In the restored Gare d’Orsay, the Musée d’Orsay houses a magnificent collection of 19th and 20th-century art (produced between 1848 and 1914). The Universal Exhibition of 1900 prompted the construction of this Belle Epoque railway station.
The museum’s expansive galleries include some of the world’s most cherished masterpieces. From Monet’s soft brushstrokes to Gauguin’s wild, colourful panoramas, the Orsay Museum is one of the best sites to visit in Paris for an overview of Impressionist art history.
The collection includes works by all of Impressionism’s masters. The painters include Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-August Renoir, as well as Post-Impressionists like Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, and Vincent van Gogh, Pointillists (Georges Seurat, Paul Signac), and Bohemian artists like Toulouse Lautrec.
Claude Monet’s The Magpie, Gare Saint-Lazare, Poppy Field, and Luncheon on the Grass; Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait and Starry Night; and Renoir’s Dance at Moulin de la Galette, which depicts a joyous party scene in Montmartre, are among the museum’s most famous works.
A bookstore and gift shop, two cafés, and a fine-dining restaurant are also available at the museum. The museum’s restaurant, which used to be the Hôtel d’Orsay (a luxury hotel within the original Gare d’Orsay) and is now a Historic Monument, has gilded ceilings and brilliant chandeliers.