An absolute architectural masterpiece with the most incredible collection of artwork in the world, Musee d’ Orsay, is a gem of Paris displaying a collection of impressionist and post- impressionist art. Located in a former railway station, the museum opens the door to the era of romanticism, neoclassicism, expressionism and impressionism. A visit to the place will make you feel that you are watching alive presentations because of the magic of the building and the presentations.
Let’s go through the history of one of the best museums in the world. Built for the 1900s World fair, this beautiful masterpiece went through multiple changes in its lifetime; first a railway station, then a mailing centre and then a set for various films. The museum survived a demolition plan in 1970. Finally, the Directorate of France Museums brought up the idea of building a museum. Gae Aulenti, an Italian architect built it from 1981 – 1986 with an amazing interior. With over 2000 paintings and 600 plus sculptures, the museum stands tall amongst all the other museums in the world. This 34 year old museum gets about 3 million visitors every year.
Location: Saint Germain des Prés Neighbourhood, between Quai Anatole France and Rue de Lille.
Ticket price: EUR 12- EUR 16.
By metro: Take the RER Line C and get off at stop Musée d’Orsay or Metro Line 12 getting off at stop Solferino.
By walk: The museum is a 12 minute walk from the Louvre museum. It’s literally in front of the Louvre museum on the other side of the Seine river. You can easily walk there.
The best times to visit Musee d’ Orsay are early mornings or Thursday evenings. Avoid visiting on weekends and Tuesdays.
Musee d’Orsay can be quite crowded on any given day. Thousands of art lovers, travelers and local residents queue up at the ticketing counters for up to an hour. We are sharing a few tips to avoid standing in the long queues:
Musee d’ Orsay is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Paris if you are an art lover. If you are planning to visit your dream place, Pickyourtrail can help you customize your travel itinerary and find exclusive Paris tour packages that will make your trip even more special. So don't wait any longer; plan your trip to Paris today.
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