The Musee d'Orsay is a magnificent art museum situated on the left bank of the Seine River running through the heart of Paris. If you are visiting Paris as a tourist, then stopping off at the Musee d'Orsay is an absolute must, in fact if you have decided that you have to visit the world famous Louvre museum then you should most definitely visit the Musee d'Orsay in order to really get the full experience of significant art works within Paris.
The Musee d'Orsay was originally a railway station known as the Gare d'Orsay, completed in 1909 and served as the main terminus for the trains servicing the railways to south western France up until 1939. The building has been used over the years for many different purposes including as a partial mailing room during the Second World War, as a backdrop and set for several films including Franz Kafka's The Trial and as a sort of headquarters for the Renaud-Barrault Theatre Company.
In 1970 plans were put in motion to demolish the entire building and the green light was given to commence demolition, however, the timely intervention of the then minister for cultural affairs, Jacques Duhamel, prevented its demolition in order to make way for a new hotel. Instead the building was added to a list of historic buildings and saved for many generations to come.
In 1974 it was suggested that the building be converted into a museum in order to create a bridge between the Louvre and the modern art museum and so the Musee d'Orsay was born and is today one of the most popular museums in Paris. Extensive work was carried out on both the exterior as well as the interior of the museum however the original railway station look was maintained in terms of the huge, rather cavernous space which provides vast amounts of light, perfect for viewing works of art.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Musée d'Orsay (Art Museum)Fee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Tuesday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
- Friday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
Phone: +33 1 40 49 48 14
Melissa W. Jul-22-2021
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Saira K. Jun-19-2021
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Guy H. Oct-15-2020
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Accommodations near Musée d'Orsay (Art Museum):
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M12||Solférino Station||4 minutes|
|RER-C||Musée d'Orsay||0 minutes|
How to get to Musée d'Orsay (Art Museum) by Metro / RER
By Metro: Exit Metro Line 12 at Solférino Station and walk north on Rue de Bellechasse to the museum entrance.
By RER C: The exit at Musée d'Orsay Station is located right in front of the entrance to the musum.
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