Where the Louvre ends, the Musée d'Orsay begins. The Orsay, situated in the beautiful Gare d'Orsay, a former railway station, is home to France's national collection of art produced between 1848 and 1914. Housing the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world, the museum is a must-see destination for fans of Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh.
The museum, which reopened in the fall of 2011 after a two-year, $27-million renovation, features well-known paintings including Degas' "The Ballet Class" and Manet's "Woman With Fans," but it also houses sculptures, drawings and decorative art pieces, from desks to umbrella stands. Even the space itself is an impressive work of art nouveau architecture, built in 1900 to designs by Victor Laloux.
For an overview of the museum, consider taking a 90-minute guided tour (€6, $8), which generally run once a day in English.
Musée d'Orsay: 62 rue de Lille; +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14
- Hours: 9:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday through Sunday. 9:30 a.m.—9:45 p.m. Thursday. Closed Mondays.
- Tickets: €9 ($12.50) for adults; €6.50 ($9) for 18-25 year-olds, free for visitors under 18 years. Combination tickets available for the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée Rodin or Musée de l'Orangerie.