Musee d’Orsay

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Located in an ancient railway station that was opened in time for the World’s Fair in 1990. It saw a lot of use through the years until 1939 when the Gare d’Orsay opened. After World War II the station was no longer used, and plans were made to tear it down in 1960. Thankfully, in 1977 it was decided to convert the station into a museum. As you walk around you can still see remnants of the former train station.

The Musée d’Orsay features some of the most well-known works of Impressionist art. Paintings by Renoir, Cézanne, Monet, and Gauguin are just a few of the articles you will see as you roam around the building. Some of my favorites are the van Gogh works and Picassos. There are also incredible collections of Post-Impressionism as well.

Musee d’Orsay

If you are a big fan of Claude Monet, check out my experience at his home in Giverny, France.

If you are looking for the famous big clock in Paris and not sure where it is. It is one of my favorite stops inside the museum and you can find it on the fifth floor. It gives you an incredible view out of the window over the Seine River. This clock is one of the only remnants of the railway station.

Do not leave without spending a minute in the Café Campana where you will see a large clock at the end of the café that gives you a stunning view of Paris.

You will find a small version of the Statue of Liberty on the main floor of the museum.

Plan about 2-4 hours for visiting the Musée d’Orsay. I think I could stay there all day but I love art, figure out how much time you want to allocate for this place. If Impressionist work is all you are really interested in, head to the 5th floor upon arrival and work your way down.

Helpful Information

Best Time to Visit: Address: Rue de Lille 62, 75007 Paris Open: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am - 6 pm. Last access to the museum at 5 pm, last access to the exhibitions at 5:15 pm, the closing of the rooms from 5:30 pm / Late opening on Thursday until 9:45 pm. Last access to the museum and exhibitions at 9 pm, the closing of the rooms from 9:30 pm / Closed every Monday, May 1, and December 25 Admission for adults is 16 euros and anyone under 18 years old is free. By Metro: line 12, Solférino station By RER: line C, Musée d'Orsay station By bus: 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 87, 94

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