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Join us for our 2.5 hour walking tour through the Musée d’Orsay, the home of some of the world’s most famous paintings, from artists like Renoir, Degas and Van Gogh. We keep our groups small—no more than 8 people per tour—so you’ll have plenty of time to engage with our passionate guides, as they lead you through this repurposed, century-old train station to learn more about the artistic upheavals that helped give rise to the Impressionists and their colorful pieces. If you’d like to avoid the crowds, be sure to check out our Thursday evening tour.
As you explore the museum, you’ll learn about forerunners to the Impressionists like Millet and his masterwork “The Gleaners”; admire Manet’s scandalous “Luncheon on the Grass” and Renoir’s “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette”; take in the beauty of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”; and gaze at pieces by Monet, including his famous poppies. We promise you windmills, lily pads, ballerinas and more!
Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)
Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass”
Renoir’s “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette”
The largest collection of Monet paintings, including the Water Lilies series
Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles”
Great tour with excellent guide Lillya, she was very informed and made our tour very interesting and enjoyable. We would highly recommend this tour. We signed up for small group and ended up being the only couple who showed up...a big plus.
Our guide, Kotryna, was knowledgeable, personable, and informative. Skipped long lines as promised. A very enjoyable experience. I would not hesitate to recommend her and this tour.
From my experience, semi-private tours are worth the money. There were only 5 people in our group, so we were able to navigate more easily through the crowded museum (it's a high season) than a larger group. We had a great guide Mato who was very knowledgable about art, history, and art history. His tour was both very entertaining and educational, addressing the needs of us who have already visited this museum (although, many years ago) and a teenager who was in our small group.
Belen was an absolutely fantastic guide and there is no better way to take in this wonderful museum. our two daughters 12 and 16, my wife, and I learned more about European history in this tour through art than we have through schooling and her tour really reinforced a great deal the kids already have learned. Belen's approach to taking in an impressionist piece is something nobody else in the museum was doing including evaluating changes in color, the illusions generated by distances and angles within the works and the true appreciation for the entire movement one can only get through the eyes of an artist who enjoys her work so completely. If you can request Belen, you should, you will not be disappointed. We had many tours throughout Europe, and this remains our family favorite and one we will be talking about for years to come. Incidentally, the art work itself is the work to see if you want to enjoy color, perspective, and a movement that does not cover the history of mankind - the museum is much more focused and enjoyable and beautifully staged than the mammoth museum of the Louvre but you would still be well served to see through this private tour as there is so much to learn and appreciate.
This was an excellent tour! Being able to skip the queue was very nice, but the real excellence lies with our guide, Claudia. Claudia is brilliant! She is passionate, very knowledgeable, and just a delightful person. She communicates fluently in English. Claudia is a great asset to your company -- she ensured that we got the most out of our visit to Musée d'Orsay. I would not hesitate to take a similar guided tour in the future. It's not just money well spent, it's an investment in your enjoyment and knowledge. Thank you, Claudia! I hope that my comments are passed along to Claudia.