The Musée D'Orsay holds the greatest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works in the world.
The Musée D'Orsay holds the greatest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works in the world. Safe to say, then, that it's a cultural mecca, drawing endless visitors every year who want to soak up Van Gogh's southern sun, or lounge voyeuristically in the lily pads of Monet's gardens. And where better to house such a collection than in the grand old Gare D'Orsay, the Beaux-Arts railway station that was once the terminus for southwestern France.
The light-filled central hall has been used for various film sets, as well as a mailing centre in WWII. The plan for its conversion into an art gallery centred around its bridging a time-gapbetween the collection of the Louvre, and that of the Museum of Modern Art in the Pompidou Centre. It now holds 43 works of Degas, 46 of Camille Pissarro, 56 Cézannes and 86 by Monet, as well as hordes of other beautiful pieces. Arranged by movement and artist, the layout gives you a perspective of contemporary ideas, but also allows you to happily ignore the signage and absorb the beauty.
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
Tuesday- Sunday 9.30-18.00. Last Admissions at 17.00. Late opening on Thursdays until 21.45 (last admissions 21.00).
Reduced Rates for vistors aged 18-25 from outside of the EU, for all after 16.30 (except on Thursdays, when reduced tariffs begin at 18.00).
Free admission for Children under 18, 18-25 year-olds from the EU, disabled visitors and their carers, unemployed visitors, Paris Museum Pass holders. Proof of status required. Free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.