Musée d’Orsay

Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, the museum with the best collection of French art from the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

The Musée d’Orsay, housed in the former railway station Gare d’Orsay, is one of the most visited museums in the world. The Orsay contains an impressive number of French paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography dating from 1848 to 1914. We recommend you [reserve your entries for the Orsay Museum in advance here]( to avoid long queues at the entrance.

The Museum is particularly known for its collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces. Among the artists included are some of the greatest of their time, such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Seurat, Sisley, and Morisot.

Interiors of Musée d’Orsay in Paris
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The building, completed in 1900 in Beaux-Arts style, started housing the Orsay only in 1986. Its layout is refreshingly different from other museums, closer to an open plan than it is to countless stuffy rooms and corridors.

On the top floor, where all the most famous paintings are, you’ll find masterpieces such as Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Degas’ L’Absinthe.


Rue de la Légion d’Honneur 1, 7th arrondissement

Tickets and price

The Orsay Museum has recently started advising its visitors to reserve their entrance in advance. You can still buy an entry on the day, but you might have to queue for a long time and - if it’s a busy day - not be able to get in.

For this reason, we recommend getting your ticket in advance. [You can get your ticket with priority access here]( .

Adult Under 18 or EEA residents under 26 Thurs 6:00 pm onwards
€16.00 free €12.00

Entry to the Orsay is also included in the Paris Museum Pass, so if you plan on visiting a decent amount of attractions during your stay in Paris, we highly recommend getting the Pass. It will give you free access to all the most important sights in the city. [You can get yours here]( .


Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun
Monday, 1st May, 25th Dec
Day Opening time Last admission Closure
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 9:30 am 5:00 pm 6:00 pm
Thurs 9:30 am 9:00 pm 9:45 pm
Monday, 1st May, 25th Dec closed closed closed


Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 12 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 87, 94 C
Stops Solférino - Musée d’Orsay

Nearby sights

Musée des Arts Décoratifs - 1 km (0.6 miles) across the river, 12-minute walk.

Palais-Royal - 1.3 km (0.8 miles) across the river, 17-minute walk.

Jardin des Tuileries - 300 m (less than 0.2 miles) just across the bridge, 4-minute walk.

Place Vendôme - 1 km (0.6 miles) across the river, 12-minute walk.

Musée du Louvre - 1 km (0.6 miles) across the river, 12-minute walk.

Musée de l’Orangerie - 650 m (0.4 miles) northwest, 8-minute walk

Place de la Concorde - 700 m (a little over 0.4 miles) northwest, 9-minute walk.

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