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What you'll do
Visit this world-class art gallery, displaying works by Cézanne, Monet, Renoir and Manet, in this stunning converted Beaux-Arts railway station.
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- You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
- Marvel at this glorious train station-turned-museum.
- Explore the works of old masters.
- Take the weight off at the museum's chic café situated behind the building's enormous clock face.
Perched on the bank of the Seine, the Orsay Museum is an old turn-of-the-century railway station that was built on the site of the Palais d’Orsay. Exemplary of the architecture of the Beaux-Arts movement, the Orsay Museum is one of Paris’ most popular art galleries and houses art and sculpture from 1848 to 1915. It’s a must-see gallery for its breadth of works, including those by Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, van Gogh and many more.
Unleashing Paris' Artistic Spirit at Musée d'OrsayUnlock the doors to Paris' world-renowned art history with a Musée d'Orsay Paris Museum Pass. Picture this: no rush while you explore a treasure trove of magnificent works from Renoir, Monet, and more. The freedom to explore at your own pace, to drink in each piece of timeless art, will make your Parisian experience truly unforgettable. Check out our in depth Musee d'Orsay guide for more information.
Why A Paris Museum Pass is Worth It
The Paris Museum Pass is not just a ticket; it's your passport to inspiration. Its value extends beyond Musée d'Orsay, giving you entry to other leading Paris museums. Whether a casual admirer or an art enthusiast, you'll appreciate the convenience and the richer, broader understanding of art that this pass brings to your journey. Visit the Louvre or Saint Chapelle. Or if you're up for it, the amazingly designed Centre Pompidou!
Musée d'Orsay TicketsBuying a ticket to the Musée d'Orsay is your key to a world of artistic wonder. Nestled in the heart of Paris, this museum showcases some of the most impressive Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. From Monet's serene water lilies to Van Gogh's intense starry skies, each ticket promises an unforgettable journey through art history. Plus, booking your tickets with the Paris Museum Pass in advance can save you time, skipping the long queues and diving straight into the artistic experience.
Musee d'Orsay HoursPlanning a visit to the Musée d'Orsay? Knowing the museum's hours is essential for a smooth experience. Typically, it's open from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM, but extends its hours until 9:45 PM on certain evenings. This flexibility allows visitors to explore at their own pace, whether you prefer a morning stroll through the galleries or an evening immersed in art. Remember, the museum is closed on Mondays, so plan accordingly to make the most of your Parisian art adventure.
- Three floors of art including; Paul Cézanne’s Apples and Oranges, Claude Monet’s Blue Water Lillies, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Montmartre, Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass
- Central nave and old Orsay Station clock
- Orsay Square outside the museum with six bronze allegorical sculptures from the Exposition Universelle (1878)
- Collections that date back to 1818 originally from the Musée du Luxembourg, Musée du Jeu de Paume and the Louvre
Did you know:
- The Orsay Museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world
- There is 35,000 square metres of glass in total making up the vault of the Orsay Museum
- Although the Orsay Station was the head of the southwestern French railroad network for 39 years, the station platforms became too short for the longer, modern trains
- Around 3 million visitors a year come to the Orsay Museum
Artworks at Musée d'Orsay
The Musée d'Orsay in Paris is renowned for its impressive collection of French art from 1848 to 1914, featuring an extensive range of paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Notable artists represented in the museum's collection include Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh, among others (source: Musée d'Orsay). The museum's holdings encompass a diverse array of masterpieces that provide a comprehensive overview of the artistic developments in France during this period.
The Musée d'Orsay's painting collection has a rich history dating back to 1818 when Louis XVIII founded the Musée du Luxembourg. It showcases works of art by masters such as Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Renoir, and Gauguin, spanning from Realism to Impressionism. The museum has also been enriched by generous private donations, adding unique pieces to the collection over the years. Recent inclusions, such as The Childhood of Sixtus V by Gustave Moreau and Triple Portrait of Yvonne Lerolle by Maurice Denis, contribute to the diversity and depth of the collection.
The Musée d'Orsay's sculpture collection is a testament to the popularity of sculpture in the 19th century, commissioned by the middle class and politicians to demonstrate their wealth and power. The museum provides a perfect setting to display these works of art, from Rodin’s Age of Bronze to Degas’ Small Dancer, effectively reviving and celebrating sculptures in their true form. This collection has grown significantly, incorporating sculptures from smaller museums such as the Musée du Luxembourg and the Jeu de Paume, contributing to the Orsay’s comprehensive and diverse range of sculptures.
The Musée d'Orsay has a pioneering photography gallery, which was one of the first in a fine arts museum in France in the 1970s. The museum's permanent exhibition celebrates the growth of photography as an art form, curated from scratch to showcase the technical and artistic evolution of photography. The collection includes over 45,000 photographs, featuring works by prominent artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Henri le Secq, and Edgar Degas. It provides a comprehensive exploration of photography from its early stages to modern times, offering a unique perspective on this evolving art form.
Q. Can I take photos inside the Musée d'Orsay?
A. Yes, you are allowed to take photos inside the Musée d'Orsay, except in certain temporary exhibitions where photography might be restricted.
Q. Is there a cloakroom where I can store my bags and coats?
A. Yes, the Musée d'Orsay has a cloakroom where you can securely store your bags, backpacks, and coats during your visit.
Q. Are there audio guides available for visitors?
A. Absolutely! The Musée d'Orsay offers audio guides in multiple languages to enhance your experience and provide insightful commentary on the artworks.
Q. Are there any restaurants or cafes inside the museum?
A. Yes, there are restaurants and cafes located within the Musée d'Orsay where you can take a break, enjoy a meal, or have a refreshing drink.
Q. Can I bring my children to the Musée d'Orsay?
A. Of course! The Musée d'Orsay welcomes visitors of all ages and provides activities, workshops, and resources specifically designed for children to make their visit enjoyable and educational.
Q. Are there any special exhibitions or events happening at the Musée d'Orsay?
A. The Musée d'Orsay frequently hosts special exhibitions and events throughout the year, offering visitors the opportunity to explore diverse themes and discover exceptional artworks from various periods and styles.
Know before you go
Getting in: just show your Paris Museum Pass at the gate to get in.
Please note: this attraction is available as part of the digital Paris Museum Pass, which is included with your Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Please download it before you visit!
For the full list of attractions on the digital Paris Museum Pass, please visit our information page.
For more information visit the Musée d'Orsay website.
Where you'll be
Esplanade Valéry Giscard, d'Estaing, Paris, FR
Tuesday - Sunday: 9.30AM- 6:00PM. Last access to the museum at 5pm, last access to the exhibitions at 5.15PM, closing of the rooms from 5.30PM
Thursday: 9:30AM - 9.45PM. Last access to the museum and exhibitions at 9PM, closing of the rooms from 9.30Pm
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