The Musée d’Orsay is a wonderful museum that is housed in the former Orsay railway station. It holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography, and is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by popular painters such as Monet and Renoir.
The museum building was originally a railway station, Gare d’Orsay, constructed for the Chemin de Fer de Paris à Orléans and finished in time for the 1900 Exposition Universelle.
By 1939 the station’s short platforms had become unsuitable for the longer trains that had come to be used for mainline services. After 1939 it was used for suburban services and part of it became a mailing center during World War II. In 1977 the French Government decided to convert the station to a museum.
The Musée d’Orsay is my second favorite art museum in Paris with the Pompidou being first. The architecture of the old rail station makes grand statement for this collection. Check out these photos and then click on the video presentation of more pieces from the museum.
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