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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 thereTake 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
This Museum is fantastic, also check out the restaurant the style and decor are stunning as is the food.
The Musée d’Orsay was wonderful, manageable, and it was easy to find our way around. We got there early but we we’re glad we had the skip the line tickets so we didn’t have to wait so long. There is still a queue to go through security. The Impressionist and Van Gogh galleries were crowded, but still manageable, and we were able to get away from the crowds into some smaller galleries with amazingly beautiful furniture, paintings, china and glassware. The main hall is so big and open that you don’t feel claustrophobic after a while like in some galleries. The cafe near the Impressionist gallery was lovely, but the main formal restaurant had bad service and the food was very average. Avoid it if you ca!
It was a great experience. Thoroughly enjoyed looking at the old masters, the impressionist paintings so much so that we ran out of time to have a look at the Monet's water lilies at The Orangery. Will have to come back!
Audio guide would have been better, everything in French understandably except for initial information about each room eg impressionists, where available in several languages including English.
This was a nice booking in that the mobile voucher enabled me to just walk into the museum and start my sightseeing. The gentlemen at the gate were very well versed in mobile vouchers and guided me as to where I needed to go after having gone through security. Exiting was just as easy. The museum is a delight and the size is manageable. Tons of wonderful things to see and take in.