Musée d’Orsay FAQs

1. Are tickets necessary to visit Musée d’Orsay?

Yes, visitors need Musée d’Orsay entry tickets. 

Various types of admission tickets are available like:

Dedicated entry ticket 
Guided tour ticket
Musée d’Orsay and Seine river cruise
Musée d’Orsay and Louvre Museum combination ticket

If you are planning to visit multiple museums and famous attractions in the city, Paris Museum pass is also available for purchase.

2. Do Musée d’Orsay entry tickets sell out?

Musée d’Orsay tickets are prebooked and they sell out. 

With annual visitors increasing to 3 million, it is safe to say that Musée d’Orsay is one of the most visited museums in the city. 

So book your tickets online in advance to secure your entry.

3. How much is the admission to Musée d’Orsay?

The Musée d’Orsay entry ticket costs €13.

With this admission ticket, you enjoy dedicated entry to the museum and access to the permanent collection and temporary exhibition.

4. Does the Musée d’Orsay provide guided tours?

Yes, Musée d’Orsay offers guided tours with skip the line access. 

On a guided tour, visitors enjoy 105 minutes tour of Musée d’Orsay and learn about the largest collection of Impressionist paintings from expert guides. 

You can also stay in the museum for however long you wish after the guided tour.

5. Is entry to Musée d’Orsay free?

Entry to Musée d’Orsay is free for
visitors under 18 years of age 
EU citizens or long-term residents of an EU country aged 18 to 25
ICOM, ICOMOS card holders
Visitors with Paris Museum Pass
Barnes Foundation members with a guest 
Louvre Abu Dhabi members with one to five guests
Students of Ecole du Louvre, Ecole Nationale du Patrimoine, the Ecole des Chartes, the IFROA and university restoration graduates. 
Teachers in the arts in universities and public art schools 
Job seekers with proof of less than 6 months period of validity 
Disabled visitors with one accompanying person 

To know more about free entry to Musée d’Orsay refer to the official website.

6. What to see in Musée d’Orsay?

Musée d’Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist paintings by artisits like Monet, Manet, Morisot, Van Gogh and Renoir.

Tour around the five different levels of Musée d’Orsay to immerse yourself in the world of art. 

Highlights of Musée d’Orsay include Apples and Oranges, Starry night, Olympia, Photography gallery and Small Dancer Aged 14. 

Visit Musée d’Orsay to experience the best of the artistic world.

7. How long does it take to tour the Musée d’Orsay?

Musée d’Orsay is a huge museum with more than 3000 artworks on display. 

Visitors need at least 3 to 4 hours to explore the museum and immerse in the world of Impressionist to the fullest. 

If you are short on time or wish to see only the popular works, we suggest you take 2 hours to tour the Musée d’Orsay highlights

It is usual for guests to feel art fatigue set in after two hours.

Take breaks in between at the restaurant and cafes inside the museum before you resume your tour.

8. What are the operating hours of Musée d’Orsay?

Musée d’Orsay is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. 

On Thursdays, the opening hours extend to 9.45 pm. 

Know more about the opening hours of Musée d’Orsay before you visit.

9. When is Muséed’Orsay closed?

Musée d’Orsay remains closed every Monday, May 1st and December 25th of every year.

10. What is the best time to visit Musée d’Orsay?

The best time to visit Musée d’Orsay is at 9.30 am when the museum opens and during the extended opening hours on Thursdays from 6 pm to 9.30 pm. 

Try visiting the museum before the crowd flows in by 11 am. 

Musée d’Orsay witnesses more crowds on Tuesdays since the museum is closed on Mondays. 

You can expect crowds during weekends from 9.30 am to 1 pm and the waiting time can go up from 1 hour to 2.5 hours during peak season (April to September).

On weekends it is suggested to visit after 2 pm to skip the crowds.

Planning to visit Musee d’Orsay? Here are some more relevant information to help you plan your visit.

For all visitors planning to visit Musee d’Orsay, here is a list of tickets you can choose from. 

Dedicated entry ticket: This ticket offers dedicated entry to the museum with access to permanent and temporary collections. 
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Guided tour ticket: Enjoy a 1 hour 45 minutes guided tour and skip the line access to Musee d’Orsay.
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Musee d’Orsay and Seine River Cruise: Visitors can tour the Musee d’Orsay and then experience a cruise over the Seine. 
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Musee d’Orsay and Louvre Museum: This combination ticket offers entry to both Musee d’Orsay and Louvre Museum.
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Paris City Museum Pass: Visit the best museums in Paris with just one pass.
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