Musée d'Orsay: Information on cookies

Information on cookies

Definition of the term “cookie”

The user is informed that by staying on the Musée d’Orsay’s website (, he/she accepts the use of cookies meant to suggest relevant content and services including the use of the personal space and the calculation of anonymous site visit statistics.

A cookie refers to information left on the Internet user’s hard drive by the server of the visited site or by a third party server. It contains several pieces of data: the name of the server the cookie was sent from, an ID in the form of a unique number and possibly an expiration date.

Sometimes this information is stocked on the Internet user’s computer in a simple text file that a server can access to read and save this information.

Cookies have a variety of uses. All of the cookies used on the Musée d’Orsay’s website as well as their purpose are described below.

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Purpose of cookies

“Management” cookies

The Musée d’Orsay’s website uses cookies that target management of:

  • The personal album: this service allows users to build a folder of artwork reproductions.
  • The visit itinerary: the plan-a-visit tool allows the user to plan out his/her next visit.
  • Memorised requests: this service allows the user to have his/her requests memorised in order to reuse them later.

Visit analysis

The Musée d’Orsay website uses Google Analytics, Internet traffic analysis tools allowing the website and application owners to better understand their users’ behaviour.
These tools may use cookies to collect anonymous information and generate reports on use statistics of the Musée d’Orsay website without individual users being personally identified by the expert is Me and Google companies, the providers of these tools.

Sharing pages on social networks

The Musée d’Orsay website includes computer applications coming from a third party and allowing our site’s content to be shared with other people. This is the case in particular of the “Share” and “Like” buttons coming from social networks like Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. These social networking sites may leave cookies while the user is on the Musée d’Orsay website.

We invite you to consult the privacy protection policies of these social networks to become aware of the purposes of their use of cookies and the site visit data they can collect.

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Configuration of the web browser

The Internet user can set his/her web browser software to authorise or block cookies. However, the configuration modalities differ depending on the browser. You should therefore check how to change cookie settings in your browser’s help menu.

We would also like to mention that deactivating cookies can reduce or prevent access to all or part of the services offered by the Musée d’Orsay website.

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