Self Portrait: Vincent van Gogh (1887-1888)
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)If you are planning a trip to Paris, France, you will want to be sure to visit the art museums – particularly the Musee d’Orsay, France’s most well-known art museums. With over two millions annual visitors the museum alone is worth the cost of the trip.
Musee d’Orsay is located in the Gare d’Orsay building and can be found at 1 Rue de la Legion d’Honneur. The Musee d’Orsay specializes in fine arts produced between the years 1848 and 1914. The museum houses a treasure trove of artwork from some of the most well-known artists, as well as artwork from lesser known artists. You may find the work of van Gogh, Courbet, Renoir, Millet, and Monet. Regardless of the popularity of the artist, all works housed in the Musee d’Orsay are known for their quality, uniqueness, and historical importance.
The building that houses the Musee d’Orsay is just as intriguing as the artwork found inside. The building was built in 1900 for France’s World Fair. During World War II, it was then used to greet prisoners who were freed. In the early 1970s it appeared that demolition was certain; however, sanity ruled, and the beautiful old building became an art museum.
Just as is true in any fine art museum, the Musee d’Orsay has a few rules they ask guests to follow: food, drinks, cameras are not allowed inside the building. Touching of works of art is also prohibited. You must also turn off your cell phone so as not to disturb others who are enjoying the tour.
The Musee d’Orsay has everything – beauty, history and nice places to eat. You will find a restaurant on the second level, as well as a tearoom. On the fifth and six levels, you will find the Café des Hauteurs and Mezzanine, which are both fast food restaurants. You will also find a boutique, card shop, and bookstore for purchasing souvenirs.
In addition to the awesome tour of the work of famous artists. the museum is also home to special events throughout the year. These events are commonly held in the nearby auditorium. These special events may include concerts, learning courses, and other shows. So, be sure to check the schedule, as something may be happening on the day of your visit. Also, museum hours do vary depending on the season, so verify this information ahead of time. You should not have any difficulties gaining admittance should you start your day early.
I could go on – but you get the picture (pun intended). There is just too many reasons of why you should visit the Musee d’Orsay to list here. So, if you love art and want to expand you art education you simply must plan to visit this great art museum.