The home of France’s national collection from the impressionist, postimpressionist and art-nouveau movements spanning from 1848 to 1914 is the glorious former Gare d’Orsay railway station – itself an art-nouveau showpiece – where a roll-call of masters and their world-famous works are on display.
Top of every visitor’s must-see list is the museum’s painting collections, centred on the world’s largest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art.
Just some of its highlights are Manet’s On The Beach and Woman With Fans; Monet’s gardens at Giverny; Cézanne’s card players and still lifes; Renoir’s Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and Young Girls at the Piano; Degas’ ballerinas; Toulouse-Lautrec’s cabaret dancers; Pissarro’s The Harvest; Sisley’s View of the Canal St-Martin; and Van Gogh’s self-portraits. There are also some magnificent decorative arts, graphic arts and sculptures.
An audioguide costs €5.
Save time by prepurchasing tickets online and head to entrance C. Admission drops to €9 after 4.30pm (after 6pm on Thursday). Combined tickets with the Musée de l’Orangerie cost €16, while combined tickets with the Musée Rodin are €18; both combination tickets are valid for a single visit to the museums within three months.
Concerts, performances and cafe readings take place regularly; check the website for schedules.