The first work of art in this museum is arguably the building itself: the former Orsay station was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, and its previous incarnation as a train station still echoes in the brightly lit, soaring halls. The Musée d'Orsay has, without question, the most comprehensive and impressive collection of Impressionist paintings in the world, as well as extensive exhibits on Art Nouveau and Post-Impressionism. Some of the luminaries on display include Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Pissaro, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Millet, Rodin, and many more. A walk through this museum is really an introduction to all of the famous (and infamous) artists of the impressionist movement. This is a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in art.
*The museum is free if you are under 18 years old
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