Art, beyond the Louvre

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by wasa girl on September 26, 2010

Everyone goes to the Louvre when the are in Paris, but that is only a fraction of the story. As a "art nut" I encourage anyone visiting Paris to not over look the Musee d'Orsay, the museum continues the story that the Louvre starts.

This is the museum where you are going to see Van Gogh, Cezanne and Seurat, along with furniture by Horta and Behrens. There is a wonderful Art Nouveau room reconstructed and Lalique jewelery on view as well. It felt as if all mediums were represented so that everyone could find something to be inspired by.

The d'Orsay only has a few floors, starting the day at the museum, we were able to see everything in a relaxed manner and still have the majority of the day open to see the city.

The museum pass is a great purchase, we had almost no wait to get in, you will have to check large bags but even the bag check was quick. The building, a former train station is bright and open inside with an impressive collection of sculptures, including some Rodin and Degas pieces, scattered about. While we were visiting there was some remodeling going on, so the flow was constricted in some areas, but in the majority of the museum it was easy to move around and see the works.

If you are going to find yourself at Gare St-Lazare while in Paris make sure to wander by Monet's version in oil.

Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France, 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994

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