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Paris: Orsay and Orangerie Museums Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Paris: Orsay and Orangerie Museums Skip-the-Line Ticket

Benefit from skip-the-line entry to 2 famous cultural institutions in the heart of Paris. Get access to both the Orsay Museum and to the Orangerie Museum in the Tuileries Gardens. Marvel at works of art by a selection of world-famous artists. Orsay Museum: Enter the former Beaux-Arts train station of the Gare d'Orsay, constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair. Now home to the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay), the beautiful building is one of the most popular cultural venues in Paris. Skip the long lines with your entry ticket, and then journey through various artistic movements, including Academism, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. See works by artists such as Bonnard, Carpeaux, Cézanne, Courbet, Daumier, Degas, Gauguin, Guimard, Lalique, Manet, Millet, Monet, Pissarro, Redon, Renoir, Rodin, Seurat, Sisley, Van Gogh and Vuillar! Orangerie Museum: Located in the beautiful Tuileries Gardens, the Orangerie Museum (Musée de l’Orangerie) offers visitors a poetic presentation of 2 prestigious collections from work produced in the early decades of the 20th century. See masterpieces such as the "Water Lilies" ("Les Nymphéas") cycle by Claude Monet and various works from the Jean Walter-Paul Guillaume Collection of the art dealer Paul Guillaume and his wife Domenica. 

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Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

2. Paris: Musée d'Orsay 1-Day Ticket with Reserved Access

Explore one of the world’s best art museums at your own pace with a reserved access day admission ticket to the Musée d'Orsay. Avoid lengthy lines and the hassle of ticket counters. You’ll simply show your voucher directly at the dedicated entrance for visitors with pre-bought tickets. After a security check, you’ll be able to walk straight inside. The Musée d'Orsay is located in the former Gare d'Orsay train station and is home to one of France's largest national collections of art. The major section of the museum is dedicated to Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, but you also find some sculptures, photographs, and furniture. This is considered one of the best galleries in Paris and contains masterpieces such as Dance at le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, Apples and Oranges by Cézanne, Van Gogh's self-portraits and many other unique pieces you’ll have the opportunity to admire.

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The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

3. The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

The Paris Pass is an all-inclusive sightseeing package and your key to the city of Paris. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 75 top attractions, a 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass giving you access to many of the cities museums and landmarks, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay. You will also get skip-the-ticket-line entrance to many of the sights, saving you time at attractions such as the Centre Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and more. Head out to the Palace of Versailles, or take a Bateaux River Cruise to see the city from the River Seine. The Paris Pass offers access to over 75 attractions and tours including: Top Attractions and Activities: • Eiffel Tower Elevator Guided Tour (2nd floor) Guided Tours and Experiences: • Ballon de Paris Generali • Parc Asterix Theme Park Ticket Top Attractions and Activities: • Musée du Louvre• Musee d'Orsay• Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art• Espace Dali • Big Bus – 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise• Wine Tasting - Les Caves du Louvre• Tour Montparnasse • Arc du Triomphe• Picasso Museum• Musee Grevin, Wax museum• Châteaux de Versailles • Flyview Package Paris Liberty Walking Tours: • Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais – Walking tour• Walking tour along the Seine• Walking Tour in the Parisian Covered Passages• Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise - Walking Tour• Stade de France tour Galleries:• Musée Rodin • Musée National de l'Orangerie • Musée national des Arts asiatiques  Places of Interest: • Petit Train de Montmartre • Rex Studio• Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story • Musée des Égouts de Paris • Musée du Parfum Fragonard Tour• Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette • BAPBAP Brewery Taproom Experience Beer tasting and gifts Historic Buildings:   • Panthéon• Conciergerie  • Chapelle expiatoire • Château de Rambouillet • Château de Vincennes• Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne • Château de Pierrefonds • Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon • Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly • Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne • Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau• Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis• Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André • Sainte Chapelle • Château de Maisons-Laffitte• Villa Savoye• Château de Fontainebleau  Museums: • Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er • La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma • Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois • Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme • Musée de la Musique - La Villette • Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation • Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace • Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye • Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe • Musée des Arts décoratifs • Musée des Arts et Métiers • Musée des Plans-reliefs • Musee du quai Branly • Musée Gustave Moreau • Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres • Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen • Musée national du Moyen Age - Themes de Cluny • Musée national Eugène Delacroix • Musée Nissim de Camondo The Paris Pass is fully digital and is accessible to download to your mobile device straight away, together with the digital guide. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and as such must be collected in a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included on the digital guide.

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Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

4. Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

Enjoy priority skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around the city of Paris including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou. The Pass is available for 2, 4, or 6 days with the pick-up point conveniently located a mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Benefits of the pass include free admission to many attractions, sights, and museums. In Paris: Musée de l’Armée Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Centre Pompidou Musée national d’Art modern Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet Les Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et métiers Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris Musée du quai Branly Musée Picasso Paris Chapelle expiatoire La Cinémathèque française Musée du Cinéma Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Conciergerie Musée national Eugène Delacroix Musée des Égouts de Paris Musée du Louvre - Musée national de la Marine Musée de la Monnaie Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Musée national des Monuments français Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique Crypte archéologique de Notre-Dame Tours de Notre-Dame Musée national de l’Orangerie Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération Musée d’Orsay Panthéon Musée des Plans-reliefs Musée de la Poste Musée Rodin Sainte-Chapelle Outside Paris: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Musée d’Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres Abbaye royale de Chaalis Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly Musée départemental Maurice Denis Château de Fontainebleau Château de Maisons-Laffitte Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Château de Pierrefonds Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs Château de Rambouillet Musée national de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen Maison d’Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Villa Savoye Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon Château de Vincennes

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Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Self-Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop off the bus at your favorite landmark to explore it on foot with an included self-guided walking tour from your smartphone, before jumping back on the bus to continue your route. Best of all, opt for a 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket and choose to add a Seine River cruise or book the 48-hour option, which includes a ticket for the cruise. Drive by iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heard. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées and admire the historical Grand Palais, Palais Garnier, and Louvre Museum from the comfort of your seat. Discover over 15 landmarks in depth thanks to the fully narrated audio tour along the route. Join the tour from any of the stops on the route or from the starting point at the Eiffel Tower. Hop off at the stop of your choice to explore the city on foot with a detailed audio- and self-guided tour. Choose one out of the 10 tours on the app, including the charming village of Montmartre, the sumptuous Palais Royal and the covered passages of Paris, the Eiffel Tower district, and more.

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Musée d’Orsay: Private Tour

6. Musée d’Orsay: Private Tour

Get an expert introduction to one of the most celebrated museums in Paris with a live tour guide. The museum, housed in a former train station, is steeped in history and contains a wealth of artworks from the 19th century. Learn about the featured artists of the museum’s collection of French art on this walking tour around the iconic museum. Explore the backgrounds and individual styles of artists such as Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin. As well as viewing some selected highlights, learn the secrets surrounding the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists. Along the way, your guide will also explain the social background and turmoil of the 19th century, providing an in-depth insight into the layered artworks. With such insight, discover how a handful of art rebels paved the way for the Impressionist art movement.

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Paris Passlib: Official City Pass - Museums, Cruises, & More

7. Paris Passlib: Official City Pass - Museums, Cruises, & More

Book your official city pass and enjoy Paris’ top museums, attractions, tours, and more, all in one pass. Using the pass' mobile app, simply choose the attractions or activities that interest you and build your own sightseeing program in Paris. This ultimate city pass opens doors to the major museums and monuments in Paris and Ile-de-France. See the Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck or the Eiffel Tower, join a cheese and wine tasting, or enjoy a street art guided tour — the choice is wide. After booking your pass online, receive your QR code and download the customized mobile pass app (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher). Starting from the first activity used, you’ll have one year to take advantage of all the activities and attractions included. Choose 3 activities from the following: • River cruise with Bateaux Parisiens • River cruise with les Vedettes de Paris Entrance • Monnaie de Paris entry • Rodin Museum entry • Quai Branly Museum - Jacques Chirac entry• The Centre Pompidou entry • Panthéon entry• Conciergerie entry • Sainte-Chapelle entry • Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis • Entrance château de Rambouillet entry • Château de Vincennes entry• Louvre Museum entry• Orsay Museum entry• Orangerie Museum entry• Grévin Paris entry• Eiffel Tower entry (2nd floor) • Paris Montparnasse entry• Top of the City Discover Paris by Night with Tootbus • Tea Time Marie-Antoinette 1789 • Tea Time Napoléon 1812 • 1 Fly Over Paris experience with FlyView (3 choices)• Fashion show experience at the Galeries Lafayette • 1-day city bike rental• Half-day e-bike rental• Guided district tour (choice of 6 tours and 3 audio-guided tours)

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Musée d’Orsay: Tour

8. Musée d’Orsay: Tour

Like any first rate museum, the Musée D’Orsay can be overwhelming to visit alone. Take the stress out of journeying through the magnificent building and avoid missing out on the must-sees with this guided tour. Follow your guide and step into a world of color and light. The museum is home to some of the greatest, most recognizable works of art from the likes of Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir. Witness up close the swirling colors of the artistic revolution, as your expert guide explains not only the artworks, but the artists behind the frame, and the incredible changes that were also taking place in French society at the time.

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Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

9. Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

Discover the highlights of Paris like a local on an electric bike tour. Peddle through the charming streets easily with the help of a motor. Have the use of a raincoat, so you can enjoy the city in any weather. Take a family-friendly route that is mostly on bike paths and sidewalks. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Test drive your bike to ensure that you are comfortable handling an electric bike. Set off on an adventure as you ride to the iconic Louvre Palace. Wave to the Mona Lisa as you pass the Louvre Muséum and the Carrousel shopping center. Enjoy the greenery in the Tuileries Gardens and watch the ships pass by the docks. Admire the oldest bridge in the city at Pont Neuf. Travel to Cité Island to view the stunning Cité Palace. View the Gothic architecture of Saint Chapelle and the rose window of the Notre dame Cathédral. Venture to the Institute of France and see the love locks on the Arts Bridge. Go by the Orsay Muséum which was once a train station before passing the Orsay Docks. Get up close to the Eiffel Tower and marvel at the view of it from across the Trocadero Gardens. Feel the immensity of the Chaillot Palace as you see both wings. Get a taste of modern art as you pass by Tokyo Palace. Be tickled by the contrast between the Great and small palace. Experience the connection between the US and France at the Liberty Flame in Lady Diana square. Ride by the arched Alexandre III bridge and appreciate the use of space in the Vendôme and Concorde square. Finish your tour where you began.

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The Orsay Museum: Guided Visit for Families with Children

10. The Orsay Museum: Guided Visit for Families with Children

Specifically adapted to accommodate for children's shorter attention spans this tour is perfect for families with children. Your guide will adapt their language to hold the attention of the children while simultaneously answering any questions you may have. You will feel welcomed as a family while discovering the richness of the museum’s collections in a beautiful setting. In terms of collections, the museum is a prime spot to discover the Impressionist movement. It features painted and sculpted masterpieces by famous artists, including Monet’s Poppies, Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, Renoir’s Dance at Le moulin de la Galette; Degas’ dancers and Cezanne’s The Card Players. Each work of art in the museum has a story and significance, but your guide will avoid overwhelming you and focus on selected major works. If you or your children are art enthusiasts, your guide will adapt the tour to any requests you may have. What better way to experience the Orsay than to visit as a family? 

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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

Nice tour with recorded audio guide. I liked the concept. If you go on the top deck of the bus when the weather is cold, the seats on the front near the windows should be less cold (they were taken when we did the tour). I would plan this in the beginning of your visit, as it gives you a nice overview and an idea of what you would like to see later.

L'expérience en bus était super on passe dans tous les endroits touristiques de la capitale c'est vraiment sympa ! La visite guidée sur smartphone complète bien l'experience, les commentaires des guides sont intéressants et l'application est très simple d'utilisation. Je recommande fortement

A must have if you plan on visiting any of the historic places who accept the pass. Definitely saves money and time (skip the line with a separate entrance). During our stay and due to construction/covid we needed to a pick a time to enter the Louvre, but all the rest were skip the line.

Simple to book, kept me aware of times, changes etc. Seamless really and good value too

The ticket office was not far from the Louvre and the staff were very friendly.