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Musée d’Orsay: Tour

1. Musée d’Orsay: Tour

Like any first rate museum, the Musée D’Orsay can be overwhelming to visit alone. Take the stress out of journeying through the magnificent building and avoid missing out on the must-sees with this guided tour. Follow your guide and step into a world of color and light. The museum is home to some of the greatest, most recognizable works of art from the likes of Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir. Witness up close the swirling colors of the artistic revolution, as your expert guide explains not only the artworks, but the artists behind the frame, and the incredible changes that were also taking place in French society at the time.

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Musée d’Orsay: Private Tour

2. Musée d’Orsay: Private Tour

Get an expert introduction to one of the most celebrated museums in Paris with a live tour guide. The museum, housed in a former train station, is steeped in history and contains a wealth of artworks from the 19th century. Learn about the featured artists of the museum’s collection of French art on this walking tour around the iconic museum. Explore the backgrounds and individual styles of artists such as Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin. As well as viewing some selected highlights, learn the secrets surrounding the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists. Along the way, your guide will also explain the social background and turmoil of the 19th century, providing an in-depth insight into the layered artworks. With such insight, discover how a handful of art rebels paved the way for the Impressionist art movement.

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Orsay Private Tour

3. Orsay Private Tour

Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Rodin, Degas, Ingres, Gaugin, Van Gogh...their names fall gently upon the ears, their art gentle upon the eyes. Paris was and still remains a hub of innovative art; learn how this movement impacted the bustling heart of the capital city. Here you have the opportunity to experience the 19th-century Impressionistic revolution in its entire splendor, representing an impressive collection of Impressionism dating from 1848-1914. You'll also see the later post-impressionist art that was influenced by the former school. Knowledgeable guides will assist you in discovering the lives of the painters and the revolutionary movements of Impressionism and post Impressionism they founded, too. For an unforgettable educational and cultural experience, be sure to profit from your limited time from one of the finest private tours available. The Orsay private guided tour offers you more exclusive VIP access and personalized attention for a hassle-free experience, without the inconvenience normally associated with crowds. This tour is geared towards private individuals and small limited groups, is personally crafted to your wishes and is located within walking distance of this very centralized location in the heart of Paris.

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Orsay Museum: Private Guided Tour of Impressionism Art

4. Orsay Museum: Private Guided Tour of Impressionism Art

On arrival, picture yourself in front of a former railway station, transformed into a museum and home to various treasures. But wait, you cannot simply pass through the doors of such an incredible place. First of all, you will have to brave the impressive creatures that stand guard over the entrance to the building, such as a rhinoceros, or an elephant measuring 3 metres in height. Your guide will recount the thousand and one lives that make up the legend of this iconic museum, known throughout the world for its rich collection of impressionist paintings, and shed light on the history of its leading works by equally exceptional artists. Find yourself caught in that magical place between dream and reality, totally immersed in one of the most marvellous pages of the City of Light's history. Tackling impressionism with a visit to the Musée d’Orsay is an incredibly enriching experience, from which everyone can draw enlightenment and reflection. The museum was born out of an association of a small number of artists in the second half of the 19th Century. Heavily criticised at first, it finally came to have a strong influence on the art of the period.

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Paris: Musée d’Orsay Semi-Private Guided Tour

5. Paris: Musée d’Orsay Semi-Private Guided Tour

Enter the stunning Beaux Arts building of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and discover a treasure chest of French art. Housed in a former railway station, the museum contains one of the world’s best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Enjoy a semi-private tour with expert commentary from a guide who will introduce you not only to the masterpieces but to the masters that created them. Learn about a unique period of art history, and how it was harshly criticized in its time. See how painters, such as Monet, radically changed the way we view the world. Many of the museum’s most famous works are by Paris-based artists, and depict scenes throughout France, providing a pictorial history of the nation. Marvel at Van Gogh’s “Starry Night over the Rhône,” and Renoir’s masterpiece “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette,” a depiction of a typical Sunday afternoon in the Paris district of Montmarte. Discover highlights by Cezanne, Degas, Manet, and much more.

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Best of Paris Bike Tour

6. Best of Paris Bike Tour

Cruise through Paris from Notre-Dame to the Eiffel Tower on a bike and see the highlights of this great city in a fun way. Cycle around the glass pyramids in the Louvre’s courtyard, learn about the Impressionists in the Orsay Museum, and get right into the middle of the Place de la Concorde for an amazing view of the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe! On this half-day small-group bike tour you’ll ride along the banks of the Seine River as you breeze by other visitors and locals. Make stops at the most picturesque spots where your guide will tell you about Paris and share little-known fun and historical facts. You’ll also learn some secrets that will help you later as you explore Paris on your own – such as where to find the shortcut into the Louvre that saves you 2 hours of time waiting in line! You’ll enjoy a snack break at the Rue Cler outdoor market, where you’ll have a half hour to explore the stalls and try local treats.

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What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 52 reviews

Incredibly educational. I’ve been to this museum several times but this experience was the best. Loved the guides pace, relatability, personality and stories. She appealed to my teenager and to myself, was the best tour we’ve had in Paris.

Cécile was honestly passionate about transporting all her knowledge about Paris to our little group. There is no better option getting an idea of the city in such an adventurous, compact bike-tour.

Valerie gave us and our children a very informative and entertaining insight into the time of impressionism. I can unreservedly recommend your tour. Thanks, see you soon, hopefully!

A big thank you to Valerie for the extremely competent, exciting and humorous tour of the Musee d'Orsay. Just perfect!

Fantastic !!! Useful for those who stay for a short time. Experience to be redone