Housed in the former 1900 Orsay train station (picture), the Orsay Museum is the top Impressionist Museum of Paris.
Its Impressionist collections, some of the greatest in the world, are worth the trip to Paris, the city of impressionism.
You can extend your visit to Orsay Museum with the visit of Claude Monet' world famous Giverny Gardens near Paris, of the Marmottan Museum in Paris and its rich impressionist collections and of the village of Auvers sur Oise near Paris, where Vincent Van Gogh lived and died (see guided tour).
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Built in 1900, the Gare d'Orsay was one of Paris main stations with trains to Bordeaux, the city of wine (guided tours to Bordeaux). Gare d'Orsay has been beautifully renovated from 1977 to 1986 to become the Orsay Museum.
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.
1 Rue de Bellechasse 75007 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
Paris metro: Metro station Solferino
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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.