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The Best Musee d’Orsay Tour 2024

$ 137
2.5 hours
Live tour guide

About Musee d’Orsay Guided Tour

Book a small-group tour of the Musée d’Orsay and discover the marvelous collections of Post-Impressionist and Impressionist art in Paris. A professional tour guide will tell you all about the lives of famous artists such as Van Gogh and explain how French society influenced them. This skip-the-line tour will also allow you to directly access all museum areas without waiting in line.


Musee d’Orsay Tour

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of artistic brilliance by going on a semi-private guided tour of the Orsay Museum.

Led by a knowledgeable tour guide, your exploration of the Orsay Museum will allow you to dive deep into the world of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. With each step, you'll be surrounded by an awe-inspiring collection that boasts an array of masterpieces from renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Cezanne, and Renoir. These visionary creators left an indelible mark on the art world, and their works continue to inspire generations.

One of the main highlights of this tour is the opportunity to stand face-to-canvas with iconic pieces that have shaped the course of art history. Witness the vivid hues of Van Gogh's Starry Night. Let the enigmatic charm of Manet's portraits captivate your senses, and the revolutionary techniques of Cezanne's still-life compositions challenge your perceptions.

This ticket also includes skip-the-line access, allowing you to skip all the long queues conveniently and start your artistic journey immediately! You will be accompanied by an expert guide during the entire experience. He will not only unveil the secrets behind these breathtaking works but also share the fascinating stories and anecdotes of the artists themselves.

Don't delay - book your Musee d'Orsay tour now! Lose yourself in the vivid colors of the artistic revolution and allow the dynamic brushstrokes of history to create an indelible masterpiece in your imagination.

  • Exclusive access to Musée d’Orsay
  • Private or small guided tour of Musée d’Orsay
X not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transfers to and from the Musée d'Orsay
  • German, Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish
X not allowed
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Flash photography
  • Unaccompanied minors
what to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes
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Meeting Point

The meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

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An experience you don’t want to miss!


Discover the extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces featuring works by artists like Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Degas.


Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy a unique view of Paris through the giant clock faces on the museum's fifth floor, providing a picturesque backdrop for photos.

Expert tour guide

Learn all about the lives of famous artists such as Monet, Manet, Degas, and Van Gogh, accompanied by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.

Exclusive access

Get direct access to all areas of the museum and avoid waiting in long lines at the entrance. 

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FAQ – Musee d’Orsay Tour

Is Musee d’Orsay worth seeing?

Absolutely! If you are a true art lover, Musee d’Orsay should definitely be on your visit list. Many people think that the Louvre Museum is the only place in Paris filled with incredible artworks worth seeing, but that is completely wrong. Some of the world’s most important artworks are housed at the Musee d’Orsay.

How long does it take to walk through Musee d Orsay?

If you want to fully explore all the areas of the museum, you will need 1.5 to 2 hours. The museum features many incredible art collections, so don’t rush and take your time to see everything you can.

Is Musee d’Orsay better than the Louvre Museum?

The right answer to the question of which museum in Paris is better and worth visiting would be – all of them! Every museum offers unique and different artworks that definitely must be seen. That’s why we highly recommend you visit as many museums as possible while in Paris. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

What is near the Musée d’Orsay?

Due to the very convenient central location of the•Musée d’Orsay, you will be able to see many iconic sites near it. From it, you can head to the Latin Quarter, which has some of Paris’ must-see sites, including the famous Pantheon. You will also see the Alexandre III Bridge, the Seine River, Les Invalides, and the Orangerie Museum nearby.

What else should I visit while in Paris?

As you might already know, the marvelous Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe should be at the top of your visit list. However, there are much more attractions worth seeing in Paris. To fully experience all the beauty that the city of Paris offers, we highly recommend booking one of our best-value Paris tours.
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Discover the world’s most famous art collections!

Musee d’Orsay Tour

Everything you need to know before visiting Musee d’Orsay – Valuable Tips

Musee d’Orsay is undoubtedly one of the world’s most exciting and richest art museums. Its permanent collection houses hundreds of magnificent original works from artists of early modern and Impressionist art, including Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Auguste Rodin. This world’s famous museum also curates some major temporary exhibits throughout the year and hosts several not-to-be-missed special events. 

We gathered some valuable tips to help you get the most out of your visit to Musee d’Orsay. Read them all and find out everything you need to know to fully prepare yourself for a visit.

Book a guided tour of Musee d’Orsay.

We strongly advise you to take a guided tour of Musee d’Orsay instead of just purchasing an entrance ticket for the museum. A guided tour will allow you to fully understand what each artwork represents, and you will be able to learn many interesting facts about the lives of art masters from your expert tour guide. There are also some hidden areas inside the museum that you would never stumble upon by yourself unless you had a guide.

Avoid large crowds.

Attracting nearly three million visitors a year, Musée d’Orsay will always be relatively crowded, no matter which season you choose for a visit. Although, if you carefully choose your timing, you’ll be far more likely to enjoy your visit and avoid the crowds. After all, who wouldn’t like to have more space in a museum to themselves, enjoy the silence, and spend some time calmly observing favorite masterpieces?

To beat the crowds and enjoy calmer conditions at the Orsay Museum, we suggest you plan your visit during the following times:

  • During the off-season (from November to March)
  • From 9:30 am to noon 
  • In the evening, between 6:00 and 9:45 pm (Thursdays only)
  • On weekdays

Explore the neighborhood around the museum.

After a guided walking tour of Musee d’Orsay, set aside some time to explore the surrounding neighborhood. You will be able to find many iconic sights and attractions around the museum, including the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. It is primarily famous for its cafes, where artists and writers once spent their time and consumed bottomless cups of coffee. You will also see many boutiques, antique stores, antiquarian bookshops, and art galleries in this area. 

Right next to the Orsay Museum, you can find the charming Italian-style garden called Jardin des Tuileries. This is an ideal place for a walk, picnic, or to spend a lazy couple of hours reading and enjoying the views of the beautiful gardens. 

Also, the iconic Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars are not that far away from the Musee d’Orsay, so you can consider hopping over to these places after visiting the museum.

The best way to visit Musee d’Orsay

When it comes to visiting the famous Musee d’Orsay, you have two options to choose from. You can purchase an entrance ticket and explore the museum at your own pace, or you can book a guided tour and explore the museum accompanied by an expert guide. The choice depends exclusively on your preferences. However, a guided tour is the way better option since it allows you to uncover the true meaning behind the paintings and sculptures you might otherwise miss.

Good to know before you go

  • This tour has a maximum of 6 guests per guide for a more personalized experience.
  • Please note that some specific rooms inside the museum require silence or a restricted right to speak inside.
  • Some art collections may be unavailable throughout the year.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • You’ll need to go through the security check. 
  • Book your tour in advance to secure your spot and avoid all possible inconveniences.

Facts about Musee d’Orsay you probably didn’t know

  • The building was originally a rail station called the Gare d’Orsay.
  • The main hall inside the museum is 452 feet long (138 meters), 131 feet wide (40 meters), and 104 feet high (32 meters).
  • Twelve thousand tons of metal were used to construct the building, almost twice as much as the Eiffel Tower.
  • The museum has the world’s most extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork.
  • The three giant clocks you can see inside the museum are the originals from the train station.
  • The museum had 3.6 million visitors in 2019.
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Very well organized & informative tour

If you want to fully understand all about the art history and lives of the artists, going on this tour is a must! Our guide, Sebastian, was very knowledgeable, and he explained all about the paintings in the best way possible. After a guided tour, we had some free time to explore the museum on our own, which was great. I highly recommend this tour!


Friendly & knowledgeable tour guide

Our guide provided us with a complete insight into the history of the Musée d'Orsay. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions fully. The Orsay Museum left us speechless! We couldn’t believe how many valuable artworks were in one place. This semi-private tour was incredible, and I highly recommend everyone to book it while visiting Paris!


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  • Free cancellation
  • Expert tour guide 
  • Skip the line access 
  • Small group available

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