Paris’s artistic baton passes from the Louvre to the Musée d'Orsay, which showcases the country's national collection from 1848 to 1914, covering the Impressionist, Post Impressionist and Art Nouveau eras. So it's fitting that this Paris museum is housed in the grand Art Nouveau Gare d’Orsay railway station (or rather, former railway station).
Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Cézanne, Sisley, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Degas are just some of the masters represented here, along with Renoir, whose Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and Girls at the Piano are two of the d'Orsay's jewels.
The d'Orsay is closed on Monday, and open late Thursday night. Savings tip number one: entry is cheaper late in the day (and free on the first Sunday of the month). Savings tip number two: check out the various combination tickets with other museums (including the nearby Musée Rodin, where sculptures include Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ in its tranquil rose garden).
- Open Hours: Tuesday to Wednesday from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM, Thursday from 09:30 AM to 09:45 PM, Friday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM
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- Nearest Train: Musée d'Orsay