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Residing in a former rail station alongside the stunning River Seine, the Musée d’Orsay is home to many noteworthy paintings, sculptures and photography pieces from the short-lived artistic flourish between 1848 - 1915. Works found in the museum include those of famous Parisian residents such as Cézanne, Degas, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh, just to name a few. Complete with a glass-domed roof, ceiling rosettes and a glass walkway, this architectural delight boasts three floors and covers a range of artistic themes, techniques and styles. Once a hub for rail transport, the Orsay now transports guests back in time, all the way to one of the most enchanting and prominent periods in art history.

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  • Our tips for Orsay Museum

    Our tips for Orsay Museum
    • Get prepped. As well as the permanent collections, the museum hosts numerous temporary exhibitions and special events throughout the year. Concerts, film screenings and art-inspired shows are just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to plan your visit in advance to make the most of it!
    • Walk the line. This gallery has four different entrances, so be sure to make sure you're queuing at the right entrance for your Orsay Museum tickets!
    • Find your focus. While only small compared to the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection holds countless artistic gems. Before your arrival, plan out what you’d most like to see, and go from there.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit With millions of visitors per year, the Musée d’Orsay is always going to be busy. To avoid the worst crowding, head to the museum at off-peak times, between 9.30am – 12pm on weekdays. The museum also opens late on Thursday evenings from 6.00pm - 9.45pm, with Orsay Museum tickets between these times sold at a discounted rate.
    Getting There The best way to get to the Orsay Museum is through public transport. Within walking distance of Paris’ metro stop, Solférino, on line 12, and with RER trains taking traveller’s directly to the museum, getting to the Orsay has never been easier.
    Money Saving Tips On the first Sunday of every month the museum is free for everyone to visit - if you don't mind the crowds.
    Did you know? Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the Musée d’Orsay…
    • In a single year (2014), 3,480,609 million people visited the Orsay Museum.
    • The museum contains over 35 000 square metres of glass.
    • The Orsay was the first station designed for electrically powered trains.
    • Orson Welle’s film The Trial was filmed at the Musée d’Orsay in 1962.

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