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Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

1. Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

Explore one of the world’s best art museums at your own pace with a reserved access day admission ticket to the Musée d'Orsay. Avoid lengthy lines and the hassle of ticket counters. You’ll simply show your voucher directly at the dedicated entrance for visitors with pre-bought tickets. After a security check, you’ll be able to walk straight inside. The Musée d'Orsay is located in the former Gare d'Orsay train station and is home to one of France's largest national collections of art. The major section of the museum is dedicated to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, but you also find some sculptures, photographs, and furniture. This is considered one of the best galleries in Paris and contains masterpieces such as Dance at le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, Apples and Oranges by Cézanne, Van Gogh's self-portraits and many other unique pieces you’ll have the opportunity to admire.

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Paris: Orsay and Orangerie Museums Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Paris: Orsay and Orangerie Museums Skip-the-Line Ticket

Benefit from skip-the-line entry to 2 famous cultural institutions in the heart of Paris. Get access to both the Orsay Museum and to the Orangerie Museum in the Tuileries Gardens. Marvel at works of art by a selection of world-famous artists. Orsay Museum: Enter the former Beaux-Arts train station of the Gare d'Orsay, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair. Now home to the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay), the beautiful building is one of the most popular cultural venues in Paris. Skip the long lines with your entry ticket, and then journey through various artistic movements, including Academism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. See works by artists such as Bonnard, Carpeaux, Cézanne, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Guimard, Lalique, Manet, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Redon, Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisley, Van Gogh and Vuillar! Orangerie Museum: Located in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens, the Orangerie Museum (Musée de l’Orangerie) offers visitors a poetic presentation of 2 prestigious collections from work produced in the early decades of the 20th century. See masterpieces such as the "Water Lilies" ("Les Nymphéas") cycle by Claude Monet and various works from the Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume Collection of the art dealer Paul Guillaume and his wife Domenica. 

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Musée d’Orsay: Tour

3. 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

4. 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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Paris: Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour

5. Paris: Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour

Discover masterpieces of French art on a private tour of 2 of the most famous museums in Paris. The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay are the essential duo for art lovers, and this full-day tour includes priority entry to both. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Carrousel du Louvre, where you can admire the majestic architecture of the museum before skipping the long lines to enjoy a 2 hour tour tailored to your interests. See magnificent art by Rembrandt and Delacroix, as well as Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary Mona Lisa, and the famous Greek statue of the Venus de Milos. After some free time for lunch, reconnect with your guide at 13:30 in front of the Orsay Museum. The former train station is now home to one of the most beautiful collections of Impressionist art in the world. Discover more than 4,000 works from the second half of the 19th century, including paintings by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and Maillol. Hear fascinating stories about the artists and their most famous works on a tour that can always be tailored to your interests.

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Musée d’Orsay: Guided Impressionist Tour & Gourmet Lunch

6. Musée d’Orsay: Guided Impressionist Tour & Gourmet Lunch

Start your Impressionist adventure by meeting your fully accredited, expert guide right in front of the museum. Forget the hassle of waiting in line, you and/or your group can bypass the ticket queues and enter the building to start your tour. Take a guided tour through each and every one of the publicly available rooms in the Orsay Museum. Whilst inside, marvel at the wonders of the Impressionistic era and get a chance to see world renowned paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and many others. Your expert guide will use his/her knowledge to enhance your appreciation of this particular artistic movement.  Take a stop in the gallery restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch with wine in the Orsay station’s original Belle Epoque restaurant, opened in 1900. Savoring the traditional French cuisine under the sparkling chandeliers will be a most fitting finale to your memorable tour. After lunch, your entrance ticket allows you to return to the galleries on your own if you wish, to further explore the collection or perhaps take in a special exhibition.

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Musee d'Orsay: Small Group Semi-Private Tour

7. Musee d'Orsay: Small Group Semi-Private Tour

“My dear friend, your train station looks like a Palace of Fine Arts while our Palace of Fine Arts looks like a train station” is what the architect Victor Laloux heard in 1900 when his spectacular station was inaugurated. Nowadays this wonderful light and airy space is home to the Musée d’Orsay. Dedicated to the art of the second half of the 19th century, one of the most exciting and daring periods in artistic history, you will discover how the Impressionist movement burst onto the scene and changed the face of art forever. Follow your guide and step into a world of color and light. Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir, this museum is home to some of the greatest, and most recognizable works of art in the world. Witness up close the swirling colors of the artistic revolution, as your expert guide explains not only the artworks, but also the incredible changes that were also taking place in French society at the time. Learn about the colorful and often unconventional lives of the mythical artists represented here, many of whom lived and worked in Paris. It’s not surprising that this visit is also one of your guides’ favorites! Benefit from a small group visit with only 7 people or fewer, allowing for a relaxed and intimate visit of this spectacular collection.

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Paris: Musée d'Orsay Guided Tour with Options

8. Paris: Musée d'Orsay Guided Tour with Options

A visitor will quickly understand why the Musée d’Orsay is consistently ranked the favorite museum of Parisians themselves. Built over 100 years ago as a train station welcoming international visitors to the World’s Fair, the Beaux-Arts structure now displays the best art from that period, making it an essential visit during your stay in the City of Lights. Your expert guide, fully accredited and eager to open your eyes to artistic passion, will meet you right in front of the museum, and your group will bypass any long lines to enter immediately. Believe it or not, the Impressionists’ peaceful scenes of rural and city life were thought absolutely shocking when they were painted. The vivid colors and expressive brushstrokes truly shook the foundations of the artistic establishment. Your guide will bring to life the turbulent personalities of the painters, describing how each artist dared to explore new territory and to pursue success without compromise. Traveling back in time, you’ll learn how these images and messages changed the art world forever. Your guide will take you to all the major highlights, and introduce you to many other beautiful masterpieces along the way. Your entrance ticket allows you to stay in the galleries on your own if you wish, to further explore the collection or perhaps take in a special exhibition.

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Paris: Musée d’Orsay Skip-The-Line Guided Tour

9. Paris: Musée d’Orsay Skip-The-Line Guided Tour

Skip the long lines to the beautiful Beaux Arts building that is now home to the Musée d’Orsay, and enter an alladin’s cave of French art. Located in a former railway station, the museum contains the world’s best collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, although for a longtime it was overlooked. Now you can learn about this unique period in art history, and see masterpieces by Monet, Courbet, Renoir, Cezanne, and Van Gogh. Along the way your guide will explain the social background and turmoil of the 19th century, providing an in-depth insight into the layered art works. Highlights include “La Source” by Ingres, and “The Birth of Venus” by Bouguereau. Marvel at the realism of Courbet’s “L'Atelier du Peintre” (“The Artist’s Studio”) and “A Burial at Ornans.” See the exquisite colors of Manet’s “Breakfast on Grass” and the “Breakfast on Grass” by Monet. Other Monet paintings are the “Rue Montorgueil” and “Cathedrale de Rouen” series. Admire Renoir’s “Bal du Moulin de la Galette,” and the “Still Life” by Cezanne, as well as Van Gogh’s “Auto-Portrait” and “Starry Night.”

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Orsay Museum: Private Guided Tour of Impressionism Art

10. 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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What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

Really beautiful, manageable in size, relatively easy to navigate. Some excellent works of art, truly something for everyone, even my sceptic husband was drawn in by several paintings and sculptures. To top it, the café was very nice too.

I recommend to go early, we had luck, the beginning of our visit it was not so overcrowded and we could enjoy the beautiful Impressionist section very much!

Simple to book, kept me aware of times, changes etc. Seamless really and good value too

Wonderful collection! Alas parts of it are still closed, esp the art nouveau furniture.

one of the most beautiful and fascinating museums in the world