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Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 42,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • More enjoyable than the Louvre. Easier to navigate with less confusion. Impressionism has been my favorite and it is great seeing so many in one collection. Additionally, as a humorous side note: it w...  read more »
  • The building is an old train station that was recently renovated. They are not so full of people like other tourist sites so the tour is very enjoyable.
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  • The building itself (an old train station) was renovated beautifully to make it into this incredible museum. It houses a spectacular collection of impressionists and more. It's a manageable space that...  read more »
  • This is an amazing museum. They do a wonderful job showing a wide range of artists in a wonderful setting. What you may not know is there is a great cafe on the 5th floor - and we had the best meal ever. Strongly recommend strolling around, working up an appetite and getting a meal there.
  • Musee D'Orsay is filled with really wonderful work. I recommended this museum to my mother who was planning on just visiting the Louvre. She was thrilled that she took my advice because she grew exhausted with the stiff work in the Louvre- Musee D'Orsay woke her up!
  • My favourite museum in Europe. It is incredible, large, and brings an emotional premium that can only come from fine art. Great guides and worth a Paris pass to skip the line. Get here early as some of the exhibits can get very crowded.
  • Really beautiful museum with a staggering collection of paintings. While the Louvre definitely has a ton of paintings, it was originally curated more for artifacts. The paintings at the Musee d'Orsay are incredible, and it is a must-see for Impressionist works!!!
  • If you enjoy Impressionist Art, this is the place to spend as much time as you can. A fascinating conversion of a former rail station, the Musee is now an art experience in its own right. But the galleries are very special - large enough to accommodate the visitors, small enough to make the displays accessible. Whatever you do, you must go to the top floor cafe where the giant clocks in the wall offer the most ethereal and engaging view of Sacre Coeur.
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