The Orsay Museum Paris

Practical information for visitors to Paris wanting to visit the Orsay Museum


Musee d'Orsay Paris Located Next To River Seine

Musee d'Orsay Paris Located Next To River Seine

The Orsay Museum - Official Web Site


Housed in the train station building, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay houses a superb collection of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist works, making it a must-see for any art lover. The museum 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.

The Orsay Museum Opening Times / Admission Prices

For opening hours and current admission prices best consult the official web site (link at top of page) to confirm for when you are visiting.

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, from 9:30am to 6pm.

Evening openings until 9:45 p.m on Thursdays.

There are concessionary ticket prices for entry after 4:30 p.m. (6 p.m. on late night openings on Thursdays).

Purchasing Tickets On-Line In Advance

Like the Louvre doesn't have a simple ticketing facility on its own web site where you can simply pay and book in advance skipping the queues.

It has several official third party agents who can provide you with tickets on-line but you cannot pick-up the tickets at the museum itself they have to be dispatched to you or picked up from an agency in Central Paris, (see below).

There are also many tours and third parties offering value added tours and fast track access offering something more than the standard admission ticket for which of course you pay a premium, some of these are further down the page.

Paris Museum Pass

Paris Museum Pass

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 and for vast places like the Orsay Museum you can come back and take in the exhibits in manageable bite size chunks.

Paris Museum Pass - More Details

Guides & Tours Available On The Day Provided By The Orsay Museum

Audio Guides

As you would expect, an audio guide is available for a charge. For its major exhibitions, the Orsay Museum curators have developed a series of audio tours in French, English and Italian.

Guided Tours

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 web-site or purchase on the day.

Advance Purchase Orsay Museum Fast Track Tickets


Orsay Museum Paris Fast Track Tickets + Montmartre Art Tour

Advance Purchase Orsay Museum Tours With Fast Track Tickets


Orsay Museum Paris Fast Track Tickets + Montmartre Art Tour
Louvre + Orsay Paris Fast Track Tickets Tour

Getting To The Orsay Museum Paris

The Orsay Museum is located on the south bank of the River Seine. By Paris Metro line 12, to Solferino is within 5 mintes 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.

All of the popular Paris hop on, hop off sightseeing buses stop here and the Batobus river bus service also has a stop right in front of the Orsay Museum, (see image top of page).

The Orsay Museum is within 10 minutes walk of Notre Dame and the Louvre Orsay Museum.


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