Paris' best Impressionism Museum - The Musee D'Orsay

No sightseeing trip to Paris is complete without a trip to a art museum.

While most people put the Louvre at #1 on their lists, the Musee D'Orsay is the place to visit if you're a fan of impressionist painting.

The Musee is located in the old railway station on the Quai D'Orsay on the left bank of the Seine.

The station was built in 1900 but, by the time of WWII, because of the increasing length of trains, it was becoming less suited to use as a major railway station.

In 1977 it was decided to convert the station into a museum and art gallery. After 9 years' work, the Musee D'Orsay was finally opened by President Mitterrand in December 1986.

The museum is home to the largest collection of impressionist paintings in Paris, with many works by Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas and others.

Among the most famous paintings in the museum is Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe" (below)

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The museum also contains sculptures by famous sculptors like Rodin.

Like many of the museums in Paris (such as the Louvre and the Modern Art gallery in the Pompidou Center), the Musee D'Orsay has free entrance on the first Sunday of each month.

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