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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 review is based on the access and ease of entering which were flawless. Im not much of an “Artley” person but this was highly recommended as a must. The museum is a former train station and very nice. Took me about 2 hours as a walked and briefly stopped from time to time. This is a must if you love art and if you don’t then maybe squeeze in if you have the time.
If you choose just one museum, make it this one! So many great works of art under one roof. The museum is smaller and easier to navigate than the Louvre. You can see some of the worlds greatest art in an hour, or you could spend all day. Even my young adult children loved it!
Most remarkable reasons to stand a stare for hours. THe depth of the artworks is unfathomable.
The best tour guide! Wish we could have him again - funny, knowledgeable, patient, and maximized our time in the museum and then some. It was like a crash course (or refresher) in art history, but interest and accessible for everyone. Can’t say enough about it - do it!
With the background of our guide Lily,our tour was spent connnecting art to the political and cultural events of the time period. Lily was extremely well educated in art history and we were able to appreciate the art we saw and understand how it fit in with the time period. This tour was definitely the highlight of our time in Paris!!!