The young neighbor of the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum has a very special history. Former train station, built at the end of the XIXth century for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, it becomes a museum only in the 1970s. The building, thus saved from the demolition, hosts the works of art made after 1840.
To see the secrets of this place, we will embark on a tour, to discover the history painted by the greatest masters of painting.
Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Corot, Gauguin, Morisot are exhibited in the rooms with intriguing decorations and, show a crucial period of the art in France and in Europe.*
A journey through the works of art
We will meet at the entrance of the Orsay Museum and we will embark directly for our trip – it is after all an old train station. We will begin with the “station” Gallery of Sculpture, where we will see the marbles and bronzes of the great French sculptors.
Then we will stop at the “stations” Galleries of Academic Art, the Nabis, the Symbolism, the Pointillism. We will find the emblematic pieces of each movement and find their main characteristics.
We will then go to discover the extraordinary miniature models of the Opera Garnier and the adjacent district – the Grands Boulevards.
Finally, we will go up to the top floor, the one of the Gallery of Impressionists. Here we will stop to observe the works of Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro and many others, who have revolutionized the painting. Finally, it’s the Terminus !
We will take a break at the Café Campana, on the top floor of the museum, in a room with the Art Nouveau ornaments of the early twentieth century.
On the way back, we will pass in front of the mascot of the museum, the famous polar bear Pompon, made by the sculptor François Pompon.
Then we will cross the Seine by the Léopold Sédar Senghor footbridge to enjoy the Tuileries Garden.
Practical information about this cultural outgoing
* Many works of art represent naked bodies.
The museum is closed on Mondays.
During the visit, you will discover:
- What is the origin of « Impressionism »?
- What is the name of Claude Monet’s favorite model?
- Which great Japanese artist influenced French painters?
- What is the spectacular secret of Georges Seurat’s paintings?
- What is the story behind the “Moulin de la Galette Ball” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir?
3 hours approximately (each program is personalized according to the tastes and interests of the children)
353€ until 3 children (+ 75€/h Overtime beyond the 3 hours planned)
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