Musée d’Orsay (Orsay Museum) Skip-the-Line Guided Tour - Private

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Paris’ other museum, the Musée d’Orsay is an architectural marvel as well as a collection of the world’s most famous painters. Skip the lines with our guides on an entirely private tour and consider our Thursday evening option to avoid crowds. Our charming guides will lead you through this repurposed, century-old train station and explore artistic evolutions that led to the Impressionists and their vibrant, colorful works.


From Manet’s scandalous “Luncheon on the Grass” to Renoir’s “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette,” our engaging guides will discuss the Impressionists and their techniques. We’ll discuss those who came right before them like Millet and “The Gleaners” as well as their legacy carried on by the likes of Van Gogh, as visible in his “Bedroom in Arles.” And of course we’ll check out works by Monet himself, including his famous poppies. Think windmills, lily pads, and ballerinas.

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, Monet’s Poppy Field and Waterlilies, Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, Degas’s Ballerinas, Millet’s The Gleaners,

Meeting Point: At Rhinoceros statue
Duration: 2 to 2.5hs
Starting Time Options: 10am or 1pm (5:45pm option on Thursday nights)
Days: Tuesday to Saturday (NO Sunday or Monday)
Includes: Private Tour Guide; ‘Skip the line’ Museum Entry


18 years of age or older


Between 10 - 17 years of age


Between 0 - 9 years of age

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  • retiree2
    I feel like we just had a Master Class in Art History. We took the small group, no line tour and our guide, Carolina, was superb. She was knowledgable, articulate and charming. We really learned a lot about the history of the Orsay and how Impressionism came into being. Highly recommend this tour and Carolina.

  • Richard K
    Belen was fantastic. I never thought a guide would add much to a museum visit - I was very wrong. Belen made the Musee D'Orsay come to life - she provide so much interesting information, highlighted some key works throughout the museum, and prepared us thoroughly to continue exploring on our own. She was the best guide I had for any experience in Paris on this trip - maybe than any guide ever. Thanks so much!

  • Memb1
    We had a wonderful tour of the Musee d'Orsay this morning. Our guide, Lucia M, was very personable, engaging, & patient, plus she was extremely knowledgeable about art history generally and the Osray and its collection specifically. We were not rushed and Lucia answered all our questions. She even offered insights on a tour planned to do tomorrow & a good museum (Musée de l'Orangerie) to visit as a follow-up to the Musee d'Orsay. It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour and time well spent.

  • Robin R
    We recently had the pleasure to visit the Musee D'Orsay using Babylon Tours. We were fortunate enough to be assigned Lucia as our tour guide. Lucia's depth of knowledge was impressive and she was able to draw us in to each era/painting with her informative descriptions and understanding of the artists, the historical context, and the details. I learned more in 2.5 hours than I would have in a six week art history class! Lucia has a way of speaking that resonates with the listener and is able to keep her audience's focus.

  • Maria T
    We had a wonderful guide named Carolina take us through the history of the Musee d'Orsay while looking at beautiful art. It was a great experience. Highly recommend to skip the line and have the tour guide provide background.