Not until my 6th visit to Paris I finally managed to go to this museum. I was quite grateful I spend the precious 3 hours (or more) in this grandeur museum with Irfan. It was autumn and we were all done strolling all the landmarks, and we decided to finish the day in the museum.
The museum house is one huge rectangle building on the left bank of Seine river, quite a romantic place to hang out with your lover. The building was a former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-arts railway station built in about 1900 – itself an art nouveau showpiece.
The 11euro ticket for both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions was worth spent. We dedicated long hours to check every painting and sculpture till the museum was about to closed. We came on Thursday in purpose since the museum closes at 21:15 (usually this museum was closed at 18:00). One turn-off is that photography is prohibited. We managed to snap some pics before entering the collection, though.
The museum primarily exhibit French art from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, furniture, sculptures, and photography. It stores the largest painting collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces worldwide, including Van Gogh, Degas, Seurat, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Sisley, and of course my favorite Monet. I kept gasping to see such great masterpieces in one house.
This national museum opened to the public in 1986 to show the great diversity of artistic creation in the western world between 1848 and 1914. It consists of the national collections coming from mainly three establishments: the Louvre museum, the Musée du Jeu de Paume, and lastly from the National Museum of Modern Art. The building is currently renovated to incorporate richly colored walls and wider exhibition space.
Top of every visitor’s must-see list is the museum’s painting collections, centred on the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art. Too bad i cannot show you the painting collections here 😦
Reaching the top floor, what not to miss is Musée d’Orsay Clock designed by Victor Laloux. Next to the clock is a restaurant with French romantic interior. This giant clock in the Mian Hall is also a window to overlook the Seine river. I spent quite some times in this clock just to enjoy the river from the top.