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Ticket for the Musée d'Orsay

Priority Entrance Tickets

This ticket is for entry into the permanent collections, and for temporary exhibitions, subject to availability.

13 October 2020 - 10 January 2021
Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946). Light and solitude
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)
3 November 2020 - 7 February 2021
Girault de Prangey - Photographer (1804-1892)
10 November 2020 - 14 February 2021
The Origins of the World. The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century


Combined Tickets

Musée d'Orsay + Bateaux-Mouches

Exclusive offer: Save €6
  • Priority access to the Musée d'Orsay
  • Cruise on the Seine (departure Pont de l'Alma, duration 1h10)

Note: The tickets are dissociated, you can use them on different days.

€24 €30

Bateaux-Mouches + Musée d'Orsay + Tour Montparnasse

Save €5.50
  • Bateaux Mouches River Cruise (duration: 1h15)
  • Access to the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse
  • Ticket for the Musée d'Orsay with priority access

Note: The tickets are dissociated, you can use them on different days.

€39.50 €45

What to expect

The Musée d'Orsay is one of Paris’ most popular museums, attracting almost three million annual visitors. Its first incarnation was as the Gare d’Orsay, built to coincide with the Universal Exposition of 1900. The station was protected as a historical monument in 1978, and converted into the museum, which opened its doors in 1986. A superb example of the Beaux Arts style, the Musée d'Orsay is dedicated to 19th century artists, with pre-Impressionists and Impressionists to the fore. As you wander the halls you will discover great names like Pissarro, Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Millet and Degas, and don’t forget to admire the beautiful original station clock, which still adorns the main hall of the museum.

Musée d'Orsay Opening times

Every day except Mondays from 9:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m
On Thursdays from 9:30 a.m to 9:45 p.m

The museum closes at 18:00 and the evacuation of the galleries must begin from 5:30 p.m (9:15 p.m on Thursdays).
The museum is closed every Monday, along with May 1st and December 25th.

Entrances to the Musée d'Orsay

  • Entrance A: visitors without tickets
  • Entrance B: adult groups with reservations
  • Entrance C: visitors with tickets
  • Entrance D: school groups with reservations

Avoid long queues of visitors who have not made reservations. Instead, go to entrance C (the reserved entrance) and show the e-ticket on your smartphone.

Good to know :

  • Audioguides are available in French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Russian.
  • Wheelchairs, folding seats and strollers are available from the locker rooms for any visitors with reduced mobility.

Free entry

  • For under 18s
  • The first Sunday of each month

A Guide to the Rooms of the Musée d'Orsay

On level 0 : Around the sculpture gallery (featuring Carpeaux, Cordier etc..), you can discover, on the Seine side, the Barbizon School (including Millet), the masterpieces of Courbet, and works by Manet and Monet. On the Lille side, you will find the academic current from the years 1850-60 (Ingres, Delacroix), works by Degas before 1870, the Symbolist Gallery (Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes) and a gallery dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec.

On level 2 : On the Seine side you will find: naturalism, various foreign schools, decorative arts under the Third Republic, French, Belgian and Italian Art Nouveau (including Van Gogh, Gauguin and Seurat) and works by the Nabis movement from around 1900. You can also reach the Amont Pavillion by taking a newly added bridge, where you will discover a collection of great modern decorative pieces from 1905-1914. Inside the Amont Pavillion following the modern decorative section, you will find, on level 3, central European, Scandinavian and northern European Art Nouveau. On level 4, you will encounter Austrian, British and American Art Nouveau, while level 5 provides access to the Impressionists Gallery.

On level 5 : beginning with "Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe" by Manet, the Impressionists Gallery offers a tour through the masterpieces of the movement from the late 1860s to the 1900s.

Musée d'Orsay 2020 events

  • Degas à l'Opéra - 24 September 2019 to 19 January 2020
  • Yan Pei Ming - A Burial in Shanghai - until January 12, 2020
  • Joris-Karl Huysmans art critic. From Degas to Grünewald - from 3 December 2019 to 2 March 2020.
  • In the land of monsters. Léopold Chauveau (1870-1940) - from March 10 to June 29, 2020
  • James Tissot - from March 24 to July 19, 2020.
  • Leon Spilliaert (1881-1946). Light and solitude - from June 15 to September 13, 2020
  • Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) - June 15 to September 13, 2020

See other current exhibitions in Paris.

A Little History

Built at the end of the 19th century, the Gare d'Orsay was designed to transport crowds to the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900. Thanks to the beauty of the station itself, it became the Exposition’s very first pavilion. It is located opposite the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries, and just a few steps from the Grand Palais, the jewel in the crown of the 1900 Exposition. Situated on the Seine, the spine of Paris, the Gare d’Orsay played a key role in the city’s life until it was closed to trains in 1939.

In 1945, following the War, the station served as a reception centre for prisoners of war who were returning from captivity in Germany. It was also the stage for General de Gaulle’s famous 1958 press conference, when he announced his return to the public scene.

However, the magnificent building was constantly under threat. In fact, it almost disappeared, being threatened with demolition in the 1960s. A theatre company saved the station from destruction, by installing its stage in the vaults for six years. Finally, in 1978, President Giscard d'Estaing decided to transform the site into a museum of the 19th century, and the Musée d'Orsay was born.

After eight years of work, the museum was finally inaugurated by Francois Mitterrand on 1 December 1986. Even today, the museum-station proudly displays its double heritage as a transport hub and a world-class artistic institution.

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Customer Reviews

Rating : 4.79/5 - 228 reviews

Suzanne D.
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Huge help to plan our few days in Paris!!
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I was looking for museum tickets after hours, and this was a perfect place.
Easy booking process
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Easy booking process. Whilst the museum no longer offered online booking on the date we were interested in for an exhibition, we could still book via the 'Come to Paris' site. Very pleased with the site.
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Very convenient. Save time at the museum
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A few simple clicks and I had my tickets. Easy for anyone to do!
Reservations for the D'Orsay and Louvre
Published over a year ago

Making a reservation for the D'Orsay was easy and transparent, and the e-reservation came through immediately. Thus I was able to print it before I left home.

However, the Louvre e-reservation took about 24 hours to be delivered, which meant that I was already in Paris by that point and unable to print it out. I had my iPad, so I could show the reservation on the screen, but for someone without a smart device it may have been a problem.

Moreover, it wasn't clear why the reservation was initially flagged as "in preparation" - only when I had the small print elsewhere in the Louvre booking pages did I discover that e-tickets can take up to 48 hours to be processed and delivered. It would be helpful to make this more transparent, I think.

On the whole, the site is very convenient and useful, and I would recommend it. I shall certainly use it again - but 48 hours before I leave home!

Naomi M.
Published over a year ago
Great service!!!!
Flavius T.
Highly recommendable!
Published over a year ago
Quick, easy to use, excellent tool !


1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
75007 Paris
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Common questions

Where is Musee d’Orsay?

The exact address of the Orsay Museum is 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur. The museum is located in Paris in the seventh arrondissement, on the left bank of the Seine.

What famous paintings are in the Musée d’Orsay?

Here are the top 5 of the most famous paintings in the Orsay Museum:

  1. Origin of the world by Gustave Courbet
  2. The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet
  3. Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet
  4. Dance at Le moulin de la Galette by Piette-Auguste Renoir
  5. Floor scrapers by Gustave Caillbotte
  6. The Church of Auvers-sur-Oise by Vincent Van Gogh

Why is the Musee d’Orsay important?

The Orsay Museum houses works of Western art from the period 1848-1914.

Is Musée d’Orsay free?

To walk into the Musée d'Orsay for free, you will have to come on the first Sunday of the month! Admission for Musée d'Orsay is also free for children and people under the age of 18 as well as 18-25 of the European Union. Free entrance is also granted people with reduced mobility.

Is Musée d’Orsay worth seeing?

The Musée d'Orsay is one of the largest museums in the world and perhaps houses the largest collection of works by famous painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Mannet or Millet. The fact that the museum is housed in an old train station makes the visit even more incredible.

Should i buy Musee d’Orsay tickets in advance?

Buying your entrance tickets in advance for the Musée d'Orsay is absolutely recommended so as not to have to queue at the ticket offices and thus not waste time.

How long to spend at Musee d’Orsay?

The time to tour Musée d'Orsay depends on your availability, your taste for art etc ... it depends on each person. You can spend 2 days there as you can spend 1 hour. To admire the main works of the museum, i twill take you about 2.5 hours.

Is Musee d’Orsay open on Monday?

The Musee d'Orsay is closed on mondays.

Do i have to print Musée d’Orsay tickets?

It is not necessary to print your tickets. You can present them on your mobile phone or tablet.

How much is the Musee d’Orsay?

Tickets for Orsay Museum are €16€.

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