Musée d'Orsay -

Musee d'Orsay
Painting Sculpture etc. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux Eduard Manet

History of the Musee d'Orsay

Below is one of the two large clocks on the outside of the Musée d'Orsay, left. And the reason for the clocks and the names of the main French towns on the outside of the building? Well it used to be a railway terminal. Now it houses art from the period 1848 - 1914, making it the place to see the impressionists.

The building dates from 1900 when it opened as a railway terminal, though the trains serving it were electric powered. And like many other beautiful buildings in Paris, once its original used was ended it faced demolition. It was as recently as 1986 that it opened as a museum of modern art.

Orsay museum, inside

Apart from the paintings - what else to see

The paintings are why you visit the museum, but if you have time walk around on the upper galleries. The view is stupendous, and on a good day you can even see Sacre Coeur. See the whole museum with the Eiffel tower in the background on the left, and also the interior.

The restaurant - well worth a visit for the decor - is located behind one of the clocks. The meals are OK, but I think you can do much better for the same price outside, so I just have a coffee and pastry when I go - but what a setting!

Musee d'Orsay clock
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