The Musée d’Orsay Hosts An Iconic Celebration Of The Olympic Games Paris 2024

Musée d’Orsay in collaboration with Airbnb is gearing up to celebrate the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 with incredible views, a museum tour and more.

  • 21 Jun '24
  • 12:49 pm by Sana Chohan

On the evening of July 26, 2024, guests at the Musée d’Orsay will witness history unfold from its majestic terrace, offering unparalleled views of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony along the Seine River. As nations glide through the river on individual boats, this breathtaking spectacle will captivate all in attendance. This unforgettable evening, hosted by acclaimed designer Mathieu Lehanneur—creator of the Paris 2024 Games Torch—will culminate in a vibrant celebration featuring the city’s finest culinary delights and electrifying music.


Breaking New Ground

In a momentous first, the Olympic Games will extend its celebration away from the stadium and at the heart of the City of Art. Paris 2024’s ambition is to offer games inclusive for everyone; with celebration venues scattered throughout the city. The festive atmosphere will continue all summer along the River Seine and its canals; in each arrondissement from La Villette to Saint-Denis and all through Paris. Along the route is the Musée d’Orsay, offering sweeping views of the city and the Seine. For one night only, the museum’s terrace will be transformed to host an exclusive viewing of the Opening Ceremony, allowing guests to witness this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.

The Musée d’Orsay, a former railway station building constructed in 1900 opens its doors to celebrate the Olympic Games Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony. (Image Credits: Matthew Avignone)


Immersive Inside-Out

Mere metres above the masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, and Pierre-August Renoir, the terrace of the museum will transform into an experience as immersive as its art scene. The evening is set to begin in the main atrium of the Musée d’Orsay, with an exclusive guided tour of the world’s largest collection of Impressionist art. The tour concludes at the museum’s fifth-floor terrace where guests will find an enchanting garden setting to relax and gather as the Opening Ceremony begins. Originally a railway station built in 1900, the Musee d’Orsay is an iconic building located on the Left Bank of the Seine River it offers an unmatched view of the passing boats and the spectacle of 10,500 Olympic athletes on their way down the river



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The elevated seating area on the fifth floor of the Musée d’Orsay offers breathtaking views of the River Seine, providing an impeccable vantage point for the Opening Ceremony. (Image Credits: Walter Romand)


Surrounded By Icons

Under the creative direction of French multidisciplinary designer Mathieu Lehanneur, the venue welcomes guests through a secret garden that mirrors the calm flow of the Seine’s waters with its organic forms draped in foliage. Lehanneur breathes the same spirit of creativity in hosting the event as he does in designing the Olympic Torch of Paris 2024. At the terrace’s arched entrance, guests will have the opportunity to explore Lehanneur‘s meticulous approach to the torch’s design. 

“For Paris 2024, I wanted it to be extremely pure, iconic, and almost essential. Simple like a hyphen and fluid like a flame,” remarks Lehanneur on his design philosophy. 

Beyond showcasing his other key works, hosting this event underscores Lehanneur’s deep commitment to uniting art and the Olympic ethos, a passion he eagerly shares with enthusiasts from across the globe.

The entrance to the magical secret garden on the museum terrace showcases Mathieu Lehanneur’s iconic design for the Paris 2024 Olympic Torch. (Image Credits: Wendy Huynh)


The Finest Of Paris

Surrounded by the best in the city, the evening at the Musée d’Orsay will engage guests in a tasting workshop and offer refreshments curated by Margot LeCarpentier, dubbed as Paris’s ‘Most Influential Bartender’ by the World’s Best Bar list in 2020. With an edible garden wall to pick from and delectable French flavours to indulge in, the sights, sounds, and sensations accompanying the Opening Ceremony’s viewing make the museum undeniably the most exciting venue of the evening.

As the night progresses, soft melodies will segue into celebratory beats with a DJ set by Kirou, founder of the Paris-based art and music collective 99GINGER, making the night even more starry.

As the evening unfolds, the venue will continue its vibrant celebration with music, food, and stunning sights. (Image Credits: Wendy Huynh)

Booking for this experience begins June 13th at 3 p.m. CET at Experience will be available only to 30 guests (15 requesting guests and a plus one).