Free admission to museum at any time for visitors up to18 year old, 18-25 year olds who are citizens or long-term residents of an EU member state, disabled visitors with one extra person. Other visitors are eligible for reduced entrance rate of 5.50 EUR in late afternoons from 16:30 (except Thursday) and from 18:00 on Thursday evenings. Free admission on the first Sunday of month.
The museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first "work of art" in the Musee d'Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914. The collection show sthe great diversity of artistic creation in the western world between 1848 and 1914. It was formed with the national collections coming mainly from three establishments:
* from the Louvre museum, for the works of artists born after 1820 or coming to the fore during the Second Republic;
* from the Musée du Jeu de Paume, which since 1947 had been devoted to Impressionism;
* and lastly from the National Museum of Modern Art, which, when it moved in 1976 to the Centre Georges Pompidou, only kept works of artists born after 1870.
Among the different collections presented in the museum, the one devoted to Impressionism is the richest and best-known, and includes works by Auguste Renoir (“Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette”) and Claude Monet (“La Gare Saint-Lazare”).