What Makes the Musee d’Orsay Intellectual?

Musee d Orsay Tour
Musee d’Orsay Guided Tour

Paris tours are deemed incomplete without a prestigious visit to the Musee d’Orsay museum. It became even more famous when the Martin Scorsese movie “Hugo” featured the relics of the Gare d’Orsay railway station. One of the most admired relics is a giant clock giving a view of tourists walking below.

Levels in the Musee d’Orsay

Historians may know the secret behind naming the three chronological levels in the museum as 0, 2, and 5. The common tourist on a Musee d Orsay tour can start from the ground level and then upwards to where the artworks are kept. There is some mystery involved in the artworks, not if you are heading straight to the top level that recycles everything period wise.

The Ground-Zero Hall

The ground level has two main visiting hubs: the sculptures alley and transparent rooms housing the pre-impressionist era paintings. In fact, the level itself gives no clue to a tourist of the railway track that dates back to late nineteenth century. The paintings of Pissarro and the historic myth behind it are open to uncanny tourist interpretations, so is the 3D replica of Central Paris at the far end.

Two Levels Up

The works of Vincent Van Gogh and his impressionist era are the counterparts feature of the second level of Musee d’Orsay. It is quite the jump for classic impressionism, from zero to two, to be part of a movement that used advanced color paintings mixed with dotted hues. You can only imagine why and how they turned out to be such masterpieces.

Five Levels Beyond

The third floor features some of the monumental works of artists Courbet and Manet. Forget the math in naming individual floors in jumbled numerical order; you need much patience to unravel the paintings. Many people prefer going one up to the level where the giant clock is placed. The clock was part of a terrace at a time when people used to take a skyline view of the Montmartre.

What makes Paris tours enchanting is the element of history, even mystery, which precedes the making of everything living and immaterial. There are musings to be had for those on a private Musee d Orsay tour and for those studying art. Provided you try to play it all nerdy, downright intellectual, you can have a lot fun here.