MUSEE D’ORSAY: THE UNMISSABLE WORKS, HOW TO REACH IT AND WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE TICKETS
In Paris there are some of my favourite museums, including the Musée d’Orsay.
It’s the perfect continuation of the Louvre Museum with its art collections dating from the second half of the 19th century to the early 20th century.
The museum was originally a railway station, Gare d’Orsay, which in 1986 became the Musée d’Orsay.
In this post how to reach it and where you can find the tickets.
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The unmissable works at MUSEe D’ORSAY
The Musée d’Orsay was born to hold French art dating from 1848 to 1914, coming mainly from the Louvre, the Galerie National du Jeu de Paume and the Musée National d’Art Moderne.
That’s why at the Musée d’Orsay you’ll find the largest collection of masterpieces of Impressionism, post-Impressionism and avant-gardes of the 20th century.
To visit the Musée d’Orsay without losing time, I suggest that you get the map of the museum (you can find it at the entrance), where you’ll find the locations of the artworks. The audio guides are very useful, as well and will allow you to visit the museum in about an hour and a half, discovering the 30 most important masterpieces on display.
But remember that you can’t exit the Musée d’Orsay without admiring these 5 paintings:
1 – “Bal au Moulin de la Galette” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
2 – “The Luncheon on the Grass” by Manet
3 – “The Ballet Class” by Edgar Degas”
4 – “The Origin of the World” by Courbet
5 – “Self-Portrait” by Van Gogh
Get to the Museo d’Orsay
It’s very easy to get to the Musée d’Orsay.
By subway: one of the easiest way to reach the museum is taking the Paris metro: line 12 dropping you off at the Solférino station or you can take the urban rail service of Paris (RER) line C, stopping at the Musée d’Orsay station.
By bus: many bus lines stop near the museum (lines 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94).
By car: you can park your car at the Carrousel du Louvre parking lot.
Tickets and open days
The Musée d’Orsay is open every day, but is closed on Mondays and January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
The full entrance ticket costs € 12, but if you enter after 4.30 pm it costs € 9 (but pay attention because you’ll have very little time to visit the museum. In fact the museum is cleared at 5.45 pm).
Every Thursday the Musée d’Orsay is open until 9.45 pm (in this case there’s no reduced ticket!).
To save time you can buy your ticket to the Musée d’Orsay online, on the museum’s official website (you’ll find the link at the end of the post!).
After your visit to the Musée d’Orsay don’t throw away your ticket: it’s valid for 8 days from date of purchase, and you can use it to get reduced rates at the: Gustave Moreau National Museum, the Palais Garnier (Paris National Opera) and at Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner.
Unlike the Louvre Museum, the Musée d’Orsay is more people-friendly and you can visit it calmly in half a day.
But if you make a list of artworks to see, a couple of hours will be enough.
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