The Musée d'Orsay ★★★
Did someone say "Impressionists"? The Orsay Museum houses the world's largest collection of Impressionist art
While the museum does contain earlier, mid-19th century works by the likes of Ingres and Delacroix, without a doubt the Orsay's biggest draw is its massive collection of paintings and sculptures those crowd-pleasing Impressionists.
So many of the works here are so widely reproduced that you might wander through with an eerie feeling of déjà vu.
There are Degas' ballet dancers, his l'Absinthe; Monet's women in a poppy field, the Rouen cathedral painted under five different lighting conditions, a giant Blue Waterlillies; Van Gogh's Restaurant de la Siréne, Starry Night, self-portraits, peasants napping against a haystack, and his Bedroom at Arles.
Then there are artistic icons of surpassing fame: Whistler's Mother; Manet's groundbreaking Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass) and Olympia, which together helped throw off the shackles of artistic conservatism, giving Impressionism room to take root.Tickets
The works of Monet, Degas, Courbet, and other impressionists shocked the art world and propelled French painting forward. Our 3-hour Musée d’Orsay tour examines the rich 19th- and early 20th-century collections of this world-class museum. In the company of an art historian, we'll dive into one of the best collections of Impressionist art in Paris and learn about the major art movements of the period—from the Barbizon school and Realism, to Impressionism—as well as their most celebrated players, including Monet, Degas, and Courbet. This tour is an excellent complement to our Crash Course Louvre Tour and our more specialized study of Louvre French Masters Tour.
- View Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces by the likes of Monet, Degas, and Courbet.
- Trace the evolution of 19th and early 20th century French art.
- Musee d'Orsay Tour led by an art historian.
- No more than 6 people per group.
- Avoid ticket lines.
Musee d'Orsay Tour
Before delving into the art itself, we will begin by considering the museum's unique structure. First constructed as a rail station serving the South of France, architect Victor Laloux saw the upcoming World's Fair of 1900 as an opportunity to showcase France's ability to modernize, drawing attention to the structure's steel and glass design elements. After serving as a rail station for only 39 years (as electricity grew in popularity and trains became longer, the Orsay station's short platforms were rendered unusable), the station was preserved as a historical building in the late 70s, before opening as a museum in 1986.
The Barbizon School
While the Orsay's collection includes all varieties of artwork produced from 1848 to 1914, our walk will concentrate primarily on painting. Following a roughly chronological trajectory, we'll begin on the ground floor with the works of the Barbizon school and Corot. With the evolution of the paint tube, artists were liberated from their studios. Emphasizing nature and atmosphere, these artists made a break from the expectations of previous schools and were freed from focusing on antiquity and classicism. From here, we'll move on to the Realists who flourished under the 2nd Republic. Stopping by works by Realist artists like Courbet and Manet, we'll discuss the new techniques and ideas that Realism introduced to the visual arts, and their influence on the future Impressionists.
Impressionism - Shunning the Salons
We then move to the Impressionist works of Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Pissarro. We'll discuss the spread of Impressionism and its radical departure from traditional schools of painting and the role of French art salons. Continuing on to the likes of Cézanne and Van Gogh, we'll discover how early Impressionism influenced all subsequent artists, and itself gradually morphed into a number of different movements such as Neo-impressionism, Fauvism, Pointillism, and Cubism. We'll wrap up with these later movements, precursors to Modernism, among which exist contributors such as Matisse, Braque, and Gauguin.
"[Our docent] was an outstanding guide! Seriously the best tour I have ever been on!"
By the end of our time together we'll have a robust understanding of these major art movements and how they contributed to each other's formation and the formation of modern art in the later 20th century.
Traveling to Paris with children? You may enjoy our Musée d'Orsay with Kids Tour.
The Orsay museum in Paris is one of the most visited museums in the world, known for its vibrant collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century masterpieces by the likes of Courbet, Monet, and Seurat. This 2.5-hour Musée d'Orsay with kids tour, led by an art historian trained in working with children, provides a dynamic, child-oriented introduction to the museum and its highlights. Venturing through its expansive halls—the museum is housed in a former train station!—we'll look together at some of the major art movements represented in the collections, like Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Using learning activities and visual thinking strategies, we'll encourage close looking: What do you see in this image? Why might Van Gogh's works have such wild colors? Do Monet's Water Lilies look funny to you up close? Our hope is that our young art-spectators will come away with familiarity with these world-famous movements as well as a deeper appreciation for "reading" and understanding art.
- Musée d'Orsay for Kids tour
- Highlights the museum's vast Impressionist collections (and beyond) in a child-friendly manner.
- Incorporates interactive activities to foster learning in a fun and engaging way.
- Avoid ticket lines.
From Trains to Tableaux—Musée d'Orsay for Kids Tour
The Orsay's collections are housed in an opulent turn-of-the-century building (quite à propos for displaying art of the same time period). But did you know this building wasn't always a museum? In fact, it was constructed as a train station! We'll begin our tour by interpreting the structure together, a first step in our lesson of "reading" art and our surroundings. Why would the building need such a lofty glass ceiling and enormous archways? Can you imagine where the trains might have gone? Surely we'll look at images of the station in its heyday before moving on to talk about the shift from station to museum. We might also talk about other museums we've seen, perhaps in our home cities, and imagine what other unconventional spaces could be used to house art collections.
Painting in Nature!
With discussions of trains under our belts, we'll move on to the art itself. We may start with works from the Barbizon school, considered a precursor to Impressionism. Barbizon painters worked almost exclusively outdoors, en plein air, and tried to paint their surroundings in as realistic a way possible. Have you ever taken a sketchpad outside to draw? How is it different than drawing a subject, inside, from memory? Would the colors of your drawing change depending on the time of day and the position of the sun?
Moving on from the Barbizon, we may look at Realism, particularly works by Courbet and Daumier. These artists and their contemporaries liked to paint the people they saw in the every day—doing their shopping, or playing chess—rather than stiff, idealistic portraits of people like Kings and Queens. Sometimes their paintings and drawings were humorous and even satirical, while at other times they were simple reflections of human activity. Looking at these works together, we'll turn the question to you: If you had to draw or paint in a Realist manner, what would you want to draw?
At the heart of our walk, we'll take in the work of the Impressionists. These artists—some of the most famous of which are Claude Monet (whose house and garden we visit on our Giverny Tour), Edgar Degas, and Édouard Manet—rejected formal artistic rules. Like the Barbizon and Realist painters, they preferred subjects drawn from modern life. Can you detect any differences between the Impressionist works and the Realist works we just saw? One clarifying difference is in the brush strokes—in the Impressionist works, they are visible, short, and thick—almost texturized. Can you imagine what an Impressionist painting might feel like to touch? This was revolutionary at the time, and many of these artists were ridiculed by the press and art collectors for being too avant-garde with their ideas.
"[Our docent] made the tour valuable and fun for both adults and children. He keyed into each of my children's different interests and worked with us in a pleasant and informative way. We felt that we came away from our tour with a much deeper knowledge of art and history. We would highly recommend . . ."
As our time together comes to a close, perhaps after a brief look at some of the Post-Impressionist works in the museum, like Pointillism (can you imagine the time it might take to paint a large-scale canvas with tiny little dots?), we'll emerge with a better understanding of how to look at art, and perhaps also the ability to see the evolution of these nineteenth-century movements. Our Musée d'Orsay for Families tour is the perfect complement to our Louvre for Kids Tour, which looks at art from Antiquities until the early nineteenth-century.
Please let us know in advance of the tour if you or your children have special interests you would like addressed.
In addition to our family program tours, we may be able to adapt certain other tours to the needs of families, though please note such adaptations would not incorporate special activities. Please contact us for more details.
Meet your guide in Montmartre, in front of the Moulin Rouge, and set off on your 1.5-hour walking tour around the neighborhood. As you stroll through the streets, weaving past must-see highlights like Le Clos Montmartre vineyard, hear tales of the legendary artists who have called the area home. Focusing on Paris Impressionist painters, your guide will talk you through the lives and works of Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne.
See the venues that influenced their art, like the building where Van Gogh lived when he moved here from Holland. Van Gogh lovers believe it was here that he really found his personality as an artist. Visit the Montmartre windmill that Renoir featured in his scandalous masterpiece Bal du moulin de la Galette, and walk past the Moulin Rouge cabaret that inspired Toulouse-Lautrecs distinctive style of painting.
After 1.5 hours of strolling around Montmartre, head to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur to admire the spectacular view over Paris with your guide. This is where your tour finishes and before leaving, your guide will hand over your skip-the-line ticket to Musée dOrsay, Paris famous Impressionist museum that you can visit independently.
Your guide will give you directions if you want to visit Musée dOrsay straight away, or you can use your ticket to visit on another day of your choice. The former train station now holds Paris largest collection of Impressionist art.
Start your day with a pickup from your central Paris hotel at approximately 9:00am. Begin your day with a visit to Notre Dame and Ile de la cité. Then, make your way to Montmartre, as well as the Opera House, where you will view the exterior. Observe Concorde square, Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs Elysées as your guide tells you about each location. Drive past the Invalids, the Grand Palais, the Marais District, and finally, Bastille Square.
For your first guided portion, enter the Eiffel tower, using your skip-the-line ticket. After your tour of the tower, move on to your second guided portion, a tour of the Musée d'Orsay. Skip-the-line once again, avoiding the long entrance lines, and begin viewing the impressive building. Once your tour comes to an end, your guide will return you to your accommodations .
Once you meet your guide at the designated meeting point, you can get ready for two hours of art and culture.
First you will be introduced to its history, and learn about the Italian architect Gae Aulenti and how he turned an abandoned station into a museum.
You will walk where the train once ran, and admire the art from the mid-nineteenth century to 1914. You will cover realism, impressionism, post-impressionism and art-nouveau. You will discuss Delacroix, Ingres, Courbet, Daumier, Millet, Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Rodin, Cezanne, Vang Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others.
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2 hours to discover Impressionism through the Orsay Museum in Paris-
A Guided visit of the museum with a professional licensed guide
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The Orsay Museum
Firstly built by Victor Laloux for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, the Orsay Museum is housed in the train station building, located In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens. Then it became a national museum devoted to Arts Movement, displaying collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914. This is home to countless masterpieces and historically important works of art, various artistic movements are represented such as Academism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Art nouveau
- Private 2.5 hours tour of the Musee d'Orsay
- Skip the long lines and meet face to face with masterpieces of Impressionism
- Discover the secrets of Manet, Van Gogh and Monet and what makes their Art Revolution
- Explore the world's most inspiring art at your own pace
- Enjoy and feel free to ask all questions to your Private Local Guide
- Morning, afternoon or evening tour, choose what is best for you!
You meet your private guide by the HORSE STATUE in front of the museum d' Orsay.
You skip-the-line with your guide to enter and discover this once beautiful train station. On your right a copy of the Statue of Liberty, on your left paintings by Manet and right in front of you some of the greatest works by Rodin. You definitely are in the right place aren't you?!
Together, we will compare the Official Art of France' Second Empire and the Impressionists. You'll see Paris through the giant Clock before enjoying Monet's Waterlilies and Renoir's Moulin de la Galette. Degas's ballet dancers are waiting for you as well ! Some Cézanne, Pisarro and Manet's art work will complete this amazing collection!
You will get to admire the work by their disciples from all over the world: Starry night by Van Gogh, Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec.
And the journey through art and beauty continues as your skip the line tickets give you access to the Musee d'Orsay for the entire day!
Choose from three different tour times to suit your schedule and head to Pariss famous Musée dOrsay to begin your tour. Home to the largest collection of Impressionist artworks in the world, the Musée dOrsay is widely considered among the French capitals finest museums and gallery spaces.
With your skip-the-line ticket, beat the main queues and head straight inside the museum. Then, pick up your audio guide and set off to begin exploring at your leisure. With your map in hand and the audio guides informative commentary detailing the artworks you see, make your own way around the museum and gain insight into the many magnificent masterpieces you find.
Admire well-known works such as Degas Petite danseuse de 14 ans, Manets Le Déjeuner sur lherbe, Renoirs iconic Bal du moulin de la Galette and Monets beautiful Rouen Cathedral series. Hear details of the works on display and gain insight into the lives and works of their famous creators.
After two hours exploring the Musée dOrsay, your audio tour concludes, leaving you free to continuing explore independently.
Situated in the heart of Paris, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée dOrsay is renowned worldwide for its important collection of Impressionist art.
This former station, inaugurated for the Universal Exposition of 1900, which was held in Paris, is a renowned building in its own right and well worth a visit. The museum presents the artistic production of the period 1848-1914, a decisive period in the art history which gave birth to the masterpieces of Impressionism.
You will thus admire great artists such as:
- Van Gogh
- Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe
- Bal du moulin de la Galette.
Please note that you order cannot be delivered at your hotel. This is a Pick-up only service.
Combo City Tour of Paris & Priority ticket to the Louvre Museum at your own pace.
Discover the City by Panoramic Motorcoach , severals departures per day from our central located agency located nearby Joan of Arc golden Statue on a horse, nearby the Louvre Museum. Choose a suitable time to enjoy during one hour and half some most beautiful and amazing monuments.
Audio Commentaries available in 10 Languages which will relate the story of the French Capital and its impressive architectural heritage. You will admire the Concorde Square,the Arc de Triomphe standing on the top of the Champs Elysees avenue, the Trocadero, the Champs de Mars where the Emblematic Eiffel Tower overviews the whole City nearby the River Seine...
Other symbolic places such as Place Vendôme,Opéra Garnier, Orsay and Louvre Museums , The impressive Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral and so many more. The return back will be at the agency.
With the Priority Ticket to Orsay Museum, you will discover a very complete Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art collection : all the greats are there : Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin- A vast collection of sculptures, decorative arts and architectural elements.The museum , ancient Railway Station is located facing the Tuileries Gardens. You cannot miss the 2 Massive clocks from the Gardens on the left bank nearby the Louvre!!
*the Museum is open on daily basis except on Mondays,
From 9.30am to 6pm ( late night on thursday until 9.45pm)
There may be a period of waiting time at the Vigipirate security checkpoint and at the entrance to the exhibition.
This private tour limited to four people ensures more personalized attention from your guide.
After meeting your guide at your central Paris hotel, travel by metro or comfortable minivan to Carrousel du Louvre, an underground shopping mall near the Louvre. You will use the mall's underground entrance to access the Louvre, bypassing the long entry lines to the most visited museum in the world.
During your 2-hour visit to the Louvre, your informative guide will share anecdotes and history about artistic masterpieces including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and The Raft of the Medusa. Admire works by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix, and tell your guide about any other works you particularly want to see.
Enjoy some free time during which you can have lunch (own expense) before rejoining your guide at Musée dOrsay. A former train station, this museum houses more than 4,000 artworks from the second half of the 19th century by legends including Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and Rodin. Again, enjoy the convenience of skipping the entry lines. Your guide will show you the highlights, sharing facts and stories to help you better understand the significance of the many famous artworks here.
Since this is a private tour, feel free to ask your guide as many questions as you wish and take your time appreciating your favorite pieces. You can also adjust the times of your museum visits to suit your taste. Your guided visit to two of the worlds most famous museums ends at the Musée d'Orsay.
Skip-the-Line Musée d'Orsay Tour (2 Hours) Meet your guide near Paris famous Musée d'Orsay in the morning and enjoy skip-the-line entry to beat the queues and head straight inside the museum. Home to the worlds largest collection of Impressionist paintings, the Musée d'Orsay is widely considered among Paris finest museums and gallery spaces.
On your 2-hour tour, admire magnificent masterpieces by luminaries such as van Gogh, Degas, Cézanne, Renoir and Lautrec, and gain insight into their lives and works from your guide. Explore the museums impressive collection of Monet classics including Falaise de Fécamp and his Rouen Cathedral series and learn of the innovative techniques for which he is famous.
After two hours, your tour concludes in the Musée d'Orsay. Enjoy a relaxing break for lunch (own expense) then take the short, picturesque stroll along the banks of the Seine River to the Île de la Cité the meeting point for your second tour.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Tour (2 Hours) Begin your afternoon tour with a guided walk around Paris famous Île de la Cité, the true heart of the French capital. Explore the vibrant flower market and discover important landmarks such as Queen Marie Antoinettes final residence.
Follow your guide to the spectacularly beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral considered by many to be the finest example of 12th-century Gothic architecture in the world.
Marvel at the ornate stonework on the cathedrals imposing façade and listen as your guide details the complex construction techniques used. Join the main admission lines, and then head inside to admire the cathedral's valuable treasures such as the 13th-century stained glass windows, the organ and the carved wooden stalls of the central choir.
After two hours exploring the Île de la Cité and Notre-Dame Cathedral, your Paris Super Saver tour will come to an end inside the cathedral.
Enjoy exclusive skip-the-line entry into one of Paris's most beloved museums, the Musée d'Orsay, on this 2-hour tour. Together with your guide and small group of fellow tour participants, you'll enter a world of color and light, taking in all of the museum's most iconic works. See masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir, and perhaps find a few unexpected favorites. Your guide will provide details about each work as well as the artist who created it, bringing each piece to life through expert commentary.
The Musée dOrsay, and its stunning array of paintings, sculptures, and furniture, is housed inside a striking former railway station and beloved by Parisians and travelers alike. Prepare to experience the best that this museum has to offer, including the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works on the planet, on this enlightening tour.
Join your guide and small group by the elephant statue outside the museum, then enjoy speedy skip-the-line entry to make the most of your time. Once inside, your guide will introduce you not only to the masterpieces themselves, but also to the masters who created them.
Discover the unique period of Impressionist art and learn how it was harshly criticized in its time, as well as how painters such as Monet radically changed the way we view and depict the world. Your guide will ensure you get close enough to see the individual brushstrokes that are so characteristic of these paintings.
Many of the museums most famous works are by French and Paris-based artists, or depict scenes of France. Even though Van Gogh was Dutch, well see his famous Starry Night over the Rhône, a representation of the French city of Arles.
The Orsay is also home to Renoirs Impressionist masterpiece Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, a representation of a typical Sunday afternoon in the Pariss Montmartre district. Your guide will transport you into Renoirs 19th-century Paris, where his dancing, drinking Parisians will seemingly come to life before you.
Your tour concludes inside the museum, leaving you free to continue exploring at your leisure.
Begin your day at the Musée dOrsay, a museum beloved by Parisians and travelers alike and home to the world's largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art. Meet your guide and group of up to 25 outside the entrance, then head directly inside the former 19th-century train station with your included skip-the-line ticket.
Walking through the museum's halls you'll see some of the most recognizable paintings in the world: Van Goghs Starry Night over the Rhone, Renoirs Bal du Moulin de la Galette, and Monets Blue Water Lillies. Learn about the innovated techniques these artists used, their daring subject matters, and the society that originally rejected these masterpieces while gaining a new appreciation for their creative genius.
Once this first part of your tour concludes youll have some free time to enjoy lunch (own expense). Ask your guide for some local recommendations tailored to your specific food interests.
When the time comes, meet your guide and group outside Blanche metro station in Montmartre for the second part of your tour. This was the artists playground, a beautifully unchanged village that sits high above Paris. With spectacular city views at its feet, this bohemian community has a distinctly unique charm that has enchanted artists for generations.
Walk in the footsteps of Picasso, Utrillo, and Modigliani as your guide weaves together the stories of their lives with the history of the local cabarets and studios. Hear tales of drinking, dancing, and debauchery as you explore. Pass the Place du Tertre, known for the painters, portraitists, and other artists who set up here to create and sell their wares. See, too, the Sacré Coeur, a gleaming basilica that offers stunning city views, as well as the Moulin Rouge and its famous windmill.
You guide will also reveal the hidden gems that make Montmartre so unique, including the citys vineyard and the local town hall where wine is made from its grapes. Your 7-hour tour concludes in Montmartre.
Did you know the Musée dOrsay is the Parisians favorite museum? This spectacular Beaux-Arts building was once a train station, and is now one of the must-see museums for all visitors to Paris. Meet your guide just outside the museum, and join our tour, allowing you to skip the long lines Our fully accredited local guides are eager to share their passion for this stunning museum with you and your group.
Learn about how these now well-known paintings were considered so scandalous when they were first shown, how their sublime colors and revolutionary techniques shook the art world to its foundations, and how the colorful lives of the painters themselves shaped their work and dramatically changed the face of art. Let your guide take you on a journey through time and discover how these daring artists fought to be recognized. You will certainly recognize many of the breathtaking paintings on show here, and the chance to see Monets Water Lilies or Manets sublime Olympia up close is not to be missed. Your guide will take you to the most iconic and important works in the museum, after your tour you are free to spend as long in the museum to continue exploring as you wish.
Dont miss the Parisians favorite museum, and the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world. The Musée dOrsay is home to some of the worlds greatest masterpieces This magnificent museum is a hidden gem that should be included in any visit to Paris. Book a 2-hour private tour of up to 7 people, and be led to the most iconic pieces by your expert local guide, allowing you to discover the highlights of this incredible museum in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere and at your own pace.
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 dOrsay. 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 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. Its not surprising that this visit is also one of our guides favorites.
Enjoy the privilege of your own private guide. This tour will allow you to customize this visit according to your preferences.
Housed in a spectacular Beaux-Arts building that was once a train station, the Musée dOrsay is now one of the must-see museums for all visitors to Paris. Meet your guide just outside the museum, and join our tour, allowing you to skip the long lines and gain priority access. Our fully accredited guides are eager to share their passion for this stunning museum with you and your group of 25 people or fewer.
During your visit, learn why these now-renowned paintings were considered so scandalous when they were first shown; how their sublime colors and revolutionary techniques shook the art world to its foundations; and how the colorful lives of the painters themselves shaped their work and dramatically changed the face of art. Let your guide take you on a journey through time and discover how these daring artists fought to be recognized. You will certainly recognize many of the breathtaking paintings on show here, and the chance to see Monets Water Lilies or Manets sublime Olympia up close is not to be missed. Your guide will take you to the most iconic and important works in the museum, and will end the tour by escorting you to the museum restaurant .After the museum tour, enjoy a delicious lunch at the Musée dOrsay restaurant. Built in 1900, this lavish dining room is listed as a historic monument, and serves fine, traditional French cuisine. A meal under the glittering chandeliers is the perfect way to end your tour of this dazzling museum. After your lunch, you are free to continue exploring the museum at your leisure.
Dont miss a fun and educational private tour of the Orsay Museum exclusively tailored for families with children. A top rated kids friendly guide will be welcoming you at the entrance of the Museè to start a memorable experience-
You will enjoy sculptures, paintings and other great artworks created by famous modern masters such as Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir. You can choose between a 1,5, 2 or 3 hour private tour. All those options include the highlights of the museum. However the longer the tour the more you can see and visit.
In addition you will discover the secrets and curiosities of the special architecture of the Musée dOrsay. It was a former railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. Your guide will take you to the upper big clock to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Paris. Your kids will love Impressionism, your guide and this amazing tour.
Offer your family a funny and educational experience while booking this tour at the Musée d'Orsay. Your children and yourself will discover a magnificent 19th century architecture and one of the richest Impressionism collections alike! Your kids will be enthralled in a mystery-like visit which makes them both discover Monet, Renoir or Van Goghs masterpieces and most important - have fun!
- Benefit from a hassle-free access to the Orsay Museum with skip-the-line tickets
- Entertain your kids by exploring the museum to solve a puzzle
- Witness the very best of Impressionism art
- Enjoy a nice coffee break in the museum café itself
Meet your guide in front of the magnificent Musée d'Orsay façade and receive your skip-the-line tickets and an activity booklet for each kid. Through a no-queue entrance, youll immediately begin your journey into French Art History.
First wonder above your heads: The Great Clock reminds us the time the museum was a train station. Dont you still feel trains passing from time to time? Your guide will tell more about these intriguing vibrations while suggesting your kids to focus on their first riddle about the Statue of Liberty! Afterwards, and according to your childrens own interest, you might stop at a Rodin sculpted group or at Pompons Polar bear.
A whole section of the museum is dedicated to Paris Opera House, as the most symbolic building of the period (1848-1914) the museum covers. And the river which navigates the Phantom of the Opera? Is it only a legend? Hmm Ask your top-rated guide, you shall have the answer
The impressionistic gallery will overwhelm your expectations. And your kids ones. Because every masterpiece has a little secret to unveil: who really are the characters in Claude Monet's Poppies? What of so surprising about Degas statue Small Dancer aged 14? Did Cézanne eat all the apples he painted?
Thanks to your guide explanations, tailored on your children age and level, your family will experiment an interactive artistic discovery and wont miss any must-see paintings, whether it be Van Goghs Sunflowers or Gauguin Tahiti scenes.
Last but not least, beautiful overviews on Orsay architecture and Paris roofs will be available all along your visit from terraces or lookouts. Then you enjoy a refined moment in one of the Orsay stylish cafés. There is even a ballroom to be seen, if you suddenly feel like a 1900s waltz dancer Thats the consequence an inspired Orsay museum visit has Sometimes
Meet your guide near Montmartre in central Paris, then set off on foot to begin your small-group tour. Stroll along Montmartres cobbled streets and discover must-see highlights such as the Clos Montmartre vineyard. Listen as your guide details the districts checkered history, and gain insight into the lives and works of the famous Impressionist artists for whom Montmartre was home.
During your walking tour, discover the venues and views that influenced the painters works. See where van Gogh lived when he moved to Paris from Holland; visit the Montmartre windmill that took pride of place in Renoirs infamous masterpiece Bal du moulin de la Galette; and walk past the Moulin Rouge that appeared in many of Toulouse-Lautrecs distinctive works.
After 1.5 hours of exploring Montmartres Impressionist art history with your guide, head to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur and take in panoramic views over the French capital to conclude the guided part of your tour. Receive your skip-the-line ticket to the Musée de l'Orangerie, a gallery space built by Monet and nestled in the Tuileries Gardens.
Continue on independently to the Musée de l'Orangerie and, with your skip-the-line entrance ticket in hand, beat the entrance lines and head straight inside to explore independently. The museum houses famous Impressionist and post-Impressionist works including Monets Water Lilies murals and paintings by Matisse, Picasso and Sisley.
Upgrade your tour to receive a skip-the-line ticket for the Musée d'Orsay, too. Home to the largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces in the world, the Musée d'Orsay is a top Paris attraction and queues are often long. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the galleries and admire famous works such as Degas The Parade, Manets The Luncheon on the Grass and Boudins Trouville Beach.
Please note: After your Montmartre walking tour, ask your guide for directions if you want to visit the Musée de l'Orangerie and Musée d'Orsay (f you've upgraded) straight away. Alternatively, you can use your ticket to visit on another day of your choice.
Explore the charming, historical hill top. And discover the Sacré Coeur basilica, artists' square, Moulin Rouge, and the cabaret of the assassins.
After your small group tour, enjoy skip-the-line access to the Musée d'Orsay, the world's largest collection of impressionist art. Or save your ticket for the day of your choice. As you explore the museum, you recognize the streets and shops of Montmartre in every gallery.
To fully appreciate the Musée d'Orsay, you need to know the hill of Montmartre. You will see Montmartre in the paintings of the Orsay. This 90 minute walking tour is a must for any art lover.
Your guide meets you in front of the world-famous Moulin Rouge (metro 2, station Blanche). She explains how this cabaret helped make Montmartre a hotspot for both debauchery and art. Together, you embark up the hill. Weave through the magical streets which enchanted generations of artists. As you discover famous artist's houses and favorite hangouts, your guide shares their stories. She shows you their impressions of Montmartre. She has pictures so you can recognize the paintings up-close on your visit to the Musée d'Orsay.
As you make your way up the hill, your guide points out its ever-evolving street art. You stumble upon secluded secrets such as the only vineyard in Paris. And you feel the presence of the impressionists every step of the way.
The 90-minute tour concludes alongside the gleaming Basilica du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre. Your guide shares the violent history of its creation (hint: there was a revolt). She lingers for a while to answer your questions about where to eat, how to get to the Musée d'Orsay, or anything else! Part ways overlooking the entire city of Paris from a top Montmartre.
You are now well prepared to visit the Musée d'Orsay. Your skip the line access is valid any time after your tour. Having seen Montmartre through the eyes of its artists, you are enchanted by the characters and places you recognize from your visit. Van Gogh and Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec are now familiar friends. Admire the symbolism of displaying impressionist masterpieces in a beautiful train station.
Meet your private guide at a designated point to begin your tour of Musée d'Orsay with skip-the-line access (entrance fee is at your own expense).
Inside the museum, one of Paris' most beautiful, your guide leads you around and tells you about the lives of the painters whose works are on display. The museum covers the revolutionary Impressionism art movement (1848-1914) and the later Post-Impressionism era. See works by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Rodin, Degas, Ingres, Gaugin, Van Gogh, and others, and admire the architecture of the museum itself, a former Beaux-Arts railway station.
Meet your guide at the base of Paris' hilly Montmartre district and set off to begin your 5-hour Impressionist walking tour. Historically an artsy, off-the-grid and rebellious area near Paris' outskirts, Montmartre was the haunt of the most famous artists and writers of the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries, including Renoir, Monet, van Gogh, Degas and Cézanne, and the streets echo tales of their provocative antics both on and off the canvas.
Strolling along picturesque cobbled backstreets dotted with artist studios, bohemian hangouts and old cabarets, gain insight into the sights and sounds that inspired these talented artists. See the houses where artists such as Picasso and van Gogh lived and worked, and visit the windmill featured in Renoirs provocative Bal du moulin de la Galette. Pause in front of the world's most famous cabaret, Moulin Rouge, and put yourself in the shoes of the talented Toulouse-Lautrec, who regularly sat before the debaucherous after-hour scene here, paintbrush in hand.
Conclude your Montmartre stroll under the iconic dome of Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. Enjoy breathtaking views over Paris from Montmartre's highest point. You'll then have free time for lunch (own expense).
Hop in a private vehicle and drive down the hill to your next stop, the Musée dOrsay, on the left bank of the Seine River. A former train station built at the turn of the 20th century, the Musée dOrsay is now a museum that houses one of the finest and extensive collections of Impressionist art in the world. As one of Paris' most popular tourist attractions, the entrance lines can get quite long, but with your skip-the-line ticket, you'll bypass the queues and head straight inside for a 2-hour guided tour.
Follow your guide from one Impressionist or postImpressionist masterpiece to the next, created by luminaries such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne and Gauguin. Learn about the skillful techniques employed by these awe-inspiring masters, and gain insight into the significance behind selected works. Your tour finishes inside the museum.
Numbers are limited to 5 on this small-group museum tour, ensuring youll receive personalized attention from your guide.
Meet your guide at the Louvre Pyramid in the morning for your small-group tour of the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, two world-renowned museums that are home to Paris most prized artworks. Youll follow a chronological path of art history today, starting with ancient Greek mythology and the Golden Era of gods and heroes at the Louvre, all the way through to the colorful and vibrant styles of the French Impressionist art movement at the Musée dOrsay.
With your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the long entry lines and start your 2-hour guided tour of the Louvre. Tackling this massive museum on your own can be overwhelming, but your guide will lead you on a comprehensive path to help you grasp the Louvre's impressive and extensive collection of art and artifacts.
See works by masters Raphael and Delacroix, and stand in awe of the Louvres most celebrated pieces including the enigmatic Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and The Raft of the Medusa.
Break for lunch (own expense) at a nearby café or restaurant with your guide before the 10-minute walk across the Seine to the Musée dOrsay. This museum is located in a beautiful Beaux Arts building that was formerly used as the Gare d'Orsay railway station, and is now home to more than 4,000 19th-century artworks by masters including Van Gogh, Monet and Rodin.
Skip the entrance lines for a 2-hour guided tour of the Orsays highlights. Discover the artists that paved the way for the French Impressionist art movement, such as Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin, and learn the secrets behind their techniques. Your guide will share facts and stories to help you better understand the significance of the many celebrated Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces here.
At the end of your guided tour, youre free to continue exploring the Musée dOrsay on your own.
On this 2 to 2.5-hour privately guided tour of the Musée dOrsay, you'll discover the must-see works hanging in this Parisian museum dedicated to 19th-century art and the Impressionists. With skip-the-line access, your private guide ensures that you spend your time admiring the paintings and sculptures rather than waiting in the lines. Select a departure time when booking.
Paris other museum, the Musée dOrsay, is the perfect complement to the Louvre. With your private guide, begin your tour through this converted Beaux-Arts train station with skip-the-line admission.
Inside, explore the artistic movements that led up to Impressionism and its colorful works. See Manets scandalous Luncheon on the Grass and Renoirs Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette. Discuss with your guide the artists who preceded the Impressionists, like Millet and 'the Gleaners,' as well as those who followed, such as Post-Impressionist artist Van Gogh, whose Bedroom in Arles is on display. And, of course, check out works by the father of Impressionism himself, Claude Monet, including his famous poppies.
Learn about the art evolution and personalities that went into creating the Impressionist movement, and understand why these seemingly simple works were so revolutionary at the time.
By the end of your tour, you'll have learned about techniques used by the artists, seen both the highlights and lesser-known gems of the Orsay, and admired the beautiful architecture of the museum itself.
Join us on a 2 to 2.5 hour semi-private tour of the Musée dOrsay and explore the must-see works hanging in the Musée dOrsay, Pariss gallery dedicated to 19th century art and the Impressionists. Cut the lines with our dashing young guides along with a group of no more than 6 travelers as you jump right into the sculptures and paintings in this world renowned gallery. Consider our Thursday evening option to beat the crowds if possible.
Join a guide on a tour through this converted, century-old train station and explore the artistic movements that led up to the Impressionists and their vibrant, colorful works. Visit Manets scandalous Luncheon on the Grass and Renoirs Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette. Learn about those who preceded the Impressionists like Millet and The Gleaners, as well as those who followed like Van Gogh, as visible in his Bedroom in Arles. And of course youll check out works by Monet himself, including his famous poppies.
Learn about the history and evolution behind this movement and understand why these seemingly simple works were so revolutionary at the time.
Highlights generally include (if artwork is not on loan or being restored):
- Manets Luncheon on the Grass
- Renoirs Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette
- Monets Poppy Field and Waterlilies
- Van Goghs Bedroom in Arles
- Degass Ballerinas
- Millets The Gleaners
Meet at the base of Montmartre for your private walking tour of this beloved Paris neighborhood. Your guide will reveal Montmartre through the lives and works of Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne a handful of the art rebels who lived on the edge of Paris on the charming hill of Montmartre, and who all paved the way for the Impressionist art movement in Europe in the 19th century.
Strolling through Montmartres romantic streets, youll get a first-hand look at the places that inspired the Impressionist painters. See where Van Gogh and Picasso lived and worked, visit the windmill that Renoir featured in his scandalous piece Bal du moulin de la Galette and walk past the Moulin Rouge cabaret that inspired Toulouse-Lautrecs distinctive artistic style.
Your leisurely walk ends at the hill's highest point, iconic Basilique du Sacré Coeur, boasting spectacular views over Paris.
After lunch (own expense), you'll be driven by luxury private vehicle to the Musée dOrsay on the left bank of the River Seine. This mesmerizing museum is home to Paris largest collection of Impressionist art.
Use your skip-the-line ticket to bypass the entrance lines and head straight inside for a 2-hour guided tour. Browse a rich collection of 19th-century French art by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and more, and learn about the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists from your guide as you admire the array of artworks.
You are free to stay and continue exploring the museum at the end of your guided tour.
Come and visit the Musée d'Orsay - a magnificent beaux-arts style train station that is home to the largest collection of Impressionist art in the world! See up close the dazzling colors of the most famous impressionist painters: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, and many, many more! Learn not only about the stories of the painters, but also about the artistic revolution that they launched in Paris. The small group (4 pers. max) will ensure your visit is intimate and you are able to get the most from your visit.
This 2-Hour visit of the Musée d'Orsay is also a chance to learn about the history of Paris at the turn-of-the-century, sure to capture the imagination and attention of people of all ages. Learn the incredible stories behind these eccentric painters: the water lily pond Claude Monet built in his back yard, the tragic and beautiful life of Vincent Van Gogh, the bizarre predilections of Toulouse Lautrec, and so much more!
Skip the long line and enter immediately into the museum with your nationally-certified guide to take full advantage of the museum's legendary collection. The visit lasts around two hours and covers the most famous pieces on display.
Welcome to the Louvre, the vastest and most abundant museum in the world. However, out of the 35,000 masterpieces exposed on the walls, you will unfortunately not be able see Monet or Renoirs paintings. Indeed, the museums collection concludes in the middle of the 19th century. You will therefore simply have to cross a bridge to dive into the revolutions of this fascinating century presented in the Musée dOrsay. Mon Beau Paris offers you the chance to cross that bridge and to follow our qualified guide on a coherent journey from the Louvre museum to the Musée dOrsay. Together, we will learn about the History of Art from Egyptian and Greek Antiquity, the Renaissance masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci up to the greatest painters of avant-garde Impressionism. Throughout a four-hour journey full of spirited anecdotes, you will appreciate the links between the different styles and movements. Finally, through the richness of this tour, you will have an epiphany: all the artists have never stopped reinventing themselves while learning from their senior masters.
Starting outside the Musée d'Orsay, admire the statues at the front entrance. Once inside, see the architecture characteristic of a former railway station and marvel at some of the sculptures by Clesinger and Rodin. Begin the tour with paintings of Millet, Delacroix, Ingres, and Courbet and hear an explanation of Paris life during the Impressionist era and the construction of the celebrated Opera Garnier.
After this introduction, marvel at famous paintings from Monet, Manet, Cezanne, and Degas, as well as some sculptures by Degas. Along the way, your guide will explain the social and historical context of the 19th century to help you better understand the inspiration of the painters. You will end the visit with paintings of Van Gogh and Gauguin. On this small-group tour limited to four people you'll be able to ask as many questions as you like.
Tour the legendary d'Orsay Museum in Paris. You'll explore the world's largest collection of Impressionist art, with your own exclusive guide. Your cultural adventure in Paris would not be complete without visiting the d’Orsay Museum. Home to the world’s most important collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, the d’Orsay Museum is a local favorite and offers you a true Parisian experience.
Your guided tour of the d’Orsay Museum is designed for you to marvel at the unique architecture of the museum as you explore works by Impressionist artists such as Renoir, Van Gogh, and Monet. Your guide will take you through the museum’s spacious rooms full of natural light to explore innovative Impressionist art.
Your tour of the d'Orsay is more than just an art exploration - it's also a study of the building itself - one of the most unique museums in the world. At the end of the tour, your guide will leave you at a museum café to enjoy stunning views of the Seine River, and enjoy the museum’s architectural beauty as you reflect on your visit.
Please note entrance fees are not included in the tour.
Leave the tourist crowds behind and skip the long lines. This private tour of the Musée dOrsay is limited to just 4 people to guarantee a unique and personal experience with a certified art historian who can answer all your questions and get you to the heart of Impressionism.
Inside an illustrious former train station resides a world-famous selection of the best and brightest names in art history: Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Rodin the list is endless. Instead of getting lost and overwhelmed, let us expertly navigate you to all of the must-sees so you dont miss a thing.
Learn how Manet scandalized the art world and witness the masterpieces that rocked the foundations of Parisian conventions. Delve into the mind of Cezanne and his obsession with painting the perfect apple. Surround yourself with the pastel cathedrals of Monet, the plump aristocrats of Renoir, and the spritely ballerinas of Degas.
Get closer than you ever thought possible to Van Goghs Starry Night and watch as its colorful strokes seem to twist and undulate in front of you. Get lost in the intricate pointillism of Seurat where tiny specks of color mystically converge to create beautiful scenes of 19th century life.
Every step of the way youll enjoy in-depth breakdowns provided by your guide as you discover secret details hidden in plain sight and hear of the trials and tribulations that brought forth such breathtaking canvases. Take advantage of this rare and intimate exploration of a world-renowned museum.
After the Louvre, Orsay is the most visited museum in Paris. Millet, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne among others lived in a changed world. Politically speaking the 19th century was chaotic and in the arts, a revolution. Explosion of colors, daily life subjects, innovative techniques were extravagant and considered as pure ugliness. Follow your guide and discover why major works of art were rejected by the official academy and how stubborn artits were to do as they pleased since they knew they helped history of art to develop.
Montmarte is our next stop. On our way to the top of the hill, explore its streets while listening to your guide's stories that will take you back in time. Windmills and plaster quarries turned into a slum and a paradise lost for many artists including Van Gogh and Picasso. Before reaching the spectacular panoramic view of Paris and admiring the beauty of the Sacre Coeur, we will take a few minutes to taste two different champagnes with excellent cheeses at a very special place.
Budget at least 90 minutes to spend in the Musée d'Orsay—though personally I'd give it about 3 or 4 hours.
This is, after all, the single greatest collection of Impressionist works in the world.
There is also a ticket good at both both the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée Rodin for €18 (as opposed to €22).
Both last for three months, but are good for only one admission at each museum.
Admission to the Musée d'Orsay is free—and the museum is intensely crowded—on the first Sunday of every month.
Useful French for sightseeing
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is?...||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the museum||le musee||luh moo-ZAY|
|...the cathedral||le cathédrale||luh ka-teh-DRAHL|
|When is it open?||Quand est-il ouvert?||coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR
|When does it close?||A quelle heure est-ce que cela ferme?||ah kell eur es kuh suhla fair-MAY|
|ticket||billet d'entrée||bee-YAY dahn-TRAY|
|two adults||deux adultes||dooz ah-DOOLT|
|one child||un enfant||ehn ahn-FAHN|
|one student||un étudiant||uh-NETOO-dee-YON|
Basic phrases in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||pro-nun-see-YAY-shun|
|please||s'il vous plaît||seel-vou-PLAY|
|Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?||par-lay-VOU on-GLAY|
|I don't understand||Je ne comprende pas||zhuh nuh COHM-prohnd pah|
|I'm sorry||Je suis desolée||zhuh swee day-zoh-LAY|
|How much does it cost?||Combien coute?||coam-bee-YEHN koot|
|That's too much||C'est trop||say troh|
|Good evening||Bon soir||bohn SWAH|
|Good night||Bon nuit||bohn NWEE|
|Excuse me (to get attention)||Excusez-moi||eh-skooze-ay-MWA|
|Excuse me (to get past someone)||Pardon||pah-rRDOHN|
|Where is?||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the bathroom||la toilette||lah twah-LET|
|...train station||la gare||lah gahr|
Days, months, and other calendar items in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|When is it open?||Quand est-il ouvert?||coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR|
|When does it close?||Quand est l'heure de fermeture?||coan eh lure duh fair-mah-TOUR|
|At what time...||à quelle heure...||ah kell uhre|
|Day after tomorrow||après demain||ah-PRAY duh-MEHN|
|a day||un jour||ooun zhuhr|
|a month||un mois||ooun mwa|
Numbers in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|21*||vingt et un *||vahnt eh UHN|
|22*||vingt deux *||vahn douh|
|23*||vingt trois *||vahn twa|
|5,000||cinq mille||sank meel|
|10,000||dix mille||dees meel|
* You can form any number between 20 and 99 just like the examples for 21, 22, and 23. For x2–x9, just say the tens-place number (trente for 30, quarante for 40, etc.), then the ones-place number (35 is trente cinq; 66 is soixsante six). The only excpetion is for 21, 31, 41, etc. For x1, say the tens-place number followed by "...et un" (trente et un, quarante et un, etc.).
‡ Yes, the French count very strangely once they get past 69. Rather than some version of "seventy,' they instead say "sixy-ten" (followed by "sixty-eleven," "sixty-twelve,' etc. up to "sixty-nineteen.") And then, just to keep things interesting, they chenge it up again and, for 80, say 'four twenties"—which always make me thinks of blackbirds baked in a pie for some reason. Ninety becomes "four-twenties-ten" and so on up to "four-nineties-ninteen" for 99, which is quite a mouthful: quartre-vingts-dix-neuf.