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You can book a place at this Paris art gallery to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Hosted by the designer of the Olympic Torch, there’s a super swanky viewing event set to take place at the Musée d’Orsay, and here’s how to cop a spot

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
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After years of preparation, the Paris 2024 Olympics are just around the corner, and excitement to watch the world’s greatest athletes compete in the French capital is well and truly mounting. 

But it’s not all about the actual Games: the Opening Ceremony is a world-class event in itself, and a super swanky viewing op has just been announced – at the Musée d’Orsay, no less. 

The terrace of the central Paris art gallery will be transformed into an exclusive Opening Ceremony event, where guests will have an unmatched view of the ceremony as the show and 10,500 competing athletes make their way along the Seine. 

The evening begins with a guide through the museum’s Impressionist art collection from an art historian before concluding on the terrace for the start of the ceremony. Olympic Torch and Cauldron designer Mathieu Lehanneur is hosting, who said ‘Hosting this celebration allows me to share my passion for both art and the Olympics with fans from around the world.’

But not only will you catch a glimpse of the ceremony (from the specially installed seating area), but there’ll be French snacks, a DJ set by founder of Paris-based art collective 99GINGER Kirou, and a tasting workshop by Margot Le Carpentier, Paris’s ‘most influential bartender’ of 2020. Très bien

The opening ceremony takes place on July 26, and the event will run from 6 pm until 1 am. Here are some snaps of the space. 

Musée d’Orsay
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Musée d’Orsay
Photograph: Airbnb
Musée d’Orsay
Photograph: Airbnb
Musée d’Orsay
Photograph: Airbnb
Musée d’Orsay
Photograph: Airbnb

To apply, you’ll need to attain a digital pass (Pass Jeux) to the Musée d’Orsay (accommodation and transport are not included). So, fancy bagging the greatest seat for the launch of the greatest show on earth? You can do so right here

And you can look at our comprehensive guide to all things Paris Olympics right here, and our guide to the Opening Ceremony here. 

Did you see the Musée D’Orsay will soon be available to book on Airbnb?

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