You know about Van Gogh’s ear. You’ve heard of Monet’s water lilies. But how much do you really know about the treasures inside the Musée d’Orsay? Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh, Pissaro, Manet, Degas & many more are awaiting you!
Skip the long lines and follow your guide on a private 2 hour journey through the cafes, cabarets, dance halls and salons of 19th Century Paris, illustrated by some of the most talented fingers to ever hold a paintbrush. And the paintings themselves are only part of the story—what’s equally exciting are the eccentric personalities and circumstances that led to the world’s first true modern art movement. Inspiration guaranteed!
Your guide will start with a bit of backstory of how the building was transformed from its former use as a train station and hotel into a renowned museum.
You'll explore the story and significance of star pieces, such as Déjeuner sur l’Herbe by Manet, Starry Night by Van Gogh, Rouen Cathedral by Monet, or Dance at the Moulin de la Galette by Renoir.
The final part of the visit will allow you to have breathtaking views of the city through the giant clock towers that sit on either end of the building, and admire the ballroom decorated in a turn-of-the-century style.
Please note that due to museums loaning works or collections to other museums, Localers cannot guarantee that every work listed on our website will be on display. We try our best to notify our clients when a work they have requested will not be available for their viewing.
Meeting point & walking distance
Meeting point: Musée d'Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
In front of the museum
What if my preferred departure time isn’t available online?
Although we schedule tours for certain days of the week, departures are possible every day except on Mondays when the museum is closed (and some French holidays). However to avoid crowds we recommend scheduling your tour either on weekday afternoons or after 5pm on Thursdays for a special evening tour.
Can I book this tour if my group is larger than 6 people?
Please contact our customer service team if your group is larger than 6 people. Museum rules are strict – no more than 4 in a group, so if yours will be larger we’ll need to make special arrangements with the museum ahead of time.
How long will my museum ticket be valid?
The ticket we provide you with will be valid for the entire day, meaning once your tour is finished you’re free to stay inside the museum and browse around, have a snack in the restaurant, or revisit some of your new favorite paintings!
Valerie was fantastic. We were very happy with our tour.
Victor is a wonderful guide: friendly, knowledgeable and able to think on his feet. He's a pleasure to be with and I enjoyed the d'Orsay MORE than I've enjoyed it on my own...and learned some
Victor was amazing! Very informative tour. He came well prepared and had a really good handle on both museums and was able to show us a lot of important art. We all walked away very happy, we
Le dynamisme de la conférencière et l’intérêt de ses propos . La qualité dans le choix des œuvres choisies
Great tour of the Orsay! Our tour guide was excellent! She gave great historical information as well as artistic history of the paintings and statues.