Visit The Amazing Musée d’Orsay Paris Online

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The famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris is online for you to be able to appreciate via virtual tours. If you’re stuck at home and unable to travel, you don’t have to miss out on the wonderful world of art.

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The Museum

When I visited the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, a few years ago I was blown away by this grand Museum. The location is a stunning old railway station converted into a glorious monument of French history and art.

This is one of the most popular attractions and not to be missed when visiting Paris, if you are fortunate enough to travel there. The Museum, normally sees 3 million visitors per year.

However, if you’re unable to see it in person, you can enjoy this marvellous Museum online from the comfort of your home, without travelling. Let me show you how.

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Musée d'Orsay street view

The Building

The building is situated in the 7th Arrondissement on the Left Bank of the River Seine, at 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007 Paris, opposite another famous French location, the Tuileries Gardens.

This gorgeous old railway station complex was built in the late 1800’s. The original purpose was to service the rail line between Paris and Orléans, and was called the Gare d’Orsay. Later it became a hotel, and then remodelled as a museum.

The building is a very impressive construction for its time, an elegant and beautiful architectural masterpiece of Beaux-Arts design.

The Museum itself is not very old compared to others in Paris, which have been around a lot longer. It was only established in 1986.

The central nave with the massive glass ceiling was retained, as was the gorgeous gold clock at the front. Isn’t it stunning? Definitely one of the most recognisable features of this landmark.

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original railway clock

The Art

Mostly French Impressionist paintings are housed in the museum. It is the largest collection anywhere in the world. The period of 1848 to 1914 is one of the most creative in Western art history. The Impressionist movement was a fresh and innovative method of painting, using different techniques, whilst depicting everyday life, often outdoors, capturing light and movement on canvas. These new modern artists of Paris went against the traditional methods and chose not to paint the normal historical or religious themes. Their work was not appreciated at the time, hence most of them were poor and sadly, went unrecognised in their lifetimes.

Their exquisite paintings are definitely the highlight and main attraction of the Orsay. You will be able to appreciate the glorious masterpieces of the famous Impressionists, such as Van Gogh, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Sisley, Gaugin, Degas, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and more.

Also on display at the Museum are tapestries, furniture, sculptures, photographs and other forms of decorative art.

The Virtual Tours

Normally it costs 14 euros for an adult ticket to the museum. But you can now do virtual tours for free online, no queuing up, no crowds, and you can stay on line as long as you like. How good is that! Here are some fabulous options to explore:

  • Google Arts & Culture. This is a fantastic idea by our friends at Google who do a great job of virtual tours, perfect during times when we can’t travel. You feel like you’re actually walking through the galleries.
  •  Another way to enjoy the Museum online is through the Musée d’Orsay Official You Tube channel, where you can choose from the various videos available and enjoy them freely at your leisure. Most are in French, but offer wonderful vision of the galleries and the artwork.
  • The Museum Website has everything you need to know about the exhibitions. 

The Museum

Here are a few more pictures of the Orsay Museum. Some are my own photos. However, at the time of my visit, photography of paintings was not allowed by the general public.

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The stunning Museum and the River Seine
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These photos are but a very small selection of some of my favourite art at the Musée d’Orsay which you can see in the virtual tours.

Find specific art pieces

You can search up any of the art pieces at the Museum online. Simply type in a name or subject matter in the search.

For information on visiting the Musée d’Orsay in person, you can find out details here.

To book an actual tour in person, you can explore the many options here.

I hope you enjoy the Museum.

Bye for now.

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6 thoughts on “Visit The Amazing Musée d’Orsay Paris Online

  1. Jeremy says:

    I always wanted to visit Musee d’Orsay ! The last time I was in Paris, the queue was crazy long I decided to skip it. Thanks for sharing this virtual tour. I may just check it out while being lockdown at home. The railway clock is stunning by the way ! Also nice shot of the Seine ! Brings back nice memories ! =)

  2. Indrani says:

    Loved your pictures of Orsay Museum. I missed visiting this during my short trip to Paris. Good that they are allowing virtual tour. Saving the link to watch later.

  3. Linda (LD HOlland) says:

    Musee d’Orsay may be my favourite museum in Paris. I love the old train station pieces that still remain. And their Impressionist collection is outstanding. So very great that you can now do a virtual tour of the museum online. It would be nice to spend some time looking at some pieces without the normal crowds. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mei and Kerstin says:

    Thank you for letting us know about this virtual tour. We visited the Musée d’Orsay quite often when we lived in Paris. Our favorite painting there was Courbet’s L’Origine du monde. But of course, we also liked the other Impressionists paintings, and the building itself. We can’t wait to return to Paris to visit the Orsay again. It’s been 7 years since we left the French capital!

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