Musée d’Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

One of the best museums in Paris, you’ve probably heard the name, Musée d’Orsay, but have you seen it, really seen it? This museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist work in the world, which is why it is most famous. If you have the chance, this is a must-see in Paris.

The huge clock on the top floor of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris is one of its most interesting fixtures. It is reminiscent of the days when the museum was a railway station and not yet a museum. Formerly known as Gare d’Orsay, a train station and hotel designed by Victor Laloux it is located on the left banj of the Seine, opposite side of the Tuileries Gardens. It was completed in 1900, but it could not keep up to date with ever-evolving technology so it was shut down and became vacant in the 1970s. By 1980s it was being remodeled with the aim to create a museum out of the space with 3 levels surrounding the center atrium.Musée d'Orsay

There are two of them, offering different views. Probably the best one is to be found in the cafeteria. July 2020 was the right time for us to visit the museum as it is usually crammed with tourists. This doesn’t means that the museum was empty, however.

The view from the inside looking at the clock offers a slight view of Paris, this photo reminds me of the 20th century, black and white and a large railway station clock.

Musée d'Orsay
July 2020

Here is a shot from the interior of Musée d’Orsay taken from the 3rd floor nearest the clock, looking down to the atrium. This musée holds pieces primarily from Paris from 1848 to 1915, with changes in certain exhibits. Holding work from Edouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, Vincent Van Gogh, and Auguste Renoir. Paintings, sculptures, furniture, photographs, and various other exhibits are housed here.

Musée d'Orsay

When I went to Musée d’Orsay, there were artists working on a live pastel exhibit right in front of me, and their pastel exhibit was live, which is only available until July 2. An exhibition this size has not been seen since 2009, showcasing works from 18th and 19th century. It was an incredible experience.

Emilie Leger
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