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    d'Orsey Museum

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 23, 2012

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    d'Orsey Museum is situated in a building of railway station which was constructed to the World's fair of 1900, but almost was completely thrown to the beginning of the Second world war and prepared to destroy.
    In 1973 president Pompidou declared a station as a national monument and decided to create a museum, capable to contain half a century of art as a part in a circuit the Louvre (classical art) - the Center Pompidou (modern art). Works of art created from 1848 till 1920 are presented there.
    The greatest interest causes the top floor of a museum - twenty halls where the most significant assembly of products of impressionists is collected. The exposition is presented so: Degas, Monet, Renoir, Pisarro, Sisley, Sesann, Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, Gauguin, Serro, Toulouse- Lotrec.

    You can watch my 4 min 53 sec Video Paris Musee d'Orsay out of my Youtube channel.

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    My Favorite Museum in Paris

    by monica71 Written Jan 16, 2012

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    I have to admit: this is by far my favorite museum in Paris! It felt so cozy to me and so welcoming that I could easily see myself going back there on my next trip to Paris. I liked it way more than the Louvre, who seemed a little bit too commercial at times. And what a good and unique idea to turn an old train station into a museum!

    Musee D'Orsay is so welcoming and so amazing that you will definitely loose track of time. Start your visit from the 5th floor, it will be much easier on you and on your feet. They may be hurting by the time you finish visiting the Impressionism gallery!

    There is an extensive collection of sculptures by Rodin that will take your breath away. And you will also see the "Small Dancer" sculpture that Degas is well known for.

    I was in awe the whole time I was inside the museum. I was planning a visit to the Rodin Museum afterwards, but I was so overwhelmed by the art I have seen here that I have decided to skip the Rodin Museum and let the art of D'Orsay Museum sink in.

    One tip: since you are here, make sure you stop by the amazing clock on the 5th floor. Take a picture and lose yourself in the beauty of Paris and the Seine that you will have from the window.

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    TRANSFORMATIONS in 2010 -2011 at Orsay .

    by breughel Updated Jan 3, 2012

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    NEW. Since 12 October 2011 new exhibition surfaces (2000 m2) have been opened after renovation works.
    Unfortunately some guards went on strike so that the Museum was closed for 6 days at the end of October!

    NEW: On 9 August 2011, the Musée d'Orsay unveiled the first of its newly renovated spaces with the opening of the Post-Impressionist galleries. The rooms of the Françoise Cachin Gallery on the Level 2 have been redesigned, and now accommodate the paintings of Gauguin, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, Neo-Impressionists like Seurat and Signac, and Nabis such as Vuillard, Bonnard, Vallotton and Denis.

    The years 2010 and 2011 were years of frustrations for tourists coming from far away countries. They might not have seen a number of highlights of impressionnism.
    Indeed the Musée d'Orsay underwent as from 7/12/2009 till the autumn 2011, important alterations on a third of its surface.
    The museum remained open but the entire 5th floor i.e. that of the impressionists and postimpressionists was closed for redecoration.
    The visit started with level 0 (works of Courbet, Manet, Monet and Cezanne, sculptures and painting from the years 1850 - 1860 (Ingres, Delacroix, Degas ...) and continued to level 2 with the masterpieces of French and Belgian Art Nouveau, symbolism and Naturalism.

    A large number of paintings left for exhibitions all over the world. The incomes of the world tour of the highlights of the museum of Orsay make it possible to finance the transformation. The remainder will be reframed or restored.

    NEW: After the Manet special exhibition there is a new one "Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde" from 13/09/2011 to 15/01/2012.
    This exhibition explores the British "aesthetic movement" from the second half of the 19th century. Admission with the museum ticket.

    A point that amateurs of paintings might not like is the new interdiction of photos and films since the year 2010 (all my photos are from 2009 and before):
    Hereafter the official text:
    It is forbidden to take pictures and to film in the museum.
    In the interests of the safety of works and visitors, and to ensure a more pleasurable visit, photography and filming are no longer allowed in the museum galleries. This measure has been introduced in view of the increased number of visitors taking photographs “at arm’s length” using mobile phones. Reproductions of most of the works in the collections can be downloaded from the website (catalogue of works, works in focus in particular).

    Open: 9.30 -18 h from Monday till Sunday (21.45 h on Thursday).
    Closed: Monday.
    Price (2012): 9 €, reduced 6,50 €, free 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU.

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    A museum which disappointed me!

    by gordonilla Written Sep 4, 2011
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    I have to admit that i was a little disappointed by the Musee d'Orsay. there was quite a lot to see, but there were many rooms closed and those that were open were either very crowded or had little of interest to view.

    Art is very personal, but I found that the offering here was a little limited. Additionally they did not permit photographs of any kind to be taken.

    I queued for some 57 minutes to get into the museum.

    TIP: buy a joint ticket with L'Orangerie, there is a second entrance with a very much smaller queue.

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    My favourite museum.

    by breughel Updated Jul 2, 2011

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    TRANSFORMATIONS IN 2010 and 2011 ! SEE MY NEW TIP
    LEVEL 5 IS CLOSED.

    You will have understood from my comments on Orsay, that this is my preferred museum for the quality of the exposed works but also for the architecture of the former station of Orsay. I like the complexity of the plan, the level differences, the big clock, the views.
    But the museum is also a victim of its success (3 million visitors in 2006). To avoid crowds I arrive at the opening at 09.30h at the entrance for the museum pass holders; from there I walk directly by the central aisle of the ground floor to the bottom of the museum on the left side. Behind the wall is an escalator which rises directly to the level 5 so that I start my visit in an almost empty part (for some time at least - photo 1).
    Another pleasure with this museum is the restaurant at the median level (restaurant from the former station hotel, photo 2).
    Magnificent decor, correct food, efficient often kind service, normal prices for Paris. The painted décor of the ceiling and walls is of Benjamin Constant and Gabriel Ferrier. I advise you to arrive at the opening at 11.45 am. Tearoom in the after noon and dinner on Thursdays evening.

    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Price 8 €. Reduced 18 - 30 yr 5,50 €. Free less than 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU .
    It is now possible to buy a combined ticket Musée d'Orsay and Musée Rodin at 12 €.
    It is also possible to get a combined ticket Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie at 13 € valid from Wednesday till Sunday.



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    Mon musée favori.

    NOUVEAU: TRANSFORMATIONS EN 2010 et 2011. Voir mon nouveau commentaire.

    Vous aurez compris, si vous avez lu mes commentaires, que c'est mon musée préféré à Paris, pour la qualité des œuvres exposées mais aussi pour l'architecture de l'ancienne gare d'Orsay. J'aime la complexité du plan, les différences de niveau, la grande horloge, la salle des Fêtes ou le restaurant.
    J'apprécie l'éclairage diffus et naturel venant du plafond au niveau 5 qui permet de bonnes photos.
    Pour éviter les foules je monte directement par l'escalator au fond du musée au niveau 5 des impressionnistes. Je commence ainsi la visite par une partie presque vide (pendant quelque temps - photo 1).

    L'autre plaisir est le restaurant au niveau médian aménagé dans l'ancien l'hôtel de la gare. Cadre splendide, nourriture correcte, service efficace souvent aimable, prix normaux pour Paris. Le décor peint est de Benjamin-Constant et Gabriel Ferrier.

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    Vincent Van Gogh at Orsay.

    by breughel Updated Jul 2, 2011

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    Van Gogh is well represented by 20 works in room 35 at the upper level of Orsay.
    I prefer these works to most of those I saw recently at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (ref. my Amsterdam tip). The quality of all the 20 works of room 35 is excellent with highlights such as "Les roulottes, campement de bohémiens aux environs d'Arles" (photo 1), "L'église d'Auvers-sur-Oise, vue du chevet" (photo 2), "Fritillaires couronne impériale dans un vase de cuivre" (photo 3) and the portrait of "Le docteur Paul Gachet" (photo 4).
    But there is more for me: I discovered Van Gogh, when I was 7 years old, from reproductions of these works in a calendar. I presume that these paintings now at Orsay "impregnated" me when I was a kid and opened my liking for impressionism.

    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Price 8 €. Reduced 18 - 30 yr 5,50 €. Free less than 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU .
    It is now possible to buy a combined ticket Musée d'Orsay and Musée Rodin and at 12 €.
    It is also possible to get a combined ticket Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie at 13 € valid from Wednesday till Sunday.

    TRANSFORMATIONS IN 2011 ! SEE MY NEW TIP
    LEVEL 5 IS CLOSED.

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    Je préfère les Van Gogh de la salle 35 à Orsay à l'ensemble de ceux que j'ai vu récemment au Musée Van Gogh d'Amsterdam (réf. ma page Amsterdam).
    Pourquoi?
    La qualité de cette vingtaine de Van Gogh est excellente comme "l' Eglise d'Auvers", "Les roulottes", "Fritillaires dans un vase de cuivre" ou encore le portrait de Paul Gachet mais il y a surtout le fait que j'ai découvert Van Gogh, quand j'avais 7 ans, par les reproductions de ces tableaux ci dans un calendrier.
    Je suppose que ce sont ces œuvres actuellement au Musée d'Orsay qui m'ont "imprégné" et m'ont donné le goût pour les impressionnistes en général.

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    An Impressionist Triptych.

    by breughel Updated Jul 2, 2011

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    The museum has put together in one frame 3 landscape paintings of different impressionist painters: Sisley, Pissarro and Monet (from left to right) forming a kind of triptych.
    The style of these three impressionist painters is very close in these landscapes; the visitor might hesitate about who belongs to whom. In other works Monet marks his difference with Pissaro or Sisley.

    In this large room 32 from the upper level are many other paintings all of excellent quality from Monet, Pissaro, Sisley and Renoir. I dare say it is the best room of the upper level.
    Among my favoured paintings in this room 32 there are the "Régates à Argentueil" from Monet, from Pissarro "la Bergère" and from Sisley the famous "Inondations à Port-Marly". There is also that highlight of Renoir "Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette" with the wonderful play of sunny spots and shade.

    Open 9.30 - 18 h (on Thursday 21.45 h). Closed on Monday.
    Tickets can be bought from 9 h on.
    Price 8 €. Reduced 18 - 30 yr 5,50 €. Free less than 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU .

    TRANSFORMATIONS IN 2011 ! SEE MY NEW TIP
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    Triptyque impressionniste.

    Avoir réuni en un seul cadre 3 tableaux de différents peintres impressionnistes comme Sisley "L'île Saint-Denis", Pissarro "Entrée de village de Voisins" et Monet "Bateaux de plaisance" (de gauche à droite) est une idée originale. On a là un véritable triptyque de paysages de l'école impressionniste.
    On remarquera que les styles et la facture de ces trois tableaux de peintres différents sont très proches à tel point qu'on peut hésiter à définir qui appartient à qui.
    Il est évident que ces trois oeuvres ont été groupées à cause de leur ressemblance et qu'un Monet, par exemple, s'écartera fortement de ce style dans bien d'autres œuvres. Personnellement en matière de paysages mon préféré est Sisley.

    Cette grande salle 32 comporte bien d'autres belles œuvres de Monet, Pissarro et Sisley ainsi que le merveilleux "Bal au Moulin de la Galette" avec les jeux d'ombre et de lumière qui font de ce tableau l'un des plus appréciés de Renoir.

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    From a Train Station to Museum

    by cjg1 Updated Jun 24, 2011

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    Musée d'Orsay was once a railway station, the Gare d'Orsay. The Museum houses mainly French Art from 1848-1915. The museum features paintings, sculpture, furniture and photography. The sculpture in the museum is beautiful and the detail is incredible. They have many works by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne, which we enjoyed. Liz is a big fan of impressionism so she loves any museum that has an extensive collection of her favorite impressionists.

    The main hall definitely reminds me of a rail station. The glass roof of the center hall brings a nice amount of light into the building which creates a nice, open feel inside. We had an audio guide of the museum which I think is a great way to see a museum such as this. We were able to walk at our own pace and see what we wanted to see and fast-forward through what we wanted to skip.

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    "Manet, inventeur du Moderne" exhibition.

    by breughel Updated May 31, 2011

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    A recent poll in the "Le Figaro" showed that 62% of readers prefer Monet to Manet. I also do. However I think that the special exhibition "Manet, inventor of the Modern" held at the Musée d'Orsay until July 3, 2011 will be a success, but perhaps less than the recent Monet exhibition in the Grands Palais.
    For almost 30 years, Edouard Manet (1832-1883), a leading French painter of the nineteenth century, has undergone no major retrospective in France.

    For Manet one wonders if he is among the latest classic painters or among the first modern? The Orsay Museum is interested in the question with an exhibition of 200 paintings, drawings and photographs, locating the painter Edouard Manet in his time between the reaffirmed legacy of Romanticism, the impact of his contemporaries and the media flow of his time.
    It is an outsized figure, fascinated by the great Spanish masters, friend of Baudelaire, Delacroix and Mallarmé.

    My favoured paintings of Manet, all at Orsay, are "Le Balcon" (photo 1) and "Le Fifre" (photo 2).
    I feel puzzled by the "Déjeuner sur l'herbe" (photo 3), by the contrast between the two men fully dressed in a frock coat and the naked woman.
    The naked woman was named Victorine and served also as a model for "Olympia".
    What surprises and what was in opposition with the customs of nude painting of those times is that Victorine is looking shamelessly and straight into the eyes of the spectator who feels as a participant to that "Déjeuner sur l'herbe"!

    Open: 9.30 - 18 h, Thursday 21.45h. Manet exhibition open on Saturdays til 20 h
    Closed: Mondays, 1/01, 1/05 & 25/12.
    MANET EXHIBITION ticket, with TIMED ENTRY + permanent collections.
    Full rate € 10; reduced 7,50 € for 18 - 25 yr not EU; 2,50 € 18 - 25 yr EU citizens.
    Free: 18 yr, everyone on 1st Sunday of the month.

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    Un récent sondage dans "Le Figaro" indiquait que 62% des lecteurs préféraient Monet à Manet. C'est mon cas. Néanmoins je crois que l'exposition spéciale "Manet, inventeur du Moderne" qui se tient au Musée d'Orsay jusqu'au 3 juillet 2011 sera un succès, mais peut-être moindre que la récente exposition Monet aux Grands Palais.

    Depuis presque 30 ans, Edouard Manet (1832-1883), un des grands peintres français du XIXe siècle, n’a fait l’objet d’aucune rétrospective importante en France.

    Pour Manet on peut se demander s'il se situe parmi les derniers peintres classiques ou parmi les premiers modernes ? Le Musée d'Orsay s'intéresse à la question avec son exposition de 200 peintures, dessins et photographies; elle veut situer le peintre Edouard Manet dans son temps, entre l'héritage réaffirmé du romantisme, l'impact de ses contemporains et le flux médiatique de son époque.
    C'est un personnage hors normes, fasciné par les grands maîtres espagnols, ami de Baudelaire, Delacroix et Mallarmé.

    Mes tableaux préférés de Manet, tous à Orsay, sont "Le Balcon" et "Le Fifre".
    Les deux nus de Manet "Olympia" et surtout le "Déjeuner sur l'herbe", déchaînèrent les sarcasmes et critiques au Salon de 1863. J'avoue que le contraste entre les deux messieurs en redingote et la dame nue m'interpelle.
    La dame nue s'appelait Victorine et servit aussi de modèle pour "Olympia".
    Ce qui surprend et était en opposition avec les usages des peintures de nus de l'époque c'est que Victorine tourne son regard fixe sans aucune pudeur vers le spectateur qui se sent présent au "Déjeuner sur l'herbe".

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    Priority Queue at Musee D'Orsay

    by yukisanto Updated Apr 25, 2011

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    The civette du carousel tabac (selling souvenirs, drinks, cigerettes and other knick-knacks) at the carousel du louvre sells advance tickets for the Lourve and Orsay, as well as the museum pass. Coming out from the Palais Royal Lourve Rivoli metro, the tabac is on the right of the underground exit into the carousel du louvre. The advance tickets are valid any day up till a year.

    BUY THE ADVANCE TICKETS. You will thank yourself for it. With an advance ticket, you just go to Queue C, where you only need to go through security check lines. I went in Apr on a Tuesday at 10am, Queue C on the right had around 100+ppl while Queue A (normal) on the left had 2-3x more people and slower moving. It took me about 15mins to get into the museum via Queue C.

    The tabac in front of Musee D'Orsay sells museum pass, which also gets you into the priority queue, think they sell the advance tickets as well, not sure.

    No photos inside the Museum. Stroll through, admire the sculptures and paintings, take a seat along the gallery on the 2nd level and soak in the atmosphere. It's a nice lazy way to pass a few hours.

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    RENOIR - Les danseurs.

    by breughel Updated Apr 15, 2011

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    This long tip was written in French and separately in English at a time where VT limited the number of characters.

    Le musée d'Orsay comporte une belle collection d'œuvres de d'Auguste Renoir dont deux grands tableaux de danseurs m'ont impressionné dès ma première visite.
    Il s'agit de "Danse à la campagne" et "Danse à la ville" (1883) appartenant à la deuxième période appelée "Ingresque" ou "sèche" parce que le dessin se fait plus net, le contour plus précis que dans sa première période "impressionniste" (1864-1883). En cette année Renoir écrit "J'étais allé jusqu'au bout de l'impressionnisme et j'arrivais à cette constatation que je ne savais ni peindre ni dessiner." Etonnant cette remise en cause de ce maître de l'art impressionniste.
    Il en résulta trois tableaux de couples de danseurs dont deux ici au musée d'Orsay, salle 39, le troisième à Boston.
    J'ai été particulièrement séduit par ces couples danseurs. L'homme penché en avant murmure des choses tendres à l'oreille de sa compagne; elle, belle femme aux cheveux d'un roux naturel, se tient bien droite. L'on sait qu'il s'agit de Suzanne Valadon qui fut également modèle de Puvis de Chavannes, de Toulouse-Lautrec et devint elle-même peintre et mère du peintre Utrillo.

    Après sa courte période "ingresque" de 1883 à 1890, Renoir entre dans sa période "nacrée"
    Le terme désigne bien la forme, couleur, lumière et volupté de cette période pendant laquelle il peint de nombreuses "baigneuses".
    Dans la même salle 39 se trouvent deux très beaux tableaux de sa période nacrée: "Jeunes filles au piano" (1892) et "Grand nu" (1907).

    Renoir fut un peintre très prolifique: plus de 4000 tableaux!

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    Another fascinating Paris museum

    by spgood301 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Musee d'Orsay specializes in more modern art than the Louvre, especially painting and scuplure from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The masters from that period are exhibited here: Rodin, Manet, Gaugin, Renior & Monet, just to name a few. Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist, Art Noveau are all represented here.

    The building that houses the Musee d'Orsay was, at one time, a railroad station, a sense you get when you spend time here. The station was built in time for the 1900 World Fair. The building served many other purposes, including as the set for many films, until 1986 when it was re-christened as the Musee d'Orsay. It's now one of the top museums and indeed, attractions, in all of Paris.

    I spent a little over three hours at the Musee d'Orsay - you won't need nearly as much time as you would in the Louvre, for example. It's located in the St. Germain des Pres section of Paris, right on the Left Bank.

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    From Railway Station to World-Class Museum

    by chatterley Written Mar 17, 2011

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    The museum building used to be a railway station. Located on the left bank of the River Seine, this museum is smaller in comparison to The Lourve. However, it has the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world. Lots of Renoirs, Cézannes, Gauguins etc in this museum.

    We used our PARIS MUSEUM PASS to gain free admission to this museum (there is a separate entrance for pass-holders). Like The Lourve, if you want some peace and quiet while admiring the masterpieces, you'd need to arrive at the entrance early and queue up. Having said that, the queue is quite alright, not as crazy as the ones at The Lourve!

    Please note that photography is not allowed in the museum.

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    Place not to be missed in Paris by arts lovers!

    by Penelope4 Updated Mar 10, 2011

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    The museum is open except Mondays from 9:30 am to 6 pm. You may visit the museum on Thursdays until 9:45 pm. Entrance fee as of February 2009 is Euro 8.

    You've got to observe the edifice when you're inside it. It will take a few minutes before you'll notice the traces of it being a train station before. The Orleans Rail Company built a station which was finished in time for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. At some point, the station became too small. Its hall was used for auctions or as a thetre. In 1977, they decided to convert it into an art museum. It finally opened in 1986.

    I love the works displayed in here done by:
    - Paul Gauguin
    - Claude Monet (Chrysanthemes)
    - Pierre Auguste Renoir (1880-1920)
    - Camille Pissarro
    - Paul Cezanne

    In Room 35 you will see the works of the brilliant Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). In Room 39, you will be mesmerized by the attractive shades of pink rose and green as dominant in the works of Renoir.

    What tip can I give you? Well, note that you could stand for an hour or more in the queue so better go there early and not just before lunch time. They have a nice coffee/resto inside so visitors tend to spend the midday in the museum. If you can not avoid lining up, well, it's worth the wait, if I may say so.

    Addendum: When I visited in March 2011, the queue was tooooooo long and I decided not to visit the museum. I bet, it would have taken me more than two hours to get inside and it was a bit cold outside so I decided to do other things instead.

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    The Musee d'Orsay

    by kris-t Updated Jan 1, 2011

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    The Musée d'Orsay placed in the former railway station - the Gare d'Orsay built between 1898 and 1900. By 1939 the station's short platforms had become unsuitable for the longer trains.
    In 1977 the French Government decided to convert the station to a museum. The new museum was opened by President Francois Mitterrand on 01 Dec. 1986.

    The Musée d'Orsay is best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces : Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin etc.

    Arrive at opening time to avoid long lines.
    Opening Hours: Daily except Monday 9:30am-6pm (Thursdays until 9:45pm). Closed Jan. 1, May 1, and Dec. 25.

    Tickets: €7.50 for full-day access to the permanent collection;
    reduced rate is €5.50 for visitors 18-25, and for everyone on Sundays and after 4:15pm (after 8pm Thursdays).
    Museum Pass accepted.
    Tickets for the permanent and temporary exhibition passes are €9
    (€7 reduced rate; €1.50 for Museum Pass holders and teachers with ID).

    No credit cards.

    (Sorry, to take photos inside was not allowed)

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