One of the most beautiful impressionist collections in the world. A marvel!
One of our favorite museums in Paris

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the Musée d'Orsay: the most beautiful museum in Paris

The Musée d'Orsay: a must-see museum in Paris

  • The Musée d'Orsay, located in the old Orsay train station, is a very beautiful place. The architecture and the scenography of the museum alone justify its visit!
  • It presents painting and sculpture from the mid-19th century to the First World War.
  • It is especially the collection of impressionist paintings that is absolutely extraordinary.
  • Impossible to list all the artists who are exposed there: Bonnard, Cézanne, Courbet, van Gogh, le Douanier Rousseau, Manet, Monet, Morisot... just to name a few.



  • The Musée d'Orsay is a victim of its own success. There are always people at the entrance. This is not a problem once you are in the museum because it is very large. On the other hand, we strongly advise you to buy your tickets online before your visit.
  • The Musée d'Orsay is a vast museum, and its visit can be tiring. We advise you to plan to do a lunch or snack break. There are 2 rather good cafés. Plan to go there at different times to avoid the crowd.
  • The museum's website suggests a online "first visit" course of 1h30.
Did you know ? The polar bear presented to the public in 1922 is the work of François Pompon!

marble statue in the Musée d'Orsay


Children's workshops

The Musée d'Orsay offers workshops for children. They are not accompanied by parents.

  • Workshops for 6 - 8 years old and for 9 - 12 years. 
  • The visit in the rooms, in front of the works, precedes the practical session in the workshop. 
  • Visit of 45 minutes in front of the works of the museum,
  • followed by a 1h15 workshop.
  • Purchase in advance and on the museum's website only.

Family visits

  • It is about discovering the works in families
  • Several formats: conference visits, family workshops or game trails.
  • For 6-12 year olds. 
  • Tickets can be purchased and reserved in advance and on the museum's website only.

The little M'O

The Musée d'Orsay and the museum of the Orangery have created a website for 6-10 years: the little M'O. Pompon the bear (the mascot of the Musée d'Orsay, in reference to François Pompon), and Lily the frog for the Orangery accompany the children on this site. On the site, there is a selection of works of art with a short commentary, biographical notes on the artists and thematic tours. There is also a gazette, an agenda?

Manet's fife player at the Musée d'Orsay


  • Just cross the Seine to get to the Tuileries Garden. It is one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris: the ponds and small boats, playgrounds There are statues scattered around the garden and candy booths on the right side of the central path. If you are there in the summer, you will be able to enjoy the funfair that takes place in the garden.
  • When the weather is nice, desire for a vfun and unusual in the Tuileries Garden: the Marvelous Legend of the TuileriesA family treasure hunt in the Tuileries gardens. Ideal from 6 years old. Duration 2 hours.
  • Want to see the Impressionists and Monet's famous Water Lilies in a smaller museum: the museum of the Orangery is a great alternative.

Practical information

See schedule details
  • - Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6 pm
  • - Nocturne on thursday until 21h45
  • - Closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1 and December 25

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