Opened to the public on December 9th 1986 to show the great diversity of artistic creation in the western world between 1848 and 1914, the Musée d'Orsay has received national collections formed over the years. Since 1978 when the public establishment preceding the Musée d'Orsay was set up, the museum has regularly enriched its collections through donated or purchased acquisitions. Some tens of thousands of works have entered the national collection in this way, not only in the period before the museum was created, but also since it opened.
The many donors and patrons of the Société des amis du musée d'Orsay have thus made a very direct contribution to the growth of the collection, but so, often without being aware, have all the visitors to the Musée d'Orsay. Sixteen per cent of the admission fee to the permanent collections is in fact reserved for this purpose!
You too could help enrich the museum's collections by making a tax-deductible gift. Individuals may claim up to 66% on a maximum of 20% of their net taxable income, and companies may claim up to 0.5% of turnover, exclusive of sales tax.