Maxim’s de Paris, Orsay Museum et Les Palais (4h) – Temporarily closed
From: 620 €
During this 4 hour private tour you will spend the first hour doing an in-depth private visit to Maxims de Paris and then spend the other 3 hours of the tour discovering the Art Nouveau jewels inside the Musée d’Orsay. Also Pont Alexandre III, Grand Palais and Petit Palais are included during this morning Belle Époque experience.
This private tour must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance. We have three other Paris Art Nouveau private tours that can be booked in a shorter notice. Get informed about them by clicking HERE.
Maxims de Paris is a unique collection in France of furniture and ‘Art Nouveau’ objects distributed in more than 3000 sq.ft. and three levels. The visit will be conducted by Pierre-André Hélène, a passionated Art Historian and writer. In the early 2000s, he became the curator of the ‘Collection 1900 Maxim’s de Paris’ and he loves Paris and the capital’s secrets.
Musée d’Orsay is an unmissable museum installed in the former Orsay railway station, a “work of art” on its own. It displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914, and your Art Nouveau expert guide will focus on the Art Nouveau marvels on display.
After, you will discover three other amazing Art Nouveau gems built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900: Pont Alexandre III, Grand Palais and Petit Palais.
Your private guide during the second part of the tour will explain you how between April and November 1900 Paris succesfully organised such a world event that attracted almost 50 million visitors from around the world. The Art Nouveau style was one of the highlights of the Universal Exhibition and it became more popular worldwide thanks to this event.
In 1889 Paris had already organised a world event, in that case with more than 32 million visitors. It was the World Fair 1889 and Paris showed the world that it was the world leader in terms of technological and artistic innovation. A result of that event was the Torre Eiffel.
If you travel to Paris and love Art Nouveau, you won’t find a better way to discover the highlights that the capital of France has to offer than with this Paris at 1900 Art Nouveau private exclusive tour.
Paris holds a crucial place within the history of Art Nouveau in Europe and this private tour lets you visit the 8th and 7th districts in a very exclusive way.
Prices for your private group as a whole: (Price per price person can be lower than 47€ depending on the size of your private group)
1 – 6 PAX = 620€
7 – 12 PAX = 670€
13 – 15 PAX = 720€
+12 PAX – Please Contact Us
Tell us your group size and choose the Date and Time of your Art Nouveau experience. Reserve early to guarantee availability.
During the first hour you will visit the Museum Maxim’s in a private visit conducted by its curator.
You will visit the Collection 1900 Maxim’s de Paris and discover more than 550 outstanding objects of the most prestigious designers such as Majorelle, Tiffany, Gallé, Massier and Toulouse-Lautrec. All the works have been collected by Pierre Cardin for over sixty years, a guarantee of good choice.
This great Art Nouveau collection is presented in the apartment of a courtesan of the Belle Epoque. It is a great recreation of the atmosphere of an apartment of a courtesan of the Belle Époque with 12 furnished rooms of the best creations of the 1900s.
After the exclusive visit to Maxim’s de Paris, you will do a 3-hour private tour to visit the Orsay Museum in a personalised way and to discover how was Paris at the times of the Universal Exhibition of 1900.
Begin your tour discovering the stunning Art Nouveau Collection on display in this fantastic museum, installed in the very well preserved former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. Your private guide will accompany you in the discovery of many interesting works:
- The birth of Guimard Style: his first architectural drawings and art objects by Hector Guimard, and major furniture works as well
- Major pieces of furniture by Majorelle and glass works by Gallé
- The Belle Époque depicted in the paintings by Toulouse Lautrec and other Parisian artists
- Art Nouveau Style through Europe: furniture from Victor Horta, Van der Velde (Belgium), Gaudi (Catalonia), Charpentier (France) and Bugatti (Italy)
Our guide is very interested in Art Nouveau and visiting the museum together you will get many interesting insights to understand the Art Nouveau movement, works and artists.
After the in-depth visit to the museum, you will have a short walk and cross The Ornate Art Nouveau bridge Pont Alexandre III, classified as a French monument historique since 1975. It is the most beautiful and ornate bridge over the Seine and it has exuberant Art Nouveau lamps, cherubs, nymphs and winged horses at either end.
The construction of the bridge is a marvel of 19th century engineering was inaugurated in the 1900 Universal Exhibition, as were the nearby Grand Palais and Petit Palais.
At that time Art Nouveau was the most prominent architectural style and was embraced by the wealthy and was a synonymous with opulence and refined beauty. As well as the Musée d’Orsay, these two great buildings are listed as monuments historiques by the French Ministry of Culture. This private tour doesn’t enter to the the museums located in these iconic buildings.
The construction of the Grand Palais began in 1897 following the demolition of the Palais de l’Industrie as part of the preparation works for the Universal Exposition. As with the other buildings of the tour, it is a wonderful architecture to admire.
After you admire the masterpiece Petit Palais from the outside, you will be accompanied by your guide to see it from inside from its café, a charming place opening on to a superb enclosed garden. There, you can have a drink and talk with your private guide and at the same time admire pools bordered with blue and gold mosaic, colonnades and exotic plants in a 1900 style.
Some say that Paris is told to be the birthplace of Art Nouveau and we are not sure about that. What we really know is that Paris is a perfect place to get inspired by Art Nouveau and La Belle Époque.
Please, Book 6 weeks in advance.
Maxim’s de Paris
It opened in May 1893 and soon became a popular place to go for the main players of the Belle Époque movement. Pierre Cardin, the famous fashion designer known for his futuristic creations, had been a regular at Maxim’s since the early 1060s and Being a great collector of Art Nouveau from a young age, bought the famous restaurant in 1981.
Nowadays Maxim’s de Paris is a real legendary brand because of its priceless heritage. It is the party symbol of elegance and refinement, and very important for the history of Art Nouveau and Belle Époque in Paris and in the whole world.
Pickup & Drop Off
The private tour will start in Maxim’s de Paris, 3, Rue Royale in the 8th district.
The tour will end at the Petit Palais in the 7th district.
Professional fully licensed guiding service and entrance to Maxim’s de Paris, with a visit by its curator.
Food and drinks at the Petit Palais and in other locations
Entry fee to Orsay Museum (12€ pp).This ticket is for entry into the permanent collections, and for temporary exhibitions, subject to availability: 12€; reduced or free depending on public and time. To see all ticket prices CLICK HERE.
Our specialized Art Nouveau guide can guide you in English or French. Please select the language of your choice in the scroll below the calendar.
Booking issues – email or call Us
To book this private tour please select your desired date on the calendar. As we ask you to book the tour 6-weeks ahead of time, our system may not allow you to book this tour for your desired date. If you want to book this tour for a date that is not active on the website calendar, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at +34 667 823 001 saying your desired date/time for this tour and we will make our best to organise the tour in such a short notice. For any other query or personalized event in the French capital, also contact Us.
Orsay Museum is closed on Mondays, that’s why on that day we don’t offer this private tour.
The café at Petit Palais is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm, except on Mondays and public holidays.
The interiors of the Grand and Petit Palais hold temporary exhibitions, that you can visit on your own before or after the tour takes places. Click HERE for more information about the activities that take place in the Grand Palais. To get more information about the displays and collections taking place in the Petit Palais click HERE.
To book this tour start by selecting the group size and the date of your tour on the calendar available in this page. This private tour must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance. We have three other Paris Art Nouveau private tours that can be booked in a shorter notice. Get informed about them by clicking HERE.
Please note that your tour will take place, rain or shine.
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