Musée d’Orsay is one of Paris city’s historic art museums, and home to the artworks and sculptures that trace back to the mid-nineteenth century to mid-1910. Once an ancient railway station constructed on the Palais d’Orsay site, it is now a museum residing on the left flanks of the River Seine. You can see a broad range of works by some of the masterful artists in Musée d’Orsay including those by Manet, Delacroix, and Van Gogh.
From the Impression era to the post-impressionist era, as the Paris tour guides in the museum would put it across, Musée d’Orsay has much to offer to the history lovers. One of the main highlights of the inside tour to the museum would include a stop at ‘Apples and Oranges’ by Paul Cézanne and at ‘Blue Water Lillies’ by Claude Monet to name a few. Besides, the Self-Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh is another one of the must-see artworks.
Another one of those objects, which capture the museum visitors in sheer excitement, is the ‘Walking Panther’ by Rembrandt. Moreover, the museum tour is replete with visits to the private spots, and what better than the giant station clock which featured in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’.
The plot of the feature film by the American filmmaker centered on a little kid’s fascination to see the passengers through the clockwork and the relationship he shares with the stationmaster. In fact, when on a Musée d’Orsay tour, seeing the square just outside the palatial museum featuring the sculptural remains from the ‘Exposition Universelle’ of 1878 is also quite the bargain.
There are up to 35,000 square meters of glasswork, which makes up the museum vault and this contributes to the footfalls in Musée d’Orsay that amount to 3 million per year. Moreover, even though the old station was the center of France’s southwestern network for more than 3 decades, the platforms were too short for the long trains. More fun facts for art lovers visiting the museum in Paris city include the photography galleries that were launched in the 1970’s, when the station underwent a transformation.
The photographs were sourced to perfection by the curators in Musée d’Orsay and the galleries celebrate photography as a fine arts form in the years to come. The first set of photograph collections traces back to the nineteenth century and comprises of 12,000 photographs.