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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. A visit to Musée d'Orsay represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paris day trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Was almost in all major museums, but this is the most beautiful, with a very rich collection. Incredible Central alley, and sculptures. 5 floors. Two restaurants. Ticket 12 euros. Better come early in the morning, people is not a lot! Nearest metro station-Solferino.
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  • First and foremost, an impressive space of the Museum. As I found out this is the station building D'Orsej, which eventually decided to make a museum. Surely all like Rodin and Impressionists. Recommend buying tickets in advance and be sure to use the audioguide. Talk is very detailed and beautiful. It's a fun extra worth €5.
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  • Art is easy, well-organized. Similar to ourselves, and similar topics, such as the mad wind gathered are fine examples.
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  • How to visit: Take the escalator (on the far side from the entrance) up to the 5th floor and walk slowly through the Impressionist area. When you get to the end take the escalator to the second floor and walk through the rest of the paintings and sculptures. if you have a real love of Arts and Crafts period of to see home furnishings visit floors 3 and 4 afterwords. The joy of this museum is that it is smaller and more approachable than the Louvre with pieces from a more modern era. It's still a world class collection but you will not find yourself lost inside, nor overwhelmed.
  • It has been said before but I will say it again. It is my favorite Art Museum in Paris. It is more manageable than the Louvre due to its size and the way things are laid out. I love the amount of natural light coming through the old railway station roof. The collections are beautiful and done well. It is just one of the best in the world but can be too much if you are doing a lot of art museums in one day.
  • Just great. Not as large or magnificent as the Louvre, but it's a lot more manageable. The building itself--a refurbished station--is also a marvel. Get up close to Van Gogh and other impressionist, if you want. Study up on the museum before going to make it worthwhile. Take your time while there.
  • Best museum for my liking in Paris. The art is amazing, the layout of the museum is clean. Not too crowded. Some of the paintings are stunningly realistic. Wish the information was printed in English as well but it's France and they have it in French and you can get audio guides if needed.
  • 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!

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