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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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The Orsay Museum: Guided Visit for Families with Children

3. The Orsay Museum: Guided Visit for Families with Children

Specifically adapted to accommodate for children's shorter attention spans this tour is perfect for families with children. Your guide will adapt their language to hold the attention of the children while simultaneously answering any questions you may have. You will feel welcomed as a family while discovering the richness of the museum’s collections in a beautiful setting. In terms of collections, the museum is a prime spot to discover the Impressionist movement. It features painted and sculpted masterpieces by famous artists, including Monet’s Poppies, Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, Renoir’s Dance at Le moulin de la Galette; Degas’ dancers and Cezanne’s The Card Players. Each work of art in the museum has a story and significance, but your guide will avoid overwhelming you and focus on selected major works. If you or your children are art enthusiasts, your guide will adapt the tour to any requests you may have. What better way to experience the Orsay than to visit as a family? 

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Paris: Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour

4. 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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Paris: Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour

5. Paris: Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Ticket-Line Tour

Enjoy a combined full-day tour of 2 of the most popular museums in Paris and take a journey through the history of art, from the antiquities of Ancient Greece to the groundbreaking art of French Impressionists and post-Impressionists, such as Renoir and Van Gogh. Your tour starts at the legendary Louvre Museum. Home to more than 35,000 works of art, and artifacts from antiquity, the Louvre covers more than 650,000 square feet of exhibition space. Tackling this monument to art on your own can be overwhelming, but your guide will compose a chronological story, starting with Ancient Greek mythology. They will lead you to some of the most celebrated pieces, including the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and tell you which works have made the most significant contributions to the evolution of art and civilization. Following a lunch break, continue to the Musée d'Orsay. Located in a beautiful Beaux Arts building that was formerly used as the Gare d'Orsay railway station, the Orsay focuses on 19th-century French art. Explore the individual styles of artists such as Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin. Learn the secrets surrounding their techniques and discover how a handful of art rebels paved the way for the Impressionist art movement. Skip-the-ticket-line access to both museums means you will enjoy quicker entry and can spend more time admiring the art. You are free to stay on and continue exploring at the end of your guided tour.

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Orsay Private Tour

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

7. 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

8. 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: 2-Hour Private Musée d'Orsay Guided Tour

9. Paris: 2-Hour Private Musée d'Orsay Guided Tour

Follow your guide on a 2-hour private tour of the Musée d'Orsay and you’ll be taken to the heart of an exceptional museum that is home to masterpieces of western art from 1848 to 1914. In addition, your expert guide will provide commentary on the many works of art you see. You’ll have the opportunity to admire numerous world-famous masterpieces of the Impressionist Movement, and as you walk along the Museum’s corridors you’ll take in major works of Neoclassicism, Realism, and Symbolism, as well. You’ll also be able to share your opinions with your guide as you discuss works that interest you on this journey of discovery.

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Paris: Private Skip-the-Lines Orsay and Louvre Museum Tour

10. Paris: Private Skip-the-Lines Orsay and Louvre Museum Tour

Visit two of the most emblematic museums in Paris with your own private guide during this walking tour of the Orsay Museum and Louvre Museum. Take advantage of skip-the-line entry tickets at both museums. Your private guide will pick you up at your centrally located hotel or in front of the Orsay Museum depending on what works best for you. After pickup, your private and personalized walking tour officially starts. Your first stop will be the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay), located in the heart of Paris along the Seine. This historic museum houses the art of the last decades and is famous for having the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. Stroll through the memorable halls and spot paintings by Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and much more. As you explore, learn from your guide who is an expert in the art and history of the city. For the second half of the tour, cross the famous bridge of the arts and arrive to the Louvre Museum, known for being the most visited museum in the world. It houses a wide collection from ancient civilizations to the middle of the XIV century. The Louvre's art collection is one of the largest and most extensive in the world and features one of the most significant paintings of all time, the Mona Lisa. In the Louvre, you’ll find prominent artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Jacques-Louis David, François Boucher, and Hans Holbein.

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What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 22 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.

Christophe was a very good guide, who shows his passion for art. He explained very nice facts that were unknown for us and he was very kind with our kids while adjusting his explanations to their level. We would love to book him again.

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!

Our guide was so informative about paintings & move from neoclassical art to impressionist art.