FAQs about the Musee d'Orsay

Q: WHAT KIND OF ART IS IN THE MUSEE D’ORSAY?
A: The Musee d’Orsay collection contains works roughly from 1848-1914, some of the art movements include Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Pointilism and such artists as (Manet, Courbet, Corot, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Gaugain, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Seurat)

Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MUSEE D’ORSAY?
A: The Musee d’Orsay is very busy and not as spacious as the Louvre. We highly recommend visiting the museum when it is open late on Thursday evenings and we schedule our Musee d’Orsay and Paris in the 19th Century walk for late afternoon on Thursdays for this purpose.

Q: IS THERE A LONG LINE TO ENTER THE MUSEUM?
A: Yes, the Musee d’Orsay has a long line most of the day (not for the Thursday evening opening), therefore it is strongly advisable to get advanced tickets or a Museum Pass. We always include advance tickets in our Orsay walk to avoid this wait (for those without a museum pass).

Q: WHAT IS COVERED ON YOUR MUSEE D’ORSAY WALK?
A: Each docent leads his or her walk in a different way, however, in most cases you will start with some history of the building, look at some of the earlier 18th century art movements such as Romanticism and Realism, then look at some impressionist and post impressionist masters. This is not a solely impressionist walk as the collection holds a great variety of wonderful art.

Q: IS THE MUSEE D’ORSAY WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
A: The Musee d’Orsay is wheelchair accessible. There are elevators throughout the museum as well and you can print a wheelchair accessibility guide from the site. We are happy to custom design visits to the Musee d’Orsay for visitors with mobility issues.