Musée d’Orsay, impressionists glory

In my free afternoon lets talk about one of my favorite museums in France. Impressionists are everywhere, it is the essence of the art of painting, in my opinion nothing painted is better. The Musée d’Orsay or the Orsay museum is the ultimate repository of this wonderful art. It is located in the 75007 arrondissement of Paris, along the river Seine,across the river is the jardin des tuileries,  with the closest metro Solférino ,line 12 ,and underground at the museum the line RER C musée d’Orsay.

It started as the Gare d’orsay a train terminus for arrivals in central Paris . The train station building was a contest won by architect Victor Laloux , a winner of the Grand Prix de Rome in 1878, and by then Professor of Architecture at the school Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The train station is open in July 14, 1900 (national holiday) , and serve for more than 40 yrs the south west of France.  By 1939 all trains stopped especially with the addition of the RER lines.

A new project by President Giscard d’Estaing takes place to converted into a museum by 1978. The museum is finally open on December 1, 1986 with President François Mitterrand.   The museum has three levels showing all the art forms from paintings, sculpture,architecture,objects d’arts, furniture, cinema, photography, music, decoration of operas, etc., all presented in chronological order from 1848 to 1914.  It has a place for spectacles, an auditorium, conferences rooms ,and a restaurant.

You have the official webpage but remember you can combine the visit here with the museums Rodin /Orangerie for admission to Orsay/Orangerie  is 13€  ,and Orsay/Rodin is 12€ .  The Orsay alone is 8€  museum and with temp  expositions is 10€.  http://www.musee-orsay.fr/

The persons with an admission ticket to the museum can access the beautiful restaurant style 1900 inside with reservations with a traditional FRench cuisine and formules from 16,50€ and up.  Another great place to eat, and tested by yours truly is across the street from museum at the Les Deux Musées (two museums resto as the museum of the legion d’Honneur is across too) 5, rue de Bellechasse, real good food at much better prices.

It is a great area, nice walks across the passerelle S Senghor (the old Solférino) to the quai des Tuileries and the gardens amongst other. Enjoy the Impressionists, they are wonderful.

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