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You’ve probably heard about the extraordinary collection of art housed in the world famous Louvre museum, but did you know there’s an equally astonishing collection of art to be found on the other side of the river that gives the Louvre a run for it’s money?
The Musée d’Orsay houses one of the world’s foremost collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and realist artwork. Room after room, in this former train station, are filled with great modern works of art that have changed the history of pictorial representation in original and striking ways.
From Manet to Monet, Van Gogh to Degas, prepared to be dazzled by the French masters. Helping you get to grips with this collection will be our passionate, professional guide who will deliver you effortlessly from one painting to another, helping you differentiate between periods and movements, transforming you into a veritable art connoisseur. Among the star exhibits you will see an ingenious scale model of Opéra Garnier, with a view of its intricate interiors.
We guarantee a thrilling and fascinating visit. Skip-the-line tickets means there will be no waiting around. And should the incredible works on display fail to spark in you awe and admiration, the building itself, the former terminus for the Paris-Orleans railway, is an architectural jewel in the Beaux-arts style.
Highlights include: the newly renovated top floor, bookended on each side by monumental clock towers out of which one has breathtaking views of the city; the enormous ballroom with its fin de siècle interior and decorative chandeliers; and the elegant restaurant with its gilt-framed mirrors, crystal chandeliers, and elaborate stucco work. This is a must see for art-lovers the world over!
2pm Tuesday and Saturday
5pm on Thursday for a special night tour.
- A certified expert guide who breathes new life into the old masters
- A custom visit of Orsay tailor-made to your interests.
- Discover the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art
Marjorie was born in the north of France and discovered Paris early with her family. She fell in love with Paris...
Solène was born in Paris and loves her city so much that she is very enthusiastic to communicate her knowledge abo...
Pauline was raised in the middle of the mountains in the east of France next to the Swiss border. A child from the...
Murielle was born in the suburbs of Paris. She has been fascinated by Art History and the History of Paris since s...
Sylvia was born in the south of the France, in Avignon. She lived about ten years in Spain and one year in conne...
Frédéric is a Parisian, born and raised in the close suburbs. After graduating in civil engineering, he realized t...
Marie is a true Parisian who lives next to Montmartre, one of the most artistic and famous places in Paris. She ha...
2 people: €149/person
4 people: €99/person
Meet your guide at Métro station Assemblée Nationale. You will be whisked past the long queues with your skip-the-line tickets. Located on the Left Bank, the Musée d’Orsay houses a vast collection of art dating from 1848 till 1942. There is also a significant collection of architectural drawings, photography, and furniture. Your guide will explain how the museum was transformed from its former use as a train station and hotel into a museum of art. Built in 1900 in the Beaux Arts Style, it was the first train station to be entirely electrified. A perfect setting in which to see art-works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this architectural jewel perfectly reflects the fine balance between, beauty, innovation and tradition, standards by which French society had come to define itself at the dawn of a new age.
The main draw, however, is the museum’s vast collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, the largest of its kind found anywhere in the world. Star pieces, such as Dejeuner sur l’Herbe by Edouard Manet, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, Rouen Cathedral by Monet, or the Moulin de la Galette by Renoir are sure to beguile and awe. Your expert guide will be ready to explain in detail these paintings’ significance, and will introduce you to the lesser-known gems by artists like Gustave Courbet and Auguste Rodin.
The final part of the visit will be through the recently renovated top floor. Breathtaking views of the city will be visible through the giant clock towers that sit on either end of the building. After your walk through room after room of Degas, Monets, Gauguins, and Van Goghs, there will be time to admire the ballroom, decorated in fin de siècle style and the gorgeous restaurant with its gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers.
Price Range for your Private Tour of Orsay
- 2 people: € 149 per person
- 3 people: € 119 per person
- 4 people: € 99 per person
Solo travelers are also welcomed!
More than 4, please call us for a group booking
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Marjorie was born in the north of France and discovered Paris early with her family. She fell in love with Paris from the start: architecture, monuments, shops, atmosphere, history…everything fascinated her. After being an activity leader and guide in the south of France, she left everything to settle in Paris. More than just history and heritage, she discovered the way of life in the capital. Like a fish to water, she became a city guide. This job is a way for her to convey and share her passion for Paris. It was also a way to unite other passions: history of art, theatre and meeting people. Now she’s been a guide for 3 years. She feels lucky to be able to do something that really interests her and have the opportunity to meet so many different people!
Solène was born in Paris and loves her city so much that she is very enthusiastic to communicate her knowledge about it. From a young age she already knew that working in an office was not for her; she needs to be outside, she likes to walk, meet people and feel the energy, and the animation of the city around her. Since she started to travel abroad, she realized that Paris was unique and that she was lucky to live there. She is passionate about travelling, and she wants to bring that feeling of novelty to how she explores her own city. It is always a pleasure for her to share moments of life and dreams…
Pauline was raised in the middle of the mountains in the east of France next to the Swiss border. A child from the countryside, she grew up dreaming of living in a big city. After a few years in Lyon where she studied art history, archaeology and foreign languages (English and Italian), she decided to settle in Paris in order to become a tour guide. History, art and meeting people are passions that she has always loved sharing with others. Now Parisian to the core, she’s fascinated by her adoptive city, and feels very lucky to be able to work every day in such fantastic scenery.
Murielle was born in the suburbs of Paris. She has been fascinated by Art History and the History of Paris since she was little. Her father was a installer of works of art, a unique profession which allowed him to travel to many countries and see many museums. This explains her interests in art, architecture, travel -- passions that were instilled in her from a young age. She first studied foreign languages (English and Spanish) at the university and then history. She loves her city and above all, she love helping people discover the many pleasures of the city's charming squares, beautiful gardens... and of course how a city during the gallo-roman period transformed over the centuries into the magical capital of France.
Being a guide is the best way for her to share these passions.
Sylvia was born in the south of the France, in Avignon. She lived about ten years in Spain and one year in connecticut, after which she moved back to Paris. She has been working as a tour guide over 20 years. She's in love with Paris. She is a bonafide history buff, thinking about Parisian history is like travelling through the centuries. She is amazed by how they built it and by the power that the Kings wielded. After so many years she still has so much to see and to learn. For example: there are about 100 museums in the city and she hasn't see them all.
She has a passion for sharing with people the beauties of her country and the way in which we live. Her favourite places are Versailles and the Louvre and she loves to walk around the Marais. She particularly loves all the tiny streets, pubs, and art galleries in the Marais. She loves how Paris lights up at night, it's fabulous. And especially when she has a free moment to meet with friends, see a movie, listen to music and drink good wine, Paris is the perfect backdrop! But she never forgets that she is from the south, where there's the sun and the sea. Sometimes she really needs to spend a week there, so she can eat the fabulous food. Come to paris and experience our magical city for yourself!
Frédéric is a Parisian, born and raised in the close suburbs. After graduating in civil engineering, he realized this wasn't in the end a dreamed job for him, and decided to take a new direction. Enthusiastic about meeting people from all over the world, speaking foreign languages and sharing with them his passion for Paris, he became a guide, and now organizes both thematic tours for Parisians wanting to better know their city, and more classic tours around the must-sees of Paris with French or foreign tourists.
He particularly likes to emphasize on the connections between Paris nowadays and the way it evolved throughout its history. He enjoys linving in a city that offers numerous cultural venues, particularly museums and movie theaters, but also bars and restaurants for all tastes.
Marie is a true Parisian who lives next to Montmartre, one of the most artistic and famous places in Paris. She has been working as a professional guide and tour leader for 8 years, all over France, but her favorite place remains Paris with its amazing architecture. She also likes the many great museums that one can find in this city, especially because she studied art history at the Sorbonne. However, she claims art is not the only feature of Paris – She also likes to point out the Parisian way of life: she is used to telling her travelers that they need "more than one life" to see everything in this city.