January 21, 2013

Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Musee d'Orsay is not what you would consider a typical museum. Located in the center of Paris along the Seine River banks, the museum was installed in the former Orsay Railway Station, hence the building architecture. 

Rockstar and I walked through the Tuileries Gardens and found ourself directly opposite Musee d'Orsay. Entrance was free and easy with the Paris Pass.  

The museum display sculptures and paintings between the year 1848-1914, which was during the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist period. I spotted some well-known artists such as Monet, Rodin, Renoir and Van Gogh. (at least they were the ones I know)

Photography were not allowed inside the hall, hence the lack of pictures. But Rockstar and I managed to climb up to the viewing platform on the 5th floor where we had a bird's eye view of the entire museum. 

The giant glass arch ceiling is so beautiful and the details are so pretty. If you look closely, you'll see lots of sculptures in the open lower ground spaces, while paintings were located in the upper attic-like galleries. 

At the upper floor, in one of the attic- like rooms, we could see the back of the Musee d'Orsay's clock and also a view of Paris, across the River Seine. 

We didn't spend much time here as Rockstar didn't enjoy Impressionist much. It has a very different vibe compared to the Lourve. 

Opens Tuesday-Sunday 0930-1800
Adult entry price 8euro


Anonymous said...

Hi, nice photos. I'll be going to Paris soon and I'm looking forward to visiting the Musée d'Orsay, but I'm bummed about photography not being permitted. Were you allowed to take photos from the viewing platform on the 5th floor or did you have to hide your camera when you took those photos? Thanks!

Esther Chew said...

Hi Anonymous, thankfully, we were not stop. I don't recall seeing a sight board that photography is not permitted on the viewing deck, so I guess it's allowed

Esther Chew said...

Thinking back, I think it might have been that photography is not allowed in the main halls and where the paintings are. For sculptures, there is no problem. I guess just watch out for the signs that says photography is not allowed and you'll be safe :) enjoy your trip