Musee d’Orsay is not as grand as the Louvre Museum. But it is certainly a museum worth a visit while in Paris as well. That’s because Musee d’Orsay is quite popular for its magnificent Impressionist Collection.
Musee d’Orsay History
The location of Musee d’Orsay is actually a former train station. It was built by Victor Laloux primarily for the Orleans line. Because of lack in length, the station ceased operating though.
The main structure of the station was designed with a lot iron construction that enabled the use of glass around it. With the cessation of operations, it was abandoned until the term of President Pompidou when the idea of turning the station into a museum came about. It was President d’Estaing though who eventually took on the project.
The rail station was transformed into what we now know as Musee d’Orsay. Although known for its vast and rich Impressionist Collection, you will also experience all art forms as long as they are from the second half of the 19th century when you visit Musee d’Orsay.
Inside Musee d’Orsay
Because of its history, Musee d’Orsay itself has a distinct personality. You will even appreciate Musee d’Orsay more when you get to see the Impressionist and neo-Impressionist works that are there on display. You would even get a taste of the conservative academic school too.
Again, Impressionist paintings are what you would expect when you go to Musee d’Orsay. You might be surprised that the collections there are not limited to paintings and sculpture. There are also some music and several items from everyday life.
What will interest you is that the collections found at the Musee d’Orsay actually chronologically connect those at the Louvre and Pompidou Center. Most of the collections are made up of the later works of Louvre. You will also see the works of the other Impressionist artists.
Musee d’Orsay also houses mostly sculpture with Dance. During your tour at the Musee d’Orsay you will also observe the works of Millet, Rousseau, Daumier and Corot. There are also some peasant paintings around.
Going to Musee d’Orsay
Musee d’Orsay is just beside the Palace of the Legion of Honour. It is across the Rue de Bellechasse. To go there you can take the Metro or board a bus. It is open on Tuesdays thru Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. On Thursdays, Musee d’Orsay is open until 9:45 pm. During Sundays the museum is open from 9 am to 6 pm. But it is closed on Mondays, January 1st, December 25th and May 1st.