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Top 5 artworks at the Musee d'Orsay

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.

Dance at le Moulin de la Galette (1876)

Dance at le Moulin de la Galette (1876)

Depicting a Sunday afternoon in a bygone Montmartre, Renoir's festive snapshot of Parisian social life is one of Impressionism's most celebrated paintings.

The Luncheon on the Grass (1863)

The Luncheon on the Grass (1863)

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.

Apples and Oranges (1899)

Apples and Oranges (1899)

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!

The Gleaners (1857)

The Gleaners (1857)

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!

Whistler's Mother (1871)

Whistler's Mother (1871)

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!

Our insider tips

How much time?

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!

When to visit?

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.

Good to know

  • 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

Sylvia was an outstanding guide - loved her knowledge and her passion.

Just 2 couples on this tour of the impressionists and our guide, Sylvia, was excellent. What a warm lady and a knowledgeable tour guide. Well worth the price.

Taylor was outstanding! Giving a historical background to the painting

Fabulous tour and Taylor was outstanding! Worth every cent! Very informative, having her be a painter herself, she brought a wealth of knowledge and prespey

Paris: Musée d'Orsay Highlights Skip the Line Tour Reviewed by Deborah, 10/13/2018

The tour was excellent. Katerina, our guide was wonderful!!

Our guide provided a wonderfully coherent overview to the Musee d Orsay. She was very knowledgable and conveyed her comments on each painting with insight and clarity. She was constantly aware of the group and encouraged and answered questions fully. She did a wonderful job and is a credit to your organization.

How nice to be able to walk right into this fabulous museum!

Knowing I had limited time in Paris, I didn't want to spend a lot of my time waiting in line to purchase tickets. This skip-the-line option was the perfect choice to get right into the museum.

Great tour. Saw the important things in a short time.

Our guide was informative and moved quickly through the museum. We were very happy with this tour.

Musée d’Orsay Highlights: Skip-The-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Katherine, 08/19/2018

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