Why should I go to Orsay Museum in Paris?


The Orsay Museum in Paris, which was converted from a train station to a museum, is regarded as one of Paris’s top three museums, alongside the Louvre and the Pompidou Center. The interior of the museum was modified to its current configuration in 1979, and it reopened in December 1986 as the “Orsay Museum.”

How to enjoy Orsay

How to enjoy Orsay

When you go to the Orsay Museum in Paris, you can see the interior of the symmetry expand from side to side. The exhibition area is separated into five stories, and it is best to view it in the following order: bottom floor, upper floor, and middle floor. Don’t forget to look up at the clock tower on the fifth storey!

What you must do in Orsay

What you must do in Orsay

5th Floor of the Clock Tower
Let’s shoot a big clock tower shot with Montmartre in the background. Let’s also draw a picture in front of a photo you like.

Why I must go to Orsay

Why I must go to Orsay

The pieces at the Arts of Orsay Museum in Paris are all well-known and interesting since they have appeared in textbooks and postcards.

The Orsay Museum houses a significant collection of 19th-century Impressionist art. There are several paintings by well-known French artists such as Gustave Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet, and Claude Monet. The museum also has a copy of Millet’s classic “The Gleaners,” which appears in textbooks. It also includes works by international impressionists such as Edvard Munch, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh. Of course, there are many masterpieces by Angre and other neoclassical painters to be found, so don’t overlook them. The sculpture, to your knowledge, is also extremely nice. It has a variety of sculptures by Rodin, best known for “The Gates of Hell.”

A Burial at Ornans (c. 1849)

A Burial at Ornans (c. 1849)
Gustave Courbet.

A gloomy mood is created through the use of dark green and grey colours. Intense expressiveness techniques provide a sense of natural components as well as weight on the screen.

Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876)

Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Renoir perfectly described the scene of a dance hall with a buzzing, light Bohemian atmosphere.

Dinner at the Ball (1879)

Dinner at the Ball (1879)
Edgar Degas.

Degas copied a painting by Menzel ’dinner at the ball’. A work that highlights a beautiful portrayal of light.

Olympia (1863)

Olympia (1863)
Edouard Manet.

Manet used strong techniques. He introduced a new female nude style.

Bazille's Studio (1870)

Bazille's Studio (1870)
Frédéric Bazille.

The Bazille Atelier wasn't the only one containing Bazille's own works. Renoir painted the naked woman on the window wall, while Monet painted the still life. He shared his studio as well as his friendship.

The Card players (1890-1895)

The Card players (1890-1895)
Paul Cézanne.

This is a series of five consecutive oil paintings of card games drawn in the late years of Cezanne.

London, Houses of Parliament (1904)

London, Houses of Parliament (1904)
Claude Monet.

Monet painted a series of Westminster Abbey during his stay in London since the fall of 1899. But with different times and weather each time, You can feel the change of light in each work.

Van Gogh self-portrait (1889)

Van Gogh self-portrait (1889)
Van Gogh.

The self-portrait of Gogh in Orsay was painted in 1889. When Gogh passed away in 1890, one year before his death.

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Informative things

Orsay Museum Opening hours

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun : 9:30 ~ 18:00
Thursday : 9:30 ~ 21:45
Closed : Every Monday, 1 May, 25 December

How can I visit to Orsay for free?

EU Citizen ticket (18 to 25 years) is Free entry.

 * You need to show a valid ID at the entrance.

FIRST SUNDAY of  Every Month is Free entry.

Can I bring water to the museum?

You can carry water inside, but you are not allowed to drink it inside the museum. It would be good to keep it in your bag.

The best time to visit Orsay Museum

If you enter at 9:30, which is the opening time, you can watch in a relaxed. The average viewing time is about 3 hours.

* Let’s avoid Saturday morning! That time is the most visited time.

How to get there

I highly recommend using public transportation to Orsay Museum.

If you take Metro…

Take line 12 to Solférino station.

If you take RER…

Take RER’s Line C to Musée d’Orsay station.

If you take Bus…

Take Bus number 24, 63, 68, 73, 83, 84, 94.



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