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Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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Located in a former Beaux Arts railway station that was constructed around 1900, Musée d'Orsay features the largest collection of impressionist masterpieces in the world. Some of the most notable paintings on view include "Starry Night Over the Rhone,” by Vincent van Gogh, "The Card Players,” by Paul Cézanne, and “L’Absinthe," by Edgar Degas. The majority of the exhibits are French art that dates from 1848 to 1915, including photographs, paintings, furniture, and sculptures. While tours are not offered in English, there is an interactive floor plan in English that you can access to create a personalized, printable tour of your very own. Work out when and for how long to visit Musée d'Orsay and other Paris attractions using our handy Paris travel itinerary planner.
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  • The location alone already has your history and particular beauty. Does not have the collection of the Louvre, but it features works by artists renowned, the spaces are well divided and large, need a lot of time and a willingness to visit all the spaces, which I haven't had since I was really tired. I bought the ticket in advance via the internet and joined by a smaller queue. The input control is very strict and cannot enter the area of the Museum with backpacks or large bags, but has a place where you can save without having to pay for it.
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  • Wonderful Museum with the finest painters of Europe and France. Some tables have inhuman dimensions (Roman decadence). Most are very well known and very beautiful. Kids love. The view from the clocks on the seine is beautiful. One of the most beautiful Museum in the world.
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  • I love the Musee d'Orsay primarily because of the old station building it is in. The exhibitions are always interesting, but for me, they take second place behind the building which is definitely the ...  more »
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  • Superior to the Louvre, I think. Well illuminated, easily navigated. The sculptures and paintings on the ground floor are right up there with anything you'll see in the Louvre or any other famous museum across the world. What you think of the remaining chambers depends mostly on what you think of impressionism.
  • I can't recommend this museum more. It used to be a train station, then remodified into a museum. It has probably the most impressive collection of impressionist painting, so you just can't miss it if you are a fan. Try to spend half a day and take your time appreciating all the painting!
  • Just awesome, if you love impressionist art. And the building is stunning too. Be prepared to queue, it's often really busy. And the restaurant and cafe are quite expensive (although the food, service, and setting were really very good). Don't come to Paris and miss this!
  • I enjoyed this museum a lot more than I enjoyed the Louvre. We went on a Thursday evening about 2 hrs before closing which meant we were able to avoid the crowds and enjoy the artwork. Easy to navigate and manageable size.
  • A great museum, sometimes forgotten as it's close to the Louvre. If you can't face the often huge queues for la Louvre, come here instead. Several iconic paintings, sculptures and plenty more to see in a converted railway station. Queues much smaller :-)