Orsay Museum


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The place

Inaugurated in 1986, this young museum, one of the city's most beautiful, is famous for its collection, the largest in the world, of impressionnist works of art.

Monet's Cathédrales de Rouen, Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, Courbet's L'Origine du monde or Renoir's Bal du moulin de la Galette are all curated here.

The museum's building is an old train station (this was the final stop for trains coming from the French city of Orleans). The station itself had replaced the Orsay Palace, build from 1810 and burned in 1871 during the Commune of Paris. It was architect Gae Aulenti that oversaw the design of the museum, whose central nave is a trademark.

The Orangerie Museum has been attached to the Orsay Museum since 2010. In 2012, Orsay Museum went out of a 2-year renovation period : color now has much more importance than before.

More info
  • Opening hours - Tuesday to sunday : 9.30am-6pm - Night opening on thursdays until 9.45pm
  • Prices - Exhibitions : full price 12 euros, reduced price 9.50 euros - Museum : full price 9 euros, reduced price 6,50 euros
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