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Orsay Museum | The Beaux-Arts architecture marvel

The Musée d'Orsay is an art museum located on the left bank of the River Seine, built in the Beaux-Arts form, which is a classic French architectural style that borrowed from Renaissance and Baroque periods, and also incorporated modern materials like iron, glass, and eventually steel. It houses French art from 1848 to 1914 and boasts the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world. Ranked fifteenth in the list of most-visited art museums in 2020, Orsay is a must-visit attraction if you are in Paris. Explore ticket options and get ready for an art-filled journey you won't forget.

Why visit Orsay Museum?

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  • Impressionist masterpieces: Orsay Museum houses an unparalleled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, showcasing the works of renowned artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas.
  • Stunning architecture: Housed in a former railway station, the museum's stunning Beaux-Arts architecture provides a unique backdrop, combining history and art in a captivating setting.
  • Diverse artistic styles: Beyond Impressionism, Orsay boasts a diverse range of artistic styles, spanning Realism to Art Nouveau. Visitors can explore a rich tapestry of artistic expression from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Cultural heritage: Orsay Museum encapsulates the cultural heritage of France, offering a comprehensive journey through the artistic evolution of a nation during a transformative period in history.
  • Iconic clock views: The iconic giant clock faces provide stunning panoramic views of Paris, offering visitors a unique opportunity to appreciate the cityscape from within a historical and artistic gem.

Which Orsay Museum ticket is best for you?

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If you are on a budget

Go for: Entry tickets
Duration: 2- 3 hours
Guide: Self-guided

  • These Orsay Museum tickets provide dedicated entry into the museum.
  • With this ticket, you can choose your preferred time slot to visit the museum and get access to all the permanent and temporary exhibits.
  • You can also go to the top floor with this ticket and get splendid panoramic views of Paris.

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If you are short on time

Go for: Fast-track entry tickets
Duration: 2 hours
Guide: Professional Tour Guide

  • With these fast-track entry tickets, you can skip past the long lines and walk right into the Musée d’Orsay.
  • Get to know interesting facts about the museum in a small group of 6 people with an expert English-speaking tour guide.
  • The itinerary is carefully planned out and includes the most important artworks in the collection, all within two hours.

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If you want to explore beyond

Go for: Combo tickets
Duration: Flexible
Guide: Self-guided

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If you want to explore in-depth

Go for: Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Guide: Professional tour guide

  • With these tickets, you can go on a mini-walking tour with a professional guide to see the Seine bridges like Pont Neuf, Pont des Arts, Pont du Carrousel, and Pont Royal.
  • The experience includes access to Orsay Museum, which you can explore at your own pace.
  • You can view iconic Parisian landmarks on the way like the Louvre Pyramid, the Henri IV statue and the Île de la Cité.

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  • Boutique bookstore: The bookstore houses more than five thousand titles on painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, photography, the history of the arts of the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Youth space: Located at the nave of the museum. You will find a selection of books and games on art.
  • Souvenir counter: Shop for stationery, jewelry, and textiles that celebrate some of the most iconic works of the museum.
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  • RestaurantNestled in the museum's centre, the Restaurant offers refined French cuisine with a seasonal touch. The menu reflects inspiration from ongoing exhibitions. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or tea amidst stunning frescoes by Gabriel Ferrier and Benjamin Constant. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:45 AM to 2:35 PM, and Thursday, 7 PM to 9:30 PM. Tea time is available from 2:45 PM to 5:30 PM.
  • Café CampanaSituated by the Impressionist Gallery exit, Café Campana, designed by the renowned Campana brothers, offers a quick summer menu featuring salads, stews, and sundaes. Shaped like an aquatic wonderland, it operates Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30 AM to 4:45 PM, and Thursday until 8:45 PM. Explore their menu online.

Frequently asked questions about Orsay Museum tickets

What are the different types of Orsay Museum tickets available?

Depending on the type of experience you would want, you can choose between a standard entry ticket, or a guided tour, which would allow you explore the museum along with and English-speaking expert guide. Or, you can opt for a combo tour, which would allow you to explore two important Paris attractions.

Who can enjoy free entry to Orsay Musuem?

Those less than 18 years of age and EU citizens aged 25 and under, students of art history, differently-abled people and their accompanying person, holders of Pass Éducation cards, ICOM cards, Culture Passes, as well as members of the press, tour guides, and lecturers enjoy free entry to Orsay Museum. Entry to Orsay Museum is also free on the first Sunday of every month.

What is the cancelation policy for Orsay Museum tickets?

It depends on the Orsay Museum ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.

Which Orsay Museum ticket should I choose if I am traveling on a shoestring budget?

If you are traveling on a budget it would best to opt for the standard entry tickets that allow you access to the Orsay Museum. You can explore the museum at your own pace. You can rent their audio guide for an even more fruitful experience.

Which Orsay Museum ticket is best if I wish to have a more in-depth understanding of Orsay?

Opt for a guided tour of the Orsay Museum ticket to get a more in-depth understanding of the museum and its collection. However, if you prefer to travel by yourself, you can choose the audio-guide variant of the ticket. Audio guides are available in 14 languages so you can explore Orsay at your own pace.

Which is the best option for someone who wishes to explore beyond the Orsay Museum?

Opt for a combo tour as it allows you to explore one other iconic Paris attraction such as the Eiffel Tower or the Orangerie Museum for an extremely pocket-friendly rate.

What are Orsay Museum hours?

Orsay Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 6pm and on Thursday from 9:30am to 9:45pm.

What is the best time to visit Orsay Museum?

You can visit Orsay Museum during early mornings or late evenings before closing to avoid large crowds.

What is the best way to travel to Orsay Museum?

The best way to travel to the Orsay Museum is by RER, bus or metro. If you take the RER Line C, get off at Musée d'Orsay station; if you take the Metro 12, get off at Solférino station, or take the bus lines 63 & 68 and get off at Solferino Station.