviataCarmen... mais aussi des concerts sont à louer - à des prix très abordables - sur le site chezsoi.operadeparis

"How to become a Parisian in one hour" by Olivier Giraud

Olivier Giraud’s humorous but affectionate show ‘How to become a Parisian in one hour’ can still be watched from home. His one-man show can be streamed on demand at a cost of €5, €10 or €50.

‘How to become a Parisian in one hour’ by Olivier Giraud

David Guetta - United at Home at the Louvre

David Guetta - United at Home - Au Louvre - Portrait de David Guetta, Paris

Relive top DJ and composer David Guetta’s phenomenal New Year’s Eve concert live-streamed from the Louvre Pyramid on 31 December 2020. Entitled United at Home from the Louvre an hour-long recording of this exceptional concert is available online on YouTube. Check it out on your screens!

Festivals and events to discover virtually

Urban Art Fair at the Universal Museum of Art

Affiche de l'Urban Art Fair 2018 © DR

Urban Art Fair, the leading international art fair for urban art, has been a rendezvous point for specialists, collectors, and fans of street art on a single site in central Paris for the last 5 years. In addition to its physical edition held in October, a digital event has been organized on the website of the Universal Museum of Art to admire the finest works.

Universal Museum of Art

Arte Concert Festival at the Gaîté Lyrique

Arte Concert Festival 2020 - Affiche, Paris

The fifth edition of the Arte Concert Festival took place from 13 to 15 November 2020 at the Gaîté Lyrique Theatre. Recordings from these three days of live performances - Sébastien Tellier, Yelle, Prudence, Lous and the Yazukas, Ichon, P.R2B, Arlo Parks, London Grammar and Matt Berninger’s The National – can be streamed from the Arte and Gaîté Lyrique websites.

Arte Concert Festival at the Gaîté Lyrique

Trois Couleurs by MK2

MK2 Bibliothèque, Paris © DR

So that film buffs and cinema-goers don’t miss out despite the closure of cultural venues and cinemas in particular, the MK2 cinema has created a daily ‘Festival at home’newsletter featuring a selection of feature and short films, anime for children and podcasts, carefully selected by the editorial team of the magazine Trois Couleurs. Subscribe to receive the newsletter by email every day.

Trois couleurs, Festival newsletter

‘La Nuit des Musées’ (‘Museums at night)

La Nuit des musées 2020 - Affiche, Paris

In 2020 Nuit des Musées 2020 was held... virtually! Museums and other institutions have adapted to offer a programme full of surprises that can be partly relived.

The Night of the Museums 2020

And for children : Virtual games and activities for kids in Parisian museums