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- Finally learn the difference between Monet and Manet
- Save yourself 2 hours: bypass the line!
- A private and fully interactive experience
- Length: 02h00
- Language: English
- Type of Tour: Private Tour
- Group Size: 4 max
- Departure Time: 3pm or 5pm
- Cancellation: Up to 48 hours
- Disabled travelers welcome
Paris and Impressionism are just one of those perfect combinations, like milk and cookies or chocolate and peanut butter. As the 19th century sprang to life in a flurry of steam locomotives, bustling cafes and raucous cabarets, some of the greatest artists ever to put a brush to canvas were there to capture it in a revolutionary style that would capture the imaginations of the world (ok maybe not at first, but people caught on!).
The Musée d’Orsay is a celebration of the magic of this era, bringing together a dizzying collection of groundbreaking masterpieces by the greats: Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rodin, Ingres—the list goes on. But such a massive collection comes at a price: navigating the museum’s five expansive floors can be a challenge, and without a bit of background on the artists and their inspirations you might feel like you’re only scratching the surface. This is a bad thing.
Our skip-the-line private tour digs deeper into the fascinating stories behind the masterpieces, bringing this whole era to life with easy-to-understand explanations given by a licensed, qualified guide. Whether a seasoned art fan or a newcomer looking to deepen your understanding, we take the pretentiousness out of it all and give you no-nonsense breakdowns of Impressionism, Post Impressionism and Realism so you can walk out smarter than you when you walked in. This is a good thing.
Start by meeting your guide in front of the museum for a brief history of the building’s past and how it came to house some of the best art on the planet. Then be whisked past the notorious long lines to get instant access inside and take in the breathtaking view of the central concourse packed with top notch statues, including an original model of a recognizable torch-bearing madame who would later be named the Statute of Liberty.
Solène was born and raised in Paris, and is ever keen to share her knowledge of her beloved home city. Even as a child, Solène knew that her future career would be not in an office but outside in Paris and beyond - meeting new people and discovering new places around her. Thanks to her passion for travel, Solène aims to provide for her visitors the same feeling of excitement she experiences when discovering new places.
Isabelle was born in England, and is a trained graphic designer specialized in books and games for children. A Paris resident for over 20 years, Isabelle loves her city, and knows it inside out, especially the enchanting Marais neighborhood. As a qualified art historian guide, Isabelle enjoys sharing her passions for the Paris art scene both old & new. Isabelle is our child tour specialist and loves offering fun and engaging cultural visits for children of all ages. A tour with Isabelle is an unforgettable experience for both children & adults alike!
Frédéric is a true Parisian who grew up in la région parisienne. An engineer by trade, Frédéric decided that his true passion lay in the rich history of Paris of its many historical sites. Becoming an official guide had enabled him to meet visitors from across the world and to share his love of Paris. Amongst Frédéric’s favorite experiences are introducing foreign visitors to Paris for the first time and enabling Parisians to discover new things about their city. Above all, he enjoys showing visitors the astonishing connections between the Paris of today and Paris throughout the ages.
Marion was born and raised in the South West of France in majestic Bordeaux, where she read Archaeology and Modern History before moving to Paris 3 years ago. For the past 2 years, Marion has been an official guide at the splendid Palace of Versailles, along with iconic Paris museums such as the Louvre. Marion’s favorite part of her career as a guide is the variety of her work and how her place of work (be it palace or museum) changes from day to day.
Elisabeth is always searching for unusual places place in her home city of Paris - hidden courtyards, serene spaces and secret hideaways little know to its inhabitants. Spanish Andalusian on her mother’s side, Elisabeth adopted her mother’s love for finding the connections between Spanish culture and civilization and French history. Following her Master’s degree in Iberian studies Elisabeth became a teacher but later decided that what she wanted to become, above all, was a guide. Now an official guide she shows visitors her much-adored city with engagement, fun and dose of humor.
Jonathan is a history devotee who grew up in the Parisian suburbs. After studying History of Art at University he became an official guide, a true vocation which allows him to share the secrets of his city, and his passion for art and history. Jonathan is not only an art expert, but a guide who endeavors to present Paris and its treasures in a relevant way, always with a smile and with a good dose of humor!
Marie-Claire was born in the South West of France and raised in Toulouse. Before moving to Paris, she studied Linguistics and Art History in her home city, rich in artistic and cultural heritage. Marie-Claire now works as an official Art History Guide and a Picture Editor. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also teaches Art History at the prestigious Ecole du Louvre in Paris and loves the variety of her work and people she encounters day to day.
Born and raised in Paris, Astrid learnt foreign languages from an early age thanks to her international travels and was fluent in Spanish and English before the age of 6. Passionate about history and new cultural encounters, Astrid decided to study History, English and Communication in Paris before moving to New Caledonia, a small French island in the Pacific Ocean. In this fascinating new environment, she worked as a tour guide for children. On her return to Paris, she decided to become a professional family tour guide. As a qualified history tour guide, Astrid is able to share with others her passion and knowledge of her home city.
Born in Italy, Cristiana fell in love with Paris on her very first visit to this magnificent city. Following her studies in Architecture and History of Art, Cristiana decided to begin a career as a professional tour guide. She particularly loves to work with children, finding their fresh and honest outlook on the museums of Paris ever-inspiring! Cristiana endeavors to provide for all of our visitors both young and old a truly unforgettable experience.
Originally from the South of France, Gwennaëlle has been living in Paris for the past 12 years and working as a guide for over half that time. Since childhood she has been an ardent lover of art and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a guide. After studying English at university, she joined the Ecole du Louvre to learn to become an art history guide. Alongside working as a guide, Gwennaëlle teaches art history to French and foreign students. Paris is to her the most enchanting city in the world, and she loves to share the secrets of the Parisian museums and monuments with her visitors.
Hélène grew up in Lyon; famous for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant gastronomic scene. She has also lived in England and Germany, before settling in Paris to work as an official guide. Hélène wanted above all to turn her passion for art history into a career and she adores sharing the artistic heritage of Paris with our visitors. Hélène is passionate about art in all its forms.
Arianna was born and raised in Rome. A the age of 5 she visited her first ever museum with her Italian grandmother; the Uffizi Gallery, where her adventure into the art world begun. Arianna studied at a French school in Rome before moving to Paris in 1999 to study History of Art at the Sorbonne University. Now a teacher of modern and contemporary art in a Parisian Art School, Arianna also guides in all the major (and many of the lesser-known) museums of Paris, her biggest love being sharing her passion for art with visitors of all ages and creating unforgettable experiences.
Oxana grew up in Moscow, and moved to Paris to study History of Art at the Sorbonne University. Since moving to Paris, Oxana considers herself a true Parisian, and feels fortunate to be living in her words, in ‘the most beautiful city in the world’. Oxana is a seasoned traveler, but Paris remains her favorite city due to its unique charm and extraordinary culture. She loves to share her passion for French history and culture with our visitors.
Born and raised in Paris, Cecile now lives in the Paris suburbs. Before becoming a tour guide, she studied History of Art and was particularly fascinated by gothic architecture in Europe, and 19th & 20th Century painting. Cecile began working as a guide in 2010 in a small medieval town called Provins, where her specializations were the Middle-Ages and military architecture. Cecile has also worked in Normandy and in the Champagne region. Her favorite place in France, aside Paris, is the Loire Valley due to its magnificent chateaux.
Marjorie was born in the North of France and developed a love of Paris from visiting as a child with her family. After working as a guide in the South of France, Marjorie returned to her much loved Paris where she adores to this day the way of life, the architecture, the atmosphere and of course the history! By becoming a guide, Marjorie is able to share her passion for history of art and for meeting new people, something for which she feels fortunate every day!
Born in Poland, Joanna moved to France with her parents as a teenager. Following her History of Art and Foreign Language studies (she speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese), it was a natural evolution for Joanna to become a guide and to share with visitors the secrets she’s learnt over her years in Paris. She is keen to share with you the mysteries of the Louvre, the secrets of the Palace of Versailles, and much more of the rich history of Paris.
Vanessa was born in Casablanca, Morocco; a country which for her holds beautiful memories, in particular the affectionate nature of the people and the beautiful smells and colors of the country. She has also lived in Italy, from where her family originates, where she returns often to further explore the country. For the past 10 years, Vanessa has been a resident of Paris’ 20th arrondissement. In her travels to Morocco, Italy, and further afield, Vanessa feeds her curiosity for the richness of other cultures, something which she shares in her role as a guide. Vanessa believes that being a guide enables her to understand the links between our different origins and respective cultures.
After spending her early years in Bordeaux and Brittany, Valerie travelled all over world with her family, but throughout her travels never forgot her French roots. Following her studies in linguistics and literature, Valerie moved to Paris and over 25 years later is still a resident of this fascinating city. Straight away taken with Paris, Valerie enjoyed the freedom and variety of life in the city; cafés, restaurants, theatres and museums in abundance! As a seasoned traveler with her heart in Paris, Valerie knows just how to share the magic of Paris with eager visitors, and to show them the immense cultural wealth of the city of light.
Murielle was born on the outskirts of Paris and has been fascinated by Art History and the history of Paris since she was a child. A passion for art runs in the family; her father was a curator - a career which meant he spent much of his time in museums across the globe. Murielle’s passion for art, architecture, foreign languages and travel developed at a young age. She studied English and Spanish at university followed by Art History. Above all, Murielle loves helping people discover the many secrets of Paris; its hidden squares and charming gardens and showing how the city has transformed over the centuries into the majestic capital of France.
Before becoming a guide, Hervé studied acting and has performed in small theaters across Paris. He began studying History of Art and decided to combine his love for History and Art with his acting skills. Hervé has lived abroad including in Atlanta USA and in London where he developed a deep understanding of the Anglo-Saxon culture. He is passionate about many periods of History but remains fascinated by the XVII and XVIII Centuries, hence why he’s so at home at Versailles! Hervé looks forward to sharing his passion for art history with you.
Jessica was born in Saint-Germain en Laye, the birth place of Louis XIV. From when she was child, she was fascinated by art and history and during her high school years realized that she wanted to make a career out of her passion. She settled in Paris at the age of 20 and fell in love with the romance, poetry and magic of the city. Jessica spent a year in New York City which opened her mind to the pleasure of meeting people from across the globe. Once back in Paris, she decided to combine her passion for communication and art history, allowing her to guide people from across the world through her beloved city.
- The world’s premier collection of Impressionism
- Stunning views of the Paris from the top floor
- Easy-to-understand breakdowns of each piece
- The heavy eyelids and yawns of those other tour groups
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Be guided from one masterwork to the next including Manet’s “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe”, whose naked picnic-goer gave the stodgy art world a collective heart attack. Monet’s sun-dappled views of the cathedral in Rouen will show you a master colorist at work, while “Dance at the Moulin de la Galette” by Renoir provides a glimpse into the festive outdoor guinguettes where Parisians waltzed their afternoons away. And how could we forget Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”? You’ll have plenty of time to take in this iconic picture while hearing the true story about that chopped-off ear. And that’s not to mention the other great works by Cezanne, Rodin, Gaugin, etc. to complete the experience.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, the building itself is a masterpiece in its own right with a few secrets up its sleeve. The 5th floor’s glass-paneled clocks offer an iconic and romantic view of Paris, a perfect chance to reenact a Hugo Cabret moment. And the stylish café-restaurant is a great spot to take a post-tour break and reflect on all the beauty you’ve just gorged yourself on as you gaze out over the most inspiring city in the world. Who knows, you might even find yourself inspired to grab a paintbrush…
We had a wonderful time with Marie-Claire! She provided a ton of information in a fun entertaining style!
We would schedule her again in a second and recommend her to anyone.
Brian and Karen Costello
We had a wonderful time with our tour guide Marjorie! Thank you for sharing so much art history with us!!
It was a wonderful two hours with Joanna. She was personable, well versed in art history, and told the story of the museum exceptionally well. As far as we are concerned it is the only way to see the D'orsay. We often find museums to be overpowering in terms of size and quantity, Joanna simplified it for us, showed us what was important and made sure we saw what we were interested in. Great job!