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Orsay Museum in Paris

Visit Paris Impressionist Museum

Housed in former 1900 Orsay train station, the Orsay Museum is the top Impressionist Museum of Paris.

Its Impressionist collections are worth the trip to Paris, especially if you combine it with painter Claude Monet' lovely gardens in Giverny near Paris, Marmottan Museum in Paris or the village of Auvers sur Oise near Paris, where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died.

Optimize your visit to Orsay Museum. Come early and buy a Museum pass to avoid the queue. Stay on the left bank at walking distance to Orsay Museum.

History of Orsay Museum

Built in 1900, the Gare d'Orsay was one of Paris main stations with trains to Bordeaux, the city of French wine. Gare d'Orsay has been beautifully renovated from 1977 to 1986 and turned into the Orsay Museum.

History of Impressionism

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

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.

Information on Orsay Museum

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). Web site. Buy tickets online.

Orsay Restaurant. Nice decor. Seine view. Cafe Campana. Beautiful. Snacks and pastries.

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