Musée d’Orsay

Paris Musee d'Orsay

This museum was a former railway station and is well worth a look.  If you thought the outside was impressive, the architecture inside is really remarkable too and then there’s all the exhibits to enjoy on top.  For us, the building was the best exhibit here.  The museum is across the river from the Louvre, nearest Metro is Assemblée Nationale or RER stop Musée d’Orsay.   This is an extract from our free Paris City Guide.

Paris Musee d'Orsay statue
One of the striking statues inside Musée d’Orsay

Inside the museum, the exhibits are set out over several levels, but the original structure of the building as a railway station is also preserved.  The central area has specially consructed rooms which contain paintings and sculptures, but there is also a level on the roof of these rooms too.  Further levels make use of the old Gare Orsay rooms, some of which are beautifully ornate.  We were particularly struck by the main roof of the building which is beautiful, and by the cafe which is behind one of the clocks.

Musee d'Orsay internal clock (
Inside the Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay is open every day except Monday from 9am to 6pm, with a late night on Thursdays to 9.45pm.  Adult admission to the permanent exhibition is 9 Euros (2012 prices), although EU citizens aged 25 and under are allowed entry for free (you’ll need to take your passport though).  You can also get free access to Musée d’Orsay with the Paris Pass.

Paris Musee d'Orsay clock
The Musee d’Orsay cafe with a clock as a window


Address: Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 49 48 14

The museum is alongside the river Seine, roughly opposite to the Louvre museum.  Please note that refurbishment work has prevented access to some areas in recent years, but this work is now complete.


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