See masterpieces from the French masters come to life at the Musee d'Orsay. The stunning museum on the left bank of the river Seine is housed in a former beaux-arts railway station, a feature that helps leave a lasting impression on visitors from around the world.
Inside, the grand hall and recently refurbished gallery rooms house one of the most diverse and impressive collections of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world. On the walls inside the gallery there are paintings and drawings by the likes of Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Manet and Degas, among others.
Visiting the Musee d'Orsay
Even in Paris, it's rare a gallery is celebrated in equal measures for both its architecture and its artworks. Since its opening in 1986 and subsequent refurbishment in 2011, the museum has welcomed some 75 million visitors from around the world who come to explore the historic railway station and admire the world-class artwork inside it.
The museum is open daily to visitors, however thanks to its status as one of the city's most popular attractions, is busy year round. Like the Louvre, visitors can avoid long queues by booking tickets in advance - guided and audio tours will help shed light on the masterpieces inside the museum.
Discover art at the Musee d'Orsay
In addition to its own permanent collection, the Musee d'Orsay plays host to internationally renowned visiting exhibitions from other prestigious galleries and museums. Distinguished curators from around the world reinvent both popular and obscure works by pairing borrowed pieces with paintings from the permanent collection and presenting them in a new way.
Take advantage of the Musee d'Orsay and the city's other famous attractions with a stay at a central hotel in Paris. The Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel, Paris Eiffel offers guests modern amenities in a central location surrounded by famous landmarks in the city of love.