The Musée d'Orsay (Paris)

The Musée d'Orsay (Paris)

Orsay is a national art museum located in Paris and whose collections present works created between 1848 and 1910. The Orsay museum is located in the former Orsay station, built by the architect Laloux in 1900. Celle- Thanks to this reassignment wanted by the President of the Republic Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, this escaped the demolition that many contemporary buildings underwent. The museum was inaugurated in 1986 after having been completely refurbished.

The collections are presented in three separate galleries and present the currents of painting, sculpture and decorative and graphic arts of the late 19th century, but also other visual arts such as architecture and cinema. The core of the collections is made up of Impressionist works: these were previously kept at the Jeu de Paume museum, which has since been transformed into a national gallery of contemporary art. The major currents represented in Orsay are Impressionism and the different currents that came from it (neo-impressionism, Pont-Aven school, Nabis), realism (Courbet), romanticism (Delacroix), symbolism and Art new.

Among the museum's most famous works are the Source, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Arrangement in Black and Gray Number 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother by James Abott McNeill Whistler, Edouard's Luncheon on the Grass Manet and the Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Access to the Musée d'Orsay

1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris.

Opening time

Open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9.45 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets on sale until 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday

Evacuation from 5.30 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. Thursday

Groups admitted by reservation only from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Thursday


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