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Tickets and tours for Orsay Museum in Paris

Tours, tickets and French impressionists at Orsay Museum Paris

Orsay Museum, Paris, located next to River Seine
Orsay Museum in Paris is next to River Seine and near the Louvre

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

The Orsay Museum, or Musee d'Orsay, 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 Seine.

Orsay Museum opening

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 9.45pm on Thursdays. There are concessionary ticket prices for entry after 4.30pm (6pm on late night openings on Thursdays).

In overview the museum is open daily, except Mondays and certain public holidays, from 9.30am to 6pm. Evening openings until 9.45pm on Thursdays. There are concessionary ticket prices for entry after 4.30pm (6pm on late night openings on Thursdays).

For full opening hours and current admission prices it is best to consult the official website to check against when you are visiting.

The Orsay Museum - official website

Buying tickets online in advance for Orsay Museum

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Historic Orsay Museum is in old railway station

The Orsay Museum doesn't have a simple ticketing facility on its own website 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 online 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
Paris Museum Pass can save you money

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.

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

Paris Museum Pass details

Guides and tours by Orsay Museum

Audio Guides

As you would expect, an audio guide is available on the day 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 website or purchase on the day.

Advance fast track Orsay Museum tickets

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ORSAY MUSEUM SKIP THE LINE TICKETS

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Orsay Museum skip the line tickets

• Purchase your tickets in advance • Tickets sent by email • Children under 18 free when accompanied by adult

Advance fast track Orsay Museum art lovers tour and ticket

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SKIP THE LINE ORSAY MUSEUM PLUS MONTMARTRE IMPRESSIONIST ART WALKING TOUR

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Art Tour & Orsay Museum ticket

See great impressionist art works. Visit the places that inspired the paintings with a local guide.

Skip-the-line Louvre & Orsay Museums small group guided combo tour

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ORSAY MUSEUM AND LOUVRE COMBO TOUR

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Orsay Museum & Louvre ticket

• 8 maximum • Small group half-day tour • All entrance fees included • Informative, friendly and professional guide • Skip the line

Getting to 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 minutes' 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 a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame and the Louvre Museum.

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