Musee d'Orsay

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Orsay Museum in Paris

The Musee d'Orsay, housed in a 1900 train station in Paris, is one of the world's richest impressionist museums.

Visit Paris Impressionist Museum

Housed in the former 1900 Orsay train station (picture) on the banks of the river in Paris, the Musee d'Orsay is one of the top impressionist museums in the world.

Its Impressionist collections, including masterpieces by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh and Toulouse Lautrec, are worth the trip to Paris, the city of impressionism.

You can extend your visit to Musee d'Orsay with the visit of Claude Monet' world famous Giverny Gardens, of the Marmottan Museum with its rich impressionist collections and of the village of Auvers sur Oise near Paris, where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died. Guided tour.

Optimize your visit to Musee d'Orsay. Choose a left bank hotel, a great district at walking distance to Orsay Museum.

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History of Musee d'Orsay

Built in 1900, the Gare d'Orsay was one of Paris main stations with trains to Bordeaux, the city of wine (Bordeaux Paris wine tours). Gare d'Orsay has been beautifully renovated from 1977 to 1986 to become the Musee d'Orsay.

History of Impressionist art

The Impressionism was a French painting school in the second half of the 19th century, including Auguste Renoir (picture), Claude Monet (picture), Vincent Van Gogh (picture).

The Impressionist style

The Impressionists painted people in the open air. They rejected the tradition of painting historical and mythological subjects. They painted with light colors.

The Impressionists abandonned the tradition of reproducing the real world. They used color spots and strokes to suggest an impression of the real world, only perceivable at a distance from the painting.

Most famous impressionnist painters are well represented in Orsay Museum with key masterpieces.

Information on Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay
1 Rue de Bellechasse 75007 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

Paris metro: Metro station Solferino
Locate Orsay Museum on Paris map.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 9.30am to 6pm (9.45 on Thursdays). Ticket price: 12 euros.
Web site. Buy tickets online.
Two restaurants in Orsay: Orsay Restaurant. Nice decor. Seine view. Cafe Campana. Beautiful. Snacks and pastries.

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