Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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    by breughel Updated Mar 7, 2015

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    The museum of Orsay shows some paintings of nudes which in their time (around 1860) where found scandalous.
    The art amateur will notice that this decennia of 1860 produced academic nudes such as "Naissance de Vénus" (1863) of Alexandre Cabanel, impressionist nudes like "Déjeuner sur l'herbe" (1863) and "Olympia" (1863) from Edouard Manet as well as realistic nudes such as "Femme nue avec chien" (1862) and "l'Origine du Monde" (1866) from Gustave Courbet.

    As for "l'Origine du Monde" of Courbet, acquired in 1995, I notice that today this provocating nudity, an almost anatomical description of the female organs, still arouses emotion. The first years that she was exhibited at Orsay a special security guard was posted in the room!
    Now that the Courbet's nude "L'Origine du Monde" is travelling all over the world there is no reason for me not to publish the photo in this review. (She is prohibited on Facebook but we know that FB is not really a reference for cultural matters!).

    About the head of the model for the Courbet's painting "L'Origine du Monde" hereafter the statement of the Musée d'Orsay (Le Figaro 8/02/2013):

    Des hypothèses fantaisistes ont récemment été développés autour de L'Origine du monde de Gustave Courbet conservée au musée d'Orsay. Celui-ci souhaite rappeler certains faits bien connus des historiens de l'art. L'Origine du monde est une composition achevée et en aucun cas le fragment d'un œuvre plus grande. Longtemps entourée de secrets y compris dans ses dispositifs de présentation.
    Certaines zones d'ombre subsistent dans son historique. Une certitude cependant, confirmée par tous les témoignages du XIXe siècle: le tableau visible chez Khalil-Bey, son premier propriétaire et probable commanditaire, était bien ‘une femme nue sans pieds et sans tête. À cette description de l'œuvre par Gambetta répond celle de Maxime Ducamp qui mentionne en 1878 que Courbet n'avait pas représenté «le cou et la tête» de ce «portait de femme bien difficile à décrire».*

    Translation (software + my correction):
    Fanciful hypotheses have recently been developed around L'Origine du Monde by Gustave Courbet at the Musée d'Orsay. We would recall some well-known facts of art historians. The Origin of the World is a complete composition and not a fragment of a larger work …
    Some gray areas remain in its history. Certainty, however, confirmed by all accounts of the nineteenth century in the painting visible at Khalil Bey, the first owner and probable sponsor, was indeed a naked woman without legs and without a head. In this description of the work by Gambetta that meets the one of Maxime Ducamp in 1878 which mentions that Courbet had not represented the "head and neck" of this "woman portrait was very difficult to describe."


    Les nus à scandale d'Orsay!

    Le musée d'Orsay comporte quelques tableaux de nus qui ont défrayé la chronique en leur temps (±1860) et dont l'un "l'Origine du Monde" (1866) de Gustave Courbet suscite encore des remous.
    Cette même décennie 1860 produisit à la fois des nus aussi académiques que la "Naissance de Vénus" (1863) du néo-classique Alexandre Cabanel, des nus d'inspiration impressionniste comme "Déjeuner sur l'herbe" (1863) et "Olympia" (1863) d' Edouard Manet ainsi que des nus réalistes comme la "Femme nue avec chien" (1862) et "l'Origine du Monde" (1866) de Gustave Courbet.

    Les deux nus de Manet, surtout le "Déjeuner sur l'herbe", déchaînèrent les sarcasmes et critiques au Salon de 1863. J'avoue que le contraste entre les deux messieurs en redingote et la dame nue m'interpellent. Qu'allait-elle faire nue dans la forêt; à moins qu'elle ne se soit baignée dans l'étang à l'arrière plan?

    Quant à "l'Origine du Monde" de Courbet, acquis en 1995 je constate qu'aujourd'hui encore cette nudité crue, provocante, une description presque anatomique du sexe féminin, suscite de l'émotion: les messieurs la photographient, leur compagne se tient en retrait.

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    Musée d'Orsay

    by Ewingjr98 Written Mar 1, 2015

    Paris' Musée d'Orsay occupies what was once the Gare d'Orsay, a train station built from 1898 to 1900. The station was used for long-distance trains until 1939, then later was used mainly for shorter regional trains. After World War II, the building was converted from a station into a mail center and was used a movie set. Approved to be destroyed in 1970, the demolition was disapproved and the station was proposed to be converted into a museum. Musée d'Orsay opened in 1986, and it houses French art completed from 1848 to 1915, including works by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and other French greats.

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    Touring the Orsay Museum with an expert (7th)

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 28, 2015

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    In August 2013 I had the privilege of touring the Orsay Museum with VT member breughel (Eddy). First we had a great lunch together at the ornate museum restaurant on the second floor and then he showed me some of his favorite paintings in nearly all the departments of the museum.

    Unfortunately the Orsay Museum no longer allows photography in the exhibition halls, so I can’t show you any of the paintings he showed me, but most of them can be seen on the museum’s website. A lot of them can also be seen on the many Orsay tips that Eddy (breughel) has made here on VirtualTourist. He made most of these before 2010, when photography at the Orsay was still allowed:
    My favourite museum
    Highlights to visit in a few hours
    RENOIR - The dances
    "Manet, inventeur du Moderne" exhibition
    An Impressionist Triptych
    Special exhibition "L'IMPRESSIONNISME ET LA MODE"
    Musée d'Orsay - Monet "La pie - The magpie"
    Caillebotte, patron of arts and painter
    Missing highlights - Oeuvres manquantes
    Vincent Van Gogh at Orsay
    Van Gogh at Musée d'Orsay
    TRANSFORMATIONS in 2010 -2011 at Orsay
    The renovated Musée d'Orsay
    Practical Info at renovated Orsay

    While we were touring the Orsay museum in 2013, Eddy was particularly pleased to find that all the museum’s Van Goth paintings had returned from their recent travels: All Van Gogh's on display.

    Upstairs in the Impressionist gallery on the 5th floor, he especially pointed out some of his favorite paintings by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), whose works I have somehow never particularly noticed up to now.

    This was my first visit to the Orsay Museum since it was renovated and rearranged from 2009 to 2011. The Impressionists (Manet, Degas, Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Sisley...) are still on the 5th floor in a renovated gallery under the glass canopy, but the Post-Impressionists (Van Gogh, Gauguin, the school of Pont-Aven, Cross, Seurat, the Douanier Rousseau) are now on the middle level, on the side of the Rue de Lille, in rooms that have also been renovated. This new arrangement was intended to “ensure a better distribution of visitors in the museum” instead of having all the most popular works in the same gallery.

    My first photo on this tip shows the outside of the Orsay Museum in the summer of 2013, with the new Emmarchement leading down to the river. (This is a different view that I have not posted up to now.)

    Second photo: A lady riding a Vélib’ bike at the Orsay Museum in 2013, near the big Vélib’ station 7007 on rue de Lille.

    Third photo: The Orsay Museum as I saw it from the tourist boat in 2012.

    Fourth photo: A collage of photos from my first Orsay tip in 2008, when photography was still allowed in the museum.

    Fifth photo: My advance ticket to the Orsay Museum, which allowed me to use the priority entrance (gate C) with hardly any waiting time. Unlike the Louvre, the Orsay Museum offers tickets with a print-at-home option through the fnac website, so you can print out your ticket yourself and you don’t have to pick it up at one of the fnac stores.

    Next review from September 2013: The Richelieu Wing of the Louvre

    Orsay Museum and Emmarchement, 2013 Cycling at the Orsay Museum, 2013 Orsay Museum from the boat, 2012 Orsay Museum, 2008 Advance ticket, 2013
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    Caillebotte, patron of arts and painter.

    by breughel Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    Before my first visit to the Musée d'Orsay I ignored who was Gustave Caillebotte.
    Today I am grateful to this generous sponsor of impressionistic painters such as Degas, Monet and Renoir and collector of impressionist art who bequeathed to the French State 67 paintings of which 27 were refused by the National Museums who considered these paintings as "drift of an unhealthy art"!
    In those times (1896) the public and administrations were less fond of impressionism than a century later.

    But Caillebotte was also a talented painter who painted about 500 works in a style often more realistic than that of his impressionistic friends.
    The painter Caillebotte became famous for his sights of the streets of Paris made since balconies, for scenes of the labour life such as the "Raboteurs de parquet - parquet planers" , for landscapes of gardens and parks.
    He was a rich man, a naval architect what explains that he often painted nautical scenes as he participated to regattas.

    All my photos are from before 2010.


    Mécène et peintre.
    J'ignorais qui était Gustave Caillebotte avant ma première visite au Musée d'Orsay. Aujourd'hui j'ai de la reconnaissance pour ce mécène généreux envers les peintres impressionnistes et collectionneur qui légua à l'Etat Français 67 tableaux mais dont les Musées Nationaux refusèrent 27 tableaux considérés comme "dérives d'un art malsain". A l'époque (1896) on était moins friand d'impressionnisme qu'un siècle plus tard.
    Mais Caillebotte était aussi un peintre talentueux qui peignit quelque 500 oeuvres dans un style souvent plus réaliste que celui de ses amis impressionnistes.
    L'œuvre la plus célèbre est bien sur "les Raboteurs de parquet" .
    Cette salle comporte d'autres belles œuvres de Caillebotte.

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    Musée d'Orsay - Monet "La pie - The magpie".

    by breughel Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    Many VT members made comments here on the magnificent collections of the museum of Orsay and the ancient railway station which shelters them.
    I will just visit one painting of Claude Monet which on each of my visits made my hart bounce and my eyes shine with pleasure.
    It is a rather large painting called "La pie" (the magpie) of a winter landscape painted in 1869 at the beginning of his career and which for that reason is exposed on the first floor among the pre-impressionists.
    At first this painting attracts the glance of the visitor by its almost white monochromy. But quickly we realize that the snow is not white - white does not exist - she shows nuances of grey, blue, yellow with some lines and dark spots in brown or black.
    There are the warm tones in the sunny part of the landscape and the cold tones in the shadow.
    On the barrier, there is the magpie …

    A so fascinating beauty deserves the journey to the Musée d'Orsay.
    Monet was an excellent painter of snow scenes and painted some 18 in the area of Argenteuil.


    Près de 300 VT membres se sont exprimés ici sur les magnifiques collections du musée d'Orsay. Je me contenterai de visiter un tableau de Claude Monet qui est pour moi un "coup de cœur". Il s'agit de "La pie" un assez grand tableau d'un paysage enneigé peint en 1869 soit au début de sa carrière et qui pour cette raison est exposée au rez-de-chaussée parmi les pré-impressionistes.
    Ce tableau attire le regard du visiteur par sa quasi monochromie blanche. Mais rapidement on réalise que la neige n'est pas blanche - le blanc n'existe pas - elle présente des nuances de gris, de bleu, de jaune avec quelques lignes et taches sombres en brun ou noir. Il y a les tons chauds dans la partie ensoleillée du paysage et les tons froids dans l'ombre.
    Sur la barrière, il y a la pie…

    Une beauté aussi captivante mérite plus que le détour, elle mérite le voyage.
    Monet, qui excellait dans les scènes avec neige, en a peint 18 dans la région d'Argenteuil.

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    Orsay Museum

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2015

    In 1900 a train station was built to the universal exhibition and served as a connection to southwest France until 1939. During the war it was used to the movements of prisoners, and, after the war... Well, why not a museum?

    In 1978 was created the museum, that covers all the western arts from 1848 until WW1, and opened to the public in 1988.

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    All Van Gogh's on display.

    by breughel Updated Jan 3, 2015

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    On my last visit to Orsay, end August 2013 with VT friend Nemorino, I was glad to see that all Van Gogh's were on display in the museum. This is at Level 2 on the Rue de Lille side, rooms 70, 71 & 72 Neo-Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
    The highlights are "L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise, vue du chevet" and "La nuit étoilée". My favored "Les roulottes, campement de bohémiens aux environs d'Arles" and "Fritillaires à couronne impériale dans un vase de cuivre" are again on display.
    Of course these rooms are crowded with visitors from all over the world. Some try to make photos and get shouted at by the attendants. Photos are forbidden since 2010.
    MY PHOTOS ARE FROM BEFORE that time so that I'm not obliged to limit my illustrations here to the outside of Orsay!

    L'��glise d'Auvers-sur-Oise. Autoportrait. Fritillaires. Les roulottes. Portrait Dr. Gachet.
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    by breughel Updated Jan 3, 2015

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    The museum of Orsay presents 200 sculptures of the 19th century in the central aisle, the terraces Lille, Seine and Rodin as well as in room 59.
    If you have no time to visit the Rodin museum you will find numerous works of him at the Musée d'Orsay as well as the sculptors Maillol, Bourdelle, Bernard and many others in all styles.
    My favourite work is Albert Bartholomé's magnificent bronze statue "crying little girl" (1894).
    A wide show case is completely dedicated to Edgar Degas sculptures, mainly ballerina's among which the famous "Petite danseuse de 14 ans" a bronze statue in diverse colourings, with a tutu in tulle and pink ribbon in her hair. The original wax statue was strongly criticized for her hyperrealism at an exhibition in 1881.The bronze statue was made after the death of Edgar Degas.


    Le musée d'Orsay présente près de 200 sculptures du 19e siècle dans l'allée centrale, les terrasses Lille, Seine et Rodin ainsi que dans la salle 59. Si vous n'avez pas le temps de visiter le musée Rodin vous trouverez de nombreuses œuvres à Orsay ainsi que les sculpteurs Maillol, Bourdelle, Bernard et bien d'autres dans tous les styles.
    Mon œuvre préférée est une merveilleuse statue en bronze d'Albert Bartholomé "Petite fille pleurant" (1894).
    Au niveau supérieur, salle 31, une large vitrine est entièrement consacrée à des œuvres d'Edgar Degas principalement des danseuses dont la fameuse "Petite danseuse de 14 ans" une statue en bronze avec patine aux diverses colorations, avec tutu en tulle et ruban rose dans les cheveux.
    A l'époque (1881) cette statue réaliste à l'origine en cire fut fortement critiquée; on lui trouva un visage "marque d'un caractère particulièrement vicieux"!
    L'édition en bronze fut faite après la mort de Degas; la statuette du musée d'Orsay est un exemplaire.

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    RENOIR - The dances.

    by breughel Updated Jan 3, 2015

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    The museum of Orsay contains a beautiful collection of Auguste Renoir's works among which the two large paintings with dancers impressed me from my first visit here.
    "Dance in the country" and "Dance in the city" (1883) belong to the second period called "Ingresque" or "dry" of Renoir. The drawing is more net, the outline more precise than with his first "impressionistic" period (1864-1883).
    Renoir wrote "I had gone up to the end of the impressionism and I arrived to the observation that I did not know how to paint or draw." Amazing this questioning by a master of the impressionistic art!

    He painted three couples of dancers among whom two are here on display in the museum of Orsay the third is in Boston.
    I was particularly seduced by these couples of dancers. The man leaning forwards murmurs soft things to the ear of his partner; she, beautiful woman, red-haired, follows with elegance the movement of the music (a waltz?).
    We know that she is Suzanne Valadon who was also a model for Puvis de Chavannes and Toulouse-Lautrec and became herself a painter and mother of the painter Utrillo.

    After his short "ingresque" period from 1883 till 1890, Renoir enters his period "nacrée - pearly" The term represents very well the shape, the colour, the light and the sensual delight of this period during which he paints numerous "baigneuses - the bathers".
    In the same room 39 are two other beautiful paintings of his pearly period - "période nacrée"
    "Jeunes filles au piano" (1892) and "Grand nu" (1907).

    Renoir was a very prolific painter: more than 4000 paintings!

    N.B. Both paintings are often lent to exhibitions outside France. Renoir's couples of dancers seem to like go dancing abroad!

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    Van Gogh at Musée d'Orsay.

    by breughel Updated Jan 3, 2015

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    Since the renovation works the Van Gogh paintings have been moved downstairs to the Niveau Médian 2 in rooms 71 and 72.
    Unfortunately from the 25 works the Musée d'Orsay has on its catalogue, only twelve were on display among with my favorites:
    "La nuit étoilée", "L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise, vue du chevet", "Chaumes de Cordeville à Auvers-sur-Oise", "Le docteur Paul Gachet".
    But my favored "Les roulottes, campement de bohémiens aux environs d'Arles" or "Fritillaires couronne impériale dans un vase de cuivre" are not on display! Why?
    I would recommend to art lovers who come from afar to see specific paintings to consult the website of the Musée d'Orsay at Interactive Floor Plan - Map Searching the Gallery to find out if the painting(s) they want to see are present at the museum.

    For me Van Gogh represents as much in my initiation to art as Pieter Bruegel: I discovered Van Gogh, when I was 7 years old, from reproductions of his works in a calendar. I presume that these paintings now at Orsay "impregnated" me when I was a kid and opened my liking for impressionism.

    From his early period in Holland there are two paintings on display in room 72. The "Tête de paysanne hollandaise" is not what I like most with Van Gogh. It is clear that his art improved when he reached Paris and assimilated the style of the Impressionist trend.
    It appears that the talent of Van Gogh developed in the same proportion as the intensity of the sunlight. The summit is reached under the sun of the Provence.

    Writing this tip I looked at the comment of CatherineReichhardt "OK, I FINALLY get van Gogh" and can only regret that she is no more writing on VT .

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    Don't Miss the Musée d'Orsay

    by Beausoleil Updated Dec 31, 2014

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    Newest Update: The renovations are complete and the no-photo ruling is in effect. We were at the special Van Gogh-Arnaud Exhibit in June of 2014 and although photos are seldom, if ever, allowed in special exhibits, people were running around with their cell phones and the guards were trying desperately to stop them. It was a losing proposition and the guards were obviously frustrated.

    Update: There was serious renovation going on 2010 and 2011 so many works were touring during this time period. Also, and importantly, the museum has changed its policy on photography. No photos are allowed in the museum. Here is my "rough" translation of why: "It is forbidden to photograph and film in the Museum. To preserve the comfort of visit and works as security, it is now forbidden to photograph or film in the rooms of the Museum. This measure is particularly linked to the proliferation of the "end of arm" shots via mobile phones. Reproductions of most of the works from the collections can be downloaded from the site (catalogue of works, including commented works)." In English: Photo Policy in the Musée d'Orsay

    Original Tip:
    The Musée d'Orsay is a transformed train station and the architecture is nearly as fascinating as the art collection inside. The former Gare d'Orsay, closed to trains in 1973, was inaugurated as a museum in 1986 by then-President Mitterrand.

    This is where the Impressionists are exhibited, where you find Van Gogh, Pisarro, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Millet, sculpture by Rodin and the list goes on.

    Many people expect these paintings to be in the Louvre and are disappointed when they don't see them. If you are looking for them, be sure to visit the d'Orsay and enjoy. Be sure to climb to the top floor and view the inside of the museum. Also view Sacre Coeur from behind the very large window clock facing the basilique on a hill. It's a magnificent view of Paris.

    It can get very crowded inside the museum so we like to go a bit later in the day and start at the top floor and work our way down. One of my husband's favorites is "The Angelus" by Millet and we always visit that before we leave.

    View of the Interior Sacre Coeur through the giant clock Looking down into a gallery Pissarro, Monet and Sisley in one frame Degas
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    Another must do while in Paris

    by jlanza29 Updated Dec 3, 2014

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    The Musée d'Orsay on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.

    It has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Many of these works were held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum's opening in 1986.

    Another world class museum and a must do in Paris !!!

    Admission was 11 Euro's and you can literally spend all day here ... also several section you aren't allowed to take photo's.

    We went on a Thursday night and the crowd wasn't as bad ... it's open till 9:45.

    Main entrance, be ready to stand in line The famous clock As you enter .. sign says no photos

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    Musée d'Orsay

    by gwened Updated Nov 18, 2014

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    a wonderful impressionist place to live off on for hours, an inmense old train station save for the lovers of arts. The museum has the biggest art collection from the impressionist school in the world.
    Best enter by rue de Lille

    The old Gare d'Orsay was born of the needs of several train companies to bring the station closer to the city center. The company Compagnie des Chemins de fer d'Orléans was not help byt its proximity to the gare d'Austerlitz. the company purchase land in 1897 near the quai d'Orsay and then holding the ruins of the Palais d'Orsay, the old tax court burned by the communards uprisings in 1871. The train station Gare d'Orsay opened in July 14 1900. the traffic of long carrier lines ceased in November 1939 due to the interruption of traffic train to the suburbs due to the new RER.
    The idea of a museum on the old train station began in 1973 under the government of Pres Georges Pompidou; however the museum does not see the light until December 1 ,1986 opening by Pres François Mitterrand.

    The rest is history of great proportion today only second to the Louvre as museums goes in France.
    you can see the updated ticket prices at the official site in contact. For minimising the waiting lines
    buy your tickets online, go in by entrance C, no need to stop by the waiting line. Choose your visiting days on days of less traffic and no special showing expo, these are the wednesday, Thursdays at nights admission days ,and the fridays.

    you can help maintain this wonderful place by becoming a friend of the museum of Orsay here,

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    Musee d'Orsay

    by Khamsangla Written Nov 6, 2014

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    Although the Lourve is cleary the most well known of Paris's museums, I was ready to go after seeing the Mona Lisa. As someone who likes art, but not the tediousness of having to groom through miles of gallery walls to find something I like, I prefer smaller, more organized museums like Musee d'Orsay (The Orsay Museum).

    The museum houses mainly paintings, but also has a nice collection of sculpted art, some of which are by Rodin. One of the things I like best about this museum is it's layout. I love when things are catalogued, and here the paintings are displayed by artist, so if you just want to see,for example, Van Gogh and Renoir, you can easily bypass the rest, see want interests you and then move on to whatever's next on your intinery.

    The museum can get busy, particulary, around Van Gogh's work, and my advise to this is be patient - stand back and allow those in front of you to finish 'appreciating'. I had people elbow me to get through and it was extremely irritating!

    Expect queues during peak periods (summer ect...) although immediate entry is granted to those with 'The Paris Pass'.

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    Practical Info (2014) at Musée d'Orsay.

    by breughel Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    OPEN daily, except Mondays, from 09.30 to 18.00 h. Late night on Thursdays until 21.45 h.
    Last tickets sold at 17.00 h (21.00 h Thursdays)
    CLOSED on MONDAYS, on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
    Tickets price (2014): 11 €, reduced 8,50 €.
    Free on first Sunday of the month.

    It's never amusing when arriving at a museum to face long lines like you see here from my photo 1 showing the entrance called A, facing the quay on the river Seine, for individual visitors without ticket, and the other one called C (photo 2), on the rue de Lille side, for visitors who have already their ticket or passes, or priority access. They have only to pass the security check.
    B and D entrances are for pre-booked groups.

    There are several ways to get the ticket before the visit:

    There are supplementary charges for administration (1,60 or 1,70 €. One pays 11,00 (basic price) + 1,70 (commission) = 12,70 € for example at the FNAC).
    You can print out tickets purchased in advance and enter the museum through the reserved entrance (entrance C). The museum entrance ticket is valid for one year and one day. The special exhibition ticket is valid for the day selected on booking.
    Tickets bought online cannot be collected at the museum.

    For a forthcoming visit I used Digitick because they ask less personal information than the FNAC shops (It should be noted that till now the Louvre Museum is NOT giving the possibility of printing tickets at home like Orsay).

    There are a number of points of sale in France like big shops Fnac, Carrefour, Géant, Système U, Bon Marché, Virgin Megastore, Auchan, Leclerc, Galeries Lafayette.
    Tourist Information Points at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris-Orly airport, Versailles Tourist Office.
    (On my last visit I bought my ticket at the FNAC where I use to buy books when in Paris. The surcharge of 1,70 € is well worth the gain of time at the entrance of the museum.)

    3° COMBINED TICKET with another museum.
    Musée d'Orsay /Musée de l'Orangerie Passport at 16,00 €
    This entrance ticket is valid, on the date purchased, for the permanent collections and exhibitions of the museum where it was bought, and for a visit to the permanent collections and exhibitions of the other museum within four days.
    There are fewer lines at the Orangerie but I wouldn't guarantee it.

    The Restaurant on Level 2.
    In a previous tip I wrote here on the former restaurant of the Hôtel d'Orsay, still as magnificent as it was when it opened in 1900. The food is good, the prices are reasonable (menus at 22 and 32 €; dish of the day 17€) and the service is kind (bilingual French-English).
    As my visits to the Musée d'Orsay extend on several hours, usually I have here a pleasant lunch pause.
    The Café Campana (French Brasserie type food) on Level 5 near the Impressionist Gallery has been renovated and redesigned what was a necessity because the previous cafeteria was rather bad.
    The Café de l'Ours floor 0 at the far end of the Nave offers a self-service selection.

    Sadly enough photos are no more allowed inside the museum since 2010.
    All photos from paintings I show are from my visits before 2010.

    lines at A entrance No lines at entrance C. Salon de l Restaurant.
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    • Museum Visits

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