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Musee d'Orsay, Paris

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Located in a former Beaux Arts railway station that was constructed around 1900, Musee 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 Musee 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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  • Museum sumptuous mellant sculptures, legendary tables all in a setting of extraordinary... Excellent brewery high range.
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  • My entire family loved the Musee D'Orsay! There is something interesting for everyone, and I was personally absolutely starstruck by the world-famous artwork in this museum. There is some Van Gogh, Mo...  more »
  • Wow! Musee D’Orsay is fantastic!! Best Impressionist collection. Great audio guide with lots of information. Amazing collection and beautiful building. Have lunch in the Cafe. Look out the window at t...  more »
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  • NOTE the following ISSUES first: your city/museum pass you paid a lot of money for probably won't help you bypass the incredibly long, slow-moving line to get in, so you are going to have to wait (sometimes over an hour) to get inside. EXPECT the foregoing and then read why this is a 5-star experience and why you MUST go if you are in Paris. Pound-for-pound this is the greatest museum in the world. PARTICULARLY if you enjoy impressionists. Start at the top and work your way down; give yourself a full day for this (relatively) small museum that is absolutely packed with incredible art, furniture, and fixtures. It is located in a converted train station and the building itself is marvelous. I would make this a priority to any trip to Paris.
  • To me, hands down the best museum in Paris. It is stunningly gorgeous inside, manageable to be able to get through in a couple hours, and the way they present classical to impressionist work is incredible. Not to mention just spending an hour on the impressionist floor is well worth the visit on its own. The double-ticket to be able to go to the Orangerie after is a great way to see the full work of the impressionists
  • A gorgeous building housing tons of fantastic art, including many famous Impressionist paintings. The line to get in is always long. I think they slow the lines so it doesn’t get too crowded inside. I’ve been twice, at different times of the year (spring previously and just this winter) and it’s alway busy—which shouldn’t be surprising to anyone going to a world-famous art museum. Don’t worry, it’s worth the wait.
  • The problem with reviewing museums in Paris is that they are all extraordinary. As a huge Degas fan I was in my element. The beauty on display is mind blowing. It is a life affirming experience. From the spectacular architecture to the smallest sketch, joy can be found. Except the cafe is freakishly expensive, and I why is there so few toilets?!?
  • What a gem! Many of the masters represented, as you would expect, in all forms in a beautifully restored train station. The Art Nouveau section is a real treasure as is the architectural model of the Paris Opera House. Lots of areas to sit down to sketch or rest. We bought a fast line pass and no wait.

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