Nestled in the heart of the former Orsay railway station, this museum has housed since 1986 one of the finest collections of Impressionist art in the world.
Intended to accommodate art collections (paintings, sculptures, decorative arts) from the second half of the 19th century, the Musée d'Orsay, upon its creation, allowed for the preservation of the original metal building, which, judged tasteless, should have been destroyed. The exhibits date from 1848-1914, a period that has been chosen to make the link with the earlier collections at the Louvre and the more recent ones at the Pompidou Centre.
The Dancers by Degas, The Artist's Studio and The Origin of the World by Courbet, Manet's Olympia… An impressive number of masterpieces, famous or less famous, are kept here. Mainly renowned for its superb Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist collections, Orsay however retains a set of exceptional works by Second Empire artists and a rich collection of photographs.
A milestone in the life of the museum is the Impressionist gallery, which opened again in 2012, totally renovated after two years of work, along with a new temporary exhibition hall and five new floors dedicated to the decorative arts in the Amont pavilion (former engine room of the station). This major refurbishment allowed the Musée d'Orsay to highlight a larger portion of its historical and national collections.This extremely rich and lively museum will take several visits, but strolling through the collections is a very pleasant experience, in a busy museum where it is not uncommon to see students drawing the interior architecture or the romantic sculptures dotting the nave. Do not forget to take a break in the amazing Café Campana located just behind the huge clock.
Thirteen adapted parking spaces nearby. The esplanade is wheelchair accessible from the river side and there is a gentle slope from the Rue de Lille.
Personalized welcome service by appointment (practical information, sending of a specific map-guide, etc.). Possibility of on-site assistance.
Physical disability : Entrance "C" accessible. Adapted guided tours for groups and individuals. Loan of wheelchairs.
Mental disability : Trained guides. Simplified visits for groups.
Hearing impairment : Auditorium and audioguides fitted with an induction loop. Guided tours in French sign language (groups and individuals). Subtitled films and films inset in French sign language.
Contact for disabled visitors:
Tel: +33/0 1 40 49 47 14 or +33/0 1 40 49 47 99