Musée d'Orsay

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Top 5 artworks at the Musee d'Orsay

Situated at the former Gare d'Orsay railway station, the museum now bearing its name has gradually emerged as one of Paris' best art galleries – and that's saying something! Here are a few must-see masterpieces to factor in to your tour.

  • Dance at le Moulin de la Galette (1876)

    1. Dance at le Moulin de la Galette (1876)

    Depicting a Sunday afternoon in a bygone Montmartre, Renoir's festive snapshot of Parisian social life is one of Impressionism's most celebrated paintings.

  • The Luncheon on the Grass (1863)

    2. The Luncheon on the Grass (1863)

    Inspired by old masters like Titian and Raphael, Manet's masterful treatment of the nude and the clothed courted controversy for highlighting the social divide between genders.

  • Apples and Oranges (1899)

    3. Apples and Oranges (1899)

    The gallery boasts 56 Cézannes in its collection, however, this late still life composition shows an artist at the height of his powers, able to make magic out of the mundane!

  • The Gleaners (1857)

    4. The Gleaners (1857)

    It seems bizarre now, but Millet's depiction of peasant women hunched over in search of leftover grain was once derided for its sympathetic portrayal of the lower classes!

  • Whistler's Mother (1871)

    5. Whistler's Mother (1871)

    Few non-French artists are represented at d'Orsay, and although Van Gogh might take places 6, 7, and 8 on this list, James Whistler's Victorian Mona Lisa is a shoe-in!

Planning Your Visit

  • How much time?

    As large as the Musee d'Orsay is, there's not much filler. If you only have 3 or 4 hours to spare, stick to the Impressionist wing, otherwise don't expect to see it all in a day!

  • When to visit?

    The Musee d'Orsay's opening hours are from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, except on Thursdays when it's open until 9:45PM, and Mondays when, as with May 1st and December 25th, the gallery is closed. Get there as early as possible and consider booking your tickets online to skip the long lines. If you plan to visit in a large group, pre-booking is mandatory.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 9:45PM, closed Mondays, May 1st and Christmas.
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets start at €11, but packages and concessions are available.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the Metro line 12 to Solférino, RER line C to Musée d'Orsay or buses 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94.
  • Additional information

    • Cloakrooms are available free of charge but not recommended for large items or valuables.

    • All guests will need to pass through security to enter.

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What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,288 reviews

Really great art museum with mostly impressionist and post impressionist works by Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Renoir, Toulouse Latrec and Van Gogh. I believe it has more works by these artists and period than the Louvre, so if you enjoy this style more, than you should visit this museum. It takes about 2-3 hours to walk through. The building is also really cool with modern interior architecture in an old building. The design is really spectacular with a great flow. The sculpture terraces are also really nice. I would say some of the lighting from windows creates glares on the art as they are framed in glass, so if you are truly an art history nerd then it might bother you, otherwise great museum.

I live in Paris but hardly ever get a chance to explore the city- the tour with Sam was so fantastic, he was flexible to adjust it according to interest, was lovely and full of knowledge, clearly passionate about art, I learnt so much!

It was fantastic. Lili our guide was so passionate about the art. She was very knowledgeable, caring and a lot of fun!! We specifically requested her after having her as a guide at the Louvre. Awesome

It was very easy. Walked right in the front door, went through security, and walked past the line with our tickets. You do have to provide proof of a COVID 19 vaccine.

The ticket made it easy to quickly access the museum. Liked having my tickets easily accessible in the app.