Musee D’Orsay, Paris – An ex-train station and museum all in one
Having previously travelled to Paris, my boyfriend and I were already becoming familiar with the city and some of the sights to be seen. Despite this, for the latest trip we decided that we would like to get some recommendations for sights that we must see on this visit.
With the help of ParisInfo, we were able to be add Musee D’Orsay and the Louvre to our itinerary for a fun-filled weekend in a city that we love.
ParisInfo are the official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Paris aiming to welcome, inform and promote the city. They offer tourists an insight to attractions around the city through the provision of their ‘virtual tourist information’ styled website, as well as tourist information centres dotted around the city providing detailed information. They work hard to provide:
- 6 tourist offices open all year round
- 6 kiosks and 30 seasonal staff as the Welcome Ambassadors
- 12 must-do itineraries in the ‘Paris for You!’ guidebook
- 13,000 events presented on parisinfo.com
Musée d’Orsay is unusually housed in a former train station, so be sure to take in the beautiful architecture of the building – it is stunning, with intriguing detail that you have to appreciate. This only adds to the prestigious feel of the building in its location by the River Seine. The museum is home to France’s national collection of paintings, sculptures, objets d’art and other works produced between the 1840s and 1914, with works from the Impressionist, post-Impressionist and art nouveau movements.
There is much to see on both the upper and lower levels, from famous Impressionist paintings by artists like Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet and Sisley, to artwork by Cézanne, Van Gogh and Matisse as well as eye-catching art nouveau rooms.
Below are a few photos that we took around the museum (photos of the artwork are sadly not allowed).
Personally, this is our second trip to Paris and whilst the Louvre was high on our list, Musee D’Orsay wasn’t – but we were glad that we went. We spent a couple of hours exploring the beauty of the museum and the many pieces of art that deserve to be admired. In all honesty some collections just didn’t tick our boxes, yet it is well worth a visit and a must for any art fans. It’s a refreshing and more manageable museum to view in comparison to the Louvre which can be intimidating for some.
Have you visited Musee D’Orsay? Thoughts?