Orsay Museum hours

Everything You Need to Know About the Orsay Museum Hours | 2022

The Orsay Museum is one of the largest museums in Paris, located on the left bank of the River Seine. It is most known for its collection of impressionist paintings by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, and many others. After its establishment in 1986, it soon gained recognition as one of the finest art museums in Europe. Here’s all the information you need about the Orsay Museum hours before your visit.

Orsay Museum Opening Hours

Orsay Museum hours

Orsay Museum hours are between 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. It is open all year round.

Last Admission: The rooms of the museum start closing at 5:30 PM. The last admission is at 5:00 PM. 

Night Hours: On Thursdays, the Orsay Museum is open until 9:45 PM. The last admission is at 9:00 PM and the rooms start closing at 9:30 PM

Closed: The Orsay Museum is closed every Monday. It is also closed on May 1, and December 25 every year. 

Duration of Visit: The Orsay Museum has over 6,000 pieces of art, out of which about 3,000 are on display permanently. We recommend spending anywhere between 2 to 4 hours on your visit, based on your day's schedule. 

Best Time to Visit

Orsay Museum Hours

Weekday vs Weekend

As a general suggestion, we would recommend avoiding weekends and public holidays. Other than this, the museum is quite crowded on Tuesdays and Sundays. If you’re planning a visit, we suggest going on a Wednesday or Friday, either in the morning or afternoon. You’ll see lesser crowds during this time. 

The museum is open until 9:45 PM on Thursdays. This is another option if you’d like to avoid huge crowds. Fewer people visit the museum after 6 PM on Thursdays. 

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Peak Season vs Low Season

The low season in Paris is generally between November to March (winter) and April to May (spring). During winter, the city sees fewer tourists, however, it is also a festive season with pretty lights and shopping sales. Spring, on the other hand, is a beautiful time to visit Paris with flowers in bloom all around. Prices of hotels and other attractions are cheaper than during peak season. The weather is cold during winter and relatively warm during spring.

The peak season in Paris is from June to August (summer) and September to October (autumn). During these months, tourism is at its highest volume, with visitors from all around the globe. The weather is warm and sunny during the summer and a bit cooler during the fall months.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Orsay Museum Hours

Q. What are the Orsay Museum hours?

A. Orsay Museum hours are between 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Additionally, the museum is open till 9:45 PM on Thursdays.

Q. Is the Orsay Museum open every day?

A. No. The Orsay Museum is closed on Mondays.

Q. When is the Orsay Museum closed?

A. The Orsay Museum is closed every Monday. It is also closed on May 1 and December 25 every year.

Q. How long should I spend at the Orsay Museum?

A. We recommend spending anywhere between 2 to 4 hours inside the Orsay Museum.

Q. What is the best time to visit the Orsay Museum?

A. Wednesdays and Fridays see fewer crowds than the other days. Thursday evening is also a good time to visit the Orsay Museum since it is open till 9:45 PM.