Musee D’Orsay

Just like in the case of the glass pyramid that shelters the Louvre, creating a unique mix of tradition and modernity, the Musee D’Orsay never stops from offering its visitors the occasion of admiring classic works of art in an unusual, surprising location: a former railway station.

Initially, Gare D’Orsay was designed as a railway station, on the occasion of the 1900 Exposition Universelle, by a team of architects led by Victor Laloux. At the inauguration ceremony, a painter named Edouard Detaille made a joke, saying that the building would be great as a museum. Half a century later, it was declared improper for use and prepared for demolition. Luckily, the president of the Republic at the time, Valerie Giscard d’Estaing decided to transform it in a museum for both classic and modern art.

Musée d'Orsay

The actual building keeps a lot of the originally architecture, with some modern, spectacular additions, like, for instance, the glass ceiling that produces an incredible effect. The Musee D’Orsay is truly where beauty and art meet in Paris.

Impressionist painters, Art Nouveau works, sculptures, they are all to be found here, in an amazing diversity of periods and styles. Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne, are only a few of the great names whose works are displayed.

Also, various expositions and shows are organized periodically. Lovers of modern and contemporary art can check the official website of the museum for the schedule. After visiting the exposition, tourists can enjoy some tasty brasserie food, or have a cup of coffee and admire the beautiful view from the top floor. Anyway, for the special location and its fine art collection, the Musee D’Orsay is a place that certainly deserves a visit.

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