Musee d'Orsay

One of the world's definitive collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, installed in the former Orsay train station.

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View the paintings in chronological order to see the stylistic changes that took place during the Impressionist period.

Impressive Impressionism

You might only have a short time in Paris, have been to the Louvre and be wondering how whether a trip to another gallery is worthwhile - and it definitely is. No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Musée d’Orsay.

The Orsay houses the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art in the world. In terms of history, it picks up where the Louvre leaves off at around 1848 - the Impressionist movement is just kicking off, and you can stroll from room to room taking in Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin and many others. It documents the Impressionist revolution completely.

Gare d’Orsay

The original Gare d’Orsay’s short platforms became unsuitable for longer trains in around 1939, and the station declined in use until 1970 when French minister Jacques Duhamel saved it from demolition in favour of creating a gallery to celebrate the French artists who led the Impressionist movement.

Don’t miss any of the three floors of art, which include Cézanne’s Apples and Oranges, Monet’s Water Lilies, Renoir’s Bal du Moulin de la Galette, which celebrates the bohemian district around Montmartre, and Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe. Glance up at the magnificent old Orsay Station clock, and in the Orsay Square outside take a look at the six bronze allegorical sculptures from the Exposition Universelle.

Nearby Attractions

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'Starry Night Over the Rhone'
This painting is one of the highlights from the Musée d'Orsay’s Van Gogh collection.
‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’
This Renoir work is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces, depicting romantic bourgeois Paris in the 1870s.
'Card Players'
This peaceful Cézanne painting is one of the Post-Impressionist’s most enduring works.
'Houses of Parliament'
A superlative example of the Impressionist style developed by Claude Monet, depicting the world in a way that no camera ever could.
Les Berges River Path
A pedestrianised recreation pathway along the river's edge
Paris Musee D'Orsay
One of the largest art museums in Europe, placed in the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world.

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Musée d'Orsay: The World's Finest Collection of Impressionist Art
The Louvre may be the most visited museum in Paris, however the Orsay is probably the most enjoyable. Housed in the Gare d’Orsay, and constructed by Victor Laloux for the 1900 World Fair, the Orsay Museum is one of Paris’ most beloved museums, devoted to a huge breadth of art from between 1848 and 1914. The museum also showcases France’s most complete collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist art - indeed the golden age of art in Paris.

  • Escape the bustle and visit one of Paris' most enjoyable and roomy museums.
  • Explore the most complete collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionist art in France.
  • Examine key works by Monet and Gaugin with your own expert guide.
During the tour your expert city guide will help you navigate this huge collection to find the absolute best, world-famous as well as lesser known pieces. You will see numerous works by Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, discovering how these artists influenced the next generation. You will explore the most iconic artworks in the world, such as Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’, Renoir’s ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’, and Cézanne’s 'Card players', and learn from your knowledgeable guide, about the stories behind these artworks and their creators along the way. 


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