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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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  • 3rd visit here. Go early to avoid lines. Well worth seeing. I think it rather foolish to review well know iconic museums.  more »
  • Beautiful building. Make sure you don't miss the fifth floor. You may want to start there. There's too much to see and the impressionists are on 5.  more »
  • the depth of art here will make any art lover fall in love with the collections. Being an Impressionist lover myself, I went specifically to see that exhibit. I was so happy with the number of very im...  more »
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  • Highly recommended. The building is beautiful, the art is fantastic. When we were there there was a particular exhibit of Cezanne so you could see his talent strengthen over the years with repeated sittings with the same models. The collection of impressionist paintings is spectacular. The Salon non-recognition meant most were 'starving.' The way their lives intertwined is interesting to consider, even to including J'Accuse Emile Zola. Even a famous painting by Whistler. The statues are all top rate. You don't get lost or overwhelmed by crowds. A most comfortable experience, a real treasure.
  • Yesterday, July 5th (Wed), I arrived at the museum at around 5pm. All I wanted to do was to buy some souvenirs for my students. When I was about to get into the building from the C and D entrances, three security guards stopped me. One guy asked me if I had a ticket or not. I said no and tried to explain why I wanna get there. He cut my words and kept saying 'no.' Until this conversation, I spoke in French even though my French is bad. It was because I thought it's a way of respect. But I was so mad that I changed the language to English. I said, "I just wanna buy some gifts from the souvenir shop." Those three guys talked in French and the one guy who annoyed me said "you should change your words and tone. Calm down." I was gonna say "it is you who interrupted my explanation and did not listen to my words." But I didn't. I just ignored and got into the building right after he said 'go.' First, you guys really need to learn how to deal with people with a polite manner. I can't believe that he did not say sorry to me. Rather, he talked to me that I was the one who did wrongdoings. Second, when you are arguing with French people, don't speak in their language. They would think of you as a easy and dumb foreigner and acted in a worse way. They need to be disciplined.
  • The d'Orsay has to be considered one of the top art museums in the world, with a collection that will boggle the mind. It has those all important pieces by the likes of Van Gogh and Monet that are so famous even an art beginner will stop dead in front of them saying "wait, I know this!". But it has those more nuanced pieces as well, like Seurat or Luce that give even the seasoned art viewer a moment of pause. And aside from the world class art collection, be sure to look up. Housed in a former train station, the architecture inside is breathtaking. The d'Orsay is a must see for any and all!
  • Best museum experience in years. To begin, the building is EPIC, retaining much of it's open, massive railroad station grandeur from the past. The ceiling glows with light and structure like many other great rail stations, and brought to mind Grand Central, Union Station, Barcelona, etc - clearly I'm a fan, but even moderate interest will find much to love here in architecture alone. Then there is the art. Having been at the Louvre the previous day, I was prepared to be underwhelmed - pleasant surprise! It was a better experience in every way, no offense to the incredible Louvre. The art was more accessible and present, the security and crowds more manageable, displays had amazing depth and well organized. It was just excellent in so many ways, and a return trip is something I look forward to. You will miss a wonderful experience if you leave this off your list, in my opinion. Additional note, the restaurant upstairs was a lovely environment, food was simple but good, and service was fine.
  • A regular haunt. Less crowded late in the day. Impressionists on the right hand side as you enter are brilliantly displayed against dark walls with spot lighting, it makes the colours of the Van Goghs etc come alive. If you can see the pictures over the heads of the close-clustering that is.