Best of Musee d'Orsay with an art historian.


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3



English (fluent), French (advanced), Italian (fluent)

Visit the Musee d'Orsay and discover Impressionism with an art historian

Visting the Musee d'Orsay is a unique opportunity to truly understand the Impressionists art "revolution". Follow me in this journey into French Art history: from the middle of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th, from Academic art to Impressionism and Post Impressionism. We will admire masterpieces made by some of the most famous artists of the world like Manet, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec, Whistler, Cezanne, Pissarro, Renoir and many others and we will also discover together the architectural beauty of the museum. It is well known that before being a museum it was a train station, but do you know there is one of the most beautiful window of all Paris in there?


The tour will includes a short walk in the Academic art and Naturalism rooms and then the most famous works of art by:
- Manet
- Toulouse Lautrec
- Whistler's mother painting (when on display)
- Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro paintings
- Post impressionism gallery (works by Van Gogh and Gauguin).

- Panoramic terraces (inside and outside when open) to enjoy the beautiful views on the Museum main gallery and on the river Seine.
- Ballroom

On request I can create a bespoke tour including different artists, art movements (Symbolism, Pointillisme. . . ) or museum galleries

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: In front of the Musee d'Orsay, near the Rhinoceros statue. I have a green cardboard with me. On request, I can meet you at your hotel/apartment in Paris.

End location: In the musee d'Orsay. After the visit you can stay in the Museum as long as you want, visit the bookstore or enjoy a coffee in the cafeteria. If you are not staying in the Museum I can give you direction about where to go in the area (sightseeing, restaurant, cafes) or help you finding a taxi or taking the metro. On request, I can accompany you where you prefer in Paris.

Duration: 2 hours


walking tour in the Musee d'Orsay

What’s Included

- private guided tour in the Musee d'Orsay with a licensed tour guide graduated in History of Art
- priority entrance thru gate B, for tickets holder.
Please note that there might be a line due to security controls. This line usually doesn't take more than 15 minutes (can be longer in very high season) and cannot be skipped in any way.
The only way to skip all the line is booking the special group entrance pass. Availability is very little and cost is 250 euro.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

12 euro - per person: entrance ticket. Tickets will be booked and prepaid by the guide in order to skip the entrance line. If you already have a Paris Museum Pass or you need a free ticket (free admission for -18 years old visitors or -26 y.o. if European Citizens) please notify it to me as soon as possible. Once bought tickets are not refundable.

What’s Extra

- entrance ticket (12 euro per person. settlement: cash at the beginning of the tour).


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car or minivan and driver

A Recent Review of this tour

Sara Valtorta was awesome, informative, her knowledge of the Impressionist painters and the time they lived in was such a deep well that she drew from so eloquently. Not hurried, she is very discerning, consequently toured at a pace perfect for me. She is so pleasant, not egotistical of her amazing knowledge and ability!
Rick Timmons

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