Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900 (architect Victor Laloux) on the banks of the Seine opposite the Tuileries, the Gare d'Orsay, the former railroad station which now houses the Musée d'Orsay, is a huge glass and iron construction topped by a glass dome and surrounded on three sides by the palatial facades of the Hôtel d'Orsay. Passengers entering the spacious entrance hall could not see the platforms from which trains left for southwestern France, for the railroad tracks were several meters lower.
Musee d'Orsay Map
Official site: www.musee-orsay.fr
Address: 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, F-75007 Paris, France
Opening hours: 9:30am-6pm; Thu: 9:30am-9:45pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in EUR: Adult €7.50, Concession or reduced rate €5.50, Child 18 & under FREE
Useful tips: Group visit and guide tour reserve one month in advance. Documentation in foreign languages available. No flash photography.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service, Wheelchair loan or rental
Transit: Metro: Solferino; RER: Musee d'Orsay; Bus: 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94.
Musee d'Orsay Highlight
The celebrated collection of Impressionist works formerly in the Jeu de Paume is now in the Musée d'Orsay. All the great masters of the Impressionist movement, which marked the emergence of the modern school in painting between 1870 and 1900, are represented in the upper gallery - Edouard Manet with his famous "Déjeuner sur l'Herbe", the "historic" masterpiece of the collection, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas - as are the Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne, the Pointillistes George Seurat and Paul Signac, and the unclassifiable work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.Salon painting is represented by, among others, Cabanel and Bouguereau (ground floor), and Naturalist painting is on the middle level, as are the Symbolists, including Edward Burne-Jones. Works by Octave Tassaert and Gustave Courbet are characteristic of the plastic painting of the Realist school.After the sculpture of Maillol and Rodin and the towers displaying the work of the international Art Nouveau school (including furniture by Hector Guimard and Henry van der Velde and glass and enamel work by Emile Gallé) the visit ends with the section on "Sources of the 20th Century" and the beginnings of film. The photographic collection contains some 10,000 items, from the daguerreotype (1839) to the end of the First World War, including examples of work by Félix Nadar, Clarence White and Gustave Le Gray.
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