Old facade of Musee d'Orsay ParisParis City Breaks and Holidays
Victor Laloux’s superb turn of the century train station was closed in 1939 and re-opened in 1986 in order to house arts from the period 1848 to 1914, including a superb impressionists section. The former station provides a dramatic setting for the museum and is nearly as stunning as the exhibits themselves, being light and spacious but before entering admire the magnificent old facade.

In 2011, the Musée d’Orsay had a wonderful rehang. It gives much more space to the Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces on the top floor, arranging them both thematically and stylistically to suggest all sorts of new perspectives. There’s also a new room for Courbet’s giant canvases downstairs, new Art Nouveau galleries and a fantastic redesign for the Café Campana by the Brazilian designers which transports you into a dream-like aquatic environment.

Dancing at the Moulin de la Galette by RenoirHighlights in the museum include Rodin’s The Gates of Hell, Renoir’s Dancing at the Moilin de la Galette and Manet’s wonderful Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe (1863). Sculpture, Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism and Naturalism and Symbolism are all represented alongside Art Nouveau. The Musée d’Orsay should not to be missed on any city break in Paris, nearly all of the museum is accessible to wheelchairs.

There are some excellent hotels in the vicinity of the Museum, for more information read the amoretravel guide to the best hotels in Paris

Best hotels in Paris for a city breakAddress:
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 9.30am-6pm (Thur until 9.45pm)

Admission:
Adults: €8 (£7)
Free to EU citizens under 26

Disabled Access – Good, most areas of the museum are accessible.