Thanks to the generosity of various French institutions and individuals, all of us can continue expanding our knowledge of French culture during the current lockdown. How? Through virtual exhibitions and tours, e-books, movies to stream, concerts to watch, and food to cook with online courses. Here is a non-exhaustive list of what is available at the moment.

Museums and virtual tours

Some of the most famous museums in Paris now offer the possibility to visit their exhibitions or access their collections online. The website Sortir à Paris (renamed “Solidaires à Paris” during confinement) listed these museums, and they include our most beloved ones. Here is a selection:

(The website Sortir à Paris has an English version available here.)

The project Google Arts and Culture also enables you to visit online some of the famous museums and historic places such as the Palace of Versailles, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Grotte Chauvet.

Music and Theater

Various French institutions have decided to stream musical performances and plays for free at a certain time depending on the day. That is the case for l’Opéra de Paris, la Philharmonie de Paris and la Comédie Française.


For those who would like to read in French during confinement, several French libraries and bookshops have given free access to e-books. Here is some examples.

Cinema and TV

The French chain of movie theaters MK2 has decided to put online for free five or six movies from their catalog. Also, if you are passionate about cinema, the Cinémathèque Française gives acess to more than 1000 documents from their archives (masterclasses, conferences, articles, etc.). As for French television, the Institut National de l’Audiovisual offers free access for three months to the archives of French television (movies, series, documentaries, concerts, etc.).


And finally, we can learn cooking whilst improving in French by taking free cooking lessons. That is possible thanks to Cyril Lignac and Mathieu Payet-Godel, two French chefs who have decided to share their passion online during the lockdown in France.

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