My wife, Gaby, went to industrial art school in Antwerp, Belgium many years ago. She has an art studio in our home and loves to visit museums. Her favorite kind of museum is an art museum. She’s always excited to go to a larger city and check out what museums that city has. We don’t have any big art museums in the KMC. One of our favorite cities to visit is Paris, France. Paris is filled with many wonderful museums. One particular museum across the river from the Louvre is our favorite. The 7th most popular attraction in Paris: Musée d’Orsay.
What is the Musée d’Orsay?
The museum is an old railroad station converted to a museum. It was inaugurated for the 1900 World’s fair and used as a railroad station until 1958. The abandoned station was used as a set for several films and later was used as a hotel until 1973. In 1977, the French Government made the decision to preserve the station and convert it into a museum. It was classified as a Historical Monument in 1978. The museum was opened by President François Mitterrand on 1 December 1986.
The museum owns about 6,000 works of art but only about 3,000 of them are on display. The rest are in storage and are seen occasionally as temporary exhibits. The collection focuses on art from 1848 to 1914 from many famous artists, including:
The giants of the impressionist’s artists are all represented. There are many paintings on display that you will probably recognize. You can take pictures of these works of art, but no flash photography is permitted.
The best way to buy tickets is online
If you don’t buy your tickets in advance, it is possible to wait up to 90 minutes to get into the museum in the summer. The museum has over 3,000,000 visitors per year. If you are in the neighborhood of the museum, you can purchase tickets at the ticket office. We think the best way is to purchase your tickets online. You can purchase tickets from the Ticknet or fnac online or you can buy a Paris Museum Pass. Unless you go in the off-season, I can’t stress enough how important it is to plan and purchase your tickets in advance. You’ll be very glad you did when you see a gigantic line to get into the museum.
The tickets are 8 Euros for adults and free if you are under 18. The tickets are cheap for Paris. You can spend a lot more money in the museum shop.
The museum shop
After you leave the museum, you can buy some souvenirs in the museum shop. There are many wonderful art books, post cards, posters, jewelry and more.
On our honeymoon, we bought a very heavy book set at the museum shop. The complete works of Monet. We were cheap and walked back to our hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. The books became heavier and heavier the farther we walked! We still have the books and we will always remember that walk back to our hotel on that special trip to Paris.
If you like art museums and the impressionist artists, you will absolutely love Musée d’Orsay. On every trip we’ve taken to Paris, we’ve visited the museum. We know you’ll also fall in love with it. Bring your camera and enjoy the paintings and sculptures on display.
1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur