Orsay Museum : Opening hours, Prices, Queue Jump tickets, Masterpieces

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When you Visit the Orsay Museum, you’ll be amazed by the splendour of the building, which used to be the Orsay train station. Then, you’ll be able to see the most beautiful collections of French paintings. The Museum has a large number of prevalent works of art that mark important trends in French art history, including impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism, expressionism and fauvism.

Collections, masterpieces, opening times, prices, peak times, all the information you need for the best visit to the Orsay Museum.

The Orsay Museum in Paris
The Orsay Museum in Paris

Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir, Gauguin, Cezanne, Rodin, Poussin, Van Gogh … admire masterpieces by the greatest artists! And find tips to access them with skip the line tickets…

OPENING TIMES AND PRICES FOR THE ORSAY MUSEUM

ORSAY MUSEUM PRICES:

  • The Orsay Museum entrance price: €14 on the door (€9 for reduced rates) (access to both temporary and permanent collections)
  • A fast track ticket for the Orsay Museum: €15
  • Combined ticket price for the Orsay Museum/Orangery Museum: €18 on the door, €18 online
  • Combined ticket price for the Orsay Museum/Boat Tour : €22

Avoid the (very) long queues!

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MUSEUM OPENING HOURS:

  • Opening hours from Tuesday to Sunday. Times: 9.30am to 6.00pm
  • Opening hours on Thursdays evenings until 9.45pm (visitors are asked to leave at 9.15pm)
  • Closed every Monday, as well as 1st January and 25th December

BUSY TIMES AT THE ORSAY MUSEUM:

Queues to get into the Museum can be long, especially at weekends.

Busy times at the Orsay Museum on Saturdays and Sundays:

  • You can wait up to 2.5 hours to get into the museum (peak times from 1.00pm to 5.00pm).
  • Queues are shorter before 10.00am (between 30 minutes and 1 hour).

Busy times on Wednesdays and Thursdays:

  • Queues are shorter but you can still expect to wait 1.5 hours at peak times (from 2.00pm to 5.00pm).
  • Queues are better on Thursday evenings after 7.00pm for evening opening.

Busy times on Tuesdays and Fridays:

  • There are large crowds, with waiting times up to 2-2.5 hours on Tuesdays as other main museums are closed (the Louvre and Pompidou centre).
  • On Friday as the weekend gets underway, queues start to get longer (up to 1 hour 45 mins. on average).

HOW TO GET TO ORSAY MUSUEM:

Address: 1 rue de la Legion d’Honneur 75007 Paris

Metro: Solférino (line 12), Musée d’Orsay (RER C)

COLLECTIONS AND MASTERPIECES AT THE ORSAY MUSEUM

LEVEL 0: ORIENTALISM, REALISM, SYMBOLISM, XIXTH CENTURY

On the ground floor, you can admire masterpieces by the great masters. Many paintings date from the second half of the 19th century (from 1850 to 1880).

The Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec at the Orsay Museum
The Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec at the Orsay Museum

The Dance at the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec at the Orsay Museum

  • Courbet: The Origin of the World, The Wounded Man
  • DelaCroix and Orientalism
  • School of Barbizon: Millet, Corot …
  • Toulouse Lautrec: Dance at the Moulin Rouge.

You’ll also find works from the 1860’s by Manet and Cézanne, as well as paintings by Degas from pre-1870.

LEVEL 2: NEO IMPRESSIONISM, GAUGUIN, VAN GOGH, NATURALISM AND SCULPTURE

Anyone who loves sculpture can’t miss the Rodin exhibition gallery and Sculpture gallery.

The museum’s 2nd floor also features world-famous works.

Van Gogh’s Room in Arles at the Orsay Museum
Van Gogh’s Room in Arles at the Orsay Museum

Van Gogh’s Room in Arles at the Orsay Museum

Among Van Gogh’s paintings, you can admire the artist’s room in Arles (room 72), which is one of his self-portraits or even Starry Night (room 71).

Van Gogh’s Self-portrait at Musée d'Orsay
Van Gogh’s Self-portrait et Musée d’Orsay

Gauguin’s paintings also have an important place on this level, especially in room 70.

Gauguin’s paintings at the Orsay Museum

In this area, you can see various paintings by the artist, including, “The White Horse”, “And the Gold of their Bodies” and “Arearea, and The Meal”.

In the adjoining rooms, you can also admire the Nabis paintings (Bonnard, Vallotton, Vuillard …).

LEVEL 5 – IMPRESSIONISM: MONET, RENOIR, SISLEY, MANET, CÉZANNE, DEGAS, PISSARRO …

There’s an enormous Impressionist collection at the Orsay Museum.

Impressionism at the Orsay Museum
Impressionism at the Orsay Museum

The Gachet collection has many paintings and is also on the 5th floor.

The Gachet and Cézanne Collections
The Gachet and Cézanne Collections

Monet’s Water Lilies also catch the eye of many visitors to the museum.

Monet's Water Lilies at Orsay
Monet’s Water Lilies at Orsay

Finally, marvel at Paul Cézanne’s painting of Sainte Victoire Mountain.

Sainte Victoire Mountain by Paul Cézanne
Sainte Victoire Mountain by Paul Cézanne

Also, take a look at:

PROGRAMME OF EXHIBITIONS AT THE ORSAY MUSEUM

  • Degas Dance Drawing. A tribute to Degas and Paul Valéry – From 28th November 2017 to 25th February 2018
  • Symbolism in art from the Baltic countries – from 10th April to 15th July 2018
  • Family show at the Orsay Museum – Hipollène’s Journey – 18th March 2017
  • Exhibition: Cézanne’s Portraits – from 13th June to 24th September 2017

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