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Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie

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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Cast your gaze over some of Impressionism’s finest treasures during this Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie walking tour with private guide. Marvel at magnificent artworks including a collection of Monet paintings that are known as the ‘Water Lilies’ and ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’ by Renoir. Listen as your guide sheds light on the styles at play on the canvas, and learn of the various techniques used by artists of the era at the easel. Between museum visits, wander through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries.
  • Gain insight into Paris' rich art history from an expert guide
  • See Impressionism come to life at the Musée d'Orsay, with masterpieces from Manet, Gauguin, Renoir and many others
  • Marvel at Monet's breathtaking 'Water Lillies' series at the Musée de l'Orangerie
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon tour
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Departure Point

Musée d'Orsay, 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Return Details

Musée de l'Orangerie, Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France
Choose from a morning or afternoon private art history tour, then meet your guide at the entrance of the Musée d'Orsay. Widely considered to be among Europe’s most important gallery spaces, the Musée d'Orsay was once one of Paris’ busiest train stations. The building was repurposed in the 1980s and today houses a breathtaking collection including many of Europe's best known Impressionist paintings alongside 19th- and 20th-century photography and sculptures.

With your private guide to lead the way through the hallways and galleries, marvel at famous works by artists such as Gauguin, Manet, Renoir and Monet, and learn of their place in Impressionist history. Some of the best-known paintings in the museum include Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette and Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe by Manet. As you explore, discover the various methods employed by the different painters and learn the significance of painting in the open air.

When your tour of the Musée d'Orsay comes to an end, cross the Passerelle Solferino to the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Gardens) with your guide and take in fine views out over the Seine River. On arrival at the Musée de l’Orangerie, begin the second of your two museum tours.

The Musée de l’Orangerie houses paintings and sculptures from artists including Picasso, Marisse and Cézanne but the gallery’s star attraction is, for many visitors, Monet’s 'Nymphéas' ('Water Lillies') murals. Painted in the artist’s gardens in Giverny, the murals showcase Monet’s skills to perfection. Standing before them in the Musée de l’Orangerie, listen as your guide explains Monet’s portrayal of light across the canvasses and gain insight into their subtle similarities and differences.

When your time in the Musée de l’Orangerie is at an end, explore the gallery further at your leisure or head outside to conclude your tour.
Itinerary
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Musee d'Orsay
Considered one of the finest museums in Europe, the Musée d'Orsay was one of Paris' main train stations until the 1980s, when it was converted into an art gallery. The building's architecture is magnificent, and inside you'll find a stunning collection of some of Europe's most renowned 19th- and 20th-century paintings, sculptures and photography. Impressionism is the Musée d'Orsay's claim to fame. Strolling side-by-side with your private guide, admire beautiful pieces by Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, August Renoir, Claude Monet and other masters; notable works include Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe and Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette. You'll gain insight into the styles and techniques used by these revolutionary artists, who broke standards by setting up their easels outside, en plein air, to capture their impressions of their surroundings.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jardin des Tuileries
After your Musée d'Orsay tour, follow your guide across the Passerelle Solferino to the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Gardens), adjacent to the Louvre Museum, and take in beautiful views over the Seine Rive.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Musee de l'Orangerie
Arrive at the Musée de l’Orangerie for your second museum tour. The Musée de l’Orangerie is home to a superb collection of works from luminaries including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne, but it’s the 'Nymphéas' ('Water Lillies') murals by Claude Monet that draws most visitors. Huge in scale yet immaculate in execution, this striking series of paintings was created in Monet’s garden at Giverny, and is considered to demonstrate the artist’s groundbreaking brush techniques to perfection. Marvel at the play of light across the panels and listen as your guide highlights the subtle intricacies found throughout the works. After covering the highlights of the Musée de l’Orangerie, your tour comes to a close. You're free to continue exploring the museum on your own.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; please wear appropriate footwear
  • The Museums are closed every Monday and Tuesday and D' Orsay does not allow guides to speak on Sunday
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ARTSTUR Ltd

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie.
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What is the maximum group size during Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Our guide was very good and enjoyed...
Debra S
, Nov 2017
Our guide was very good and enjoyed Musee de lOrangerie particularly Monets Water Lillies having already been to Giverny to see the real thing. Unfortunately we could not go into Musee dOrsay as there were problems with the doors. Consequently we asked to go to Rodins gardens and our guide made the visit interesting as he explained some thoughts around the sculptures.
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Manuela was wonderful. She is very...
Lisa K
, Oct 2017
Manuela was wonderful. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. We got delayed by a strike but she was still able to get us to the highlights of both museums.
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This tour seemed a little overpriced...
Sara
, Jan 2016
This tour seemed a little overpriced and underwhelming. We expected much more from our guide for the pricing of this tour.
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This tour is a must. Selina was an...
Mark R
, Oct 2015
This tour is a must. Selina was an amazing guide. Not only was the whole experience relaxed and highly informative, but the paintings especially were absolutely incredible. Be prepared for a lot of walking.
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The tour guide was not great in...
Hali M
, May 2015
The tour guide was not great in English and had trouble talking so we could understand and often fumbled over words that we got little out of her chatter ! She was not there in time and we had to call her up. No tullieries on tour. Very big rip off ! Cost under $20 both admissions pd. $388! Unhappy!
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Got to museum. No one there knew...
mikewsc
, May 2015
Got to museum. No one there knew where our tour was. Were able to get in and tour on our own, which of course we could have done without Viator. Called the contact number and the emergency number and never got an answer. Our other two tours were fine but could have been booked directly. My advice wouldbe to do alittle research on the web and book tours directly with the entitty.
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