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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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  • August 18, 2017
    An exceptional Museum in an old train station with an exceptional cafeteria. We return regularly for the richness of its heritage. Not to be missed!
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  • August 17, 2017
    The place (old station) and the wealth of exhibitions make this muse an inescapable, less known than the Louvre is my favorite.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is truly one of the best museums in the world. The building alone is worth the visit. If at all possible, find some time to go to this gem, it will not disappoint.  more »
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  • August 30, 2017
    Visited 29.8.2017 with my wife. Collection magnificent and huge. Special Cezanne portraits exhibit very exciting. Good information on headsets. Cafe good food and service but may have line. Floor access poor. Toilet access TERRIBLE: one bathroom on 6th floor, four on ground floor - two in front, two in back, apparently only one open after 5:30 with line of forty women waiting at 5:45. Use toilet early!
  • August 6, 2017
    Everyone needs to go here at least once, especially if you're a fan of Monet or Renoir, for their extensive collection. The museum also has old artifacts and some brilliant sculptures. Best to go in the mornings on a weekday if you prefer less people. There are a few restaurants and cafes inside and even a souvenir shop where you can pick up prints of your favourite paintings from around 4 euros onwards depending on their size. You'll need at least 3 hours to comfortably see everything in the Museum.
  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • August 19, 2017
    Wonderful artwork housed in an old train station. Get there at least one hour early as the line gets long and stays long all day on the weekends and holidays. Photos are allowed but no flash photography. You can easily spend an entire day here. Starry Night and Statue of Liberty are some of the well known pieces here.
  • August 29, 2017
    Great visit. Only €12 per adult under 23's free with ID. Drinks expensive but give your cups back to get €1 returned. Lots to see. Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Cezanne and many more. Plenty of galleries in this deceptively large building. The building itself is amazing. No point in going back as we spent 4 hours inside.

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