"Renaissance of a Station" Musee d'Orsay Tip by goodfish

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      Musée d'Orsay - passholders enter on this side
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2016: updating photography and bag rules.

Where French artists are concerned, this collection sort of picks up where the Louvre leaves off. Once the site of the Palais d'Orsay, which burned in the Paris Commune of 1871, this lovely, airy Beaux-Arts structure was a rail station and hotel constructed for the Universal Exhibition of 1900; just like the Grand and Petite Palais. It became obsolete in 1930's as its platforms were too short for longer, electrified trains, and served various other purposes until finally closing in the 1970's. Designation as a Historical Monument saved this priceless treasure from the wrecking ball and, after a renovation, the museum opened in 1986.

Here you'll find paintings, sculpture and other decorative pieces from 1848-1915 by Delacroix, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, Renoir, Rodin and Corot, among many others. Because of its smaller, less-intimidating size, I've heard people say that they enjoyed this one more than the mighty Louvre.

The best way to obtain current ticket prices, hours, combined museum tickets and such is to visit the website:


Be Aware: The museum is closed on Mondays but open into the evenings on Thursdays

Photography or video filming without flash or tripods is allowed for personal use

Please turn your cell phone off upon entry

Eating and drinking in the galleries is not allowed (there is a cafe on the lower level.)

Packpacks and suitcases are not allowed and cannot be checked

The d'Orsay is included in the Paris Museum Pass, and the short line for ticket/pass-holders was on the right side (entrance C) as you face the front of the building. Look for a sign reading "billet coupe-file" or similar.

Your ticket is also good for reduced entry at the Gustave Moreau museum and Palais Garnier (see website)

Address: 1, Rue de la Legion d'Honnuer 75007 Paris
Directions: Métro: line 12, Solférino station; RER: line C, Musée d'Orsay station
Phone: +33 1 40 49 48 14
Website: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 9, 2016
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Comments (2)

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    I was a little worried when I read that backpacks weren't allowed but they did allow me (and many others) to bring in the kind that you walk around with, they must be referring to the giant ones with all your clothes and stuff.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jun 9, 2016 at 11:02 AM

      Probably. I'm just going off the website. It's possible that should security need to be become even tighter than it is now, they're covered. They banned backpacks from the Colosseum in Rome for awhile and could reinstate that again per a specific threat.

    • Dabs's Profile Photo
      Jun 9, 2016 at 11:05 AM

      Yeah, I saw that just before we left and thought "well how the heck am I going to carry my stuff". But there was no issue carrying in a small day pack, they just have you open it and glance inside (like that's actually thwarting anything)

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    You will be delighted to know that you are now able to take photos inside the Orsay again. I guess the guards had too much trouble dealing with a recalcitrant public so the ban on photography was lifted. at any rate, I was delighted to discover this.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jun 8, 2016 at 3:57 PM

      I did know that but had forgotten to update the review Thanks for the reminder, Sally!


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