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Musée d’Orsay: Tickets and Tours

Inaugurated in 1986, the Musée d'Orsay (Orsay Museum) is one of the newest museums in Paris. Housed in a train station built for the 1900 World's Fair and situated on the banks of the Seine river, the Musée d'Orsay is home to the most complete collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world including artworks by Renoir, Cézanne, Monet, and Van Gogh to name a few.

The Musée d'Orsay welcomes more than 3 millions visitors every year and is a must-visit museum for every art lovers. Book your Musée d'Orsay tickets online, skip the line and discover a collection of stunning impressionist masterpieces.

Here's all you need to know about Musée d'Orsay, one of the most striking museums in Paris.

How much do Musée d'Orsay tickets cost?

Musée d’Orsay tickets cost €16 for adults, though visitors accompanying children aged under 18 years old pay €13 only.

The entry is free for visitors aged under 18 years old, EU citizens aged between 18 and 25 years old, disabled visitors and unemployed visitors.

Add €6 if you wish to rent an audioguide and enjoy commentary on over 300 artworks! The audioguide is available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.

How do you book Musée d'Orsay tickets online? How do you skip the line?

If you wish to skip the line at the entrance, you must book your Musée d'Orsay tickets online in advance. Musée d'Orsay tickets are available through the official website and online travel agencies such as Tiqets, Viator or Getyourguide.

We strongly recommend you to use our search engine and compare offers, as you will often find discounted tickets.

Are there any combined tickets including Musée d'Orsay tickets and other attractions in Paris?

There are several ways to combine Musée d'Orsay with other exciting places to visit in Paris. You may find below the most famous ones.

Musée d'Orsay + Orangerie Museum: Explore two of the most renowned museums in Paris with a simple trip across the Seine River.

Musée d'Orsay + Louvre Museum: Another exciting opportunity to visit two of the most famous museums not only in Paris but the world.

Musée d'Orsay + Montmartre: The tour takes you to the origins of the Impressionist movement. You start at Musée d'Orsay before visiting the Montmartre neighborhood.

Are there any Musée d'Orsay guided tours? Are they worth it?

There are many benefits to book a guided tour and they really do suit the purposes of a lot of travelers. The benefits of booking a guided tour include:

  • Priority access to the exhibits: Musée d'Orsay gets very busy with millions of visitors each year. Scheduling a guided tour already secures your spot and let you skip the line at the entrance.
  • Learn more and ask questions to your guide. Your guide will answer all your questions. Don't waste your time googling, just listen your guide and appreciate the experience.
  • You will see all the important exhibitions and make sure to hit the most important spots.

Is it possible to visit Musée d'Orsay for free?

Musée d'Orsay is free to everyone on the first Sunday of every month, but keep in mind that it gets extremely crowded.

What will I see?

Once a Beaux-Arts train station, Musée d'Orsay offers a setting far different from any other famous museum in the world.

The Musée d'Orsay houses a vast selection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks, including masterpieces of Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet and many others. You will also have access to amazing exhibitions on photography, graphic art, architecture, and sculptures.

With thousands of artworks in the collection, it’s worth spending time to explore the highlights within. Spread out across four floors, it’s worth leaving a good amount of time for your visit to make the most of it without having to rush.

Its impressive collection of artworks coupled with its stunning location in the Beaux-Arts railway station, make it one of the most amazing museums in the world.

Are Musée d'Orsay tickets included in any attractions city passes?

There are a couple of different city passes that currently include Musée d'Orsay.

The Paris Museum Pass is a fantastic incentive for lovers of art and history. It provides entry to over 60 museums in Paris, one of the meccas in the world for collections of art and history. The Paris Museum Pass does include Musée d'Orsay and is worth considering if you have a lot of time in France to visit multiple museums.

The Paris Pass offers free entry to over 60 attractions in Paris, including the the Musée d'Orsay, the Palace of Versailles and also a sightseeing cruise among many other top attractions.

What is the best time to visit the Musée d'Orsay? How to avoid the crowd?

Musée d'Orsay is an extremely popular attraction in Paris that receives more than three million visitors a year. It is hard to find any time of the day that is not crowded. However, your best bet is to consider visiting on a weekday and early in the morning.

Make sure to book your tickets online so you can skip the line at the entrance.

What are the Musée d'Orsay opening hours?

Musée d'Orsay is open every day of the week except Mondays. It is open Tuesday-Wednesday, and Friday-Sunday from 9:30 AM to 6 PM. The hours get extended on Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 9:45 PM.

Please note that Musée d'Orsay is closed on May 1 and Dec. 25.

Which other museums can be visited in Paris?

Travel Tips

  • Book in advance. Musée d'Orsay is among the most popular museums and attractions in Paris. You will wait in long lines unless you purchase your tickets online.
  • Look for discounted tickets through online travel agencies. You may save up to 20%.
  • If you are traveling by metro, the closest station to Musée d’Orsay is the Solferino station on Line 12.
  • The museum is free for everyone on first Sunday of the month.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.