Visit this world-class art gallery, displaying works by Cézanne, Monet, Renoir and Manet, in this stunning converted Beaux Arts railway station

Perched on the bank of the Seine, the Orsay Museum is an old turn-of-the-century railway station that was built on the site of the Palais d’Orsay. Exemplary of the architecture of the Beaux Arts movement, the Orsay Museum is one of Paris’ most popular art galleries and houses art and sculpture from 1848 to 1915. It’s a must-see gallery for its breadth of works, including those by Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, van Gogh and many more.

Highlights:

  • Three floors of art including; Paul Cézanne’s Apples and Oranges, Claude Monet’s Blue Water Lillies, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Montmartre, Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass
  • Central nave and old Orsay Station clock
  • Orsay Square outside the museum with six bronze allegorical sculptures from the Exposition Universelle (1878)
  • Collections that date back to 1818 originally from the Musée du Luxembourg, Musée du Jeu de Paume and the Louvre

Did you know:

  • The Orsay Museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world
  • There is 35,000 square metres of glass in total making up the vault of the Orsay Museum
  • Although the Orsay Station was the head of the southwestern French railroad network for 39 years, the station platforms became too short for the longer, modern trains
  • Around 3 million visitors a year come to the Orsay Museum

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Painting Collection

The Paintings Collection dates back to 1818, when Louis XVIII founded the Musée du Luxembourg. Furnishing most of the collection at the Orsay, you can see works of art by the masters Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Renoir and Gaugin – to name a few – highlighting masterpieces from Realism to Impressionism. The Orsay also received generous private donations which have enriched the collections with unique pieces over the years. More recent inclusions, such as The Childhood of Sixtus V by Gustave Moreau and Triple Portrait of Yvonne Lerolle by Maurice Denis, can be admired in this collection.

Sculpture

Thanks to the popularity of sculpture in the 19th century commissioned by the middle-class and politicians to appropriate their wealth and power, there was an abundance of stone and bronze sculptures up until 1945 when it was perceived too formal and serious. Thanks to the Orsay Museum which provided the perfect area to display these works of art, from Rodin’s Age of Bronze to Degas’ Small Dancer, sculptures were ‘re-born’ and moved from the smaller museums such as the Musée du Luxembourg and the Jeu de Paume to complete the Orsay’s growing collection and to celebrate the sculptures in true form.

Photography

As one of the first photography galleries in a fine arts museum in France in the 1970s, the Orsay Museum’s permanent exhibition was as much ground breaking as completely unheard of. Having to curate their collection from scratch, the Orsay Museum wanted to celebrate the growth of photography as an art form through all its stages of technical ‘upheaval’. Its first collection was from the “primitive” period, from 1839 to 1863, the golden age of French and English photography, which made up the 12,000 photos when the Museum opened. Now, visitors can see over 45,000 photographs on display; among those by Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Henri le Secq and Edgar Degas.

How to get there:

- Solférino (metro)
- Musée d'Orsay (RER)
- 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94 (bus)

Make the most of your Paris Pass:

- Show your Paris Pass at entrance C to skip the queue and get straight to the front
- Get free entry into Paris’s popular art gallery, the Orsay Museum, and save €12

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Value for money. The Paris pass was great and we were able to visit many museums and attractions at a discount or free. We were also able to travel on the Metro for free! So go ahead and buy one and enjoy your Paris experience.
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Monday Closed
Tuesday 09.30 - 18.00
Wednesday 09.30 - 18.00
Thursday 09.30 - 21.45
Friday 09.30 - 18.00
Saturday 09.30 - 18.00
Sunday 09.30 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.00 (21.00 Thurs)

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Address:

62 rue de Lille Paris 7E

Telephone:

+33 1 40 49 48 14