Musée d'Orsay: Copying, filming, photography

Copying, filming, photography

Filming, photography

During museum opening times, works may be photographed or filmed in the permanent exhibition halls for personal or private use, excluding use for groups or for commercial purposes.

The use of flash, incandescent lamps, tripods or other support, is not allowed without an individual authorisation from the museum director.

For filming or photography, or for groups or commercial use, see under Professionals-Companies.

However, exemption from photography or filming fees can be given, on request to teachers, art students cinema students, artists and cultural or humanitarian organisations for educational or cultural projects with no commercial objectives.

Copying at the museum

Freehand drawing

Freehand pencil sketches, not exceeding 30 x 60 cm, are allowed in the museum. However, for groups, previous authorisation must be requested when the booking is made.

Please note: the activity of the copyists is currently suspended.


Copying museum works of art, by professional or amateur copyists, or by art school students, requires an individual authorisation. This is issued to one named person, and for a single work. The request must be submitted at least one month before the required date of entry to the museum. The permission is valid for three months, and may not be extended. One person may not apply for several authorisations at the same time for the reproduction of different works. Only the copying of paintings currently on exhibition may be authorised. The works can not, in any circumstances, be moved.

Those authorised are required to conform to the current regulations and to any particular instructions given, in reference to working hours and days, the protection of works being copied, general care and to possible copyright issues.

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