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Paris: Musée d'Orsay Highlights Skip the Line Tour

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Duration: 2 hours – 2.5 hours
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Get an expert introduction to one of the most celebrated museums in Paris on a 2.5-hour private tour of the Musée d'Orsay. Skip the long lines for an…

Duration: 2 hours – 2.5 hours
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Top 5 artworks at the Musee d'Orsay

Situated at the former Gare d'Orsay railway station, the museum now bearing its name has gradually emerged as one of Paris' best art galleries – and that's saying something! Here are a few must-see masterpieces to factor in to your tour.

Dance at le Moulin de la Galette (1876)

Depicting a Sunday afternoon in a bygone Montmartre, Renoir's festive snapshot of Parisian social life is one of Impressionism's most celebrated paintings.

The Luncheon on the Grass (1863)

Inspired by old masters like Titian and Raphael, Manet's masterful treatment of the nude and the clothed courted controversy for highlighting the social divide between genders.

Apples and Oranges (1899)

The gallery boasts 56 Cézannes in its collection, however, this late still life composition shows an artist at the height of his powers, able to make magic out of the mundane!

The Gleaners (1857)

It seems bizarre now, but Millet's depiction of peasant women hunched over in search of leftover grain was once derided for its sympathetic portrayal of the lower classes!

Whistler's Mother (1871)

Few non-French artists are represented at d'Orsay, and although Van Gogh might take places 6, 7, and 8 on this list, James Whistler's Victorian Mona Lisa is a shoe-in!

Musée d'Orsay: Our Tips

How much time?

As large as the Musee d'Orsay is, there's not much filler. If you only have 3 or 4 hours to spare, stick to the Impressionist wing, otherwise don't expect to see it all in a day!

When to visit?

The Musee d'Orsay's opening hours are from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, except on Thursdays when it's open until 9:45PM, and Mondays when, as with May 1st and December 25th, the gallery is closed. Get there as early as possible and consider booking your tickets online to skip the long lines. If you plan to visit in a large group, pre-booking is mandatory.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 9:45PM, closed Mondays, May 1st and Christmas.
  • What is the price?
    Tickets start at €11, but packages and concessions are available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the Metro line 12 to Solférino, RER line C to Musée d'Orsay or buses 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94.
  • Additional tips
    • Cloakrooms are available free of charge but not recommended for large items or valuables.
    • All guests will need to pass through security to enter.

What People Are Saying About Musée d'Orsay

Great safe way to get to all the attractions in the city.

We got the 3 day ticket and would recommend this if you have the time. Sometimes the traffic is heavy in the city centre so it takes a while to get to attractions. This would be the same in a car or taxi though. We got the subway sometimes also but definitely felt safer on the tour bus.

Paris: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-on Hop-off Ticket Reviewed by Lorraine, 10/24/2016

The tour is amazing, and a must do in paris

I would recommend doing this at nighttime when everything is lit up, the view is second to none and will always remember this cruise. Definitely a must do

Paris Illuminations 1-Hour Night Cruise Reviewed by colin, 10/24/2016

Beautiful way to see the city from the start of our visit to Paris!

The lights of all the beautiful buildings reflected on the water was breathtaking. Such a peaceful way to see a special city and learn more about its history.

Paris: River Cruise on the Seine Reviewed by Mary, 10/21/2016

The building of Musée d'Orsay (old station) is very impressing.

I could not enter the museum with the ticket on my app because they needed a barcode. Therefore I had to go outside the museum to get a paper ticket in a kiosk. Skipping the line but not saving time.

Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Line 1-Day Admission Ticket Reviewed by Joanneke, 10/13/2016

Very well done. The left promptly at 2030 and returned at 2134.

Beautiful seeing Paris by night from the river! And being able to see under the bridges we'd crossed was really cool too.

Paris Illuminations 1-Hour Night Cruise Reviewed by Laura, 10/01/2016

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