Saturday, May 5, 2012

Impressionist masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay @ Paris, France

Musée d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, an Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It is best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces and it is the largest in the world by such painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

I am quite fortunate that I am able to step into this museum. I only reached the entrance at 5.00pm on sunday and I am leaving Paris on monday and they closed on monday. Wow, I almost missed it. As soon I gained access to the museum, I went to look for a few famous painting that I read before such as Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin & Seurat. The good thing about arriving late is that they let you in for free and they don't want to disappoint anyone who have been queuing for quite some time but due to time, they are not able to go in. Its amazing to see most of the museum in Paris that people are dying to try to get inside there!

Musee d'Orsay is previously a railway station (Gary d'Orsay).

Very nice interior and creative to convert railway station into reputable art museum.

Painting by Renoir.

Sculpture on the main corridor.

Main corridor.

Admission fee: EURO 10.
Opening hours: Open from 9.30am to 6pm daily, except Mondays. Late night on Thursdays until 9.45pm. Last tickets sold at 5pm (9pm Thursdays). Museum cleared at 5.30pm (9.15pm Thursdays)
group visits, pre-booked only, Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm (Thursdays until 8pm). Closed on Mondays, on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Metro station: RER Musée d'Orsay (C) or Métro Solférino (12).
Address: Rue de Lille 75343 Paris, France
GPS/Coordinate: 48.860367,2.325068


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