Guided tour

Paris: Musée d’Orsay Semi-Private Guided Tour

4.7 / 5

90 reviews

Paris: Musée d’Orsay Semi-Private Guided Tour

From US$ 89.47 per person

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

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the world's largest collection of Impressionist art
  • Fast access with pre-booked entry meaning no time wasted in the long lines
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Renoir, Monet, Manet, and more
  • Learn the history of a unique period in art
  • Receive intimate, personalized attention in a group of 6 people or fewer
  • Get a commentary from a local’s perspective on Parisians favorite museum
Full description

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.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance and reservation fee for the Musée d'Orsay
  • Tour in a group of 6 people or fewer
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 16 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or proof of medical complications preventing vaccination
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Participants

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in the courtyard in front of the main entrance to the Musée d'Orsay. They will be waiting at the foot of the large elephant statue. The nearest public transport stop is on the RER (Line C) Musée d'Orsay Station. You can also take Metro Line 12 to Solferino. Leave via exit 2, signposted "Musee d'Orsay," and turn left. Walk up Rue de Bellechasse to the museum. For taxis, ask the driver to drop you at the entrance to the Musée d'Orsay. If you are arriving by foot, the Musée d'Orsay overlooks the River Seine on Quai Anatole France. It's the large building with 2 clocks on the river-facing facade. The courtyard in front of the main entrance is between the Quai Anatole France and Rue de la Legion d'Honneur (GPS co-ordinates: 2°19'31"E, 48°51'38"N)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Flash photography
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Update to vaccination pass requirements: From January 15, 2022, public venues will require visitors above the age of 18 to prove that they have received a booster shot (3rd injection) 7 months after their second injection. For example, if you got your 2nd injection on August 1, 2021, you will need to show proof that you have received your booster shot from March 1, 2022.
  • Regretably, guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated
  • Strollers or baby carriages are not permitted on this tour
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving late cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
  • Photography is not permitted in the Musée d'Orsay
  • Please note that many sections of the museum are not air-conditioned
  • Large bags or backpacks are not permitted in the museum
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 90 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Great experience

This made the museum more interesting to me, to learn about the paintings and the artists, and the history of the impressionist movement. Our guide was very informative and obviously cared about what he was describing. A good way to see the the highlights of the museum, and then we had time afterwards to stay as long as we looked and see more. Highly recommended!

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May 12, 2019

Very Informative Tour

Took the tour on September 29th. Loved the experience. We were a small group of 5 people, which made it even better. Our guide was very knowledgeable and her passion for art was evident in her narrative. Learnt a lot about impressionism and neo-impressionism. Two hours is definitely not enough to cover such a vast topic and all the treasures at d'Orsay - but I would have been quite lost and missed important pieces if I hadn't taken this tour. Definitely recommended!

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October 2, 2018

The tour was excellent. Katerina, our guide was wonderful!!

Our guide provided a wonderfully coherent overview to the Musee d Orsay. She was very knowledgable and conveyed her comments on each painting with insight and clarity. She was constantly aware of the group and encouraged and answered questions fully. She did a wonderful job and is a credit to your organization.

September 18, 2018

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