Been to the Louvre, you can have it. One time is enough for me, but Musee d’Orsay keeps pulling me back to it. It is like the museum was curated just for me. I know, sounds pretty arrogant, but it holds all of my favorite art, plus it is in an old train station. An old train station!
The Musee d’Orsay is in the old Gare d’Orsay train station that was built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle which was a world’s fair in Paris. They needed a new train station because over 50 million people visited the fair. Later it was used as a train station for trains going to Southern France and for mail and suburban services during WW2. There was talk in the 1970s to demolish the station and build a hotel, but instead it was decided to turn it into a museum that would cover the periods between the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art at the Georges Pompidou Centre. The museum mostly holds French work from 1848 to 1915, and is the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world.
The Musee d’Orsay is easy to get to with plenty of public transportation and it is right on the river almost right across from the Louvre. Like many museums, it is closed on Mondays and has a late night on Thursday. If you do not like to wait in line, you can buy it online, you can print it from your computer and have three months to use it. Before going to the museum, I would look at their website which has more history about the building and history about each of the art work.
The Art work is amazing, it is basically all of the great impressionist paintings that you learned about in school. Around every corner there is even more great art. The center of the museum in an open atrium where most of the sculptures can be found. Please note that like the Louvre, in the summer this museum can be very crowded. But enjoy your time, it is my favorite.
Some of the art