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Musee d'Orsay

The Musee d'Orsay was originally built as a railroad station for the Parisian Universal Exhibition in 1900. Victor Laloux designed the building to blend into the elegant urban surroundings of Paris, and to accomodate the newer electric trains of that era. A grand hotel was also incorporated into the building, which featured the most amazing decorations and extravagant luxuries available at the time. Classic stone construction featured pilasters and two neo-classical pavilions; with modern conveniences such as electric lifts for goods and people. It was so elegant that at the time of it's construction Parisian wags said it should be turned into an art gallery of grand proportions...

The depression of the 1930's and the changing fortunes of France ended the buildings life as a railroad station, and it fell into disrepair. Orson Welles filmed a movie here, The Trial, in 1962, and it then became an auction house of danger of being sold on the block itself.

1983 saw the beginning of the restoration work that turned the building onto the amazing art gallery it is today. Almost completely gutted and rebuilt, the vast interior hall is a wonderful showcase for sculpture; with galleries off the main floors offering changing exhibits of mostly modern art. Available here are exhibitions on architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, photography, cinematography and decorative arts.

One of the most delightful treasures from the original hotel remains - the dining room - where you can enjoy a meal and relax in elegant splendor. The ceiling is painted with a fabulous roccoco scene replete with angels and clouds surrounded by gilded carvings, large mirrors grace the walls adding to the sense of space and light already there. The menu offers a few ambitious treats and full meals, and there is buffet.

One of the many fine paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in the Musee D'Orsay.

My visit to the Musee d'Orsay was one of the best experiences I've ever had in a museum. I learned a lot, enjoyed looking at the art and had a fine meal ~ what a way to spend the day in Paris!

More Info: Opening Days and Hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. Thursdays from 10am to 9:45pm. Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Open at 9am from June 21 to September 30. Galleries start closing at 5:30pm, 9:15pm on Thursdays.

Admission fees: Full price : 7 Euros, reduced rate : 5 Euros, Sundays : 5 Euros. Admission free for under 18 and subscribers to the Musée d\'Orsay Carte blanche, for members of certain cultural associations and institutions, students of artistic curricula, recipients of certain social benefits (disabled, unemployed...) as well as teachers, journalists, museum scientific staff and professional artists on presentation of valid proof of eligibility.

Address: Postal Address: Musée d\'Orsay, 62 Rue de Lille, 75343 Paris, Cedex 07, France.
City: Paris
Postcode: 75242
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 49 11 11
Added: May 12th 2002
Reviewer: MartinTrip
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