Wow, I would certainly like to visit this museum when I go to Paris. Like how you presented it.
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1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
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20 reviews of Musée d'Orsay in English
beautifully curated,not overly expensive
but do go at 10 when it opens : too many people!
I like the cafe too which is in the clock tower (see my
picture) What most people dont know is that when it was a station, it housed all the prisoners rescued from nazi Dachau (see the PLAQUE outside on the river frontage)
I like the death mask of Victor Hugo in there, & the art nouveau statues
Have a more select crowd than Louvre. Perfect for art-lover, especially classical and impressionism.
If you don’t understand art, you’ll become one expert after visiting this museum; provided you have a good guide though. If you are an art lover, this is probably your heaven.
This former train station heralds the beauty of the architecture of the times as well as housing all the beautiful impressionist works. A snack in any of the cafes is worth the ambiance of those incredible large clocks.
The mixture of simplistic contemporary and decadent antiquities fill this amazing train station converted museum. Just the fact that it once was a beautiful museum and is now an even more beautiful museum is worth the visit. Their collection of arts and sculptures is not as overwhelming as the Louvre, but definitely enough to fill the day.
Converted from a train station, it is impressive how much of the original architecture they have manage to preserve and yet make good use of the space and to create one of the most impressive museums in Paris. The Musee d’Orsay houses some interesting artwork, in particular Monet’s pieces, which surprisingly forms a decent match with the original architecture of the train station.
As with some other sights, I did not enjoy the security check and the rather crude manner which they came across - at times you would think they do not welcome tourists in the city.
Would definitely recommend this to anyone even mildly interested in art - otherwise, just go for a peek and skip the rest (admission fee although not hefty, is not peanuts).
This is my favorite museum in Paris (no offense Madame le Louvre)!
I think that much care was given when converting this former train station into a museum space for impressionist art. It flows so easily…and you can zig and zag to whatever exhibits suit your fancy..without having to traipse another mile to get there.
I especially love the seating areas near the wonderful marble busts and stautes where you can sit and ponder the world.
I really enjoyed the Musee d’Orsay. I preferred this museum to the more well known Louvre. The building is beautiful, the museum is in an old railway station. The museum is well laid out and very open. I ate in café on one of the top floors, the food was expensive but very nice and we sat near a window with good views. The museum is much smaller than the Louvre but big enough to take up a whole day. The entrance is about 12 Euros, but joint tickets are available that have access to the Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rhodin.
Actually i prefer this place to the Louvre, mainly because it houses more paintings that i like. There are a ton of Monets, picassos, degas, renoir, pissaro and van goghs here and all are extremely famous paintings and beautiful at that. I love the setting of this gallery, it was an old train station and its huge, lovely to walk around, and i would recommend anyone wanting to see the best of the impressionist era come here.
If you’ve ever wondered where all those lovely picturesque paintings of your everyday well known artists like monet, manet, piccasso, renoir plus others your mother would know and recognise, then this is the museum for you. housed in a beautiful old train station, near the siene, the interior adds character that is different from any other gallery. sit and take parisian coffee and cake under the original clock. Price reasonable for Paris.
Orsay is one of my favorite Museums in Paris. I’ll share with you my ideas about Orsay.
They have audiovisual and data processing films, workshop rooms for young visitors age 5 to 15, conferences, classes, special events, concerts, memberships.
Orsey Museum it is not just a modern Museum, it is a Cultural Center, it is time well spend; it is an event in itself.
I highly recommend it!
A must see when in Paris! A fantastic array of art pieces including greats by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and sculptures by Rodin.
This beautiful building which once served as a train station always manages to feel spacious even when packed with tourists and the sheer quantity of art there will happily take up a day’s viewing.
It’s central location (very close to a metro stop) means it’s very easy to find too.
A stunning example of reusing an old but grand building.
This former railway station has been wonderfully restored and contains a wealth of art from the most famous French artists (and others).
There is also a great art nouveau section enstling in amongst the Renoirs and the Monets.
The museum offers a different take on Modern Art as it is traditionally an exhibition space filled with paintings and sculptures from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Look out for the fantastic polar bear ;0)
When it opened in 1987, the Musee d’Orsay was a wonderful addition to the arts scene in Paris. I think it still is.
For a start, the building - the former Quai d’Orsay railway station - is a magnificent setting, with the original trainshed lending both a grandeur and space lacking in so many other art galleries. With services diverted to other stations in 1939, the building was used for a variety of other purposes, but was nearly demolished and replaced by a hideous concrete hotel in the 1970s. Fortunately, it was listed as a historical building and the decision was taken to turn it into the museum we see today.
And then the collections… Well, these are superlative. The museum concentrates on 19th century art, focusing on the 1848 to 1914 period. Of course, this means impressionism and, appropriately enough, the collection in the country of its origin is simply outstanding. Brought mainly from the Louvre, the National Museum of Modern Art and the old Musée du Jeu de Paume, it’s a roll call of some of the most famous artists of the period, not just from France, but from the world. Degas, Manet, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Whistler, Rousseau, Boudain, Seurat, Matisse, Klimt, Munch, Mondrian, Giacommeti, Corot… the list is almost endless, and the quality simply superb.
To my mind, this makes it a better bet for most people than the Louvre: it’s much smaller, and so more manageable; it’s certainly made more intellectually accessible; the website is excellent; descriptions are scholarly but not patronising; and even the staff seem friendlier. And you’re not constantly being crushed by people trying to get to see the 'highlights’, which the Louvre suffers from.
Overall, it’s up there in my top 5 things to do in Paris.
This museum is in a converted train station with a range of art and sculpture. The building alone is well worth a visit, however there is some fantastic art in here too!
Come early to avoid the lines and make sure you see the different floors, some of the most famous masters (e.g. Van Gogh) are scattered around.
I really liked this cool polar bear sculpture.
At lunchtime, the lines to the restaurant can go out the door so you may be better off going to the cafeteria, or popping out and getting food yourself.
Whilst,anyone who knows me well will tell you I am not a fan of modern art…I loved this place,not least of all since it was so very tactile and approachable.
There is a wealth of art by the likes of Delacroix,Degas,Manet and Monet as well as fabulous pieces of furniture and sculpture all displayed within the fabulous old Gare d’Orsay and finished with its original plush restaurant which is so grande mode that I was wimpering for an age.
This museum,unlike the Louvre,offers those of us who have a limited artistic vocabulary and fabulous insight and taste of french art,combined with grand architecture and accessibility, instead of the stiffling atmosphere of deferance and “don’t you know who I am” that the Louvre exudes,once you finally get to the front of the endless queue,that is.
The museum is housed in a former railway museum on the banks of the Seine. Expect a long queue when you get there, thanks to both its popularity and the security measures. However, there are sculptures outside to look at while you wait.
Once inside, you look across the main hall of the museum and start to get a sense of just how impressive it is. The conversion from station to gallery has been done very well, so that the building and the art work together. Helpfully, they are of the same period: the Orsay station was opened in 1900, while the collections cover the period 1848 to 1914.
Most famous, of course, are the impressionist and post-impressionist works: Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Rodin… However, there is much more to the collection than these big names: you’ll find furniture, jewellery, paintings and scultpure from other schools, architectural drawings and models…
It would be easy to spend a day here, so you may consider visiting the restaurant. If so, expect the food to be relatively expensive, but the surroundings are wonderful.
By way of marvellous fortune we visited the d'Orsay on a Thursday night when it is open late and FREE TO UNDER 25s! We didn't realise this until we got there, so it was a great start to the vist.
The security was tighter than at the Louvre so it took some time to get in.
The Musée d'Orsay lived its previous life as a train station and it lends the museum a very grand stature. The main room exhibits sculptures in a massive room and they are exhibited beautifully.
The edges of the main room are split into bitesize rooms displaying paintings from particular artists or periods. These rooms continue upstairs with a bit more space.
I'm quite a fan of impressionism and post-impressionism so maybe I'm biased but this is a quietly wonderful collection. There are Monet's studies of light, landscape and day, including haystacks and waterlillies. Manet's gorgeously insightful portraits (and landscapes). Van Gogh's self portraits and world-renowned landscapes and still lifes. Toulouse-Lautrec's Moulin Rouge paintings and drawings.
It's a comprehensive collection from a magical art movement.
A little bit of extra wonder comes in the form of the large clocks on the building which you can actually look through (one in the cafe) out at Paris.
Definitely worth a visit, essential if you like a bit of blurry painting.
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