Musée d'Orsay: Status


The Musée d'Orsay is a national museum responsible to the Ministry of Culture.

The Musée d'Orsay has been a Public Administrative Establishment since 1 January 2004, bringing together the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée de l'Orangerie and the Musée Hébert.

Before 2004 the Musee d'Orsay was a designated national service. On 26 December 2003 it was declared a publicly administered establishment under the authority of the Minister responsible for Culture.

It has its own board of directors, presided over by the director of the public establishment. The board decides the scientific and cultural policy of the establishment, the programming of exhibitions and other cultural activities. It decides the budget and pricing policy, and in particular, determines the general employment conditions for contracted agents.

The scientific committee dagrees the establishment's cultural policy before submitting it to the board, and defines plans for acquisitions, loans and deposits.

The Musée d'Orsay public establishment acquisitions commission looks at the acquisition policy in general and has autonomy for the acquisition of certain works for the collections as long as the cost is below the threshold set by the Ministry. Above this threshold, the artistic committee for the National Museums is consulted. The public establishment allocates at least 16% of revenue from ticket sales for the permanent collections and for acquiring works of art.

Today the Musée d'Orsay has a staff of around 700.

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