Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France)

Sitting on the left bank of the River Seine is Paris’ second most popular museum in Paris – the Musee d’ Orsay – which houses some of the world’s most famous impressionist and post-impressionist paintings by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir. The art is obviously great but for me I was more excited about seeing the interior of the building which is actually an old railway station (Gare d’Orsay) that was used until the 1940s until its platforms became too small for modern trains. After making it through World War II largely unscathed it sat vacant for thirty years – being used occasionally for movie sets before they determined it was time to demolish it. Some Parisian citizens rallied to save the building and ultimately it was saved – initially to be used as a hotel but ultimately they settled on the idea to build an art museum that would bridge the gap between the more famous Louvre and the Modern Art Museum. This turned out to be the right idea as the museum has become one of the most popular spots in all of Paris – some even prefer it to the Louvre (I might be in that contingent) because you can actually see everything in it rather than just picking and choosing your spots like you have to inside the massive Louvre.

Musee d’Orsay (Paris, France)

Musee d'Orsay (Paris, France)

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