Musée d'Orsay entrance

A Day at the Musée d'Orsay

I love to go to Paris to shop but actually more importantly I love to go to Paris for it’s history! Each time we go to Paris we try to fit in a visit my favorite museum in the whole world: Musée d’Orsay.  Being my favorite may have to do with the work of three in particular artist’s in Musée d’Orsay; Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Claude Monet. I especially have a deep appreciation and love for Impressionism art.  This movement and time period for me just simply calms and softens the world when viewing paintings.

Gold Clock at Musée d'Orsay

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The view inside of the Musée d'Orsay

 The Musée d’Orsay Building

Musée d’Orsay is a masterpiece architecturally in itself too. Situated on the left side of the Seine river in Paris. It is located in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built in 1898. Hence, the impressive dome-like tunnel through the center with galleries to view located on both sides. Equally, the museum is very well organized which I believe is conducive to learning and understanding the wonderful art that is present.  If you plan on going, the lines cans be very long and for this reason I highly suggest you purchase your tickets in advance.


One of the galleries at Musee d'Orsay
Monet Monets Garden in Giverny
Claude Monet; 'Waterlily Pond Pink Harmony, 1900

The Amazing Art

The Musée d’Orsay houses paintings, sculptures, photography and furniture. At the present time, there are over for 480 Impressionism artworks with 100 pieces that are noted truly masterpieces.  There are over 1,000 post-Impressionist paintings, the largest collection in the world. For this reason, I am another very happy and grateful visitor. No doubt, the entire day can be spent going in and out of the different galleries.

If you need to take a break, there is a restaurant to eat and review all that you have already admired. For this reason, do not rush, instead plan at least half a day there.  After all not only will you will be enjoying wonderful and amazing artwork that you have seen in books your entire life…but now it’s right in front of you! The colors used int he paintings are only truly appreciated when seen in person.  Paintings depicting flowers in gardens are my most loved, the hues are so true.


Portrait of Alphonsine Fournaise. 1879
Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (1876)
Renoir, dance in the country, 1883
Beautiful sculpture in marble showing all its beautiful colors
Beautiful sculpture of lady

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Whistler's Mother with artist on floor sketching

Exploring the Museum d’Orsay

Walking through the museum, you can also enjoy and be intrigued by the people visiting.  Several times we have seen pupils in schools or individual artists practicing their craft by trying to capture the technique from the famous.

Art students on floor sketching art at the Museum d'Orsay

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  • August 22, 2017

    Oh, I know what you mean, I love Orsay! Probably for the same reasons when it comes to Monet. 😉 I even went to Giverny to see his house and that marvelous garden! 😀

  • August 22, 2017

    I love all your photos! Marty has been to Paris but I didn’t get the opporunity (very pregnant at the time). We mentioned to me that he enjoyed Musée d’Orsa because of the Monet’s and Renoir’s. One day I will get there.

  • August 22, 2017

    Paris is a dream destination! We hope to be there soon. And when we do, I’m definitely going to keep this museum on the itinerary. I can see why it’s your favourite 🙂

  • August 22, 2017

    I am not a huge fan of art galleries, but I think Paris will change my perception of this

  • August 23, 2017

    We are a big Paris lovers (maybe because the parisians are so much friendlier with french natives :-D) and we have never been to this museums ! It looks beautiful though even to a non art-connoisseur like myself.
    Thanks and Greetings

  • September 8, 2017

    Love that clock, so majestic!

  • November 16, 2017

    I love the Musee d’Orsay! I went there many years ago when I was traveling around France and really enjoyed it. You took such great photos too! ?


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