"Where did all the trains go ?" Musee d'Orsay Tip by sourbugger
Musee d'Orsay, Paris: 275 reviews and 558 photos
The Louvre always strikes me as rather a poor choice for an Art Gallery, it was of course built as palace, and was never meant to be trampled over by millions of tourist's feet.
Indeed this was recognised by the 'grand projet' which inserted Pei's pyramid and underground area to unify the site. Despite this it is still the case that at any given time 20% of visitors are queueing outside the pyramid, 79% are looking at the Mona Lisa and the last 1% are actually in the rest of the museum.
In contrast, at the Orsay, there are still queues outside, but inside the crowds seem to mill about all over the place - and it rarely feels very crowded.
This is due to, in no small part, to the the fact that the building was from the beginning of the 20th Century until WW2 the mainline Railway terminal of South-western France.
The building is a marvel in itself, it had to be so 'grand' to fit in with it's close neighbours.
The museum covers quite narrow timeframe in terms of art (1848-1914)- but that impressionist period encapsulates that great period of artistic flowing - that happened with particular intensity in Paris.
Directions: Métro: line 12, Solférino station; RER: line C, Musée d'Orsay station
Phone: +33 1 40 49 48 14
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