The Musée d’Orsay is housed in the former train station, Gare d’Orsay. The museum showcases the impressive Beaux-Arts railway station that was built between 1898 and 1900. The Musée d’Orsay exibits mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.
It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist pieces and masterpieces, by such renown painters such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, and Van Gogh. Many of the works exhibited in the Musée d’Orsay were originally held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume prior to the museum’s opening in 1986.
The train station was put on the initially placed on supplementary list of Historic Monuments in 1970 and officially listed in 1978. The Director of the Museums of France suggested the station be turned into a museum. The idea was to build a museum that would bridge the gap between the Louvre and the National Museum of Modern Art. Italian architect, Gae Aulenti was chosen in 1981 to design the interior for the Musée d’Orsay including the internal arrangement, decoration, furniture and fittings. In July 1986, the museum was ready to receive its exhibits. It took 6 months to install the 2000 or so paintings, 600 sculptures and other works. The museum officially opened in December 1986 by then-president, François Mitterrand.
Planning a visit to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris? Here’s the info you’ll need
Hours of Operation
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9:30am to 6:00pm, Closed on Mondays
(Open Thursdays 9:30am to 9:30pm)
5 Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Phone : +33 1 40 49 48 14
Paris Metro: Solférino
Paris RER: Musée d’Orsay