Musée d’Orsay

Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.
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Top 4 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!

Insider 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 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

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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.

Musée d’Orsay Highlights: Skip-The-Line Guided Tour reviewed by Francis

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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

Musée d’Orsay Reserved Access 1-Day Admission Ticket reviewed by John

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was a great way to get around Paris and see the best of the sites
This was a great way to get around Paris and see the best of the sites. The boat runs a regular and reliable service from convenient points. Staff were very helpful with RER and Metro directions as well as with placed to eat. Loved it and will be booking again when we are back in Paris!

Paris: Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise reviewed by Josette

⭐⭐⭐⭐ An excellent way to see the main sights in Paris
Combined with a boat trip this was a great way to see Paris. We went right round once and then decided where we wanted to go back to and used the hop on hop off the facility to travel around. Very good commentary.

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