Private Museum D’Orsay Tour with Art Historian

Private Museum D’Orsay Tour with Art Historian

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      Paris, France
      3 Hours
      From (USD)
      $ 457
      • Your family, your tour: This private ramble is led by a "docent" (from the Latin for "to teach") who brings the art, artists, techniques, and back-stories to life, tailoring the experience to the age of your kids and your personal preferences.
      • Skip the line: We all know how little those little ones like to wait in line. With pre-purchased admission tickets, you'll zip right in to the museum without delay. 
      • An amazing collection: From lesser-known artists like Courbet and Daumier who laid the groundwork for the Impressionists to all the biggies like Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Manet, van Gogh, and Renoir who made Impressionism a household word. 
      • A grand building: With its high glass ceiling and huge archways, this interior doesn't look like other museums'. Because this building began life in 1900 as a busy Beaux-Arts railway station. Kids love this great example of thinking outside the box. 
      • Get the lowdown: Discover stuff you didn't know about famous paintings and painters you thought you knew – like why van Gogh's work has such wild colors, or that Seurat's famous "pointillism" paintings sparked their own distinct art movement. 

      Meeting point

      Please meet your guide in front of the cafe Les Deux Musees, located at the corner of Rue Bellechasse/Rue de la Legion d'Honneur and Rue de Lille, across the street from the Musee d'Orsay. The exact address of the cafe is 79 Rue de Lille.

      Helpful hints

      Purchase your Musee d'Orsay tickets during check-out. Just one per person and skip the line!
      If you are coming from the metro to meet your guide, the closest stop is Solferino on the dark green line 12. You can also take the RER C to the Musee d'Orsay stop.
      As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour

      Transportation used

      Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.

      Included amenities

      Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide

      Tour ID


      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days of advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.

      Special comments

      Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.

      If the d'Orsay Museum was a kid, they'd be the one coloring outside the lines. Even though the art within is finely painted, some of it even downright mannered, the idea of housing a major art museum in an ex-railway terminal building is just… cool. And forward thinking. 

      But that fits. Because the work of these now-super-celebrated painters was itself branded "too revolutionary" in the last 1800s when it was first exhibited. The press soundly ridiculed it and serious collectors at the time turned their noses up at it. 

      Of course now, if and when pieces like this not already in a museum come up for art auction, they can go for millions. If only you could travel back in time to pick a few up! Meanwhile, you'll feel pretty enriched just by looking at them now in this (appropriately) unconventional setting. 

      And your kids? They'll be so busy having a blast with the intriguing stories, ideas, and Q's and A's your docent is doling out, they'll forget to complain, whine, bicker, or do any of those other things they've been known to do when restless or bored. 

      What's more, they'll have learned a ton by the end of the tour. And maybe, just maybe, have contracted an advanced case of art appreciation. 

      If that doesn't speak to the transformative power of the painted image, we don't know what does. But for your docent will probably have that answer, too.  

      Lots and lots of green  

      So. Just how valuable are these Impressionist paintings? Figures from the 2015 London auction season help paint a picture: Monet's Le Grand Canal, sold by Sotheby's for a cool $35.6 million. Matisse’s Odalisque au fauteuil noir, a portrait of the Sultan of Turkey's granddaughter, fetched $23.8 million ($6 million more than expected). Throw in a Cezanne two, a Toulouse-Lautrec, and a couple more Monets and you're talking some serious pocket change. All told, nearly $445 million changed pockets that week.

      Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.


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      Paris, France
      Great photo opportunities
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      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Sunglasses
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