Orsay Museum

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The collections of the Musée d’Orsay are situated in an ex-railway station that’s an architectural delight in its own right. Built for Paris’s 1900 Universal Exhibition, the station had to blend artfully into an area that is also home to the Louvre and the Palais de la Légion d'honneur. For this reason, its architect chose to clad the metal structure with fine masonry.

The new station was very modern in its time, introducing lifts for luggage, elevators for passengers, underground rail tracks and a hotel. Problems started in 1939 when trains became too long to fit the platforms and the station began to serve only suburban passengers. By 1973, the hotel was receiving fewer guests and closed.

For some time, there were discussions about demolishing the station and constructing a new hotel, but the building seemed an ideal site for a museum and was protected as a national monument in 1978. The new Musée D’Orsay opened in 1986 and retained many of the original architectural features, particular the glass ceilings and huge clock face.

Opening times

9.30am-6.00pm daily, except Mondays (last entry 5.00pm)
Late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm (last entry 9.00pm)
CLOSED on Mondays, on 1 May and 25 December

About the museum

France’s national collection contains paintings, photography and sculpture from 1848 to 1914. The museum is especially well known for its Impressionist and post-Impressionist works by such artists as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.

Less well known – but definitely worth your attention – is the large collection of stone and bronze sculpture, much of which was commissioned by wealthy people in the nineteenth century. The most famous of these are probably by sculptors Rodin and Degas.

People also often overlook the photography collections, which were among the first in France. Here, you’ll be able to follow the development of this art form from its earliest days and see over 45,000 photographs on display by artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Edgar Degas.

Address

Musée d'Orsay, 1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris

Getting there

By train:

RER line C to Musée d'Orsay

By Metro:

Line 12, to Solférino

By bus:

24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94

By taxi:

Taxi stand at quai Anatole-France
Disabled parking:

2 places at 1 Place Montherlant
1 place at 5 rue de Bellechasse
1 place at 48 rue de Lille
1 place at 77 rue de Lille
1 place at 81 rue de Lille
3 places at 8 rue de Solferino
1 place opposite 7 rue de Poitiers
3 places at 1 rue de Villersexel
1 place at 13 rue du Bac
3 places at 96 rue de l'Universite

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Musée d’Orsay small-group tour with local expert guide
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Musée d’Orsay small-group tour with local expert guide

Join your fun and local expert tour guide in a small group as you visit the famous Musée d'Orsay, and discover the collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

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Musée d'Orsay tickets with audio tour on mobile app
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Musée d'Orsay tickets with audio tour on mobile app

Explore the Musée d'Orsay on your own with this audio-guided tour available on your smartphone!

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Impressionist masterpieces tour of Orsay Museum with priority access
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Impressionist masterpieces tour of Orsay Museum with priority access

Book a 2-hour tour of Orsay Museum with skip-the-line entrance. Your local guide will show you the most famous masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.

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Private guided tour of Orsay Museum
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Private guided tour of Orsay Museum

Book your 2-hour private guided tour of the Musée d'Orsay and learn more about the masters of the XIX century in Paris!

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Private tour of Orsay Museum
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Private tour of Orsay Museum

Book a 2-hour guided tour of Orsay Museum, and see masterpieces by Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Manet, and more.

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Paris Museum Pass
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Paris Museum Pass

Book your Paris Museum Pass, and visit without more than 50 museums and monuments in Paris and the surrounding area!

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Batobus pass | Hop-on hop-off boat on the Seine
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Batobus pass | Hop-on hop-off boat on the Seine

Book a 1-day or 2-day Batobus pass and explore the main attractions and districts of Paris now!

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Musée d'Orsay highlights tour and gourmet lunch
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Musée d'Orsay highlights tour and gourmet lunch

Book a guided tour of the most famous Impressionist masterpieces of Musée d'Orsay and enjoy a French gourmet lunch.

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Private guided tour by bike along the Seine river
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Private guided tour by bike along the Seine river

Get on your bike and ride along the Seine river to discover the diversity of Parisian architecture and history. From the old royal garden to the origins of the Statue of Liberty, you will discover no less than twenty buildings.

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Paris self-guided audio tour
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Paris self-guided audio tour

Explore Paris at your own pace! Enjoy an app containing over 130 points of interest, famous transport routes, sightseeing itineraries and walking tours.

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Guided tour of the Musée d’Orsay in small group of 6
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Guided tour of the Musée d’Orsay in small group of 6

Bypass the often long lines and enjoy this magnificent museum with a small group of seven people. See masterpieces by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne and Rodin!

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Musée d'Orsay & Musée de l'Orangerie combo entrance tickets with audio tour
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Musée d'Orsay & Musée de l'Orangerie combo entrance tickets with audio tour

Admire the masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, and many more. Discover one of the finest collections of Impressionist art in the world, including Monet's Nymphéas.

Duration from 2 hours to 3 hours
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Orsay Museum

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Reviews Orsay Museum

4/5
IOANNIS, 24 Jan 2016
5/5
Gayle Steinfeld, 31 Dec 2015

“Best idea ever. I saved so much time by avoiding the lines”

5/5
Maria, 10 Dec 2015
5/5
Charles, 07 Dec 2015

“Wonderful art in beautiful surroundings. The collection as been re-hung since we were last here.”

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