Musée d'Orsay: Researchers


Please note

Due to the strengthened measures of the Vigipirate Plan, researchers wishing to access the Library and Documentation are requested to enter via 62 rue de Lille, as the Montherlant entrance will be closed until further notice. You should also make sure not to carry oversized baggage.

Thank you for your understanding.


The archive and the library were created before the museum opened to the public, and are reference tools for art historians specialising in the second half of the 19th century. These two entities within the research department are responsible for disseminating and promoting the documentary collections through research projects, and encouraging collaboration with other institutions.The Prix du Musée d'Orsay, is an annual award for the publication of a selected thesis.

Museum Documentation Room - Documentation
Conditions of access
Entrance Montherlant - Conditions of access
Documentary Resources
Handwritten notice - Documentary Resources
Useful links
Detail of the Railway Bridge at Argenteuil by Monet - Useful links
Document on a photocopier - Reproductions

Please note:

Following the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, 13 November 2015 and to ensure the safety of our visitors, the museum is strictly applying the security measures decided by the French authorities.

The museum is fully opened.

Only suitcases, travel bags and backpacks smaller than 60 x 40 cm are allowed.
They may be left in the cloakroom subject to space.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience and delay which may be caused by the extra security checks at the entrance.

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