Musée d'Orsay Tours

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Rivaling the Louvre as Paris' favorite art museum, the Musée d'Orsay is known for its impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau works from 1848 to 1914. Equally impressive as what’s inside the museum is its exterior: a former Beaux-Arts railway station with an enviable location on the banks of the Seine River. Both architecture and art buffs will want this museum on their Parisian itineraries.

The Basics
With its position in the 7th arrondissement, just across the river from the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musée d'Orsay is easy to visit during a day of sightseeing in central Paris. Tickets are available on site, but you can avoid any wait by booking a skip-the-line ticket or a guided museum tour in advance. Or, opt for an enhanced experience that combines an art walking tour with a Musée d'Orsay skip-the-line ticket.

Once inside, you'll be immersed in the world of Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and other masters of the 19th and 20th centuries. Works include Degas' The Ballet Class and Van Gogh's Starry Night. In addition to the paintings, don't miss the museum's large clock, which you can look through for a view of the Right Bank.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Do not bring suitcases, backpacks, or other travel bags; they are not permitted inside and cannot be left in the cloakroom.
  • Note that security is sometimes heightened at this popular site. The museum follows security measures per French authorities, and this can lead to delays.
  • Wheelchairs and pushchairs can be borrowed from the cloakroom, while large strollers and baby carriers are not allowed.

How to Get There
Paris is best seen on foot, so try to visit the Musée d'Orsay during a stroll along the Seine. Otherwise, the museum can be reached via public transit from the Rue de Bac, Solférino, or Assemblée Nationale metro stations or the Gare du Musée d'Orsay RER station.

When to Get There
The museum is open from 9:30am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday, with extended hours until 9:45pm on Thursdays. If you have the flexibility to go on Thursday evening, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding crowds. Also keep in mind that Paris is busiest in summer.

Dining at the Musée d'Orsay
If you get hungry for something light, sandwiches and salads can be purchased at Café de l'ours, but for a more thematic dining experience at the museum, visit one of its two restaurants. At Café Campana, enjoy classic Parisian brasserie fare in a dreamy underwater environment inspired by Emile Gallé, a French artist and influencer of Art Nouveau. Or go upscale at the Restaurant du Musée d'Orsay, where French cuisine related to museum events is served in an elegant, chandelier-lined room with gilded detailing and large windows.
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Address: 62 rue de Lille, Paris, Ile-de-France 75343, France
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SuperSaver Skip-the-Line Semi-Private Guided Tour: Louvre & Orsay Museums

Enjoy skip-the-line access to two of Paris' most popular art museums with this small-group tour of the enormous Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay. Avoid wasting time waiting in the long lines that often form at these top attractions, plus get guided tours of both so you don't miss any of the masterpieces they contain. See Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' and the exquisite 'Venus de Milo' at the Louvre, and the work of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin and many more masters at the Musée d’Orsay. Group size is limited to five to ensure a personalized experience.
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Paris 1.5-Hour Private Musée d'Orsay Tour

Discover the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art on a private, 1.5-hour tour of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Bypass the long entrance queues with skip-the-line access, and let an art historian guide lead you straight to masterworks by Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas and more. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide and learn the history behind the art for a truly immersive experience.
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Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Musee d’Orsay Ticket

See Paris through the eyes of the Impressionists on an art-themed walking tour of beautiful Montmartre. With a savvy guide, spend 90 minutes exploring the charming hilltop streets of this historic arts district. You’ll hear details about famous artists like Renoir and Monet, pass landmarks that inspired signature Impressionist works, and see main attractions like Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Afterward, enjoy skip-the-line access to the Musée d’Orsay — or save your ticket for another day.
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Skip-the-line Paris Orsay Museum Private Tour for Kids and Families

Discover the highlights of the Musée d’Orsay’s world-renowned art collection—and bring the whole family along—on this engaging, private tour. Choose from morning or afternoon departure times, and pick a duration that works best for you. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your guide, skip the long lines, and head straight inside. See masterpieces by artists the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir; your guide will share the stories behind the paintings, and will engage kids in games and activities to stimulate their imaginations and creativity.
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Super Saver Skip-the-line & Private Guided Tour: Louvre and Orsay Museums

The Louvre and the d’Orsay are notorious for their long entrance lines. Book this private tour that comes with skip-the-line access for both museums and enjoy a personalized tour customized to your tastes. Your private guide gives you special insight into masterpieces including the 'Mona Lisa,' 'Venus de Milo,' and 19th-century classics from Monet, Renoir and van Gogh — as well as any other artworks you’d like to see.
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Skip-the-Line Private Tour: Musée d'Orsay Must-See Tour

Marvel over the masters of impressionism on a private 2 to 2.5-hour tour of the Musee d'Orsay (Orsay Museum) in Paris and avoid the queues with skip-the-line entrance. Enjoy the undivided attention of your expert guide, who will introduce you to famous works by Renoir, Cezanne and Manet, while being explained the innovative techniques used by Monet and Van Gogh. See lesser-known masterpieces by Degas, Gauguin and more.
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Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Tour: Musée d’Orsay Orsay Museum

Discover masterpieces by artists from Monet to Renoir on this 2 to 2.5-hour small-group tour of Paris’ renowned Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum). With numbers limited to just four people, you’ll enjoy personal attention from your guide as you learn about the birth of impressionism, discover the unique techniques of Van Gogh and Cezanne, and see exquisite artworks by Manet, Degas, Gauguin and many more.
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Musee d'Orsay Reserved Access Ticket

The Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum) is one of Paris’ most renowned art museums, but with over 2 million annual visitors, queues can be long, especially in high season. Instead, enjoy priority access with this reserved access ticket and spend as long as you like marveling at the Impressionist masterpieces inside.
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Paris 2-Hour Private Guided Tour to Orsay Museum

Take in the highlights of France’s national art collection with a private 2-hour 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 Manet’s ‘Blue Water Lillies’, Cézanne’s ‘Apples and Oranges’ and Renoir’s ‘Montmartre’.
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Montmartre Art Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Musée de l'Orangerie and Optional Musée d'Orsay

Explore Paris’ most creative neighborhood and see Impressionist masterpieces on this artistic combo tour. See the views and streets that inspired famous painters like Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and van Gogh on a 1.5-hour guided walking tour of Montmartre. Then, admire works of art including Monet’s iconic 'Water Lilies' series with skip-the-line access to the Musée de l'Orangerie. Upgrade to also include a ticket to the Musée d'Orsay, home to the world’s largest Impressionist collection. Group size is limited to 14 for an informative and personalized experience.
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Highlights Tour: Musée d'Orsay with Skip-the-Line Access

Avoid waiting in line at Musée d'Orsay; enjoy skip-the-line access during this 2-hour guided tour of the museum's highlights. View famous paintings by artists like Renoir, Manet, Degas, Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh, among others. Listen as your guide's commentary brings the world-renowned artwork to life; get introductions to the masterpieces and the master artists who created them. A small group of 20 people or fewer ensures a personalized experience; use of headsets are included to hear your guide clearly.
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Super Saver Skip-the-line & Private Guided Tour: Orsay Museum and Montmartre

On this private tour, walk the romantic streets of hilly Montmartre and stop at the same places that inspired 19th-century rebel-artists — like Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne — who developed the Impressionism art movement. Follow in their footsteps as you pass the Moulin Rouge, Le Clos vineyard and Basilique du Sacré Coeur. Then, your private guide whisks you past the long entrance line at the Musée d'Orsay for a personalized tour of the museum’s world-class collection of 19th-century art.
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Small-Group Notre-Dame Cathedral and Skip-the-Line Musée d’Orsay Tour

Visit two of Paris’ most iconic attractions in a single day. Beat the queues at the Musée d'Orsay and immerse yourself in the world’s largest collection of Impressionist art. An expert guide will lead you to highlights of the vast collection, including works by masters like Cézanne, Dégas and Monet. Later, explore the heart of the city with a guided tour of the Île de la Cité and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral.
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Private Tour: Skip the Line at Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay

From classic Greek sculptures to masterpieces of Impressionist painting, enjoy a day of artistic treasures with a private tour of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both museums so you can make the most of your day. Step back in time at the Louvre to see iconic works of ancient and Renaissance art, and admire paintings and sculptures by Impressionist and Modern masters at the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide, with tour numbers limited to four people.
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Combine three Paris attractions in one tour on this 5-hour small-group Montmartre Impressionist walk with skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay guided tour. Follow your guide through Montmartre and admire fine city views from the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. Beat the queues for a guided tour of the Musée d’Orsay, where Impressionist masterpieces by Monet and Renoir hang. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to five people.
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Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie

Cast your gaze over some of Impressionism’s finest treasures during this 3-hour Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie walking tour with private guide. Marvel at magnificent artworks including a collection of Monet paintings that are known as the ‘Water Lilies’ and ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’ by Renoir. Listen as your guide sheds light on the styles at play on the canvas, and learn of the various techniques used by artists of the era at the easel. Between museum visits, wander through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries.
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Private 2-Hour Musée d'Orsay Small-Group Tour

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this private 2-hour tour of the Musée d’Orsay. With a dedicated guide, a private group of up to 7 people will enjoy an intimate tour of the collection's highlights.
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Small-Group Paris Impressionist Art Tour: Musée d'Orsay with Skip-the-Line Entrance and Montmartre Walking Tour

Take a deep dive into the art history of the Impressionist movement during this 7-hour tour. Get skip-the-line access to the Musée d’Orsay to see masterworks by Van Gogh, Degas and Picasso. Get an insider's walking tour of the bohemian village of Montmartre and see highlights such as Moulin Rouge and Sacré Coeur.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Super Saver Montmartre and Sacré Coeur Tour plus City of Light Night Tour

Enjoy two popular Paris tours and save with this combo package that lets you experience the bohemian art history and romantic nighttime atmosphere of the City of Lights. Learn about the legacy of Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne and other Impressionist masters on a walking tour of Montmartre, and see the artists’ famous paintings up close with a skip-the-line ticket to Musée d'Orsay. In the evening, admire illuminated landmarks like the Louvre and Eiffel Tower on a guided walk ending in the trendy St-Germain neighborhood.
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Private Guide at the Musée d'Orsay

Be inspired by the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art with a private, 4-hour tour of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Let your private guide show you the most important pieces in the immense collection, and learn the backstories of treasured paintings by visionaries such as Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh for a more immersive experience. As you stroll through the light-filled galleries, you’ll also appreciate the unique architecture of the museum, housed in a historic Beaux Arts train station.
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Dinner Cruise

Ensure a memorable night out in Paris with a gourmet dinner cruise along the Seine River. Float past the city’s famed monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral aboard a luxury Bateaux Parisiens riverboat. Soak up the magic of Paris from an onboard dining room while enjoying a gourmet 3-course meal. Please note that Champagne and live music are also included on select 8:30pm departures.
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Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make sightseeing in the French capital easy with a Big Bus tour of Paris. Enjoy the convenience of hop-on hop-off access at any stop along the route, and soak in the views from an open-top, double-decker bus. See sights like the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge cabaret club, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the iconic Eiffel Tower as you listen to informative, English-speaking guides on some routes, or audio-commentary available in 11 languages. There are two routes to choose from, with 15 stops in total around the city, and you can pair your Paris bus tour with a Seine River cruise. Choose either a 1-day or 2-day bus ticket.
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See the sights of Paris on this Seine River dinner cruise or lunch cruise. Aboard a La Marina de Paris glass-enclosed boat, glide along the river, passing landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre-Dame. Travel under the Pont Neuf and other bridges while you enjoy French wine, Champagne, and a 3-course meal of fine cuisine.
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Bistro-Style Seine River Dinner Cruise

Make the most of your time in Paris with a combination of a cruise on the Seine and a 3-course dinner. This 75-minute dinner cruise allows you to see the main attractions of the City of Lights while you enjoy a casual meal. Relax into a comfortable armchair facing one of the boat's windows, the better to take in the view, and watch sights like the Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, Place de la Concorde and Eiffel Tower drift by. Upgrade the experience to include wine or Champagne with dinner.
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