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Musee d'Orsay, Paris

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Located in a former Beaux Arts railway station that was constructed around 1900, Musee 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. Musee d'Orsay is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • This spectacular old train station and its art collection are indeed better than Louvre. Wish I had read earlier review and started on fifth floor because by the time we got there and walked out for.....  more »
  • Fantastic museum, lot exhibits, nice atmosphere, good price for the ticket, not to crowded, in all recommended  more »
  • We purchased a guided group tour with the musueum, it allowed for special access. The guide provided and art history lesson and then you were free to stay in the musuem.  more »
  • This museum was quite nice. Good layout and diversity of pieces. We got there around 11:30am and maybe waited 10 min in line. They moved the quantity of people quickly and the people working there were nice and polite. They had the art sectioned off so it was easy to walk through and know what you had and had not seen while still moving forward in a full circle. Would recommend to anyone on a trip to Paris.
  • Worth the lines and crowds (we went on a free day). The museum itself is awesome, and their collection is wonderful. Big name artists as well as others I was not familiar with. Wear comfortable shoes as most of the floors are stone.
  • Exceptional museum. Amazing paintings and sculptures, plus furniture . The building is outstanding with views across the river. Great cafe for coffee and cake. Some of the exhibits were outstanding. Quieter than the Louvre. A little gem.
  • We spent an entire day here and ran out of time. I think this is THE art museum of Paris, especially if you are interested in 1700s and newer works. The range of impressionist works is simply incredible. Get up to the top floor early, the Van Gogh paintings really attract a huge crowd. The lower floors are often less crowded. And the cafe is quite nice, especially as you can see many works from the seating area. Also photos are permitted. And I recommend the audio guide.
  • A fantastic museum. Even though it is right next to the Louvre, the art that the Musée d'Orsay has is vastly different. Much more modern and contemporary from a much more diverse set of artists, it makes up from whatever the Louvre lacks. From what I would guess most people spend between 3-5 hours there. Highly recommend.

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