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Musée d'Orsay (d'Orsay Museum)

"I dream of painting and then I paint my dreams."
- Vincent van Gogh

The Artist’s Bedroom at Arles by Vincent van Gogh (1889)
The Artist’s Bedroom at Arles
by Vincent van Gogh (1889)

Musée d'Orsay
If you're passionate about Impressionist paintings, you're going to love Musée d'Orsay — it's our favorite museum in Paris. Apparently we're not alone — the popular museum welcomes over two million visitors a year.

Spring 2011 marked the museum's 25th anniversary.

Musée d'Orsay's Impressionist and Post-Impressionist galleries (located on the upper floor and median level Lille Gallery) feature masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Edouard Manet, Henri Rousseau, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Vuillard, Edgar Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin... and other preeminent artists.

Musee d'Orsay Museum in Paris

Located on the Left Bank of the Seine, the museum opened in 1986 in the former Orsay railway station. Since then, the building has been transformed from an old rail station into one of the world's most beautiful museums — daylight streams through the long arched glass roof (pictured above), giving it an open, spacious, modern look.

The term "Impressionists" was born in 1874 — and today, Impressionism is recognized as one of the most important art movements in the 19th century. And the Musée d'Orsay contains some of the world's finest collections of 19th century art — and a compilation of fine sculptures. To keep ahead of the crowds, we suggest you start at the museum's top level and work your way down.

Museum Hours
Tues-Wed and Fri-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 9am-6pm, Thurs 10am-9:45pm
Closed Mondays

June 20-Sept 20
Museum opens at 9am

Musée d'Orsay Restaurant
Located on the Middle Level
11.30am-2.30pm, Thurs to 9.15pm

Musée d'Orsay Tea Room
3.30-5.30pm (except Thursdays)

The Café des Hauteurs
Located on the Fifth Floor
10am-5pm, Thurs to 9pm

Inside Musee d'Orsay

Fun Event Location
Arrange for a Special Group Tour, followed by Afternoon Tea in
Musée d'Orsay's Tea Room.
Call the museum directly to
inquire about hosting a Private Reception.

Painting at Musee d'Orsay

Museum Renovation in 2010
Note: Musée d'Orsay's Impressionist and Post-Impressionist galleries underwent renovation in 2010 — the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings were reinstalled in their permanent galleries in Spring 2011 for Musée d’Orsay's 25th Anniversary.

During 2010, the treasured collection was on loan for two consecutive exhibitions at San Francisco's de Young Museum in California. The de Young was the only museum in the world to host both of the Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibitions, and that particular combination of paintings will never travel again.

"Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay"
(May 22-Sept. 6, 2010)

"Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay"
(Sept. 25, 2010-Jan. 18, 2011)

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Arearea (Joyousness) by Paul Gaugin (1892) at Musee d'Orsay in Paris
Arearea (Joyousness)
by Paul Gaugin (1892)

The Magpie by Claude Monet (1968)
The Magpie by Claude Monet (1869)

"The Fife Player" by Edouard Manet (1866)
The Fife Player
by Edouard Manet (1866)

Rue Montorgueill, Paris. Festival of June 30, 1878 - Claude Monet
Rue Montorgueil, Paris. Festival of June 30, 1878
by Claude Monet (1878)

The Dancing Lesson by Edgar Degas (1873–1876)
The Dancing Lesson
by Edgar Degas (1873–1876)

A Dance in the Country by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883)
A Dance in the Country
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883)

Be sure to check out the famous Whistler's Arrangement in Gray and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother, perhaps better known as Whister's Mother (pictured above).

Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ by Paul Gauguin (1890-1891) - Post Impressionist Masterpieces at the de Young Museum in San Francisco
Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ
by Paul Gauguin (1890-1891)

Paul Gauguin's "Self Portrait with Yellow Christ" (pictured above) is considered to be one of the most riveting self portraits in the history of art.

Closest Metro
RER Train Station: Musee d'Orsay

If you have the energy to take on another museum, the Louvre is within easy walking distance, just across the River Seine.

More Info
Musée d'Orsay

d'Orsay Museum
62 re de Lille
(Intl) +33 1-45-49-11-11

History of Impressionism

Back to Birth of Impressionism page at the de Young in San Francisco

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