The Musée d’Orsay is one of the most popular museums in Paris, its collections are made up of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, as well as decorative arts, sculptures, and architectural elements.

In addition, one of its main characteristics is that it is located in what used to be a train station, which was inaugurated in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

On this occasion we will share some tips to visit this incredible museum.

Where to buy the tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or through the museum’s website.

It is advisable to do it on the website, since you will have priority access to the museum and it is very convenient if you visit it in high season.

Priority access applies within half an hour of the reserved time slot.


Tickets are priced at 16 euros, those under 18 are free.

If they visit the museum on Thursday nights, they will pay 12 euros. This rate applies from 6:00 p.m.

The first Sunday of each month admission is free.

There is also a combined rate that includes admission to the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Rodin, which costs 24 euros.


The museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00, on Thursdays the hours are extended until 21:45.

On Mondays the museum is closed.

How to get?

There are several ways to get to the museum; by metro, RER or bus.

If you choose the metro, you should take line 12 and get off at Solférino station.

If you arrive by RER, you should take line C and get off at the Musée d’Orsay station.

By bus you can get there through routes 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 87, 94.

The visit

The museum has five levels where works from 1840 to 1914 are shown; and they can spend 2 to 3 hours on it.

In the side rooms on the ground floor of the museum you will find works belonging to the period from 1848 to 1870; in the area you will see several sculptures. Among the works that can be seen are some by Bazille, Monet and Renoir.

On the upper floor, works from the period between 1874 and 1886 are exhibited, including some by Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin or Monet.

On levels three and four you will find two Art Nouveau pavilions from Central Europe, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Austria, Great Britain and the United States.

In el nivel cinco verán obras of Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley / Seurat, Signac, Bernard Gauguin, Sérusier, Van Gogh, Toulouse – Lautrec y Redon.

In addition, an area dedicated to cinema, from the years 1895 to 1915.

The museum also has a restaurant, on level 2, and a cafeteria on level 5.

The enclosure also offers audio guides with an extra cost of 6 euros, and 3.50 euros for travelers from 6 to 12 years old.

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