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Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay

305 reviews
Sights and Museums, Art Museum, History Museum
Ranked #8 in Paris things to do
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62 rue de Lille, Paris 75007 France
+33 1 4049 4814
http://www.musee-orsay.fr
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The best museum in Paris (in this traveler's opinion, anyway) and quite a bit less crowded/expensive than some other, more famous, museums in Paris (Musee du Louvre, I'm looking at you!) and it has ... Read more
all the impressionist art, beautiful sculptures, and interesting visiting exhibits you could ever want. For the best experience, the museum stays open until 9:15 pm (that's extra late) on Thursdays only. It's the best time to go as far fewer people will be in the wandering the halls.

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New York City

French Art Museums should never be skipped. They hold all the things you never thought you'd see in person. In the very back of the ground floor of Musee d'Orsay, there's even a delicately rendered large model of the Paris Opera House right down to the most tiny details!

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Edinburgh

Easily my favourite museum in Paris, and I’d go as far as to say come here instead of the Louvre.

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Washington, D.C.

You have to pay to get in but if you’re a student you might get a discount. It’s a very innovative museum. You will regret it if you skip it.

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Boston

Just fantastic every thing in France is fantastic but this was too damn good!

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Los Angeles

The Location: Metro #3, Exit "Solferino". About 5 minutes walk from the metro station.

The Admission: 11 euro (included in Museum Pass)

Very beautiful museum. Huge~ about 4 floor of exhibition. Each floor has many different rooms. Lots of varieties of art works and paintings.

My favorite has to be Van Gogh!! 3 rooms full of his paintings~ There are only a few pieces in Los Angels. So it is absolutely amazing to see more of his paintings in person!!!!

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Redwood City

Maybe the best museum in Paris . Excellent impressionists voll cation and not so shabby VanGogh section as well. Don’t miss the view from the restaurant at the last floor!

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Redmond

A great museum. Buy tickets ahead of time. Start at the top floor and work your way down. Nice cafe.

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Shanghai

I love it even more than louvre. It's not that big but very well-equipped. It has many masterpieces

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Johannesburg

The Musee d' Orsay is by far my favorite museum in Paris. It's large enough that you can spend the whole day browsing, having lunch, etc but small enough that's it's manageable. Love it more when it's not as busy.

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The San Francisco Bay Area

This former railway station is now a beautiful art museum that picks up where the Louvre finishes, and features artwork from Monet, Rodin, Cezanne, etc. Don't miss the Impressionists on the 5th floor, but a beautiful view through the clocks.

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Calgary

Great museum with lots of impressionist art on display. Loved Van Gogh in particular.

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Glasgow

A fascinating museum located in an old train station on the opposite bank of the Seine to the Louvre. The exhibits here are just as good, if not better, although the queues can be just as lengthy. Book tickets online and jump the queues.

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Yorba Linda

I had so much fun here and I definitely enjoyed my time here, more than the Louvre.

Tip: Close on Mondays.
We tried to come on a Monday, it was close. But it allowed us to take pictures outside without the crowd.

When we came back a couple of days later. It was raining. We had a Paris Pass and got in, by passing the huge line outside getting wet. My cousin didn't have the pass and she was in that line for over an hour.
Tip #2 Get the Paris Pass.

The lobby is just beautiful. A lot of sculptures in there. It had a nice clock too. I like taking pictures of clocks. Lol.

This used to be a railway station. That's why it's long and spacious.

I like paintings. And this is probably why I like D'Orsay more than the Louvre. I can just stay here all day and marvel at the beauty before me.

Tip #3 you can eat here.
There's a cafe upstairs, but I'd recommend the restaurant downstairs. My wife and I had the best meal in Paris here. The highlight was the Foie Gras Terrine. It was just the best thing I've had in Paris. The restaurant itself is just immaculate. We were in jeans and T-shirt when the place is so formal. We were treated so nicely none the less, the welcoming and friendliness showed by the staff stood out in my mind.

Beautiful paintings, a great meal, oh how I long to be in Paris again.

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Sydney

The Musee d'Orsay itself is the dominant work of art here. While the paintings and sculptures are fabulous it is the original building and the Gae Aulenti designed restoration and interior that delight the most.

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Local from Paris

A magisterial presence on the river Seine's left bank, Musée d'Orsay houses France's national collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and art nouveau works covering the period from 1848 to 1914. Originally the Gare d'Orsay train station designed by Victor Laloux, its monumental collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and photographs is a visual extravaganza. With a roll-call of canvas dabbers from the aforementioned period – Monet, Gaugin, Van Gough, Cezanne and Toulouse-Lautrec just some of the highlights displayed in this enormous space, you'll be gasping for air, food and drink. Pay a visit to the funky Cafe de l'Ours, and recharge your batteries before your next journey into France's artistic past.

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New York City

Another fantastic museum with some amazing works of art!! Can spend a few hours here.

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Probably my favourite museum in Paris, le musee d'orsay est incroyablement beau. Within an old Gare (train station), the museum invites foreigners (and I don't see why not locals) to a joie-de-vivre experience through the arts of impressionism. Free admission on the first Sunday of the month, a walkimg distance from Le Louvre.

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Toronto

I would not consider myself a big art lover, but the artwork at the Musee d'Orsay made my jaw drop. Simply stunning. A must-see for any visitor to Paris. Consider having a bite in the beautiful tearoom. I'm so glad I did. Gorgeous murals on the ceiling.

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Santiago

I've visited several museums in my life, and this is by far my favourite. First of all, the building is amazingly beautiful, But the best part is inside the building and its precious architecture.
Maybe i'm being too subjective here, so I'm gonna admit that I fell in love with this museum because I'm a huge fan of Van Gogh. And this place is full of Van Gogh's work. But of couse, there's other museums with some of his work, such as Hermitage, National Gallery of London and, of couse, Van Gogh Museum. And having visited all of them, I can say that this is my favourite one. Musee d'Orsay have a big collection and, what is more important, the best collection, in my opinion. France definitely took the best of this genius. I was in tears walking between his paintings, because the way they put and ordered them, makes it even more perfect. I could see the evolution of his depression and the changing of his personality throught his paitings. This collection is a perfect window to his life. It's the best of his work in one place.
But Van Gogh is not the only thing that this musem has. As a impressionist art, I was wondered by what this museum showed me. I saw some amazing paintings of Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and the list never ends. Everything was good, I really didn't wanted to miss anything. I found amazing sculptures too, but for me, nothing beats the paintings.
If you love impressionism as me, or, even more, if you love art in general, you'll love this place.
I visited this museum in my second visit to Paris, and I regret not visiting it in the first one too. I was there in the middle of the summer, and it wasn't as nearly as full as other places of the city. (Yes, Louvre, i'm talking about you). It was a pleasure to be there, I could seriously have stayed there the whole day. And, I'm totally sure that I will visit it every time I go back to Paris,

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Houston

I actually was surprised by this museum, I liked it a lot and I even prefer it over the louvre

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