Parisian museums enter the modern world – Meanderings through France n° 105
By Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny
As more and more museums around the world propose virtual tours of their collections, it was about time that Parisian museums start proposing their visitors new ways to enjoy their masterpieces. With a tablet or an app on your cell-phone you will see them like never before and adapt your visit to your own expectations. Forget the old fashioned guided tours and discover the Parisian museums of the 21st century.
Built as a royal palace, the Louvre obviously was not designed as a modern museum and getting lost in this huge place (60,000 sp meters) or loose too much time searching for Mona Lisa, the Decorative Arts’ new galleries or the Egyptian department, are all too easy even for someone who has already been there. Using Galileo, the European global navigation satellite system, the app will not only take you directly to the artefact you wish to see but it will also give you audio commentaries and comprehensive descriptions of over 600 art works or make for you a thematic tour of your choice. Or lead you to the nearest toilet… It is not only available in French and English, but also in German, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Japanese and soon in Chinese or Portuguese.
More about the Louvre app: http://www.louvre.fr/en/new-app
The Conciergerie is a beautiful gothic palace built during the Middle Ages. It’s been the royal residence in Paris until the end of the 14th century when French kings moved into the Louvre. The Conciergerie was turned into a courthouse and a prison It became notorious worldwide during the French revolution as it was considered as a death’s waiting room for many aristocrats who knew that it was very unlikely that they would be freed. You can’t miss this tall castle flanked by 3 towers built on the Cité Island at walking distance from Notre Dame Cathedral. When buying your ticket, you can also get a tablet (it’s an I pad mini) for 6,50 euro and it will take you back in time. Immersed in a 360 degrees augmented reality, you will get an accurate vision of the medieval kitchens, of the huge soldiers dining room or of Queen Marie-Antoinette’ cell where she was imprisoned for two months and a half during her trial until her execution on October 16, 1793.
More information; http://www.paris-conciergerie.fr/en/
The Parisian museum of modern art, the Centre Pompidou, could not escape having state-of-the-art technology to enhance its visitors’ tour. You can download a free app for your smart-phone or your tablet and get an interactive visit of the largest European museum of modern art and its amazing collections. Whether temporary or permanent, each exhibition has its own guided-tour in the app, with audio-commentaries, texts, quotations by artists or timelines that will personalize your experience in the museum. It will help you get a more intimate knowledge of paintings, sculptures, installation, photography or furniture by artists of the 20th and 21st centuries such as Kandinsky, Soulages, Warhol, Dali, Pollock… Build your own tour then get on your personal space in the app and share your experience on the social media of your choice.
To download the app; https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en/Visite/Approfondir-sa-visite
The Palace of Versailles has an incredibly high number of apps to explore the Palace, the gardens, the Petit and the Grand Trianon. They are all free and once again take you back in time and enhance your visit, watching the castle and gardens with a new look. Photos, texts, audio-documents and an innovative 3D virtual reality app will show you Versailles the way it looked when Louis XIV built it or when Marie-Antoinette lived a bucolic life in the Petit Trianon.
Discover all the apps here;http://en.chateauversailles.fr/multimedia-/multimedia-en/mobiles-en
Text © Annick Dournes
Photos © Frederic de Poligny and X