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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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!

Musée d'Orsay: Our 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 to visit
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 9:45PM, closed Mondays, May 1st and Christmas.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • 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

Maurizio was an excellent guide so knowledgable really perfect

Mauruzlo was so warm and knowledgable the tour was a feast for the eyes and a blessing for the ears. I congratulate him and to Get your guide.

2-Hour Private Paris Tour to Orsay Museum Reviewed by Elisabeth, 08/17/2017

Great guide, great tour for museum highlights.

Our guide (?Katrina) was super! Her narration of the art history kept my attention (and my 3 kids) the entire time. She was so knowledgeable and funny. Would recommend this tour but the guide is who made the tour so interesting.

Skip the Line: Musée d’Orsay Highlights Reviewed by Minhly, 08/06/2017

Interesting highlights of the gallery with an entertaining guide.

Lilya (not sure of the spelling) was a great guide. She really knows her art history and is passionate about it. She was generous with her time and spent an extra half with us to make sure we didn't miss out on anything. After the tour was over I went back around to the paintings we saw and the experience was so much more meaningful knowing a little bit of history behind the art.

Skip the Line: Musée d’Orsay Highlights Reviewed by Jacqui, 07/30/2017

The collection of impressionistic artwork was beautiful!

Wonderful experience! Beautiful art! Not crowded! My wife and daughters preferred Musee d' Orsay over the Louvre.

Orsay Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Brent, 07/28/2017

Our guide Lili Pecovic was exceptional in every way!!

We could not have been happier with our decision to book a tour. Our guide, Lili Pecovic, was knowledgeable, articulate and engaging and brought many periods of art history to life for us. We enjoyed every minute of our tour.

Paris: Musée d'Orsay Highlights Skip the Line Tour Reviewed by Kathryn, 07/23/2017

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