Musée d'Orsay
Musée d'Orsay
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 9:45 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Musée d'Orsay in Paris is a must-visit for art lovers and travelers alike. It's famous for its impressive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, making it one of the largest in the world. Housed in a stunning former railway station on the Seine, the museum is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Don't miss the famous clock face, which is part of the museum's exhibition. For an in-depth experience, you might want to join a private or group tour. Visit in the morning to beat the crowds and enjoy a quieter museum experience. – Tripadvisor
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The area

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Neighborhood: Tour Eiffel / Invalides
With the Eiffel Tower at its core, the Invalides area of Paris is guaranteed to impress. Golden towers and Baron Haussmann's urban vision meet military precision, stretching avenues, and luscious lawns. The area boasts the Musée D’Orsay, the tomb of Napoleon, the National Parliament and UNESCO, as well as luxurious, exclusive residences. In fine restaurants and at the weekend markets, families, diplomats, and politicians brush shoulders with the tourists who come to see this postcard-perfect area for themselves.
How to get there
  • Musée d'Orsay • 2 min walk
  • Solférino • 5 min walk
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  • cornetj2
    Seattle, Washington2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't skip this place!
    Although the Louvre is beautiful and worth the visit, I cannot believe how much I enjoyed the Orsay Museum. I think I wasn't aware of some of the artists they have displayed here, such as some great Vincent van Gogh artwork. Also, I just loved the open display of this old train station. I am usually not the art guy of the group but I am glad we went here on top of the Louvre (I would recommend going on a different day though - it's a lot of museum time to do in one day). Don't miss this gem!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 24, 2023
  • msbene
    Knoxville, Tennessee108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible, yet Manageable
    We visited last week and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this incredible, yet manageable museum. There are many significant Impressionists paintings and sculptures and the architecture is amazing. Definitely order tickets before hand and reserve a time earlier in the day. Upon entry, immediately proceed to the 5th floor where the major works are and then you can meander down at your leisure. Cafe Campana is a lovely spot to grab a treat and take in the atmosphere.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Tracy R
    Cockburnspath, United Kingdom9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best visit in Paris
    Best of the Paris Museums, seek out some of the lesser visited rooms (although some objects could do with some better care, art nouveau galleries very dusty). Cafes good and toilet with some queues but not as bad as other museums in the city. Would recommend this as a must see.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    Along with the Louvre, the Musée D'Orsay is one of the wonders of Paris. Not to be missed. Located on the left bank of the Seine, in an old train station, it is a must-see. Despite having an extraordinary collection, the part dedicated to Impressionism and neo- impressioninism is absolutely fabulous. Whenever I go to Paris I visit without hesitation. A note: it's worth having a coffee in the Museum's beautiful cafeteria
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 1, 2023
  • duomo2
    Taunton, United Kingdom607 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    I love the Musee d'Orsay, it is much smaller and easier to navigate than the Louvre and feels much more intimate. One of my favourite paintings is here so I love coming here when I'm in Paris, and there's lots of things to see. I had pre-booked tickets which meant that I did not need to queue.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Anonymous
    New York City, New York4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Experience
    Semi-private tour with Headout. Our tour guide Abed was very knowledgeable, friendly, well rounded, and interesting. Well organized. Highly informative. Kept all of us fully engaged for over two hours. Great way to learn and see the museum when you’re short on time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • BethAnn H
    La Quinta, California219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning! Allow 4+ hours
    Multiple visits here because there are always new acquisitions and gallery transformations. I much prefer this exquisitely curated museum to the Louvre but be sure to visit the Louvre as well! We had lunch upstairs and shopped in the boutique. Visually stunning experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Gabriel A
    Ploiesti, Romania4,917 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The House of Impressionists
    One of the objectives of my visit to Paris is this wonderful museum. It is housed by a former Paris train station, on the banks of the Seine. Inside you find the history of the impressionism, illustrated by the wealth of paintings and sculptures of the genre. Of course, Musee D'Orsay is a "MUST" for everybody who loves the art.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Jasper08cat
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than the Louvre
    We had walked past a few times and decided to go in. We hadn’t booked and there was no waiting. Really great building and excellent exhibitions, particularly the impressionists onwards. Lots of very famous paintings in a lovely venue. We also really enjoyed the Art Nouveau exhibition. Teen as free, added bonus. Cafe was a bit pricey for drinks and baguette (only slight moan)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey5,650 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Mighty Musee D’Orsay
    I will start off my review with a heresy: I enjoyed the D’’Orsay more than the Louvre. There, I said it. At the Louvre are huge crowds checking off items on a checklist and not appreciating 99% of what they see. At the D’Orsay people are enjoying art they are passionate about. You overhear them talking about the colors or the composition. We arrived around 9:45 without reservations on a Wednesday and got inside after less than ten minutes. I liked that, to say the least. Another bonus of the D’Orsay is how it is a former train station. The building itself is thus a work of art, and it’s own experience as you wander it. I am glad all these Impressionist treasures weren’t just jammed into a corner of the Louvre to add to the crowds and the hype. Instead, they decided to create the D’Orsay! The impressionist collection is the highlight, of course. My advice is to do what we did. Get there early, and head right up to the Fifth floor. Don’t pause, don’t stop. The best rooms will be nearly empty because everyone else will be going through the galleries below. You can always do them later, though.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
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Jonatas V
Recife, PE21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Me and my wife went to Musee d'Orsay on January 1st, which is already a positive thing, since most places are closed on this date. There was a very big line but they were very organized receiving visitors. The museum is big and there is a lot of statues and paintings. There is also wi fi signal (it might take a long time to connect) and places to sit (if you are tired). They had a coffee place but the coffee machine was out of order in the day of our visit.
It wasn't our first option, but in the end was a good experience. To gain full access to the museum you have to buy the ticket: €14 - adult
Written January 2, 2020
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Raph1808
La Gaude, France151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
This is a beautful museum with many remains of history. It is a great way to discover the impressionists. Some very famous paintings are there and I strongly recommend looking at the most famous. There are also some realism paintures and a few sculptures. It is free for people under 12 and a reduced price for under 26.  It has been created in an old train station. At the top you have a good view. The only bad thing was the fact that some of the staff was bossy and unkind.
Written February 12, 2020
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GNYC1
New York City, NY50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Musee d'Orsay has incomparable works of art. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there but it's quite difficult to see it all in one day & without a guide. The audio sets are helpful but next time, we will bring a guide to help us navigate this very large museum.

Another benefit of a guide is I believe it gets you priority entry. Even though we purchased advanced tickets & didn't have to wait in the ticket buying line, the line for ticket holders was long & it took us about 30 minutes to get in. Someday, perhaps the museum will employ a more efficient & speedy entry process.
Written January 3, 2020
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kbryan
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I like the size compared to the Louvre. Like most of the museums in Paris, the building is beautiful. There's a lot to look at, spent 3 hours inside. We went on the first Sunday of the month, which is free (but you still need to make a reservation). It was more crowded than I thought, but it was the free day. We still didn't have any problems seeing what we wanted and everyone was polite and respectful.
Written August 7, 2021
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Barbara W
Middle Township, NJ21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I’m embarrassed to share that I’ve visited Paris more than once and had never been to Musée d’Orsay until this visit. The entry into the main gallery space took my breath away! And the collections were phenomenal. If you love Impressionist art, this is your place. Matisse, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin and even Whistler’s Mother! Easier to navigate than the Louvre and we were even able to see a Degas retrospective. They offer a two-day museum pass with Musée de l’Orangerie, but we were unable to take advantage of it because a major pension protest was planned for the next day. A museum not to be missed!
Written January 22, 2020
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torrington p
Devon, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Well worth a visit to this beautiful gallery. I recommend visiting here in the morning to avoid the crowds and the queues. Several cafes to choose from, fantastic art/sculptures and easy to locate. Eurostar travellers can use their train ticket for a 2 for 1 entry. The only downside was the long queue to collect coats from the cloakroom.
Written February 28, 2020
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CLTScot
London, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
I’m not normally a big fan of art galleries, but Musee d’Orsay left me pleasantly surprised.
I enjoyed walking around and looking at all the art. I specifically remember thinking how surprised I was that I was enjoying myself. This is likely due to the short queue and lack of crowds inside. I actually also really enjoyed exploring the building itself, interesting architecture and design.
Being in Paris and looking at art feels right. So I would recommend visiting, even if, like me, you question if looking at big paintings is a good way to spend a holiday, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Written January 8, 2020
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gerausswit
Pennsylvania392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I arrived about 15 minutes before opening, and was about the 10th person in line,which was great because I hadn’t purchased a ticket in advance.
Museum itself is beautiful. I especially enjoyed the 5th floor. Had lunch in the cafe. After visiting many museums, I’ve come to the conclusion that great art and great food can’t seem to co-exist in the same building.
Written January 20, 2020
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We stopped by here as part of our morning while planning to do some other sightseeing in the afternoon. We had already visited the Louvre in which we spent about half the day exploring all there was to see. Because of this, we weren’t quite sure what to expect and if we’d be in for another long day. The museum is located just across the river from the Louvre surrounded by small streets which would make you not notice it at first. It originally served as a train station and was eventually turned into a museum later on. While keeping with the theme of a train station the layout of the museum is very different and at times confusing. Nevertheless, it is great to see how this building was repurposed and still kept the intiial charm. This museum is much easier to get through and offers plenty to see over several floors. The top floor also offers some great views of the surrounding city including the giant clock which perfectly frames the basilica in the distance. If we had to choose, the Louvre would be our top pick but this was also great to stop by since it was included in our Klook museum pass that we had purchased for 22 USD for 48 hours of access to a long list of sites in Paris!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written May 14, 2020
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PhilEaston
Marnhull, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is my favourite gallery. Be prepared to queue for 40 mins outside, rain or shine waiting for security checks. It's worth the wait. No museum or gallery has this shear volume of late 19th and early 20th Century French art. Of course the Impressionists are the stars and there's plenty to see.
The building is a converted railway station, just fabulous.
Written January 1, 2020
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