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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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!

Musée d'Orsay: Our Tips

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 to visit
    9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 9:45PM, closed Mondays, May 1st and Christmas.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • Cloakrooms are available free of charge but not recommended for large items or valuables.
    • All guests will need to pass through security to enter.

What People Are Saying About Musée d'Orsay

The building of Musée d'Orsay (old station) is very impressing.

I could not enter the museum with the ticket on my app because they needed a barcode. Therefore I had to go outside the museum to get a paper ticket in a kiosk. Skipping the line but not saving time.
Musée d'Orsay Skip-the-Line 1-Day Admission Ticket Reviewed by Joanneke, 10/13/2016

Very well done. The left promptly at 2030 and returned at 2134.

Beautiful seeing Paris by night from the river! And being able to see under the bridges we'd crossed was really cool too.
Paris Illuminations 1-Hour Night Cruise Reviewed by Laura, 10/01/2016

Highly recommend this to see the sights of Paris.

This was booked as a birthday treat for my sister and, as requested, the 2 CV displayed the appropriate number. Generated a considerable amount of interest from passers by as we drove past. Seeing the sights of Paris in this iconic car was an experience not to be forgotten. Not a great deal of padding in the back seat but somehow it added to the experience. Our guide Eric was lovely and very knowledgeable; making us aware of the history of some of the buildings that we would never have known about otherwise. Time was allowed for taking photographs. Would highly recommend this trip.
Private and Personalized Paris Tour in a Citroën 2CV Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/29/2016

Charming crise trip! River view of the most iconic spots!

It was a complete charm. Skipped the ticket queue and went directly for the boat queue. The boat departed at the sunset and arrived back on the dock at night. I totally recommend the trip since it shows the most iconic monuments of the city from a whole new perspective. At night the city is even more beautiful with all the lights that fill the margins and the monuments. Modern boat, with a nice english audio guide. The only negative point is that the rooftop of the boat got a little too crowded and people trying to take photos while standing, sometimes bothered us, but it was not a major problem as it didn't obstruct the view to the monuments.
Paris Illuminations 1-Hour Night Cruise Reviewed by Joao, 09/28/2016

Very good way to see the major attractions in one day

A really good trip, no problems, got picked up on time. Everything was explained on the bus on the way to Paris in a number of languages making it accessible to everyone. You only get just over 6 hours in Paris which means you have to go around quite fast. Unfortunately we missed the bus back to our hotel, however as explained by the guide on the way there you can catch a metro back to Disneyland from near the leaving point for just over 7 euros.

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