Private Museum D’Orsay Tour with Art Historian
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.
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
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.