Established in 1986, the Orsay Museum is one of the newest museums in Paris but also one of the most important. It is an institution that houses paintings from one of the most influential periods of French Art - the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras of the late 19th Century.
At the Orsay Museum, you will not only see famous paintings but also have the chance to catch sweeping views of Paris from its top floor. The Orsay Museum is situated at the heart of Paris, right next to the Seine and is located opposite the famous Tuileries Gardens. Once you walk into the building, you will be in the company of some of the greatest French artists and their works. You will be able to admire masterpieces from artists such as Paul Cezanne, Frederic Bazille, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley.
Once inside, you are free to explore the museum as you like. The exhibitions are arranged in a chronological manner, with early 19th century sculptures and classical paintings on the ground floor, leading up to the Impressionist paintings on the second and top floor. Most of the highlights of the Orsay Museum are on the top floor.
The Orsay Museum is housed in what was once a railway station, and the renovated building is a work of art in itself.
The top floor of the Orsay Museum has an open-air terrace from where you can catch stunning views of the Seine river and Paris, as far as Montmartre.
The Orsay Museum also has paintings by the renowned Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh. One of his most famous works, Starry Night, is housed here.
Bal du Moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir | Dinner at the Ball, Edgar Degas | Luncheon on the Grass, Edouard Manet | Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh | Bazille’s Studio, Frederic Bazille | The Cardplayers, Paul Cézanne | The Circus, Georges Seurat
Timings and Availability
The Orsay Museum is open every day, except on Monday and holidays such as Christmas Day and International Workers Day (May 1).
On Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, the museum is open from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
On Thursday, the museum is open from 9:30 AM to 9:45 PM.
You can enter at any time within operating hours.
This experience begins at the Orsay Museum. The closest train station to Orsay Museum is the Gare Musée d'Orsay. Buses 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94 will drop you at the Orsay Museum as well.
These tickets cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.
How to Redeem your Tickets
You will receive an email with your Skip The Line Tickets to Orsay Museum tickets shortly. You need not take a print out. Please download and display the ticket on a mobile device on the day of the experience at the meeting point.
How to Get There
The closest railway station to Orsay Museum is Gare Musée d'Orsay. RER C is a direct train to this station, which is a 1-minute walk to the Orsay Museum.
On the selected day of your visit, go to the museum and head to Gate C to gain priority access to the Orsay Museum. Gate A is dedicated to people who haven’t purchased their tickets while the other two, B and D, are for groups. At Gate C, you will receive priority entrance to the Orsay. Head to Gate C of the Orsay and display it at the entrance on your mobile device and enter the museum without standing in the queue.
The ticket is valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.