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Orsay Museum in Paris: tips for visiting, best time, tickets

The Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay) is one of the most visited museums in Paris. You can see the world’s most extensive collection of impressionist paintings in this museum! Discover the essentials to visit the remarkable Orsay Museum in Paris.

  1. Best time to visit ?
  2. Entrance ticket prices ?️
  3. What to see at the Orsay Museum ?
  4. How to visit? 
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1. Best time to visit the Orsay Museum

Which days to avoid? The Orsay Museum is closed on Mondays. Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday are the days with the most visitors. The busiest time of the week is Sunday afternoon. The wait at the checkouts can reach 30 minutes, sometimes even 1 hour or more. If you cannot choose another day to visit, consider skip-the-line tickets to avoid queues.

When to visit the Orsay Museum? If you want to visit the Orsay Museum in Paris without too many people, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are the quietest days. Wednesday and Friday morning are among the best times to visit the museum (expect exceptional events).

Good to know! It takes at least 3 hours to visit the Orsay Museum in Paris.

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2. Admission ticket prices to visit the Orsay Museum

Free. Admission to the Orsay Museum in Paris is free for people under 18 and EU citizens under 26. Admission is also free on the 1st Sunday of the month but not recommended due to the large crowd.

Late evening. It is possible to visit the Musée d’Orsay at a reduced rate every Thursday from 6 p.m.

Skip-the-line tickets. During the tourist season, the museum’s queue can be very long (sometimes more than 30 minutes). Therefore, if you want to save time, the best thing is to book your tickets in advance: buy the skip-the-line tickets for the Orsay Museum in Paris.

Cruise from the Musée d’Orsay. You can continue the discovery of Paris by taking a boat from the Musée d’Orsay to the Parc de la Villette: see the prices of this cruise.

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3. What to see at the Orsay Museum in Paris

Among the works not to be missed at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris:

  • Claude Monet: “Poppies”
  • Van Gogh: “Starry Night Over the Rhone” and “The Self-Portrait”
  • Gustave Courbet: “The Origin of the World”
  • Eugene Delacroix, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet…

4. How to visit the Orsay Museum in Paris?

Where is the Orsay Museum located? The Musée d’Orsay is located at: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris (see location on Google Maps).

Nearest metro stations: Solférino (line 12) and Assemblée Nationale (line 12)

Itinerary idea. It is possible to get to the Musée d’Orsay by public transport or on foot. For example, you can get to the Orsay Museum from the Jardin des Tuileries, opposite the museum, on the other side of the Seine by taking the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor.

Official website of the Musée d’Orsaymusee-orsay.fr/en

Book tickets hereThe Orsay Museum tickets

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To visit the Orsay Museum in Paris is to visit one of the most beautiful museums in the French capital and the world. Plan at least 3 hours to visit this exceptional museum.

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Louis and Emilie

We once heard visitors in Paris saying that the French are not the most welcoming people. It made us sad. That's why we started this blog! So you can get the best information for your travel to France! Of course, we love Paris. We have lived in multiple areas, from Canal St Martin to right next to the Eiffel Tower. We also explore regions of France whenever we can. Our favorites for a weekend away from Paris are Etretat and Mont Saint Michel. The beautiful French Riviera is a marvelous place to explore for a week.

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