Musee d'Orsay

1, Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, Paris

4.5

The Musee d’Orsay is the second most visited Paris’s museum. It has an extraordinary collection of works of art. Its unusual design evokes the structure's interesting history when it served as a train terminal.

Today, it displays many outstanding works of art. The Musee d’Orsay is famous for its large Impressionist collection. It also displays showpieces of Realism, Classicism, Orientalism and other movements of the 2nd half of the 19th century. You can examine works of art by prominent artists, such as Courbet, Monet, Rodin, Van Gogh, Cezzane and Renoir.

You can see paintings, sculptures, decorative objects and photos throughout the museum’s galleries. Dance, The Four Parts of the World and Ugolino are some exceptional sculptures. The Gleaners, Decadent Romans and The Wheel of Fortune are very descriptive paintings, illustrating class differences, moral downfall and fate.

In the Musee d’Orsay, you can take some rest between exhibitions and enjoy the view over the Seine River from the terrace.

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Open Hours:

Museum and exhibitions

  • open from 9.30am to 6pm
    daily, except Mondays
    late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm
    last tickets sold at 5pm (9pm Thursdays)
    museum cleared at 5.15pm (9.15pm Thursdays)
    group visits, pre-booked only, Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm (Thursdays until 8pm)
  • closed on Mondays, on 1 May and 25 December

Bookshop and museum store

open daily, except Mondays, 9.30am to 6.30pm (Thursdays until 9.30pm)

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Reviews

  • Matt Wasilowski

    5
    - 12 September 2018 -

    Amazing museum. Make sure you have time to explore it fully. The whole thing is an amazing maze through impressionism and marble. My favorite part were the historic scale miniatures of the building itself. Absolutely incredible and very approachable. I'd advise against the restaurant; it's over priced for what it is and there are much better options in short walking distances around the museum

  • Simon Henderson

    5
    - 09 September 2018 -

    Fantastic. Loved it. The security is tight to get in, but that is understandable. It is an amazing building just in itself, being an old train station and a lot of the original architecture is still there. If you love impressionistic art than give yourself many hours because there are so many famous artists and their work that you are going to want to take your time. They are all there. Also, a fine collection of furniture and room decorations on the left hand side which are just as fascinating. Enjoy.

  • Michelle Sale

    5
    - 08 September 2018 -

    This was my favourite museum in Paris. I liked it far more than the Louvre and there wasn't even a wait to get in (in August!). It has a lovely collection of impressionist art. (Degas, Rodin, Van Gogh, Manet, Money, etc.) Waterlilies is kept at the different museum in Paris and Whistler's Mother was out on loan. Housed inside an old train station, the interior was pretty neat too. My 8-year-old also enjoyed this place as would mist kids her age.

  • A Google User

    5
    - 23 August 2018 -

    Fascinating. I could have spent a whole day there and still felt as though there was more to see. Such a wide range of pictures, sculptures and artefacts. Some fascinating furniture was on display during my visit. The building itself is magnificent and the views from the roof terrace are worth a good proportion of the admission fee. I would also recommend the cafes and restaurant. Like almost everywhere in Paris, the prices are as eyewatering as the food is mouthwatering but being on holiday is a very useful excuse for an occasional treat.

  • Robin Moore

    5
    - 23 August 2018 -

    A museum in an old train station! What a beautiful place! Lots of impactful art, interesting layout, lots of floor space. Enough routes that you don't feel like you're on a conveyor belt, but simple enough that you don't need to walk through the same rooms repeatedly. I will probably come again in a few years to see what has changed! Highly recommend.

  • A Google User

    5
    - 07 August 2018 -

    We had seen the Louvre and thought about skipping this. However we had some spare time and dropped in for 1-2 hours. I'm really glad we did. The impressionist paintings were very different than other museums, and it was less crowded and more relaxing. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would go back when I have more time. The paintings were absolutely beautiful.

  • David W. Miller

    5
    - 22 July 2018 -

    Definitely one of the best museums in Paris! I love the relatively open-format and the many small galleries. There are obviously absolutely incredible paintings and artists, including some of the most famous impressionist works of all time. However I really do admire and enjoy the numerous and varied sculptures. I think that those are underappreciated because of the overwhelming popularity of the impressionism.

  • William H Spinks

    5
    - 12 July 2018 -

    Stunning renewal of this turn of the century railway station, built originally for a 1900 Exposition. The museum is, itself, a work of art. I am assured it contains a collection of important works by noted impressionist artists, and sculptors of this and other periods, but I am no judge of that. Instead it is the detail of the structure of the building that is so impressive to me. And, as others have noted, this museum is far less crowded than the Louvre. One reviewer that accessible toilets are not evident. Not true, they are clearly identified on the plan.

  • Owen Jin

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    Honestly one of the best museums I've ever been to. To start out, the building itself is a work of art. It was originally built in 1900 for the World's Fair and has a massive arched ceiling and grand clocks hanging on each side. The art is exceptional, with a focus on French art with many famous artists such as Monet and Van Gogh. There are significantly less tourists here compared to the Louvre, obviously. This allows a better mood to truly experience the art. If you visit two art galleries in Paris, it should be this and the Louvre.

  • Sagar Buch

    5
    - 04 July 2018 -

    An amazing museum, even for people who are not that interested in art. The entrance hall is vast and wonderful! This is considered as one of the most revered museums in the world, and I would agree with that association and the hype. I did not visit the Louvre to avoid the crowds and I am glad I made that decision. The lines to get in are systematically organized and took me 20mins to get in (time of visit: Friday (June 22, 2018) at 3pm). I would recommend getting a hat/umbrella on a sunny day, as certain areas of the queue are not under any shades.

  • Frank Bak

    - 19 May 2018 -

    It’s a great museum. Advice: take a whole day to wander around. Just a lunchbreak will do. Great collection of impressionists.

  • Kevin Roth

    - 11 May 2018 -

    Some of the best impressionist era paintings in the world.

  • Zeynep Ozturk Ozyer

    - 05 May 2018 -

    If you haven’t visit yer, you must! Amazing pieces and art inside!

  • Luiz Otavio Altenburg

    - 29 April 2018 -

    Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Rodin, Degas, Manet, .... Best of 1848-1914. Continuation of Louvre. There is a Cafe with great view there (Sunset)

  • Zena Amer

    - 01 April 2018 -

    Wow... just wow! Amazing.

  • Ava M

    - 27 March 2018 -

    Nice architecture with huge clock window with scenic view through seine river...

  • Станимир Николов

    - 25 March 2018 -

    Great museum. Everything is so well organised. It is not enormous, but it contains a lots of interesting things.

  • Alya Danilova

    - 19 February 2018 -

    Under 25 ticket coast 9 euros 🤓 Quite big! Need at least 3 hours to see everything,Van Gogh and Picasso is here 😍

  • Inna

    - 04 February 2018 -

    Great museum with magnificent artworks, definitely must visit when in Paris

  • Cheryl

    - 08 January 2018 -

    Very nice museum, I go there twice a year.

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