It is located at the 1 Rue de la Legion d’Honneur and you can get there on the Solferino line 12 metro or by bus on lines 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, and 94. It is open for visitors June 20 to Sept 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, and Friday to Sunday, as well as on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
However, everyone can get in free if they go on the first Sunday of the month. You can find English speaking tour guides and two different time frames for the tours. If you are concerned about visiting Musee d’Orsay with someone in a wheelchair, don’t worry because the museum is completely wheelchair accessible and handicapped also get in free all the time.
What can be seen inside the Musee d’Orsay?
If you get hungry while looking around, there is a restaurant in the middle level, but beware as it is rather expensive at around 25 or more Euros per person. You can also buy your souvenirs at the museum’s gift shop and bookstore, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day except Monday, when it is closed.
Tips on seeing the inside of the Musee d’Orsay
The ground floor has artwork from 1848 to 1870s. It is divided into the right side of the ground floor having works by Ingres, Delacroix, Moreau, and some early stuff by Degas, as well as other art pieces in this time frame.
The left side has art that is from the areas of realism, naturalism and pre-impressionism, which includes Courbet, Millet, Corot, and Manet. There is also other work from the second Empire that is from the 19th century timeframe called the eclecticism movement.
If you head to the middle section of the Musee d’Orsay you will see paintings from the 19th century, as well as six whole rooms of art nouveau pieces. You will also find galleries that have paintings from the Naturalist and Symbolist style and foreign paintings such as those by Munch and Klimit. Then, in the south galleries there is more work by Maurice Denis, Bonnard and Roussel.
Finally, the mueum’s upper level 1 features artwork from impressionist and expressionist eras. Some of these include Degas, Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Caillebotte and Pissarro. Monet and Renior each have several galleries with only their paintings on display.
If you go on the Musee d’Orlay’s terrace you will see 19th century statues and a whole section of this reserved for a famous sculptor from France – Rodin.