Musee d'Orsay

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mandan Lynn on February 13, 2007

I had heard that the Musee d'Orsay has a phenomenal collection, and indeed it does. It is housed in an impressive building - you enter into a grand hall filled with sculptures. To the side are rooms filled with paintings. I came across Delacroix's "Chasse aux lions" and couldn't move. It was glorious. It's now on my list of favorite paintings.

It's a bit difficult to navigate - you'll probably end up missing some things if you're not careful. It's also a bit of a maze, especially when you throw the upper floors into the mix. I ended up getting ahead of my travel partner, and even though I stopped in front of "Chasse aux lions" for a good long time, I still had to embark on a major search for him.

The museum drowns you in works by Delacroix, Monet, Manet, Cezanne, and Renoir. It's amazing, and people realize it. Even though my visit was in February, it was really crowded in there. I can't imagine a July visit!

The rooms on the upper floors have more pieces by artists from other countries. There are some rooms devoted to Oriental art, and a room for Van Gogh. Audio guides are available for 5 euros, and I really wish I had taken one.

One hugely disappointing feature of the museum is that the captions are only in French! Every now and then you'll find these large laminated cards in several languages with information on artists, movements, and periods, but not on particular paintings. Paris has many high-quality art museums, but I think it would be a shame to miss the Musee d'Orsay.

Musee d'Orsay
Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-6pm
Thursday 9:30-9:45 pm
Admission: 7,50 euros (5,50 for ages 18-25 and for everyone on Sunday)
Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France, 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994

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