Visiting the Musée d’Orsay was the second in place for my museum wishlist in Paris. Walk around in the Jardins des Tuileries, enjoying the park along the Seine river and then at the south end walk over the bridge to the Musée d’Orsay. This building was built in 1900 for the world exhibition in Paris and used to be a train station, the Gare d’Orsay, until it was closed in 1939 because the platforms were becoming too short for the modern longer trains. It was then rebuilt from 1977 to 1986 to a museum. The building still retains its original exterior in the Art Deco style, while the main hall has been modernized. The exhibition areas can be entered on the sides of the main hall.
Sorry for the bad quality of the picture! I couldn’t find a better picture in my files.
The permanent collections include beautiful paintings from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. I greatly enjoyed the paintings, especially those from Renoir, since he is my favorite impressionist artist. Since it covers most artists from the mid-19th century to the beginning of the 2oth century, of course it also includes works from impressionist artists Degas, Cezanne, Manet and Monet (I always name them together because it sounds so funny!) and of course Auguste Rodin. Sometimes my trip to Paris felt a little bit like I was trying to see as much of Rodings works as possible, we also visited the Musée Rodin of course. If he wasn’t already dead, I’d probably feel a little bit like a stalker.
In case you’re wondering, I didn’t take pictures inside the exhibition halls, because it wasn’t allowed. The Musée d’Orsay, although smaller than the Louvre, had a much better atmosphere, since it wasn’t as crowded.
If you have the chance to visit the Musée d’Orsay, definitely check out the Museum restaurant as well, the design is really cool (again sorry that I don’t have a picture of it!) and take a picture of the famous d’Orsay railway clock.