Musée 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!

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Musée d'Orsay: Tours & Tickets

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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.

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When should I visit?

9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 9:45PM, closed Mondays, May 1st and Christmas.

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.

Is it expensive?

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.

What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

★★★★★ Sylvia was an outstanding guide - loved her knowledge and her passion.

Just 2 couples on this tour of the impressionists and our guide, Sylvia, was excellent. What a warm lady and a knowledgeable tour guide. Well worth the price.

★★★★★ Fantastic option to skip the queue- thank you!

The regular queue was at least two hours long so it was wonderful to just go round the corner and have an easy simple entry. Grateful that a friend recommended we book online

★★★★★ The tour was excellent. Katerina, our guide was wonderful!!

Our guide provided a wonderfully coherent overview to the Musee d Orsay. She was very knowledgable and conveyed her comments on each painting with insight and clarity. She was constantly aware of the group and encouraged and answered questions fully. She did a wonderful job and is a credit to your organization.

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