"Renaissance of a Station" Musée d'Orsay Tip by goodfish
Musée d'Orsay, Paris: 270 reviews and 543 photos
Where French artists are concerned, this collection sort of picks up where the Louvre leaves off. Once the site of the Palais d'Orsay, which burned in the Paris Commune of 1871, this lovely, airy Beaux-Arts structure was a rail station and hotel constructed for the Universal Exhibition of 1900; just like the Grand and Petite Palais. It became obsolete in 1930's as its platforms were too short for longer, electrified trains, and served various other purposes until finally closing in the 1970's. Designation as a Historical Monument saved this priceless treasure from the wrecking ball and, after a renovation, the museum opened in 1986.
Here you'll find paintings, sculpture and other decorative pieces from 1848-1915 by Delacroix, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, Renoir, Rodin and Corot, among many others. Because of its smaller, less-intimidating size, I've heard people say that they enjoyed this one more than the mighty Louvre.
The best way to obtain current ticket prices, hours, combined museum tickets and such is to visit the website:
Be Aware: The museum is closed on Mondays, but open into the evenings on Thursdays
Photography or video filming is strictly forbidden, and please turn your cell phone off upon entry
Eating and drinking in the galleries is not allowed (there is a cafe on the lower level.)
The d'Orsay is included in the Paris Museum Pass, and the short line for ticket/pass-holders was on the right side (entrance C) as you face the front of the building. Look for a sign reading "billet coupe-file" or similar.
Your ticket is also good for reduced entry at the Gustave Moreau museum and Palais Garnier (see website)
Address: 1, Rue de la Legion d'Honnuer 75007 Paris
Directions: Métro: line 12, Solférino station; RER: line C, Musée d'Orsay station
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