Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie
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Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie

Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie

3 h
By walk
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About this activity
Meet your art historian guide at the Musée d'Orsay for your private morning or afternoon art history tour. Considered one of the finest museums in Europe, the Musée d'Orsay was one of Paris' main train stations until the 1980s, when it was converted into an art gallery. The building's architecture is magnificent, and inside you'll find a stunning collection of some of Europe's most renowned 19th- and 20th-century paintings, sculptures and photography. Impressionism is the Musée d'Orsay's claim to fame.
Strolling side-by-side with your private guide, admire beautiful pieces by Edouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, August Renoir, Claude Monet and other masters; notable works include Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe and Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette. You'll gain insight into the styles and techniques used by these revolutionary artists, who broke standards by setting up their easels outside, en plein air, to capture their impressions of their surroundings.
After your Musée d'Orsay tour, follow your guide across the Passerelle Solferino to the Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Gardens), adjacent to the Louvre Museum, and take in beautiful views over the Seine River. Arrive at the Musée de l’Orangerie for your second museum tour.
The Musée de l’Orangerie is home to a superb collection of works from luminaries including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne, but it’s the 'Nymphéas' ('Water Lillies') murals by Claude Monet that draws most visitors. Huge in scale yet immaculate in execution, this striking series of paintings was created in Monet’s garden at Giverny, and is considered to demonstrate the artist’s groundbreaking brush techniques to perfection. Marvel at the play of light across the panels and listen as your guide highlights the subtle intricacies found throughout the works.
After covering the highlights of the Musée de l’Orangerie, your tour comes to a close. You're free to continue exploring the museum on your own.
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  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Musee d'Orsay
  • Entry/Admission - Musee de l'Orangerie
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; please wear appropriate footwear
  • The Museums are closed every Monday and Tuesday and D' Orsay does not allow guides to speak on Sunday
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Debra S
4 | 2017-11-08

Our guide was very good and enjoyed Musee de lOrangerie particularly Monets Water Lillies having already been to Giverny to see the real thing. Unfortunately we could not go into Musee dOrsay as there were problems with the doors. Consequently we asked to go to Rodins gardens and our guide made the visit interesting as he explained some thoughts around the sculptures.

1 | 2015-05-12

Got to museum. No one there knew where our tour was. Were able to get in and tour on our own, which of course we could have done without Viator. Called the contact number and the emergency number and never got an answer. Our other two tours were fine but could have been booked directly. My advice wouldbe to do alittle research on the web and book tours directly with the entitty.



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