Orsay Museum in Paris

One of the attractions of Paris isMuseum of Orsay (d'Orsay), which exhibited masterpieces of painting and sculpture, known throughout the world. In this article you will find out what interesting exhibits are worth seeing in the most famous art museum of Paris.

The Museum of Orsay is housed in an old buildingRailway station in the center of the capital of France on the banks of the Seine. This building was transformed and reconstructed according to the project of the Italian Gaius Aulenty for ten years, and in 1986 the museum opened its doors for the first visitors.

A short trip to the Orsay Museum

The museum has the rarest collection in the worldWorks of art from 1848 to 1915 from different places in France, as well as other countries. Here, art objects (and more than 4 thousand of them) are located on three floors of the museum in chronological order. Pictures and sculptures of famous masters coexist with little-known authors. The entire collection of the museum consists of paintings by impressionists and post-impressionists, sculptures, architectural models, photographs and pieces of furniture.

Start your journey from the ground floor museumD'Orsay, where the sculptures of such masters as Paul Gauguin, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, Jean-Baptiste Carpault, Henri Schapoux, Camille Claudel, Paul Dubois, Emmanuelle Framieux, etc. are located. On the sides of the hall are two rows of small rooms in which Works of famous French painters. A couple of years ago on the first floor in one of the rooms was posted "Workshop" by Gustave Courbet, who is considered the founder of realism in painting. There is a room entirely dedicated to the work of Claude Monet, it stores his paintings "Women in the Garden", "Regatta in Arzhatai" and many others.

The second floor of the Orsay Museum gives us the opportunityTo get acquainted with the paintings of naturalists and symbolists, examples of decorative art in the direction of Art Nouveau, as well as enjoy the sculptural works of Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol. Be sure to find the statue of the dancer Degas and the scandalous statue of Balzac by Auguste Rodin.

The third floor of the Orsay Museum is a paradise forConnoisseurs of painting. Here you can enjoy the pictures of such brilliant artists as: Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.

Near the painting "Starry Night over the Rhone" by Van GoghAlways a lot of visitors are delayed, it is considered a rare pearl of the museum's collection. Of great interest is also the painting by Edward Manet "Breakfast on the Grass," which shocked the public of the 19th century by the fact that a nude girl in the company of two dressed men was drawn on it. In addition, on this floor in a separate gallery exhibits of Oriental art are exhibited.

The museum features permanent exhibitions and temporary thematic exhibitions, as well as conferences, concerts and performances.

Opening hours of the Orsay Museum

Before going to the museum of Orsay, be sure to specify its opening hours. It is closed on Mondays, and on other days it works like this:

  • Thursday from 9:30 to 21:45;
  • The remaining days - from 9:30 to 18:00.

The cost of entrance tickets to the Museum of Orsay

The cost of tickets is:

  • 11 euros - for everyone;
  • 8.5 euro: for tourists not from the EU aged 18-25 years and sometimes in the evening hours;
  • Free admission: for certain categories of citizens, for youth - on Thursdays from 18 hours, and on the first Sunday of the month - for everyone.

Another feature of the entrance ticket to the museum is that at its purchase you can buy discount tickets to the National Museum of Gustavo Moreau and the Paris Opera in a few days.

If you are not a connoisseur of painting and sculpture, then it is better to join the excursion group, then you will not only read the names of the exhibits, but also learn a lot of interesting things.

At the end of 2011, the Musee d'Orsay in Paris openedFor the public new galleries, which were created two years. The lighting of the halls was redone, now there is modern artificial lighting, which is more in keeping with the atmosphere of the bourgeois salons and interiors, for which the canvases were written.

When going to Paris, be sure to visit the most famous museum of painting and sculpture d'Orsay.

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In addition to the Orsay Museum in Paris, it is worth taking a walk along the famous Montmartre district and the Champs-Elysées.