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The Musee d’Orsay is a museum you can visit on cheap trips to Paris, France. It holds paintings, sculptures and other items created from 1848 to 1914. The permanent collect of the museum is one of the attractions in Paris you won’t want to miss if you go on a vacation to that area of the world.

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.

Admissions Information

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The rest of the year it is open the same days, but opens an hour later at 10 a.m. It is closed on January 1, May 1 and on Christmas Day. Your admission prices for the Musee d’Orsay is 7.50 Euros for adults, 5.50 Euros for seniors, and free for kids under 18. There is an additional charge for any special collections or exhibits on display while you are there.

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?

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The type of objects in the Musee d’Orsay come from several areas of art, including neoclassicism, impressionism, romance, expressionism and art nouveau. You can see the famous art work of people like Ingres, Degas, Monet, Manet, Van Gough, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gaugin.

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

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The Musee d'Orsay is huge, so you want to plan your visit accordingly.  The permanent exhibits alone take up four levels of art work. It’s good to know that all of this is arranged in chronological order so you can more easily decide what you want to look at.

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.

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The museum’s upper level 2 features neoimpressionists, Pont-Aven, and Nabists style of art, as well as work from Gaugin, Signac, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec are here. This level also has small format painting in a gallery of its own.

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.