Musée d'Orsay: Conditions of access

Conditions of access

Opening times

Library : Thursdays and Fridays, 2pm to 5.30pm

Research centre : from Monday to Friday, 2pm to 5.30pm


Conditions of access

Immediate access for:

  • descendants of artists
  • for curators, archivists, iconographers, on presentation of proof of their professional status
  • guides and Ministry of Culture specialists
  • university lecturers
  • journalists
  • gallery staff, art market professionals
  • experts

On presentation of a student card or letter from a research supervisor for:

  • students preparing a masters degree or doctorate
  • students from the Ecole du Louvre for a dissertation
  • students from the Ecole Nationale du Patrimoine

Practical information

Entrance for Management

Place Henry-de-Montherlant
(Quai Anatole France)


Musée d'Orsay
62, rue de Lille
75343 Paris cedex 07
fax: +33(0)1 45 49 05 54

Access with prior authorisation
Researchers not in any of the previous categories must send a letter in support of their request for access to the director of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie.
Permission to access the archives does not grant access to the Musée d'Orsay conservation library.

In the entrance hall, place Henry de Montherlant
Readers should go to the reception desk and use the telephone to notify the archivist or librarian on duty of their arrival. In exchange for an identity document, they are given:

  • a badge
  • an access form to fill in and retain throughout the visit
  • a plastic bag for the documents they wish to keep with them (ten "flying" documents maximum and/or a notebook), purse (coin-operated photocopier available) and a laptop computer without case
  • a locker token: bags, files, folders, computer cases must be deposited in one of the lockers in the entrance hall.

At the archive centre (4th floor, turn right out of the lift)
For each consultation, readers should present their professional card, student card or letter of authorisation to the archivist on duty, with the completed access form. They are requested to sign in the visitors' book. A "phantom" - a large numbered card - is provided to take the place of the box being consulted.

At the library (4th floor, turn left out of the lift)
For every consultation, readers must present their professional card, student card or letter of authorisation, along with their completed request form to the librarian on duty. They are requested to note their name, permanent address and the subject of their consultation in the visitors' book.

Checking out
Readers must hand back their "phantom" and the works they have consulted and have all their documents checked in. The access form is stamped after these formalities. In the entrance hall they hand back the badge, the stamped access form, the locker token and the plastic bag. Their identity document is then returned to them.

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