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Situated at the former Gare d'Orsay railway station, the museum now bearing its name has gradually emerged as one of Paris' best art galleries – and that's saying something! Here are a few must-see masterpieces to factor in to your tour.
Depicting a Sunday afternoon in a bygone Montmartre, Renoir's festive snapshot of Parisian social life is one of Impressionism's most celebrated paintings.
Inspired by old masters like Titian and Raphael, Manet's masterful treatment of the nude and the clothed courted controversy for highlighting the social divide between genders.
The gallery boasts 56 Cézannes in its collection, however, this late still life composition shows an artist at the height of his powers, able to make magic out of the mundane!
It seems bizarre now, but Millet's depiction of peasant women hunched over in search of leftover grain was once derided for its sympathetic portrayal of the lower classes!
Few non-French artists are represented at d'Orsay, and although Van Gogh might take places 6, 7, and 8 on this list, James Whistler's Victorian Mona Lisa is a shoe-in!
As large as the Musee d'Orsay is, there's not much filler. If you only have 3 or 4 hours to spare, stick to the Impressionist wing, otherwise don't expect to see it all in a day!
The Musee d'Orsay's opening hours are from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, except on Thursdays when it's open until 9:45PM, and Mondays when, as with May 1st and December 25th, the gallery is closed. Get there as early as possible and consider booking your tickets online to skip the long lines. If you plan to visit in a large group, pre-booking is mandatory.
- When should I visit?
- 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 9:45PM, closed Mondays, May 1st and Christmas.
- Is it expensive?
- Tickets start at €11, but packages and concessions are available.
- Will I need a guide?
- It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get there
- Take the Metro line 12 to Solférino, RER line C to Musée d'Orsay or buses 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94.
- Additional information
- Cloakrooms are available free of charge but not recommended for large items or valuables.
- All guests will need to pass through security to enter.
What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay
It was nice to be able to go to reserved line instead of cuing for 3 hrs..sorry Paris is great but not that worth the wait. The French government should seriously consider to avoid this many waiting lines I saw it as it’s owned by the government and worse than Disney in the most crowded season. Have never seen such long cue for unreserved one. What happened to the French Revolution? Getting greedy are you France?? And yeah they charge so much for it..
The Musee d’Orsay, as beautiful as it is, literally came life with our excellent guide Anja. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the history and importance of the art was mesmerizing. She was a delight to be with and we cannot thank her enough for taking us along on her magnificent journey through the Musee d’Orsay. Ten stars would not be enough! Don’t miss this beautiful experience.
Was thoroughly enjoyable. Downside was not enough food places and waiting for a table for lunch was very time consuming. The venue could not accommodate the demand so this should be reviewed or enable people to leave and return using the same ticket, this way some people could get lunch elsewhere if they so wish.
We got to Musée d’Orsay after a long day of sightseeing: Sacré Cœur, Eiffel Tower, Versailles. When we saw the line (probs 200 people) we were afraid we wouldn’t even get inside before closing. I went online and purchased these Skip the line tickets and we were in within ten min. Absolutely worth every penny!
The museum contains hundreds of pieces of the most beautiful impressionism art in the world. You really need more than just a couple of hours to admire and capture all the sentiment that each painter wanted to express. My favorite are the Monet ones.