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  • Address: 62 rue de Lille, Paris, Ile-de-France 75343, France
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Musée d'Orsay Tours

Rivaling the Louvre as Paris' favorite art museum, the Musée d'Orsay is known for its impressionist, post-impressionist, and art nouveau works from 1848 to 1914. Equally impressive as what’s inside the museum is its exterior: a former Beaux-Arts railway station with an enviable location on the banks of the Seine River. Both architecture and art buffs will want this museum on their Parisian itineraries.

The Basics
With its position in the 7th arrondissement, just across the river from the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musée d'Orsay is 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 Musée d'Orsay skip-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's Starry 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.

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.

How to Get There
Paris is best seen on foot, so try to visit the Musée d'Orsay during 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.

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.

Dining at the Musée d'Orsay
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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Orsay Museum Private Tour Skip-the-line, Paris, null
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Orsay Museum Private Tour Skip-the-line

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Private 2.5 hours  tour of the Musee d'Orsay Skip the long lines and meet face to face with masterpieces of Impressionism Discover the secrets ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay Audio Tour, Paris, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay Audio Tour

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Delve deep into the world’s largest collection of Impressionist paintings on this 2-hour skip-the-line Musée d’Orsay audio tour. Many visitors to Paris’ ...  Read more

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Musée d'Orsay Skip-The-Line Ticket

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Gain skip-the-line admission to the Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum), renowned for its Impressionist masterpieces. Admire the Beaux-Arts architectural ...  Read more

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Musée d'Orsay Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

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Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Montmartre Art Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Musée de l'Orangerie and Optional Musée ... 
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Montmartre Art Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Musée de l'Orangerie and Optional Musée d'Orsay

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Delve into Paris’ art history and enjoy skip-the-line entry to Impressionist galleries on this 1.5-hour Montmartre walking tour. Explore Montmartre with your ...  Read more

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Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Art History Walking Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie

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Get an up-close look at the masterpieces of Impressionism on this private tour of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie, two of Paris' most ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Super Saver Skip-the-line & Semi-Private Guided Tour: Louvre and Orsay Museums, Paris, Private ... 
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Super Saver Skip-the-line & Semi-Private Guided Tour: Louvre and Orsay Museums

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Spend no time queuing so you have more time to admire some of history's most famous artworks on this small-group tour of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in ...  Read more

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Skip-the-line & Semi-Private Guided Tour: Orsay Museum, Paris, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Skip-the-line & Semi-Private Guided Tour: Orsay Museum

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Join us on a 2 to 2.5 hour semi-private tour of the Musée d’Orsay and explore the must-see works hanging in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris’s gallery ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs

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Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Musee d’Orsay Ticket, Paris, ... 
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Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line Musee d’Orsay Ticket

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See Impressionist art masterpeaces and visit the places that inspired these paintings. This top-rated service includes a walking tour of Montmartre (the ...  Read more

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