Musee d'Orsay

1, Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, Paris


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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  • Nick Townsend

    - 26 May 2018 -

    Stunning building with amazing items on display. The museum is well laid out, bright and airy and the exhibits are not too crowded or packed into the space. The furniture collection is well worth a look. The cafe and restaurant are expensive, so it’s best to get lunch in the surrounding streets before you visit. A much more pleasant museum experience than the other museum across the river, with the pyramid, which can be like an overwhelming sea of people.

  • Nicholas Morss

    - 17 May 2018 -

    When you think of Art in Paris you naturally think of certain other world famous galleries, maybe one that’s notable for its pyramid features (or I did anyway) and not the Musée d’Orsay but having visited recently I now know what a mistake that is! Out of all the museums and galleries I’ve been to, the Musée d’Orsay might now be my favourite! Not only is the gallery beautifully presented and well laid out but it’s also a manageable size. Easy on the step count and not such an art fatigue risk as some others that I’ve struggled with. The current impressionist collection is fantastic if you’re into that kind of thing and if visited off peak-time there’s plenty of room to sit back and actually take it in. Overall a great and varied collection on a digestible scale. Highly recommended.

  • Debbi Crum

    - 14 May 2018 -

    Beautiful, well laid out museum. I recommend the audio guided tour. You learn much about the art, the artists, and the times they lived in. We went on a Sunday and spent a little over 3 hours there. This was enough time for us to see all the paintings we wanted to view. We purchased our tickets online (highly recommend doing this) and arrived a few minutes before the museum opened at 9:30 am. The line was short and the museum didn't start to feel crowded until around the time we were ready to leave.

  • Attila Tényi

    - 14 May 2018 -

    One of most beautiful museums of the word. Home of Impressionism. Great works are inside. Monet, Manet and other great painters. Lot of interesting sculptures. Many levels, long time to visit. But you most go there! Here I show the most beautiful girl from marble. Watch her hair!

  • Scott Prengle

    - 22 April 2018 -

    Third time to visit this magnificent art venue and always come away inspired and appreciative of the works on display. Everything is displayed in an accessible manner and the groupings are well organized. Enjoyed lunch in the restaurant. One can easily spend an entire afternoon here. A top attraction for anyone interested in art.

  • Josef Gasimov

    - 27 March 2018 -

    This is the excellent museum on par with Louvre. Ordered tickets online hoping to save time and avoid lines. Line for folks with tickets on Wednesday on rainy day off season was huge going around several blocks. Came back later around 4pm on the same day and got inside in 30 minutes. Unfortunately museum was closing at 6pm and 90 minutes was quick preview. Museum is set from old railroad station. It's collection of Degas, Monet, Janet, Power to and other famous painters require easy 3-4 hours. This museum is a must to visit while in Paris.

  • Allan Tyler

    - 06 March 2018 -

    My favourite of the major museums in Paris. Beautifully curated and hung. So many great, under represented artists across so many eras and styles. The stairs and lifts are perplexing. The cafes are fine. If you're on a tour of All The Art, see the MO after the Louvre and before the Centre Pompidou. If you can only visit one, come here. Again and again.

  • Steven Henn

    - 06 March 2018 -

    Beautiful museum with lots to see. I honestly liked this more than the Louvre. In my opinion they have more painting that people have heard of or seen before. Also smaller and easier to navigate and the building is gorgeous. Awesome views looking out from the two clocks at the top.

  • Simon Taylor

    - 03 March 2018 -

    Very enjoyable day in the museum. Wide variety of art on display, many interesting pieces and discussion points. However after 3 hours, it was just too much. Feel like we missed a lot, yet we saw the most interesting exbibits. Make sure you book tickets ahead of time. It was - 5C outside and the queue is only outside the building! Thankfully, you can take care of that on the spot with your phone :) entrance C was much faster!

  • Cecília Pacheco

    - 14 February 2018 -

    House to the wonderful impressionists and other artwork, this museum is an amazing place. An ancient train station, it was restored and transformed to become an iconic place. Plan to arrive early on your visit day, so you'll avoid the queues and won't find lots of staff members in a bad mood in the closing hours. Walk around, take your time, enjoy everything and then go out to stroll along the beautiful Seine.

  • 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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