Musée d'Orsay: Unaccompanied and self-guided visits

Unaccompanied and self-guided visits

No admittance for groups without prior booking, with or without guide


Authorisation to guide

The following people are authorised to address a group, on mandatory presentation of supporting documents to the information officers:

  1. Curators of museums under the ‘Musée de France’ label and all curators holding a professional card issued or recognised by the French Ministry of Culture;

  2. Museum guides from the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais;

  3. Persons qualified to conduct guided tours in museums and historic monuments, defined as follows:
    Only those holding the guide-lecturer card, regulated by French decree no. 2011-930 of 1 August 2011 “on persons qualified to conduct guided tours of museums and historical monuments” are recognised as persons qualified to conduct guided tours of State-owned museums.

  4. Speakers approved by the Centre des Monuments nationaux;

  5. Teachers with a class, as well as recreation centre leaders;

  6. Persons individually authorised by the Director of the French ‘Musées de France’ department or by the President of the Public Establishment of the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie;

  7. Welfare representatives.

Anyone wishing to address a group as part of a visit and not falling under any of the above categories must submit a written request for authorisation to the Director of Visitor Services, at least one week prior to the visit date.

The person authorised to address a group may not transfer this authorisation to any other member of the group.

This authorisation expires at the end of the allocated time slot. A visit time slot only authorises one speaker for one visit.

Students and pupils are authorised to address their peers as part of university or school tutorial classes as of upper secondary school level.

It is mandatory to wear a visible card, whether the guided tour is for fewer than 7 people or for a group.

Guided tours are prohibited on Sundays and public holidays.

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