Musee d’Orsay was formerly a railway station that was almost demolished as it was unable to adapt to the requirements of modern trains. Today, the museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings by well-know painters like Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Manet and Van Gough.
It has 3 floors, Ground, Second Level and Fifth level, with mezzanine in between.The museum is not as vastly huge as the Louvre, so it is an easy museum to walk about without tiring yourselves out. And also, because it’s not as big as the Louvre, you won’t have that feeling of “oh my god, I gotta finish looking at all these things soon!”
Floor plans are up for grabs at the information center, which can be obscured by swamps of tourists. You will notice that Musee D’Orsay lay out the exhibits chronologically, beginning at the ground level to the upper levels. I probably spent the most time at the second and fifth level because my two favourite painters have rooms and rooms of their paintings there – Van Gough and Monet. Van Gough is on the second floor, whereas Monet is on the 5th floor with all the other well-known impressionist and post-impressionist painters. It was really an experience getting up close and personal with the masterpieces, seeing them in real life!
We couldn’t take photos in the museum as no photography was allowed. I thought that’s strict because even the Louvre allowed photography, just no flash. Anyhow, it was a lovely sunny day during our visit, we took lots of photos outside the museum and enjoyed the stroll along the riverbank.
Tel: + 3301 4049 4814
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 9.30am – 6pm, Thur until 9.45pm. Closed on Mon, 1st Jan, 1st May, 25th Dec.
Getting there: RER Musee D’Orsay
Admission fee: 9 Euros. Free on Sundays.
Inclusive in Paris Museum Pass: Yes.