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Ticket to Orsay Museum with dedicated entrance
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Ticket to Orsay Museum with dedicated entrance

Book your ticket with dedicated entrance to visit the Musée d'Orsay! Discover a fantastic s collection of Impressionist paintings by Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh and much more!

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Musée d’Orsay private tour with local expert guide
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Musée d’Orsay private tour with local expert guide

Join your fun and local expert tour guide on this private tour 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 at Orsay Museum small group tour
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Impressionist masterpieces at Orsay Museum small group tour

Get your skip-the-line tickets and guided tour of the highlights of the Orsay Museum, and visit the world's largest collection of impressionist art.

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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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Cruise on the Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin from Orsay Museum
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Cruise on the Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin from Orsay Museum

Book your tickets for a cruise on the Seine and on the Canal Saint Martin! Discover Paris' main highlights!

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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Go City | Paris All-Inclusive Pass
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Go City | Paris All-Inclusive Pass

With the Go City® All-Inclusive Paris Pass enjoy access to many sites, art galleries and monuments, hop-on hop-off bus and sightseeing tours.

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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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About the Orsay Museum

If you’re looking for an art museum that will transport you to a world of beauty, history and culture, look no further than the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. This magnificent museum is home to some of the most influential artworks in the world, showcasing epoch-defining styles and movements that span the years from 1848 to 1914 – possibly the most transformational in the history of art. 

From impressionism to post-impressionism, from realism to symbolism, the Musée d’Orsay is a showstopper. Whether you’re an art lover or simply curious about the world of art, you’ll find something to inspire and enchant you here. What’s more, the museum’s location in a bright and airy converted beaux arts train station really brings home the optimism and dynamism of a period the French call the Belle Époque, or ‘beautiful era’.  

But the beauty of the Musée d’Orsay doesn’t stop there. You’ll also find sculptures by Rodin, including The Thinker, and intricate decorative arts, such as a collection of Art Nouveau furniture and objects. 

While the majority of the works are by French artists, others such as Klimt and Munch get a look in. Some of the most famous artworks at the Musée d’Orsay include van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhône, Renoir’s Dance at Le moulin de la Galette and Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass. 

Things to know before you go 

  • Admission is free for children under 18 and for EU residents under 26. 

  • The Musée d’Orsay is accessible to visitors with disabilities, with wheelchair access and assistance available on request. The museum also offers guided tours for visitors with hearing or visual impairments. 

  • Photography is allowed in most areas of the museum, but the use of flash or tripods is prohibited. 

  • Visitors are asked to respect the artwork and refrain from touching any of the pieces.  

  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries, and smoking is prohibited on museum grounds. 

Opening hours of the Musée d’Orsay 

Tuesday to Sunday – 09:30 to 18:00, with late opening until 21:45 on Thursdays.  

How to get there 

The Musée d’Orsay is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, on the left bank of the River Seine. The address is 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France. 

By Metro – take line 12 to Solférino station, which is located right in front of the museum. 

By RER train – take line C to the Musée d’Orsay station, which is located just a few steps from the museum entrance. 

By bus – lines 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94, and 95 all stop near the museum. 

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What should I really see at the Musée d’Orsay?

The Musée d’Orsay holds the world’s greatest collection of 19th-century art, so you’re spoilt for choice.  

The Starry Night Over the Rhone, by Van Gogh, is perhaps the most reproduced masterpiece of post-impressionist art. 

The Thinker is one of Rodin’s most famous sculpture and is a symbol of philosophy and intellectualism. 

What are the best ways to visit the Musée d’Orsay?

If you have limited time, a guide will allow you to get so much more from your visit. It’s spread out over five art-packed levels, so your guide will ensure you get a good overview without missing any of the major works. 

You can pick up an audio guide for an extra few euro. Commentary on more than 300 works is available in English, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian.  

How much time do I need for visiting the Musée d’Orsay?

As a rough guideline, you should allow yourself at least 2-3 hours to see the museum's highlights and get a sense of its collections. If you’re an art lover or enthusiast, you may want to budget more time 

Keep in mind that the Musée d'Orsay can get quite busy, especially during peak tourist season, and queues for admission and security checks can be long. So, it's a good idea to arrive early in the day or consider purchasing skip-the-line tickets in advance to save time. 

What is the best time to visit the Musée d’Orsay?

The Musée d’Orsay opens at 09:30, so arriving shortly before opening can be a good option to avoid the biggest crowds. The best time to visit is during low season, which is generally from November to March. During these months, the number of visitors is lower, and you can explore the museum’s collections without the crowds. For a visit in high season, which is from April to October, it’s best to book your tickets in advance and visit the museum during the early morning or late afternoon when it is less busy. 

Is there more to the Musée d’Orsay than just art?

At the top of the main central gallery on the fifth level there’s a glass and brass clock designed by French clockmaker and sculptor Victor Laloux. Considered a masterpiece of Art Nouveau design, it offers views of Sacré-Cœur Basilica on Montmartre in the distance. An ideal spot for taking a selfie of an iconic Parisian landmark.  

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Reviews Musée d’Orsay

  • IOANNIS

    - January 2016

    Great

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    4/5

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    - December 2015

    Excellent

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    5/5

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

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    - December 2015

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

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    - December 2015

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

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