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The Musée d'Orsay

The Musée d'Orsay

Located in the heart of Paris along the Left Bank of the Seine, across from the Tuileries Gardens, the Musée d'Orsay is a national museum comprising major collections of decorative arts pieces, paintings largely from the Impressionist and Symbolist periods, sculptures and photographs. This is where one can see the famous "Déjeuner sur l'herbe" by Eduard Manet and "L'Origine du Monde" by Gustave Courbet.

Departing from the Louvre des Antiquaires, located on the original site of the Hôtel du Louvre on the opposite bank of the Seine, visitors can reach the Musée d'Orsay via the Pont Royal after crossing the Tuileries Gardens. Created inside the former Orsay train station, which was built for the 1900 World's Fair, this museum has been open to the public since 1986. Temporary exhibits frequently highlight the work of painters or photographers of that era, and the auditorium is host to many concerts featuring music from 1848-1914, the period to which the museum is devoted.

By consolidating dispersed collections and profiting from thousands of donations and purchases over the years, the Musée d'Orsay is able to offer the public a wealth of very fine objects and constitutes a bridge in time between the collections of the Louvre Museum and those of the Modern Art Museum at the Georges Pompidou Center.

Museum Opening Hours

Winter
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Summer
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tursday: late night opening until 9:45 pm
Closed on Mondays, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.