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“One of our favorite museums in Paris” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay
1, Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris, France (Tour Eiffel / Invalides)
+33 1 40 49 48 14
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Ranked #1 of 1,165 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This beautiful museum, once a railroad station, now houses a staggering collection of Impressionist art, as well as other items created between 1848 and 1914. In 2011, the museum is running a renovation of the top floor (impressionist gallery). Only ground and medium floor are accessible. The top floor will re-open on the 20th of October. Meanwhile, some impressionist masterpieces are not visible.
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“One of our favorite museums in Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

Gorgeous museum with a lot of masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century. This place used to be a train station and the museum is grand to say the least. Don't miss a visit even if there are no special exhibitions as their "normal" collection on display is already quite amazing.

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“unmissable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2010

Spare a few hours to walk around the Musee d'Orsay. Not only will you find many paintings and sculptures to admire, but the building itself is incredible. Don't miss the Art Nouveau furniture. Food is also good in the cafe and restaurant. One trip will probably not be enough.

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“Not to be missed - simply the best!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2010

We visited the Louvre and were disappointed, we went to Pompidou centre and were disgusted with content, price and value (half was closed). We went to Musee d'Orsay and we were both very impressed. A magnificent building (old railway station) well designed interior well laid out and well lit. The guide was good (no need for an O level in Geography to find your way around) and there were numerous famous paintings. A very enjoyable experience and we recommend without hesitation. Try and get a ticket before you go (museum pass or similar) and you'll avoid the lengthy queue. Only down side, we thought the toilets smelt.

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“Lovely and accessible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

We just got back from a week in Paris, and finally made it to the Musee d'Orsay. Winter is definitely the time for easier access to the museums, and that was really the purpose of our trip. The natural lighting down the center of the museum makes the sculptures glow, and makes photography not only possible but excellent.

We ate in the restaurant upstairs - very leisurely, good food, gorgeous surroundings, and there was no hurry about it at all.

There are indeed some paintings not exhibited because of renovations, but unlike a previous recent reviewer said, "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe" is not one of them. It was there in all its glory and I spent a nice long time with it. The sculptures were definitely my favorite part, though; beautifully presented. As with most Paris museums, it helps to be able to read French; they generally do not offer multilingual labels for the artworks.

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“Astoundingly good art in compact and elegant setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

On our third trip to Paris, we finally made it to the Musee D'Orsay. On previous occasions the queues were too abominable tom contemplate it. This time however, on a brisk, sunny Saturday in February we waited only 5-10 minutes at 11am.
We are not highly knowledgable art lovers, but this place packs all the big names in a smallish space. Mind you in 3 hours we only saw half of it. The commentary headsets are easy to use and you hold it like a phone.
The art it stunning, and the stories fascinating. I could happily have spent days in there if time permitted. I rate it top of my list of museums, for its wonderful accessible art, spectacular interior and ideal size (cf the Louvre say). We had a fabulous lunch in the restaurant too.

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