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Musee d’Orsay in Paris

Orsay Museum in Paris, France

Explore world famous art at the Orsay Museum in Paris, France

The Musee d’Orsay exhibiting the world’s famous art is constructed upon the site of the former Gare d’Orsay railway station. The museum is home to the world’s biggest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. The exhibits at the museum are broadly categorized under six heads: Painting collection, Sculpture collection, Objects d’art collection, Photographic collection, Graphic arts collection, and Architecture.

Some of the prominent paintings at the museum include A Burial at Ornans, Spring, Angelus, Olympia, The Poor Fisherman, Girls at the Piano, The Artist’s Family, Lunch on the Grass, The Talisman, The English Pear Tree, Portrait de Marcel Proust, Scène de fête, Expulsion from Paradise, The Circle of the Rue Royale, and Triple Portrait of Yvonne Lerolle.

The Age of Bronze Ratapoil, head of Beethoven, Mediterranean, Peasant Rolling up his Sleeves, Nature Unveiling Herself to Science, Cassandra, and Maturity are some of the notable sculptures at the museum. The Italian architect Gae Aulenti directed a squad of architects and scenographers to finalize the interior design of the museum. A perfect combination of natural and artificial light is used to illumine the museum. The recent renovations performed upon the museum have increased the exhibition space, and have made the walls extravagantly colored.

Musee d’Orsay Location Map

Facts about Musee d’Orsay

  • The inauguration of the museum was performed by then President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, on December 1, 1986.
  • The museum displays date from 1848 to 1914.
  • There are 10 escalators, and 12 lifts and elevators in the museum.

Where is Musee d’Orsay ?

The Musee d’Orsay is sited on the left bank of the Seine River in Paris, France. The Charles de Gaulle Airport is located at a distance of 35.4 km via A1 route. The museum can be reached via bus, taxi, or personal car.

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France

Best time to visit Musee d’Orsay

The spring (Apr-June) and the fall (Sept-Oct) are the best weather seasons in Paris. Musee d’Orsay remains crowded for most of the time. If you wish to visit the museum when the crowd is less, then Paris’ low season (November to March) would be the best time to visit. The morning time, from 9:30 a.m. to noon on all days, and the evenings of Thursdays.

Musee d’Orsay Hours

The museum opens from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the week, except Mondays. On Thursdays, it opens until 9:45 p.m.

Musee d’Orsay Tickets

The entry ticket for an individual is €11, while a concession ticket is available at €8.50. The visitors under 18 years are allowed free admission. You may buy tickets online or at Kiosque du Musee d’Orsay, to escape queues.

More about Musee d’Orsay

What are the coordinates of the Musee d’Orsay?

48.8600° N, 2.3264° E

Which are the interesting places to visit near the Musee d’Orsay?

Eiffel Tower, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, and Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.


Image credit : Benh

Don’t Miss France major attractions : Paris, Chamonix, Eiffel Tower, Gorges du Verdon, La Madeleine, Musee d’Orsay, Mont Saint-Michel, Notre Dame De Paris, Louvre Museum, Chartres Cathedral, Versailles, Triumphal Arch of Orange, Reims Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau (Palace of Fontainebleau).

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Published On: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014