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Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)
Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay)

62 rue de Lille, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75343

The Basics

With its position in the 7th arrondissement, just across the river from the Jardin des Tuileries, the Orsay Museumis easy to visit during a day of sightseeing in central Paris. Tickets are available on site, but you can avoid any wait by booking a skip-the-line ticket or a guided museum tour in advance. Or, opt for an enhanced experience that combines an art walking tour with a Orsay Museumskip-the-line ticket.

Once inside, you'll be immersed in the world of Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and other masters of the 19th and 20th centuries. Works include Degas'The Ballet Class and Van Gogh'sStarry Night. In addition to the paintings, don't miss the museum's large clock, which you can look through for a view of the Right Bank.

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Skip-the-line Musée d’Orsay Orsay Museum Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
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Skip-the-line Musée d’Orsay Orsay Museum Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
$118.88 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastique!
Miriam, my guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and kind! Couldn’t ask for a better tour! Timely and perfect English.
Martha_S, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

star-4
Overall, Glad we did the tour
Navdeep_K, Oct 2021
Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Line Impressionists Guided Tour
I have used Viator tours for the 2nd time here (after Versailles tour, which was amazing!). However this one was a little boring for my 3 teenage kids. I found it helpful to understand the impressionist era, however some of the tour was over-explained and dragged a bit. Overall, I’m still glad we took the tour because we would not have understood the history behind the art otherwise.
star-5
Great Tour
Susan_V, Oct 2021
Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Line Impressionists Guided Tour
Our tour guide Caroline was the best! I have toured the Musee d'Orsay many times and honestly this was the best trip to the museum. Caroline was knowledgeable and eager to answer all our questions. It was a great experience.
star-5
D’Orsey informative and fun tour
donsowle, Oct 2021
Private Impressionism Tour with Skip-the-Line Musee d'Orsay
Seeing in person the best of Impressionism was unbelievable. Our guide Chrystelle was friendly and knowledgeable.
star-5
Nice and enriching experience !
Anna_M, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay and Access to Self-guided tours in Paris
Thank you very much for this fantastic tour. I really enjoyed the way it was structured. I liked that there were questions and tasks. Answering them was a really good challenge. A visit at the Orsay museum is a must for any lover of painting. It is not as large as the Louvre, but very interesting and beautiful.
star-5
Tour Guide Makes the Tour !!
Chris_B, Sep 2021
Orsay Masterpieces - Priority access - Small group of max 6 people - 2h tour
great tour guide Cinthia...she summed up the Impressionist Movement in understandable terms for non artists...keeping it interesting and moving at a perfect pace. We covered so much , a great learning experience and so enjoyable.
star-5
Musee D'Orsay ...a must see
Lynn_G, Oct 2021
Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Line Impressionists Guided Tour
Amazing to see the paintings that I have loved all of my life! Good guide - knowledgeable. Cafe was good for lunch.
star-5
Museum d'orsay guided tour
Sheryl_W, Sep 2021
Skip-the-line Musée d’Orsay Orsay Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour
Lili was an art history major and it really showed. She led us through the change from classical art through impressionism and post modern art. The museum is beautiful and full of the Louvre "rejects". Excellent guide through beautiful works of art. Babylon made it easy to meet by sending meet details a day earlier. Worth every penny!
star-5
Exceptional Guide
Elizabeth_B, Aug 2021
Skip-the-line Musée d’Orsay Orsay Museum Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
We had the most amazing guide at the Orsay. He was passionate and knowledgeable about art and history and I learned so much. His name was Julian.
star-5
This was a wonderful, eye opening experience led by a knowledgable lover of impressionist art.
Lucy_A, Aug 2021
Private 2-Hour Guided Tour in Orsay Museum Paris
I learned more details about the lives of the impressionist painters and how they related to each other.Their styles were unique and memorable and I enjoyed the comparisons our guide showed us.He brought their stories to life. Our guide, Maurizio was a wealth of information and he kept us moving quickly through the crowds so that we were able to see so much more in the time allotted.
star-5
Eduardo was fabulous!
PaulandJulieR, Aug 2021
Skip-the-line Musée d’Orsay Orsay Museum Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Eduardo was awesome.! His knowledge and professionalism made our trip memorable. Thanks to Eduardo we have a truer appreciation for art.
star-5
Brilliant guide
Anja_Due, Jul 2021
Musée d'Orsay Skip the Line Private Tour
Our guide Afsaneh was brilliant and would passionately tell us about art and the history behind. Our guide helped us understand art in a new way.
star-5
Overall good
Phil_P, Jul 2021
Paris : Musée d'Orsay Museum Audio Guided Skip-the-Line Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed the museum but we were disappointed that we paid $108 US and were supposed to have a guided tour. Our guide never showed up. We tried calling and emailing Viator and never heard from them. We self guided and it was fine, we just paid 2X what we should have.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Do not bring suitcases, backpacks, or other travel bags; they are not permitted inside and cannot be left in the cloakroom.

  • Note that security is sometimes heightened at this popular site. The museum follows security measures per French authorities, and this can lead to delays.

  • Wheelchairs and pushchairs can be borrowed from the cloakroom, while large strollers and baby carriers are not allowed.

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How to Get There

Paris is best seen on foot, so try to visit the Orsay Museumduring a stroll along the Seine. Otherwise, the museum can be reached via public transit from the Rue de Bac, Solférino, or Assemblée Nationale metro stations or the Gare du Musée d'Orsay RER station.

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When to Get There

The museum is open from 9:30am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday, with extended hours until 9:45pm on Thursdays. If you have the flexibility to go on Thursday evening, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding crowds. Also keep in mind that Paris is busiest in summer.

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Dining at theOrsay Museum

If you get hungry for something light, sandwiches and salads can be purchased at Café de l'ours, but for a more thematic dining experience at the museum, visit one of its two restaurants. At Café Campana, enjoy classic Parisian brasserie fare in a dreamy underwater environment inspired by Emile Gallé, a French artist and influencer of Art Nouveau. Or go upscale at the Restaurant du Musée d'Orsay, where French cuisine related to museum events is served in an elegant, chandelier-lined room with gilded detailing and large windows.

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