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    Orsay Museum

    All aboard the culture train!

    Victor Laloux who designed the Tours town hall was commissioned in 1898 to design a central train station in time for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. This was the Gare d'Orsay, or Orsay Station.

    The exterior's metallic structures were hidden by a stone facade in an eclectic style, while the interior was in itself an ode to modernism (new lift systems and baggage conveyor belts).

    Up until 1939 the Orsay Station was the main terminus of the national south-western line, at which point it was decided that the station's infrastructure was obsolete, as the platforms were too short for the new trains.

    In 1977 it was decided (under president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing) to transform the station into a museum of art.

    The former Gare d'Orsay was listed as a historic monument in 1978 and in December 1986 the new president, François Mitterrand, inaugurated this new Parisian museum.

    Today the Musée d'Orsay houses paintings and sculptures which date from 1848, including a fabulous collection of impressionist works, displayed in a light and airy setting.

    Additional informations

    Access: for individual visitors, enter by quai Anatole France; for groups, the entrance is in rue de Lille

    Transports

    Access: for individual visitors, enter by quai Anatole France; for groups, the entrance is in rue de Lille

    Schedules and prices

    All year long :
        Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00
        Thursday from 09:30 to 21:45
        On first Sunday of the month from 09:30 to 18:00
            Special Fees :
                Free

    Admission prices :
        Full price : 11 €
        Reduced price : 8.5 €
        Up to 25 years : Free
        Unemployed : Free
        Disabled (adults) : Free

    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December

 
 
    tagged as : French Cities, Culture & Heritage, 75-Paris, Metropolitan France, Paris & Ile de France, Museum
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