Private tour

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

Private tour

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

From US$ 214.17 per person

See the world’s largest collection of Impressionist art at the Beaux Arts Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of many of the museum’s highlights, and see masterpieces by Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Manet, and more.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, Serbo-Croatian
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Skip the long lines to the Orsay Museum
  • Learn about the revolutionary techniques of Van Gogh, Renoir and more
  • See art by Manet, Monet, Cezanne, and Courbet
  • Discover the story behind Manet's scandalous Breakfast on Grass
  • Marvel at Van Gogh's Auto-Portrait
  • Look at the dark realism of Courbet’s Painter's Studio
Full description
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.”
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Orsay Museum
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Meet by the rhino statue in front of the Orsay Museum. Your guide will be carrying a red tote canvas bag

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  • This tour operates rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 53 reviews

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Tina was an excellent tour guide. The reason for the 3 stars for good value is that we happened to be scheduled for the first Sunday of the month which is apparently free, for everyone! As a result, we were not able to gain access as a tour - there was no 'skipping the line' available that day. Tina had to go online and 'reserve' an entrance time, which at this point had to be 11:00 a.m. as that was the closest time available (our tour was supposed to start at 10:00 a.m.) I felt bad for her as she said this had never happened before. Once the tour started it was excellent - Tina is lovely and very knowledgable about the art!

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May 14, 2023

My guide was amazing! She had a lot of information about the museum's art, of course, presented in a way that told the story of the museum--the graduation from "academism" to what we now call Impressionism, and how certain paintings reflected the rebellion against the Academy. She also had interesting information about the building itself, which used to be a rail station. Very personable and friendly as well. Definitely recommend!

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April 16, 2023

I booked this for two friends visiting while I was in Paris for an extended trip. They RAVED about their guide, how attuned to them she was, and how she provided loads of context for the art. Not focusing on the minutia of paint strokes, but instead talking about what was going on in the political and cultural climate and how that influenced each artist’s resulting work. They said it was the best museum experience they had ever had. (I was SO jealous and wish I’d joined them!)

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March 22, 2023

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