Disabled Access at the Orsay Museum
Orsay Museum Disabled Access – The Musée d’Orsay is without a doubt the best impressionist museum in the world. The collection of paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, and others is truly world class. It is not nearly as big as the Louvre Museum and can be visited in under two hours. It’s located on the other side of the river from the Louvre in what used to be a train station. The collection picks up where the Louvre left off in the 19th century.
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Disabled access to the Orsay Museum is through Entrance C which is located at the corner of the building furthest away from the Seine River. The wheelchair friendly entrance has a slow rotating door and is step-free. Inside there are wheelchair accessible toilets and elevators to get to the various floors. Admission is free for disabled visitors and a companion. Loaner wheelchairs and stools are available.
Orsay Museum disabled access is possible in 95% of the exhibits. When I did the 90 minute guided tour, there was another wheelchair user on the tour and neither one of us had a problem keeping up with the group. At the time, part of the museum was closed for renovation and the tour route was very short. Even when the museum opens up fully, it is still not very large and should not be a problem to tour.
Taxis can drop you off the street that runs between the museum and the Seine River. The route from the taxi drop-off to the accessible entrance is 60 meters over flat ground without cobblestones and is shown in the map below. If you are looking for a place to stay, these Paris Left Bank accessible hotel rooms are close to the Orsay Museum.
Is there an accessible entrance? Yes
Where is it located? Entrance C which is at SW corner of the building (on the right as you face the front of the building)
Are there steps to get into the building? No, it is flat.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? Motion activated revolving door
Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? North of the building on Quai Anatole France
Where is the closest disabled parking?
Nearest:2 places on Quai Anatole France, at head of taxi rank. 3 places at 81 rue de Lille, opposite Musée de la Légion d’Honneur. 1 place at 77 rue de Lille.
Nearby: 1 place at 52-54 rue de Lille, opposite la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. 1 place at 48 rue de Lille, after rue du Bac. 1 place rue de Poitiers in front of number 7. 2 places at 8 rue de Solférino. 2 places at 96 rue de l’Université. 2 places at 1 and 3 rue de Villersexel
What is the closest Metro station? Solférino. RER “C” line at Musée d’Orsay
What are the bus lines that pass nearby? Bus 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94
Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? Flat and smooth
What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 95%
Which parts are not accessible? None except the left tower for wheelchairs.
Are there loaner wheelchairs? Yes, 17 loaner wheelchairs and 8 loaner stools.
Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes
Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps? Guided tours: 90 min English overview tour at 11:30 am Tuesday to Saturday. 90 min English Impressionist tour at 4 pm. They are not step-free but you may be able to catch up catch up if you use ramps and elevators.
Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? No
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? No
…accessible tours? Yes, call 01 53 63 04 50
Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for disabled and companion
When approaching the Orsay Museum from the Seine River, you will need to go to the far side of the building to the wheelchair accessible entrance:
The Orsay Museum was an old train station. The inner part has a 4 star slope running the lenght of it. The outer rooms and the upper rooms have flat access. There is a wheelchair accessible restroom:
Path from taxi drop-off locations to accessible entrance to museum (60 meters):
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