Private 2-Hour Guided Tour in Orsay Museum Paris

Paris, France

From $81.93

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Take in the highlights of France’s national art collection with a private tour of the Orsay Museum, one of Paris’s most popular museums. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and follow your guide on a tour of the museum’s extensive exhibitions. Admire the striking museum building; learn about impressionist, post-impressionist and Art Nouveau styles from your expert guide; and see masterpieces like Monet’s ‘Blue Water Lilies,’ Cézanne’s ‘Apples and Oranges,’ and Renoir’s ‘Montmartre.’
  • Private guided tour of the Orsay Museum
  • Discover some of the best bits of France’s national art collection
  • Marvel over famous paintings like Monet’s ‘Blue Water Lilies’ and Cézanne’s ‘Apples and Oranges’
  • See works by Delacroix, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and more
  • Enjoy priority entrance with skip-the-line tickets
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Private guided tour
  • Professional guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

    Meeting point at the rhinoceros statue

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Multilingual guide
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise when booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Fabulous museum - wonderful impressionist exhibit - a lot of walking so wear good supportive shoes
    This was well worth the cost without considering not waiting in line.
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    Lively and Fascinating
    Michelle_H, Mar 2023
    An engaging and energetic tour! We learned so much about the rise of Impressionism and the connection between many of the artists. Mauricio brought the era to life for us.
    Would not recommend
    Sarah_W, Dec 2022
    We schedule a private tour and misunderstood the time, which was totally our fault (it started at 1400 and we planned to arrive at 4pm). When we realized our mistake, we called to tour company and first asked for a credit, which they refused because they said they (meaning we) had already purchased tickets to the museum for that day. We said we understood and asked that they send us a photo of the tickets so we could try to go to the museum on our own. They agreed but then never sent us the tickets, so we lost all our money and missed out on the experience of going to the museum ourselves with the tickets we had paid for. Very disappointing and terrible customer service.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Hello Sarah, Your tour was scheduled at 2pm. It was a private tour and the guide was there just for you at the scheduled time. That is the reason why this tour was explicitly not refundable, so that is why you could not be credited. He called multiple times but no answer. You call us 2 hours later demanding for tickets that were impossible to use on your own, since they were expired. I told you that I would send them to you anyway as proof but that they were useless, also the guide was doing another tour and that I was not sure I would be able to send them soon. I told you how to get new tickets on your own since these were useless and also because the museum was closing in 1 hour anyway. We don't do the rules at the Orsay Museum, yet you did not seem to understand or accept my explications. You lost the tour and its completely your fault, we answered to your call immediately and tried to help. That's wonderful customer service, for a "very disappointing and terrible" customer, giving 1 star to a devoted company for nothing. I understand your frustration, but it's mean and childish to punish us for your own mistakes.
    Art Revealed by Mauricio
    Jeff_S, Sep 2022
    Mauricio brought the collection at the D’ Orsay to life for us, giving us an detailed understanding of the complex stories behind the artists and their works. He has given us an appreciation for art that we did not know existed before. He encouraged us to appreciate art in a way we have not realized was possible until this museum and his narrative.
    Best way to see Musee D’Orsay for us ordinary but curious folks
    Joanna_M, Jul 2022
    Our family of 4 really enjoyed our Musee D’Orsay tour with Napoleone Tour’s Mauricio. He did a great job of interweaving the historical time period and then comparing the types of paintings “allowed” by the Academy vs those that were rejected. And how a rising middle and upper class due to the Industrial Revolution, embraced these rejected painters. It was a wonderful 2 hours of history and art and we highly recommend this tour.
    Ursula_F, Jul 2022
    Wonderful guide and tour - highly recommend The only complaint is being forced to write this review longer than intended
    Best Tour Ever
    Elizabeth_R, Dec 2021
    Cannot recommend this tour enough. Mauricio was an amazingly knowledgeable, engaging, and fun guide. Will absolutely be booking tours with this company on future trips to Paris.
    Our guide was extremely...
    Stephen_M, Nov 2021
    Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and brought the paintings to life. We highly recommend his service
    Making Impressionism Come Alive
    TerryJ_L, Oct 2021
    Our 2 hour visit to Orsay Museum was outstanding. Maurizio (Napoleone tour) was the perfect guide to explain the beginning of the impressionists and a timeline of the different artists and the progression and development of each of their styles. We also appreciated his explanation of society's reaction to their art and the interlinking of the individual artists personal lives. I would recommend to anyone Maurizio as a guide and especially if this is your first visit to the museum of modern art.
    This was a wonderful, eye opening experience led by a knowledgable lover of impressionist art.
    Lucy_A, Aug 2021
    I learned more details about the lives of the impressionist painters and how they related to each other.Their styles were unique and memorable and I enjoyed the comparisons our guide showed us.He brought their stories to life. Our guide, Maurizio was a wealth of information and he kept us moving quickly through the crowds so that we were able to see so much more in the time allotted.
    Fun and educational.
    jerrysuncity, Jul 2021
    Our guide, an art history major, was so knowledgeable that we learned things that would not have been possible on our own. Top that with his great personality. We really had a wonderful time and a lot of fun. He also had picture on his iPad so we could compare different paintings. If you want to have a good time learning about art, this is your guy.
    The only way to see the Musee D’Orsay!
    Kristen_R, Feb 2020
    Maurizio was fantastic! Our tour brought the paintings to life! The fascinating details behind the painters and the stories for their paintings - we could have kept going! Thank you Maurizio!
    Hala_O, Dec 2019
    One of the best tours, my Mom and I had a great time, we got to learn about the development of impressionism in a fun and engaging way. We definitely recommed Napoleone Tours.
    The art came to life!
    Ken_W, Dec 2019
    What an amazing tour! Our private guide, Maurizio was terrific. I consider myself educated but know very little about art history. The tour was outstanding and I really felt that we got everything and more out of our 2 hr visit to the Musee d’Orsay. Very highly recommend!
    Favorite Paris museum
    Kevin_M, Nov 2019
    Privileged to enjoy a 2 hour private tour for 2 with Mauricio. He was educated, interesting and humorous. Made his points but also willing to tailor tour to our interests. Museum focuses on 19th & early 20th century art, perhaps my favorite period. And the former railroad station, offering panoramic views of Paris from the top floor, is magnificent. Look up Mauricio; you won't be disappointed.
    skworth01, Oct 2019
    Our first major outing in Paris was to the Orsay Museum. Everything went fantastic with the museum itself and our SUPER guide, Mauitcio, being incredible. He had an obvious passion for the art, was very humorous and extremely knowledgeable with many wonderful antidotes. I not only give a high recommendation for this tour, but wouldn't even think of not having a guide like Mauritcio for an in depth experience!
    Private Orsay Museum
    Tina_F, Apr 2019
    our guide was wonderful and incredibly knowledgeable as he had a degree in Art History and was passionate about the art and he brought the paintings to life while interjecting a tremendous amount of history about the artist . Loved the private tour - museum was very crowded - suggest early tours for this location but skipping the line was the best. Fabulous museum - wonderful impressionist exhibit - a lot of walking so wear good supportive shoes
    Absolutely Wonderful!
    JAMES_W, Mar 2019
    Mauricio was an outstanding person and excellent tour guide. He held a degree in art history and used his vast knowledge of art to make our experience at the Musee' d 'Orsay unforgetable! He provided us not only with an understanding of the artwork but of the history and context in which the art was created. He made meaningful connections between the art and the realities of 21st century life. The time went so quickly . . . we could have stayed for another 3 hours and still not tired of listening to Mauricio. What a fabulous experience!
    my favorite museum
    Deborah P, Dec 2018
    I had such a wonderful time on this tour. Our tour guide, Maurizio with Napoleone Tours, was so energetic and made the tour a lot of fun.
    Very Happy Customers
    Johnny_L, Oct 2018
    Maurizio was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and has good energies. He kept us fully focused with his information during the 2 hour tour. He showed us all the famous and key pieces of arts exhibited. We enjoyed the afternoon with him thoroughly. Great job!! Highly recommended!!
    Best way to see d’Orsay
    Robert W, Oct 2018
    My wife and I had seen the Orsay on our own on our last trip to Paris and opted for a guided tour for this trip. It was night and day. Our guide proved insights that we would never have seen. He was extremely knowledgeable and interesting without being overwhelming. This was well worth the cost without considering not waiting in line.