Exploring the museums of Paris alone can be a daunting experience, but our expert art history guides are on hand to make your visit a breeze – to introduce you to some of the most highly acclaimed works of art in the world, to take you deep into their history, but also to take you away from the tourist track. Our museums tours are lead solely by accredited guides with an abundance of knowledge, who give you the chance to explore some of the most breathtaking exhibitions in the world with a private, personable and approachable guide.
Our skip-the-line tickets give priority access to the museum, however, please note that due to increased security measures, there may be a waiting period at the security checkpoint at the entrance to the museum.
Meet your guide in front of the museum and be whisked past the crowds with your skip-the-line tickets. The Musée d’Orsay houses a vast collection of art dating from 1848 till 1942, during the birth of Impressionism.
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. A technological marvel built in 1900 in the Beaux-Arts style, this 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.
But we’re here today to admire 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 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 are sure to beguile and awe. Your expert guide will be ready to explain in detail the significance of each one and the story behind, while introducing you to artists you may not know so well like Gustave Courbet and Auguste Rodin.
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. After your enthralling walk through room after room of Degas, Monets, Gauguins, and Van Goghs, there will be time to admire the ballroom decorated in a turn-of-the-century style and the gorgeous museum restaurant with its golden mirrors and shimmering chandeliers.
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.
Romain was AMAZING!!! I will 100% be recommending him to our friends! Our Louvre tour was one of my kids favorite things we did and they said it was because of Romain.
Highly recommend. Private tour is a great way to get more personalized insights on Paris history. Guide was very knowledgeable. Will definitely use again.
We have done several tours with Localers and they are definitely worth the money! We are pretty independent travelers, but there is no substitute for local knowledge. Localers has the best guides!
I did 2 tours with Localers and would enthusiastically do more when I return to Paris. The main reason is the quality of the tours themselves, the fact they are authentic experiences, and you learn so much!
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