This elegantly designed, spacious and well laid out museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post impressionist art in the world.
Sitting on the left bank of the Seine, The Musée d’Orsay originally the Gare d’Orsay railway station and hotel building was finished in time for the 1900 Exposition.
Thankfully in 1970 it was saved from demolition and by 1978 it was listed as a historic building.
An architectural competition decided who would redesign it to become what is now known as the Musée d’Orsay.
The spacious entrance filled with light spilling down through the spectacular curved glass ceiling and the magnificent gold gilded clock sitting against a wall of glass makes for an impressive entrance.
Scenic views of the Basilica Sacré Coeur sitting high up on the hill of Montmartre in the distance can be savoured through the glass of the original floor to ceiling station clocks.
Masterpieces ranging from 1848 – 1915 including paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography.
The Musée d’Orsay is my favourite large museum in Paris.
Opening in 1986 the impressive collection contains works by Monet, Degas, Manet, Rodin, Renoir, Gauguin, Cézanne, Van Gogh and furniture by Gaudi just to name a few.
Either downloading a floor plan or picking up a laminated chart upon entrance allows you to easily navigate your way through the museum, finding art of interest without getting lost.
The museum has two cafés and one grand restaurant:
Café de l’ours:
serving sandwiches, cakes and snacks.Café de l’ours – Official Photo Open Times: Tuesday – Sunday – 9.30am – 4.45pm Thursday – 9.30am – 8pm
serving brasserie style food.Café Campana – Offical Photo – Official Link Open Times: Tuesday – Sunday – 10am – 5pm Thursday: 10am – 9pm
You can dine in style in the spectacular restaurant, simply called Restaurant, on the first floor of the museum.
Created in 1900, the magnificent former hotel restaurant, adorned with beautiful chandeliers, gilded walls and frescos gracing the ceiling has a very reasonably priced menu, despite the surrounds.
The menu is traditionally French offering a la carte and two and three course menus at 22.00 euros and 32.00 euros respectively.
Restaurant – Official Photo – Official Link Open Times: Tuesday – Sunday – 11.45am – 5.45pm Thursday: 9.30am – 2.45pm & 7pm – 9pm Thursday Evenings by Reservation Only +33 (0)1 45 49 47 03 €57.00 includes dinner, drinks and entrance to the museum cafe and restaurant link
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