The Musée d'Orsay is one of the most famous museums of Paris and is located within the seventh arrondissement beside the Seine river. It is not only known for its variety of impressionist art but also because of its building: The museum was established as a train station throughout the 1900 World Fair in Paris and handled the train traffic of south west France during that time. It was transformed in a museum only in 1977. Especially because of its history the museum therefore has a special flair that makes it very unique.
Today the museum is known of being one of the main sights of Paris and attracts about 3.8 million tourists a year. Nevertheless, the building played a central role in the history of Paris even before its transformation to a museum. Charles de Gaulle declared his return to power in the integrated hotel and the trains with the survivors of World War II arrived here. Moreover, the train station was used as a film setting in movies such as the adaption of Franz Kafka's “The Trial”.
In the museum, which shows 4,000 exhibition pieces on 16,000 square meters, visitors can find works of van Gogh, Manet and Monet but also of Nadar or Garnier. Furthermore, there are constantly alternating exhibitions on diverse topics or artists. The exhibitions primarily show pieces from the period between 1848 and 1914, but also a few impressing works out of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century are to be found here.
- The day pass at Musée d'Orsay is €16 making it one of the 5 cheapest tourist Attractions in Île-de-France.
How to get there
The museum can be reached with many buses (Lines 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94) but also with the Metro (Line 12) or with the RER (Line C). Moreover, visitors can get there with a taxi or park their car near the Museum.