Musée d'Orsay

General information

City / Country: Paris / France
Theme: Art
Languages: Français / English /Deutsch / Italiano /Español
Platforms: Web
Web accessibility: W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
Outstanding characteristics: My selection section allows users to customize his museum experience, and save their preferred items.

Interactive floor plans. User can zoom in a floor plan. When he clicks on a room, a list of its pieces is displayed. This interactive list contains some options:

  • A link to each piece's card
  • Add to your album (a list of preferred pieces)
  • Add to your trail (a list of pieces to see at the visit; see Visit planning for more information)

GOOD PRACTICE Searching the gallery
User can search a piece and view its location.


Contains information about museum collections. User can access it following several paths.

Works in focus
Contains a selected list of pieces sorted by its gender: painting, sculpture, decorative arts...
User can also locate a piece using a simple search feature.
Each piece links to an information page.

Contains a list of pieces recently acquired, ordered by month of acquisition.
Each piece links to an information page.

Index of works
Contains several searching options:

Simple search

Search by lists
User can search for a work in predefined lists.

Advanced search
Complete form to search into the catalogue.

GOOD PRACTICE Some of the fields combine a intro text box with a menu that allows user to select the content of the field.

GOOD PRACTICE User can select the results' posting mode: list without picture, preview or mosaic.

GOOD PRACTICE User can choose the number of answers per page.


GOOD PRACTICE With Discovery, user can click on one of the images, which will bring up a selection of works by the same artist, or works produced in the same year, on a similar theme or relating to the same art movement. User can navigate from image to image for new visual encounters, and to access the explanatory texts.
User can zoom on the picture, see its dimensions, or go to its information page.

Information about current and past exhibitions.
User can search for past exhibitions using a simple search box, or by year.
User can buy tickets for an exhibition, by means of or


Teaching resources

Contains a list of information sheets, available to download in pdf format.

Press kits
Press kits to download in pdf format. Only available on the French website.

Tourism professionals > Images

Images free of copyright, which tourism professionals may use for all communication purposes concerning the Musée d'Orsay.

Researchers > Documentary resources

Links to external sites that contain information about art and related contents (libraries, image banks and others)
Only available in French.

Researchers > Museums

Links to other worldwide museums websites.

Visit planning

Planning your visit

GOOD PRACTICE Add to your trail

Starting from the map of the museum or index of works, user can plan your next visit by clicking on the icon "Add to your trail" under each picture in the list of search results if the work is on display.
At any time, user can check the list of the works he has chosen below, and when he's happy with his selection print the map and the list of works by clicking on "print" on the right of the screen.

Calendar shows a list of current and future events and exhibitions.
User can search in the calendar.
User can filter the items displayed on the calendar, by type of event or by audience.

GOOD PRACTICE Be alerted on this manifestation

User can choose to be alerted about an event or exhibition by mail.
He can select when to be alerted: 7 days before beginning or 7 days before the end.

Visit follow-up

No features for follow-up.

Online community


User can send an e-card with a museum photo to a friend.

Users can publish and share their comments on the Museum and its website.

Mobile features

No features for mobile devices.

Searching & browsing

4 main options (Musée d'Orsay, Visits, Events, Collections), and quick links are always displayed at the left side of the page.
When user selects a main option, sections are displayed at its right side.
When a section contains suboptions, these are displayed on the contents area of the page.

General search
Contains both simple and advanced search features.

GOOD PRACTICE Search proposals...
When search range is too wide, it activates search proposals, which allow user to easily refine results.

Floorplan search
A searching option that allows user to see the location of searched pieces.

Index of works
Contains several searching options:

GOOD PRACTICE Some of the fields combine a intro text box with a menu that allows user to select the content of the field.

GOOD PRACTICE User can select the posting mode for the results: list without picture, preview or mosaic.

GOOD PRACTICE User can choose the number of answers per page.

GOOD PRACTICE Saved search
Linked to the catalogue of works, this option enables user to save his searches, for later use. To save a search, he must just click on the link "Save search" on the results page.

Site map
Clickable hierarchical map.



News from the Musée d'Orsay on your site

GOOD PRACTICE Offers user the option to insert the "latest news from the Musée d'Orsay" module into his own website. The information will be automatically updated.

Online transactions

Contact us
User can choose the theme of your request or question to receive the appropriate form.

Museum shop
Opens in a new window and displays a different design from the main website.

Outstanding best practices

My selection
User's personal space, which contains everything he needs to:

  • Put together his personal album,
  • Memorize the searches he has made in the index of works,
  • Plan his visit,
  • Download wallpapers,
    (among others)

Page options

Each website page contains a group of permanent options:

  • Increase/decrease text size
  • Print
  • Bookmark & share.
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