Universal Exhibition of 1900: From Orsay Museum to the Petit Palais (3h)
From: 370 €
During this 3 hour private tour you will have an in-depth visit to the Musée d’Orsay, 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 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 Belle Époque, 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.
Duration: 3 hours.
Departure time: 9.30am and 2.30pm.
Prices for your private group as a whole:
1 – 6 PAX = 370€
7 – 12 PAX = 410€
13 – 15 PAX = 450€
+15 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.
We present a 3-hour private tour to visit the Orsay Museum in a personalized 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 Central Europe, Northern Europe and Scandinavia: furniture from Victor Horta, Van der Velde (Belgium), Antoni Gaudí (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 Belle Epoque 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 historic monuments 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.
Paris is a perfect place to get inspired by La Belle Époque. Book this private tour and fell like you are in 1900!
Some say that Paris is told to be the birthplace of Art Nouveau. Enjoy the personalized attention that comes with our private guide.
Pickup & Drop Off
The private tour will start in front of the statue of the Elephant located just in front the entrance of the Orsay museum, in the 8th district. We will meet there and purchase the tickets for the group.
The tour will end at the Petit Palais in the 7th district.
Professional fully licensed guiding service.
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; 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, Italian or French. Please select the language of your choice in the scroll below the calendar.
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.
Please note that your tour will take place, rain or shine.
To book this tour please click on the calendar. In the event that you have difficulties while booking (not availability for your desired date/time,…) or that you have any additional query please tell us right now visiting the CONTACT section or clicking HERE.
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