Orsay Museum

Musée d'Orsay

1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, 75007
Admission: EUR 11
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening
Recommended
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection
 

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 0930 - 1800
Wednesday: 0930 - 1800
Thursday: 0930 - 2145
Friday: 0930 - 1800
Saturday: 0930 - 1800
Sunday: 0930 - 1800
Closed December 25 and May 1.
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Tube : Solferino (12), RER C : Musée d'Orsay.

The Musée d'Orsay is one of the most famous museums in Paris if not in the world. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, an impressive Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900.

The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986.

In 1975, the Direction des Musées de France already considered installing a new museum in the train station, but the official decision was taken in 1977, on President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's initiative. The building was classified a Historical Monument in 1978 and a civil commission was created to oversee the construction and organisation of the museum.

The museum opened in 1986. It was formed with the national collections coming mainly from three establishments: the Louvre museum, for the works of artists born after 1820 or coming to the fore during the Second Republic; the Musée du Jeu de Paume, which since 1947 had been devoted to Impressionism; the National Museum of Modern Art, which, when it moved in 1976 to the Centre Georges Pompidou, only kept works of artists born after 1870.

In 2009, the museum launches the museographic renovation of its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist galleries. A better display of artworks, larger exhibition areas and greater comfort for visitors. Haven't been there yet ? Don't miss it next time you're in Paris.

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Artists Associated With Orsay Museum

Alfred Sisley
Artist
France
1839 - 1899

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France
1861 - 1929

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Spain
1852 - 1926

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France
1841 - 1919

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Auguste Rodin
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France
1840 - 1917

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Claude Monet
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France
1840 - 1926

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Edgar Degas
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France
1834 - 1917

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Edouard Manet
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France
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Norway
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Edward Burne-Jones
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United Kingdom
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Felix Vallotton
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Switzerland
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France
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France
1882 - 1963

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Georges Seurat
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France
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Gustave Courbet
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France
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Gustave Doré
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France
1832 - 1883

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Gustave Moreau
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France
1826 - 1898

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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France
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Honoré Daumier
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France
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Maurice de Vlaminck
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France
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Paul Cézanne
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France
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France
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Past exhibitions at Orsay Museum - now closed:
7 Years of Reflection. Latest acquisitions 18th Nov 2014 - 22nd Feb 2015
Allegro Barbaro. Béla Bartók and Hungarian Modernity 1905 -1920 15th Oct 2013 - 5th Jan 2014
Charles Lameire, a familiar stranger 7th Oct 2014 - 25th Jan 2015
Gustave Doré (1832-1883). The Power of the Imagination 11th Feb 2014 - 11th May 2014
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) 24th Jun 2014 - 30th Sep 2014
Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day 24th Sep 2013 - 12th Jan 2014
Sade. Attacking the Sun 14th Oct 2014 - 25th Jan 2015
Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution in France (1850-1910) 22nd Sep 2015 - 17th Jan 2016
Vincent van Gogh/ Antonin Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society 11th Mar 2014 - 15th Jun 2014