From EUR 99.90
In order to get the best out of the museum of Orsay, Memories offers you the opportunity to book a private tour with a maximum of 4 visitors. You will have an experienced licensed guide. You will discover the highlights of the museum at your own pace and you will be able to ask all your questions as our specialist guide will be all dedicated to the few of you. Make sure you get the most out of this experience.
“My dear friend, your train station looks like a Palace of Fine Arts while our Palace of Fine Arts looks like a train station”. This is what the architect Victor Laloux heard in 1900 when his train station was inaugurated. People said it was a cathedral of Modern times. Indeed, France was hosting the World Fair and needed that central station. Closed in 1939 for being obsolete, the idea was soon to replace it with a more modern building. Fortunately, in the 1970’s it was decided to actually turn it into a museum. It was to be dedicated to the second half of the XIXth century. More precisely, the art from 1848 until 1914. Wonderful choice indeed as this period sees a pictural revolution when official academic art was struggling to survive against the rise of these unconventional and daring new movement : the Impressionists. The building itself is a symbol of that duality. It does look like a palace but its metal structure was very modern. The architect however took the precaution of concealing it behind sculpted limestone.
This tour is unmissable in the parisian’s favourite museum. It also is one that most of our tour guides love doing. You will have one all for yourself on this private tour of maximum 4 so you will get to ask questions and your guide makes sure everyone has a great time. Take your children with you as this place is probably the most entertaining way to learn about western civilisation and its transformations.
Join our licensed guide on this amazing tour where after admiring the building and the conventional art of those unbelievable skilled artists, you will witness the swirling colorful revolution of the Impressionist movement. Manet first challenged the academy who ruled over art with an iron fist. Then, tens of artists followed his path. The grand Monet of course but also Renoir, Degas, Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot, Toulouse Lautrec, followed by foreigners fascinated by this movement like the american James Abbott, Whistler…
The development of science coming with new inventions like cameras, trains, electricity, cars had to disrupt the perception of the world. Swirling movement, enlightenment of colours or new subjects are one of the few results in paintings. Come and judge by yourself amidst the biggest collection of Impressionist art.
To end your journey in the XIXth century, you’ll also see the famous painters who took over after the Impressionists died : Van Gogh or Gauguin. And if you’d like a break after the tour is done before heading back to see more, the nicest museum restaurant of Paris (dating back from when it was a train station and a hotel) awaits you. Ask your guide to take you there.
This tour is available from 1 to 4 guests, from 5 to 25 guests see our Musée d'Orsay Private Tour with Skip the Line
Note that increased security measures may affect lines as we can't avoid them. However due to our Skip the Line privilege, we do have access to shortcuts to the security check.
Duration: 2 Hours
Operating days and start time:
Meet us 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour facing the Musée d'Orsay are different statues of animals. Meet us next to the rhinoceros statue. If tou choose to go by train, the stop is Musée d'Orsay ( RER C).