Nearly 2.5 million visitors each year come to see the largest collection in the world of impressionist artwork, found in the ... More
Nearly 2.5 million visitors each year come to see the largest collection in the world of impressionist artwork, found in the splendid Musée d'Orsay. The building itself, called the Gare d'Orsay, was built for the World's Fair of 1900. During World War II, it was used to welcome freed prisoners. Once the train station (the Gare) fell into disuse and the adjacent hotel closed down in 1973, the building was threatened with demolition. However, it was decided to transform the building's function to house a collection of art from the second half of the 19th Century. It was inaugurated in 1986 under the governance of François Mitterrand. The principal gallery of the ground floor, 138 meters long (453 feet) and 32 meters tall (105 feet), is a reminder of the building's history. Among the masterpieces in this gallery are the scandalous Un enterrement à Ornans by Gustave Courbet and the Glaneuses by Jean-François Millet. Fans of impressionism should head directly up to the fifth floor, where works by the greatest masters of this genre are hung in galleries 29 to 48. These include La classe de danse by Degas, Still Lifes by Manet such as L'Asperge, Bal du moulin de la Galette by Renoir, and La gare Saint-Lazare, La cathédrale de Rouen, or the Nymphéas by Claude Monet. Works by Van Gogh in gallery 35 and Cézanne in 36 follow, the small galleries 37 and 38 contain pastels by Degas, and galleries 43-44 are devoted to Gauguin's paintings of Tahiti. Decorative arts are located a few flights down, worth visiting notably for the impressive collection of Art Nouveau. While on this floor, don't miss the Terrasse Rodin, where L'Homme qui marche is located. For a short rest to help absorb this astonishing collection, visit the Cafe des Hauteurs on the third floor or the restaurant on the sixth floor. Also don't forget to check out the beautiful Hotel Le Bellehasse, walking distance from here.
Beautiful building,managable size,great collection.
Would go back. Would not go back to Louvre.Although the Impressionists are the stars there is also an impressive selection of sculpture. Another favorite is the Musee Marmottan in the 16th
I'm not really into art galleries, but a visit to the Orsay Museum was a fabulous experience. Not so huge, that you are exhausted just at the thought of getting around (like at the Louvre) but elegantly set out displays and the most wonderful selection of the best paintings in the world. Famous paintings are shown side by side, one after the other. It was breathtaking. The cafe was value and quality and views from the cafe terrace, stunning over Paris. A visit to be remembered for a long time and free entrance on the first Sunday of the month. A bargain.
Situated just across from Le Louvre, Musee D'orsay is worth visiting just for the architecture alone. It's a beautifully renovated train station, converted of course to be a museum.
The art stored is mostly impressionist. If you are short on time, start at the top and move your way down. Unlike Le Louvre, the overall quality is consistently high and it's possible to see everything in a few hours.
Wonderful! I enjoyed this Museum way better than the Louvre. Museum Pass is the way to go! You can buy them in the Metro stations. Worth the money plus no waiting in line, which once to wait once you won't wait again. The Museum pass gets you into almost all the museums in Paris
Well lighted areas from overhead glass of a past era train station. Open stairway access to upper floors is an adventure in architectural expression. Greatest display of Impressionist paintings in the world. Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne et als, have found a deserving home.
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