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Housed in the train station building, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay Museum houses a superb collection of French impressionist and post-impressionist works, making it a must-see for any art lover.
The Orsay Museum, or Musee d'Orsay, displays France's national collection of paintings, sculptures, objets d'art produced between 1848 and 1914, including the fruits of the impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau movements.
The Orsay Museum is one of the most popular museums in Paris, situated within easy walking distance of the Louvre on the other side of the River Seine.
The standard ticket is for full-day access to the Orsay Museum. In overview the museum is open daily, except Mondays and certain public holidays. Its opening times are from 9.30am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 9.30am to 9.45pm on Thursdays. There are concessionary ticket prices for entry after 4.30pm (6pm on late night openings on Thursdays).
For full opening hours and current admission prices it is best to consult the official website to check against when you are visiting.
The Orsay Museum has an online facility on its own website where you can buy your tickets and book your timeslot in advance, something recommended in the current climate.
There are also many tours and third parties offering value added tours and fast track access offering the same or something more than the standard admission ticket for which there are various price points. Some of these are further down the page.
If visiting the Orsay Museum is a main reason to visit Paris then do check out getting a Paris Museum Pass.
Assuming you will want to visit other Paris art galleries and museums like the Louvre or make multiple visits to the Orsay Museum, it will save money and you can skip the ticket queues of the main venues.
For vast places like the Orsay Museum you can come back and take in the exhibits in manageable bite-size chunks.
As you would expect, an audio guide is available on the day for a charge. For its major exhibitions, the Orsay Museum curators have developed a series of audio tours in French, English and Italian.
For individuals there is a tour available for a supplement to the entrance fee. You can book these in advance, the link is within the official website or purchase on the day.
Orsay Museum skip the line tickets
• Purchase your tickets in advance • Tickets sent by email • Children under 18 free when accompanied by adult
Art Tour & Orsay Museum ticket
See great impressionist art works. Visit the places that inspired the paintings with a local guide.
Orsay Museum & Louvre ticket
• 8 maximum • Small group half-day tour • All entrance fees included • Informative, friendly and professional guide • Skip the line
The Orsay Museum is located on the south bank of the River Seine. By Paris Metro line 12, to Solferino is within 5 minutes' walk.
Directly opposite the Orsay Museum is a RER station named after the Museum. Trains from here go to Versailles and in the other direction St Michel, opposite Notre dame Cathedral and good interconnections with the Metro.
The Orsay Museum is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame and the Louvre Museum.
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