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Le musée d'Orsay
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A must see visit 

Known around the world for its magnificent collection of impressionist works, the Musée d’Orsay is also home to an impressive collection of Western art from 1848 to 1914. This includes sculpture, architecture, photographs, decorative art and paintings.

It is no wonder that the sheer beauty of the place coupled with its collection of masterpieces, including works like Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass and The Origin of the World by Courbet, make Musée d’Orsay the second most visited museum in France, with over three million visitors each year.

Did you know?

The huge clock located in its 32 square meter high atrium is the only remaining sign of its past as a train station.
Constructed for the Exposition Universelle in 1900, the station was the gateway to southwest France until the Second World War.
The west side of the clock on the top floor affords visitors a breathtaking view of the Louvre, Place Concorde and, in the distance, Montmartre.


  • Buy your tickets in advance to avoid lengthy queues. Weekends are particularly popular so even if you pre-book your tickets, it’s still best to avoid weekends to avoid delays.
  • As it houses such a vast collection of exhibits, it is best to concentrate on just one or two areas on your first visit.
  • Its vast collection of temporary exhibitions is located on the ground floor.
  • You are highly recommended to try out le 5 Mars after your visit. The restaurant serves appetizing, in-season fare in pleasant surroundings

Musée d’Orsay

1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7.
From Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Evening viewings: Thursday until 9:45 p.m.
Tickets from 9 to 12 Euros.