NileGuide Expert Says:
The former station building with its vast glass canopy is almost as special as the paintings within
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris, France
01 40 49 48 14
NileGuide Expert tip:
While the museum is undergoing extensive renovation, check the website to see if the particular painting you want to see is still on display – it's updated every night
Under the huge clock of this former railway station – one of the top ten sights in Paris itself - you'll find a matchless collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionist art from 1848 to 1914, as well as the popular decorative arts of the period. The original Gare d'Orsay was converted into a museum in 1986. Now a two-year renovation programme, scheduled to finish towards the end of 2011, aims to improve the display. Though the works are being rehung, the museum remains open throughout and the masterpieces that draw some 3 million visitors a year remain constant. They include works by Ingrès, Delacroix, Corot and Courbet, as well as Manet's Olympia and his Déjuner sur l'herbe, the Blue Dancers by Degas, Monet's Houses of Parliament and his Rouen Cathedral, Cézanne's Card Players, Renoir's Bal du Moulin de la Galette and Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles.