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Musée D'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay is a national museum which opened to the public in December 1986 in order to show, in all its diversity, the artistic creation of the western world from 1848 to 1914.

The museum's nationally-owned collections originate from three main institutions: the Musée du Louvre, for works by artists born after 1820 or who emerged into the art world with the Second Republic (1848-1852); the Musée du Jeu de Paume, which had been dedicated since 1947 to Impressionism; and finally the Musée National d'Art Moderne, which, when it was installed in the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1976, had only conserved works by artists born after 1870.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

A selection of recent acquisitions include:
Henri Le Secq
Forest Brook (Montmirail)

Ferdinand Hodler
Der Holzfäller (The Woodcutter)

Maurice Denis
October Night [panel for the decoration of a girl's room]

Emile Gallé
Lorraine Forest Desk

Jules Desbois

Edgar Degas
Portrait of Henry Lerolle with two of his daughters, Yvonne and Christine and a mirror

Edgar Degas
Henri Rouart (1833-1912) at home

Jean-Léon Gérôme
Reception of Condé in Versailles

Jean-Léon Gérôme
Portrait of the baroness Nathaniel de Rothschild

Eugène Hénard
Edmond Paulin
Palais de l'Electricité, water tower and Palais de la Mécanique et des Industries chimiques.
1900 World Fair

Emile Gallé

Pierre Puvis de Chavanne
View on the Château de Versailles and the Orangerie

Gustave Courbet
Young Man Sitting, Study. Self-Portrait known as At the Easel

Félix Vallotton
Misia at Her Dressing Table

Claude Monet
Wind Effect, Series of The Poplars

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
The Young Mother also known as Charity

Lars Kinsarvik

Charles Nègre
Series of photographs

Attributed to Alexis Gouin
Portrait of Alexandre Dumas

Antoni Gaudí
Stand for a window box

Raoul Brandon
Series of drawings and photographs related to building projects in France, Egypt and Bulgaria

Maurice Denis
Portrait of the Artist Aged Eighteen
Princess Maleine's Minuet or Marthe Playing the Piano
The Green Trees or Beech Trees in Kerduel+ [ Read all ]


Around 1900 : an Art Nouveau Ensemble. The Rispal Donation

from November 21, 2006 to January 28, 2007
Around 1900 : an Art Nouveau Ensemble. The Rispal Donation

In the 1960s, Antonin Rispal (1920-2003) played a decisive role in the rediscovery of Art Nouveau in France. This internationally known collector and art dealer died leaving an exceptional collection of objects and furniture. 250 of these pieces have just been generously donated to the museum by his wife and his daughter.

Among the most famous artists represented in this collection, are Carlo Bugatti, Emile Gallé, Louis Majorelle, and there is one of only two known sculptures by Alfons Mucha: La femme aux lys (Woman with Lilies). There are also some extremely rare pieces: a needlework table by Charles-Guillaume Diehl, a dressing table by Paul Auscher and an original plaster model of a fireback by Hector Guimard. Mme Josette Rispal has also offered personally a selection of objects and paintings relating to Sarah Bernhardt.

The Musée d'Orsay is devoting a special exhibition to this exceptional and unexpected rich addition to the museum collection as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations.

Philippe Thiébaut, senior curator, Musée d'Orsay

VU' at the Musée d'Orsay
from December 5, 2006 to July 29, 2007
VU' at the Musée d'Orsay

Christian Caujolle founded the photography agency VU' in 1986 after working for the Libération newspaper, and in 2006 it celebrates its twentieth anniversary. To mark this occasion, and linked to the Musée d'Orsay's own twentieth anniversary, it opened to the public on 6 December 1986. The VU' agency suggested giving...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Musée d'Orsay
Art Works And Their Photographic Reproduction
from June 27 to September 24, 2006

Musée d'Orsay
Objects and their Doubles
from January 31 to April 30, 2006

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Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art
Courbet / Brice Marden
Steichen / Alain Kirili
from January 31 to April 30, 2006

Musée d'Orsay
Cézanne and Pissarro
from February 28 to May 28, 2006

Musée d'Orsay
Saint-Gobain (1665-1937):
An Enterprise in the Face of History
from March 7 to June 4, 2006

Musée d'Orsay
Figures and Portraits
from March 7 to June 4, 2006

Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand-Palais
Henri Rousseau
Jungles in Paris
from March 15 to June 19, 2006

Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery
Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
from April 13 to July 13, 2006

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Drawings by Jean-François Millet
from May 30 to September 3, 2006

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Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art
Gauguin / Robert Mangold
Quartier de l'Opéra / Annette Messager
from May 30 to September 3, 2006

Musée d'Orsay
From Symbolism to Expressionism,
Willumsen (1863-1958), a Danish Artist
from June 27 to September 17, 2006

Musée d'Orsay
Auguste Rodin / Eugène Carrière
from July 11 to October 1, 2006

Forthcoming exhibitions

Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art
Edouard Manet / Anne Sauser-Hall
Vincent Feugère des Forts / Pierre and Gilles
from February 20 to May 20, 2007

The Forest of Fontainebleau.
A Life-Sized Studio. From Corot to Picasso
from March 6 to May 13, 2007

Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884)
from March 6 to May 13, 2007

Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946)
from March 6 to May 27, 2007

From Cézanne to Picasso,
Masterpieces from the Vollard Gallery
from June 19 to September 16, 2007

The Hand
from June 19 to September 16, 2007

Universal Exhibitions,
Real and Utopian Architecture
from June 19 to September 16, 2007

Forthcoming off-site exhibition
Kobe, Tokyo
Times of Harmony:
The Artist's Paradise in the 19th Century
from September 29, 2006 to April 8, 2007


2006 Ticket Prices
Ticket for the museum and exhibitions
except Maurice Denis, From Cézanne to Picasso, Masterpieces from the Vollard Gallery
Full price : 7.5 Euros
Reduced rate : 5.5 Euros
On Sundays and from 4.15 pm (8 pm on Thursdays): 5.5 Euros
Ticket for the museum and exhibitions including Maurice Denis or From Cézanne to Picasso, Masterpieces from the Vollard Gallery
Full price : 9 Euros
Reduced rate : 7 Euros
Museum Pass-holders and teachers : 1.5 Euro
On Sundays and from 4.15 pm (8 pm on Thursdays): 7 Euros

Admission free for under 18s and for subscribers to the Musée d'Orsay Carte blanche or to MuséO. The Musée d'Orsay Young Persons' Card, for members of certain cultural associations and institutions, students of artistic curricula, recipients of certain social benefits (disabled, unemployed...) as well as teachers (except exhibitions involving an extra admission fee), journalists, museum scientific staff and professional artists on presentation of proof of eligibility validated for the current year.

Reduced price for young visitors aged 18 to 25 inclusive.
20th anniversary
from December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2007
free access (entrance A) for visitors aged 20 on presentation of a passport or ID card

Opening hours

The museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30am to 6pm
and on Thursdays from 9.30am to 9.45pm

Tickets sold until 5pm, 9pm on Thursdays

Galleries start closing at 5.30pm, 9.15pm on Thursdays

The museum is open on Easter Sunday, on Ascention Day, on July 14, on November 1 and on November 11 (Mondays excepted)

The museum is shut on Mondays.
and on January 1, May 1 and December 25

Getting there

Buses: 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, and 94
Métro: line 12, Solférino station
RER: line C, Musée d'Orsay station
Boat: Batobus
Taxis: Rue de Solférino and Quai Anatole-France
Car parks: Deligny, Louvre and Montalembert


Disabled Visitors

Since its creation in 1986, the Musée d'Orsay has been committed to making its collections and services (bookshop, postcard shop, restaurant and café) accessible to all visitors.
Ramps and lifts provide access for visitors to the three main levels of the museum. Accessibility for disabled visitors is a constant concern, and recent improvements include new signposts, automatic doors and improved procedures to welcome disabled visitors. Special toilets are also available.

By the square,
1 rue de la Légion d'honneur
75007 Paris
All disabled visitors access the museum using entrance "C". This is a priority entry into the museum.
Access Map

Personalised welcome by prior appointment
The museum also provides disabled persons with the possibility of being accompanied from the museum entrance to the permanent collections. This service, devised to promote their autonomy, is free but subject to museum opening hours. On week-ends, please make an appointment several days in advance.
Information and reservation:
tel. +33 (0)1 40 49 47 14 (answering machine / fax)

Guided tours in sign language also available.

Concerts, lectures and symposia, cinema festivals, are regularly programmed in the museum auditorium, level -2, accessible using lifts A and B. The auditorium can accommodate up to three wheelchairs at one time.
Please arrive 20 minutes before the performance with your ticket. Advance reservation is advised.

The auditorium is equipped with a magnetic loop: visitors should adjust their hearing aid to T position.

Practical information
• Individually
Free access for the disabled person and one e...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Groups Reservation compulsory for all groups in writing (by calling +33 (0)1 53 63 04 50, or by fax +33 (0)1 42 22 71 61- for youth groups- for adult groups, groups are received from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm, until 8pm on Thursdays


School group visits without a guide:
from Tuesday to Saturday, on prior reservation

Guided group tours (30 people maximum):
from Tuesday to Saturday

Reservations compulsory for all groups
- now for the months of September to December 2006 (until January 13 for the Maurice Denis exhibition and until January 20 for the exhibition Around 1900 : an Art Nouveau Ensemble. The Rispal Donation)
- from Thursday, November 23, 2006 for the months of January to April 2007
- from Thursday, March 22, 2007 for the months of May to September 2007

Groups are limited to 30, with one adult for every 10 pupils. For some visits, they may be limited to 15 or 20.
No groups allowed without reservation


Family Visits and Activities

Devised for children aged 5 to 10 or 8 to 12 and their parents, different activities for families are organised in the museum, based on the permanent collections.
On certain Sundays, you may also attend screenings of animation films or musical shows specially devised for all the family. Children and adults are offerred a different approach to the museum, its collections and the period 1848-1914. These activities are conducted in French only.


Guided tours organised for children aged between 5 and 10 on wednesdays and during school holidays.
Duration 1h 30 mins
Please make a reservation on + 33 1 40 49 47 50


Adult visitors in groups

Discovering the Musée d'Orsay

From Train Station to Museum
A journey through the museum by way of an architectural tour and an analysis of selected pieces from the collections.

Masterpieces of the Musée d'Orsay
By viewing a selection of masterpieces, from painting to the decorative arts, you will gain a global vision of the museum's collections.

The Major Artistic Movements
The major artistic movements since the emergence of realism circa 1848, are covered through a selection of carefully chosen works of art.


Subscribe to the Museum and make the most of your visits.

The Musée d'Orsay Carte blanche

Unlimited access to the museum without queuing from 9am, entrance C :
to the Musée d'Orsay temporary exhibitions,
on certain days to the exhibitions organized by the Musée d'Orsay in the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais.

Reduced rate
on guided tours,
on events programmed at the auditorium,
5% reduction in the Bookshop and Boutique,
10% reduction in the Restaurant (maximum four people for one Carte blanche).

Free subscription to the leaflets and brochures
Nouvelles du Musée d'Orsay
(published in September, February and June),
Saison and Auditorium
(all publications in French only).

Partner cultural venues
Comédie française, Théâtre du Vieux Colombier, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Opéra de Paris,Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Rond-Point.

Venue hire

Organise your private functions in a prestigious location in the heart of Paris

Housed in the palatial, 19th century surroundings of the former railway station, the Musée d'Orsay offers a stunning venue for your special evening functions. Its prestigious exhibition spaces and catering facilities welcome your guests in unforgettable splendour whether it be for an exclusive viewing of the permanent collections or temporary exhibitions, or for breakfast, dinner, musical cocktails, or for a concert...