When you Visit the Orsay Museum, you’ll be amazed by the splendor 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, Orsay Museum hours, prices, peak times, all the information you need for the best visit to this temple of modern art and impressionism.
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, access and prices for the Orsay Museum
- Collections and Masterpieces at the Orsay Museum
- The Museum Programme and Exhibitions
OPENING HOURS AND PRICES FOR THE ORSAY MUSEUM
ORSAY MUSEUM PRICES:
- The Orsay Museum entrance price: €14(€9 for reduced rates) (access to both temporary and permanent collections)
- Combined ticket price for the Orsay Museum/Orangery Museum: €18
- Combined ticket price for the Orsay Museum/Boat
Avoid the (very) long queues!
ORSAY MUSEUM OPENING HOURS:
- Opening hours from Tuesday to Sunday. Times: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
- Opening hours on Thursdays evenings until 9.45 pm (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 center).
- 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 MUSEUM:
Address: 1 rue de la Legion d’Honneur 75007 Paris
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
- 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
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).
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.
The Gachet collection has many paintings and is also on the 5th floor.
Monet’s Water Lilies also catch the eye of many visitors to the museum.
Finally, marvel at Paul Cézanne’s painting of Sainte Victoire Mountain.
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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