The building was originally a train station (Paris-Orleans line) built for the 1900 World's Fair. Its platforms were too short for the modern trains, and was left empty from the 1960s, occasionally used for films and special exhibitions. It barely escaped demolition before being turned into a museum in 1986.


The Orsay museum is known for its magnificent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The museum is also home to a fabulous collection of decorative arts and lavish furnishing from the Third Republic (early 1900).

The building was originally a train station (Paris-Orleans line) built for the 1900 World's Fair. Its platforms were too short for the modern trains, and was left empty from the 1960s, occasionally used for films and special exhibitions. It barely escaped demolition before being turned into a museum in 1986.

Visit the Salle des Fetes, which contains elaborate mirrors, gilded statuettes and frames, and incredibly ornate crystal chandeliers, many of which remain from the Orsay's stint as a hotel and train station.Continue on to the Art Nouveau section, full of beds, tables, and dressers bearing the style's signature organic shapes, flowing lines, and whimsical embellishments. Be sure to take a look at the bedroom designed by Rene Mackintosh, and keep your eyes out for the works designed by Hector Guimard.

Don't miss the views from the top floor balcony (open during nice weather from the western end of the Impressionist galleries).


Just opposite the Orsay Museum is the Legion of Honor museum, where you can see all kinds of honorary decorations from Burgundian Fleeces to Garter Stars. FREE

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Musée d’Orsay

SIGHTS / MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Location

Paris , France


 Address

62 rue de Lille, 7e

 Getting there


Metro: Assemblée Nationale or RER Musée d’Orsay


 More information

www.musee-orsay.fr/en/


 Prices

adult/child €12/free


 Opening hours

9.30am-6pm Tue, Wed & Fri-Sun, to 9.45pm Thu


TIP: When visting the Musee d' Orsay book online so you can get in more quickly.