Orsay Museum Tickets

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Opening hours

9.30am to 6pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - Sunday

9.30am to 9.45pm on Thursdays

Closed on Mondays 1 May and 25 December

The last tickets are sold at 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Thursdays.

How to get there

1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

The Orsay Museum is physically located at 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, just across the river from The Louvre. You can easily walk to the site from other attractions centrally located along the Left Bank of the Seine, such as the Eiffel Tower and the famous Latin Quarter. Using the rapid transit system, take RER C and get off at the Musée d'Orsay station. Another alternative is Line 12 of the Metro to Solférino Station.


How can I learn about what I'm seeing in the museum?
Any large art museum can seem overwhelming when you first start walking about. There are guide maps available, and audio tours for the permanent collection including over 300 items. Audio guides are available in French, German, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. Visitors can also access an interactive floor plan online.
What type of art work is featured in the Orsay Museum?
The museum houses works spanning the period from 1848 to 1915, which corresponds to the Impressionist period in visual art. The permanent exhibit features the work of artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet and Vincent Van Gogh. There are always exceptional pieces on loan as well, such as 'Boy Leading a Horse' by Pablo Picasso, and a collection of sketches created for the Prix de Rome.
How did the museum come to be in this location?
The fascinating piece of architecture that is the Orsay Museum was built as a train station for the 1900 World Fair in Paris. The stone exterior hides a stunning modern metal and glass interior. The museum opened in this location in 1986.
Are there places to eat inside the museum?
For a light meal or snack, try the Café de l'Ours offering salads, sandwiches and a wide variety of scrumptious French pastries and desserts. The Café Campana features decor inspired by the Art Nouveau style, reflecting a dream-like underwater impression. The chef serves up a classic Parisian brasserie menu.


Must-see paintings
Art museums can seem overwhelming with so much to see and learn. Here are a few key pieces in the collection that you won't want to overlook.'The Source' by Ingres, 'Ploughing in Nevers' by Rosa Bonheur, 'Olympia' by Manet, 'A Burial at Ornans' by Gustave Courbet, 'Dinner at the Ball' by Edgar Degas
New acquisitions
The museum acquired two works by Camille Claudel in 2017: 'Study II for Shâkountalâ' (circa 1886) and 'Old Woman's Head, Study for Maturity' (circa 1890). These two exceptional acquisitions come directly from the heir of Camille Claudel's sister, Louise de Massary, and have been added to the museum's sculpture collection, already featuring two pieces by Claudel. Newly added to the permanent collection is a fascinating set of colour photographs by Louis Lumière, Auguste Lumière and other members of the famous photographic pioneering family. It includes rare examples of their first trichromatism process on glass (patented in 1895).
Benefits of your Orsay Museum ticket at other attractions
For the week following your visit to the Orsay Museum, your ticket will get you reduced admittance for some other Paris attractions, including the Gustave Moreau National Museum. Reduced ticket prices are also available for an unguided tour of the Opera National and the Jean-Jacques Henner National Museum. The Henner collection includes more than 130 portraits as well as over 1000 documents, sketches and souvenirs of the artist's life and work.

Places nearby

La Marina de Paris Seine River Cruise
The Orsay Museum is on the famous Left Bank, so why not end your day at the museum with a relaxing and entertaining dinner cruise down the Seine. Combine the atmosphere of a French bistro with a delightful cruise on the historic River Seine. There's even a cruise option that includes a Moulin Rouge-style stage cabaret show. What a perfect way to celebrate the city of lights!
La Marina de Paris Seine River Cruise
La Marina de Paris Seine River Cruise
Museum of the Legion of Honour
Located opposite the Orsay Museum, this attraction features relics and medals from orders of knighthood all over the world. Housing an incredible collection of insignia as well as uniforms and formal dress of the knights, almost all the exhibits feature stunning examples of jewel work and design. Admission is free of charge. Be sure to use the audio guide on offer to make the most of your visit..
Museum of the Legion of Honour
Museum of the Legion of Honour
Les Antiquaires Restaurant
If you want to sample classic French dishes like magret de canard or côtes d'agneau, this is the place for your dining experience after your visit to Orsay Museum. There is also an English menu if you prefer to stay with the familiar, but do try a French dessert at the very least. Their crème brûlée and profiteroles are expertly made and memorable.
Tuileries Garden
Just across the Seine from the Orsay Museum is the large and opulent Tuileries Garden – a vast park and formal garden connected to the Tuileries Palace. The park was created by Catherine de' Medici in 1564 and opened to the public in the 17th century. The garden is a delightful place to spend an afternoon admiring the sculptures, water features and maintained green spaces of this charming Parisian park.
Tuileries Garden
Tuileries Garden