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Review of Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay
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Semi Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Musee d'Orsay Must-See Tour
Ranked #1 of 1,086 things to do in Paris
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914. In 2011, the museum is running a renovation of the top floor (impressionist gallery). Only ground and medium floor are accessible. The top floor will re-open on the 20th of October. Meanwhile, some impressionist masterpieces are not visible.
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“absolutely a must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

Museum pass works here and saved us ateast 2 hours of standing in lines. You have to be atleast little bit admirers of art to enjoy this unique museum. Go directly to the top floor first and check out some breathtaking art by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezzane.. If you don't know these artists than you have no reason to go to d'Orsay. There is also Van Gogh & Gauguin collection which is beyond words. Don't miss it.

The cafe on ground floor is great for lunch/snack. Priced fairly.

Visited April 2012
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“Loved the d'Orsay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

My family and I enjoyed the incredible collection of French impressionist art. Also, what a lovely setting for a museum. We found the experience very relaxing. Also appreciated the view of Montmartre and Sacre Couer from the clock face.

Visited April 2012
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“It's back to brilliant normal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

Well, this Musée doesn't need my endorsement or anyone else's, but of course everyone should know that it used to be a train station (like the one in the movie Hugo, if you're traveling with kids), is breathtaking from the moment you walk in, and has just undergone extensive renovation of its upper floors.

The glass ceiling allows natural light to flood the top floor, where the Impressionists presided in such extraordinary glory and where the museum suggests you begin your tour (there are escalators and elevators). It's so well-curated (and there's an English audioguide of course). An entire room (plus some more) of Van Gogh's, some of the world's most famous paintings.

On a different floor, there are objects of interior design, and on the ground floor, major paintings in the pre-Impressionist movement (Orientalism, Romanticism, etc.); awesome. The sculpture on the ground floor is enough for most people, just by themselves.

The restaurant, where we've eaten twice, is also beautiful and not as pricy as you'd expect in such a venue.

Go to see the Van Gogh's, but come away with your own understanding (far beyond what most art history courses can try to teach) of all the major impressionists. To think I thought of only ballerinas when I thought of Degas, or that I once thought Cezanne simply did "still lifes" because that's what was in my art history textbook. Somehow my prof didn't get across the wonder that is Cezanne. Monet, who might appear as King of All Artists, is suddenly there amongst his friends and companions, a stand-out, for sure - but not a lonely one. What an age it was. If I had to pick one museum for a full day for the not-art inclined, it would probably be this one.

Last year, things were out of order due to the renovation and it was a bit disappointing, but in years prior - and again this year, all is good and you must go if you get the chance! (Batobus friendly, easy to get to).

Visited June 2011
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“Fantastique”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

Its great to have visied the gallery, but so much to see - we couldn't do justice to it all in one day. So many famous impressionists all together in such numbers, just too much. Had we the time we would have preferred to do it in smaller visits, just focusing on one ot teo of the great and famous. But thats not practical for the occasional overseas visiter.

A must for any visiter though.

Visited April 2012
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“Avoid the Musee d'Orsay on a day when the Louvre is closed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

We made the mistake of visiting the Musee d'Orsay on a day that the Louvre was closed. The crowds at the museum made the museum too crowded to enjoy, particularly in the area where they had the Rembrandts and Monets.

Visited April 2012
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