The Opéra Garnier was inaugurated in 1875 and its stage has seen some of the greatest Opera singers and ballet dancers, from Maria Callas to Rudolf Noureev, perform.
Its ceilings was decorated by Marc Chagall in 1964.
- 1st series of panelsOpéra national de Paris
Move your mouse around to explore this staircase designed by architect Charles Garnier (who gave his name to the building).
Opéra national de ParisOpéra national de Paris
Rising at 4,808 m above sea level, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps, a chain of mountains in the South East of France. Explore the permanent snow of this natural jewel!
LIFE Photo Collection
Van Gogh in Arles
Did you know Van Gogh lived in Arles, in the south of France, for a year? He even painted the room he stayed in, in what was to become one of his most famous works. Read through 10 Things You Might Not Know About Vincent van Gogh.
The Bedroom by Vincent van GoghVan Gogh Museum
In the Orangerie Museum, you can explore the famous Water Lilies cycle by Claude Monet. Move your mouse around for a 360° view.
Musee de l'OrangerieMusée de l'Orangerie
Now is your time to explore the scenic view of Paris: move your mouse around to take in the sights.
Tour EiffelEiffel Tower
Set in the appartment where scientist Louis Pasteur spent the last 7 years of his life, the Musée Pasteur comemorates the life and research of the man responsible for finding the vaccine for rabbies.
Musée Pasteur – Salle des Souvenirs ScientifiquesInstitut Pasteur
Albert Einstein's letters
Glimpse Albert Einstein's fascinating - sometimes funny - exchanges with great French mathematicians. These formative conversations would go on to shape his ground-breaking scientific work. Read the letters.
Letter from Albert Einstein to Louis de Broglie - 15 February 1954 (2) by Albert EinsteinAcadémie des sciences
The Provence Region, in the South of France, is home to beautiful and fragrant lavender fields. The flowering season spans from mid-June to mid-August, but you can have a look online year-round!
The Chauvet cave, located in Ardèche, in the South of France, hosts some of the oldest works of art ever created: they are dated at 36, 000 years ago! The cave is not open to the public for preservation reasons, but you can explore it online.
Central Piece of the Feline Fresco (Chauvet Cave, Ardèche) by L. Guichard/Perazio/SmergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Palace of Versailles
The former hunting lodge of Louis XIII was transformed and extended by his son Louis XIV who installed here the Court and the government of France in 1682. Up until the French Revolution, a line of kings succeeded each other, each taking his turn to embellish the Palace. And now, the Palace is yours...
The Hall of mirrorsPalace of Versailles
Click and move around the image to explore Le Nôtre's Garden.
Versailles GardensPalace of Versailles
Fossil Crocodile ("Crocodileimus robustus")Musée des Confluences
Arènes de Nîmes
Located in the South of France, the Arène de Nîmes come straight from Roman times.
Arènes de Nîmes
Gladiators used to roam this exceptionally well preserved amphitheater.
Arènes de Nîmes
Palais de Tokyo
Palais de Tokyo was created in 2002: Its liveliness, joyfulness, and adventurous approach made Paris sit up and take notice. As an anti-museum par excellence, a rebellious undeveloped plot in the 16th arrondissement, a offbeat yet ambitious “palace”, a place for exchanges and surprises, it was the pioneer of a movement of reconciliation between the City of Light and contemporary art.
Palais de TokyoPalais de Tokyo
In 709, there was just a small church on this hill surrounded by the sea when the tide is high. Monasteries and abbeys were progressively added in the Middle Ages, and the Mont is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Saint Michael's Mount village
Situated in the very heart of Paris on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this iconic building was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900. It is particularly famous for its glass roof, the largest in Europe.
The nave of Grand Palais - Aerial view by Google 2015Rmn-Grand Palais
Ensemble by Gabrielle "Coco" ChanelThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
The arts of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas are at the heart of this Museum inaugurated in 2006. Walk around its unique collections!
musée du quai Branly - Jacques ChiracMusée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Tulle workers in the workshop at the beginning of the 20th centruyCité de la dentelle et de la mode
This instrument is Console studio 116c from the "Groupe de recherche musicale (GRM)" (Group of musical research). In 1967, it was top of the technology!
Console studio 116c du groupe de recherche musicale (GRM) by AnonymePhilharmonie de Paris
Cameras collection of the Cinematheque Française - GroundfloorThe Cinémathèque française