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

  • 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.

  • Alfonso Cruz

    5
    - 20 June 2018 -

    One of the best museums to go to. It's right across the louvre and you can see van gogh here. It has a nice clock on top of the building to get a nice silhouette picture. They also have souvenirs here. Just make sure you set aside plenty of time to enjoy the paintings and sculptures. Best to go when it opens as it gets busy during the day.

  • Henry Farkas

    4
    - 18 June 2018 -

    This, like The Louvre, is a world class museum. The building started its life as a railroad station during the heyday of passenger rail travel. The redesign, turned the building into a beautiful venue, inside and out, for paintings and sculpture. The reason I didn't give it five stars is that it's very difficult to find a toilet, and for the disabled, it is a disaster. The only two toilets that I could find were in areas accessible only by a staircase. The impressionist art was outstanding.

  • Paul Taylor

    5
    - 15 June 2018 -

    A good sized museum with some great art work. Went to the Cafe on the 5th floor as it was recommended but was not impressed with the high prices and poor service. Go to the cafe anyway for a view through the clock face. There is another clock face that also offers a good photo opportunity. The museum has a bit of everything, sculptures paintings old furniture. You will need 2 hours for a walk through and 4 hours to cover it well. Included in museum pass

  • Maria Garcha

    5
    - 14 June 2018 -

    A beautiful space with a stunning collection. This museum is not too big and not too small. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there two years ago. Earlier this month we went on the first Sunday of the month when there is free admission. It was far too crowded at that time and was not nearly as enjoyable. It's important to be able to see the art and to be able to feel the vibe of the collection in the space. I highly recommend this museum on any other day but the free entry day.

  • Nick Townsend

    5
    - 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

    5
    - 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.

  • 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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