No visit to Paris is complete without making the pilgrimage to the Orsay museum, the national museum of 19th Century art. It was formely a railway station about which Edouard Detaille, the painter, said at the opening ceremony in 1900, it would make a better museum. Its glass and iron construction is a triumph of modernity, rivalling Eiffel's tower, while the facade reflected the Palais du Louvre across the Seine river.
The museum's collection, which covers the period from 1848 to 1914 is best known for the Impressionists collection, but encompasses all the key movements in later 19th century French art. Although overwhelmingly dominated by French painting, the Orsay musum has also acquired works by European and American artists from the same period. The collection also covers the art of photography.
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62 Rue de Lille
Paris 7th district
Tel 33 1 40 49 48 14
RER C train station "Musée d'Orsay" facing the museum
Metro station "Solferino" 300 metres