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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This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914.
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More than 3 hours
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from $20.74
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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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  • susan c
    Dallas, Texas94 contributions
    An Art Museum Worth Your Monet! (Money)
    If you love the "Impressionists" head directly to this museum and go to the 5th floor! Having been the this museum several times, it still doesn't disappoint! This trip, we went twice, returning on a Thursday to enjoy a full day's visit and enjoying the late evening hours. Last Thursday evening, there was live entertainment in various sections of the museum, a piano concert, a singer and an operatic singer all adding another dimension to the visit! It was wonderful! Be sure to buy a Museum Pass to save a lot of time! With a Museum Pass, generally, you can walk right in to many of the museums rather than waiting in a long line to buy an admission ticket. There are 2, 4 and 6 day passes. You can purchase a pass at a museum, but purchase one at a smaller or less popular one. We quickly bought our passes at the Armee Musee side of Les Invalides (Napoleon's Tomb). If you can visit about 4 museums in a day, your pass will have cost not much more than individual tickets and saved you hours of standing in long lines. There are two cafes now in the museum. We stopped for lunch at the 5th floor cafe and enjoyed the beautiful setting and a delicious meal.
    Written November 3, 2022
  • schmidtmg
    Switzerland995 contributions
    how to beat the queues
    Musée d'Orsay is one of the busiest and most visited museums in the world, so it is advisable to make advance online bookings BOTH for the regular collection and temporary exhibits. We did this for the current - very good - Edvard Munch exhibit. With the priority access/entrance ticket (download on your mobile phone or print out), you'll have to hit the priority access lane. You basically cut waiting time by 4or 5 (we waited 5 minutes to get in, whereas the 'normal' queue was about 40-45 mins). Ditto for the entrance to the temporary exhibit. The permanent collection of impressionists on the 5th floor and the rooms with van Gogh and Gauguin paintings will always be crowded so try to sneak in when most visitors have lunch....
    Written October 24, 2022
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,746 contributions
    Great Museum and History
    We are very glad we came here. The museum explains impressionism and the movement well. The building is also very impressive and has a little exhibit explaining the history of the site outside. We went directly to the fifth floor and worked our way down and across and then enjoyed the sculptures in the middle. We went later in the day but it wasn't too busy in the afternoon until we got to the Munch exhibition and that was too busy for us. The museum is located by Musee d'Orsay metro station and the area is very walkable. It is suggested to buy tickets in advance for busy days but we had no problem walking in. There is a combination ticket available for Musee d'Orsay and Rodin Museum so you can save a few euros.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2022
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Wichan_42
Tucson, AZ126 contributions
Jan 2023
There were several masterpieces missing (without noticing us before showing up), such a dense crowd we could not move without bumping into people (no one wearing masks obviously).
Because of that there were only forests of hands and phones in front of the different paintings... The break area (cafe) was also very small for such a crowd (always a long waiting line).
We went on a Thursday, and after 6pm it was nearly as crowded as during the day. We could enter long before the time printed on our tickets. To summarize, they prioritize the money over everything else, they make you pay the full prize but do not display all their collection, etc.
Written January 9, 2023
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Sven Anton
3 contributions
Aug 2022
In terms of what you are offered, I think that names like Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh already speak for themselves. But what I recommend is the audio guide app "Orsay Buddy" that you can download and use with all the features only with 3 euros. The experience is much better than with regular audio guide.

Additionally, if it is your first visit, I would recommend to focus only what interests you most. Otherwise you will be overwhelmed. My first visit with my wife took us 5 hours...
Written September 30, 2022
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jmktravelsalot
Arlington, VA336 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
This was our 2nd visit to the Musee. 100% buy your tickets in advance even for week days in the fall/winter. We did a 10:30 AM timed entry and got there at 10:20 and the 10:30 line was already packed.

We started at the top and worked our way down. Some galleries are undergoing an update, which happens at museums. But the main collections are the star of the museum. There is so much to see and many different styles of art in a truly amazing space. be a good guest and don’t hog viewing spots with excessive selfie taking.

A word about food, it is limited. Make a reservation if you want to eat in the cafe or be ready for a long wait. Best option is fill up on breakfast, get early tickets, spend several hours at the museum, then hit a nearby cafe for a late lunch.

We’ve hit all the major museums/cathedrals in Paris and this is a top 3 attraction that is worth doing on your first trip to the city.
Written January 5, 2023
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S.M.D
91 contributions
Mar 2022
Musee d'Orsay is definitely worth visiting. It is an amazing museum with fantastic architecture, very important paintings, statues, and exhibits. You need around 2 to 3 hours to see all of them. Prebooking your tickets is highly recommended in order to avoid waiting time. Even though the museum is fantastic, the woman that checked our tickets once entering the museum was very rude. I had the two scan codes on my phone and I gave her my phone in order to check both mine and my boyfriend's tickets. Once she checked mine, I showed her the second scan code. She didn't speak, she didn't even say that I had to move or something. She was moving the scanning device showing me that I had to move, took a grumpy almost arrogant face, didn't say a word. Please note that there was no one else behind us at the queue. Next time you give instructions to someone that pays a ticket for visiting a museum that you work in, learn to use your voice and not giving signals like the visitors are animals or something. It should be noted that even though I am not french I am fluent in French and English, thus this is no "language confusion" rather than plain rudeness and unprofessionalism.
Written March 17, 2022
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Emily M
Leiden, The Netherlands357 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
My seven your old and I spent 3 very happy hours here. We recommend the audio guide for children, especially, to bring the artwork to life. Unfortunately, two entire floors (of five) were closed on the day we attended, so be sure to check in advance if there are any particular pieces you want to see.
Written January 1, 2023
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LamaFood
Ashburn, VA294 contributions
Nov 2022
This is undoubtedly one of the best museums in the world. The 5th floor impressionist galleries and Van Gogh section can get a bit crowded. But there is so much more to the museum beyond the 5th floor. The audio guide is highly recommended - and it only cost 5 euros.
Written November 19, 2022
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anonymoustipp
Tipperary, Ireland16 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
I specifically went to this museum to see the Edvard Munch exhibition. Sadly the museum is prioritising money and had sold too many tickets.

The crowds were dense, with people packed too tightly to see much of the artwork. I found it very claustrophobic with many fellow tourists ruining the experience.

There was too many people anxious to take photos, pushing to the front, and obstructing/blocking the view for everyone. For example, one man walked up and stood right in front of one picture completely blocking it for everyone (I'm not exaggerating - his nose was cms from the artwork). There were no staff to stop this behaviour and I was surprised there was no rope to guard the artwork. Overall, very disappointing experience and not something I would expect from such a prestigious gallery.

If you've already booked tickets, I would recommend getting the audioguide for the tour as it was very helpful. Otherwise, I wouldn't go unless you are a big Munch fan.
Written October 16, 2022
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Anthony K
London, UK14,077 contributions
May 2022
This museum/gallery, once a Train Station, is an absolute delight. On several floors with good lifts and escalators, my tip is to begin at the top and work your way down. The Impressionist paintings, sculptures and statuettes on show are very impressive and many artists are given their own rooms. Also the post-Impressionist selection is excellent. I particularly enjoyed seeing, once again, the Cezannes, Degas and Van Gogh works as well as some fine Rodin statues.

The Museum has several good places to have a snack or a lunch.

I would suggest booking in advance or using a Paris Museum Pass to avoid long queues at the entrance.

Enjoy
Anthony K
Written May 21, 2022
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gokka
Singapore66 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Come to Musee d’Orsay for the works of Impressionists masters. It is also a pretty museum, being a train station in its past life. In general, what the museum offers is beautiful artworks and architecture that can occupy you for hours.

Don’t come if you don’t want to experience poor service. The cloakroom does not take coats, so you can imagine the heat walking around and climbing stairs with your winter coat. The cloakroom takes bags, but apparently my bag was “too small”, even though I had 2 bags, and both were heavy. I would have enjoyed the museum much more if I didn’t have my shopping, backpack and coat with me.

Lastly, don’t mind the tone they use on patrons. For example, I asked for a map of the place. I was told to walk to another counter. And when I said thank you and was about to go away, the same person said (without me asking) “an audio guide is 5 Euros”. It felt pretty rude.

I came away from the museum disappointed at the experience, but will recommend it for those who like art in general. I liked the works I saw, especially Marlene Dumas.
Written December 5, 2021
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Winn
San Francisco, CA13 contributions
Jan 2022
I learned a lot with the audio tour of Musée d'Orsay, and highly recommend that you spend a few extra Euros to enjoy the most of this museum.

For example, did you know that Van Gogh bought a mirror to do self-portraits because it was more affordable than paying a model to sit for him each time he wanted to paint another portrait? That's part of the reason we have 36 self-portraits from him. It's tidbits like that which made the audio tour so great!
Written January 16, 2022
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Musée d'Orsay is open:
  • Tue - Wed 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:30 AM - 9:45 PM
  • Fri - Sun 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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